What is glass skin? How to follow the Korean skin trend

You’ve heard of glass hair before, but what about glass skin?

This Korean skincare trend is all about skin so healthy, hydrated, and toned that it’s practically as shiny and smooth as glass. Who wants that? Well, all of us.

TODAY Style chatted with two celebrity makeup artists to find out how to get glass skin at home.

How to get glass skin

  • Step 1: Cleanse your skin (a double cleanse is even better)

If you follow a strict Korean skincare regimen, you’re probably already doing a double cleanse (using two different types of cleansers in your daily routine; first a cleanser to remove makeup, then a wash to cleanse the skin ). But, if not, be sure to use a cleanser that will remove every ounce of makeup, dirt, sweat, and debris so you start with a perfectly clean palette.

“The second step to achieving glass skin is to have a clear, even skin tone,” said Justin Tyme, celebrity makeup artist. “The texture (of the skin) should be smooth and I love exfoliating my clients with…a deep cleansing thermal mask formulated with white charcoal to draw out impurities and lightly exfoliate without irritating or stripping the skin.”

  • Step 3: Apply hydrating toner

They say the real secret to glass skin is to use a toner that not only hydrates your skin, but also calms redness and inflammation. “I love rose waters and toners that help calm the skin,” said Kara Yoshimoto Bua, Shiseido celebrity makeup artist who works with Zoe Kravitz, Jessica Biel, Jennifer Garner, Emma Watson and Shailene Woodley, to name a few. “I usually mix my moisturizers with my toners and apply them together for maximum hydration and glow.”

  • Step 4: Stay hydrated and drink plenty of water

Once the toner has absorbed into your skin, apply your favorite moisturizer, preferably with SPF, if it’s daytime. Also, be sure to drink plenty of water. “The interior aspect (health) is major with the glass skin,” said Yoshimoto Bua.

  • Step 5: Apply hydrating foundation

Hydration is really key when it comes to glass skin and, according to Tyme, try to keep the look simple.

“Laying on too many products will only create an unnatural texture and won’t look much like glass,” he says, adding that it’s best to find a foundation and moisturizer hybrid to deliver.” a luminous finish”.

“Apply sparingly with your fingers and use a beauty blender to smooth,” Tyme says.

  • Step 6: Apply a shine gel in certain areas to give you that glass “look”

As for the glass skin, Yoshimoto Bua said it was inspired by komorebi, which is a Japanese word for the sun filtering through leaves or trees. “I use (a gel gloss) on the cheeks, eyelids and orbital bone to create a lucite-like ‘light through the trees’ finish.” She also says you want to lightly pat the gel on when applying the product, and you can even put it on the tip of your nose and Cupid’s bow (area between your upper lip and your nose). That said: do not apply the gloss everywhere.

“For me, glass skin is about the contrast between glow and matte,” Yoshimoto Bua said, adding that you only want to apply it to two or three areas at most.

A rosy pink lip adds a pop of color to Jessica Biel’s glass skin look.WireImage
  • Step 7: Make sure you have a splash of color somewhere

The great thing about glass skin is that everything should be pretty monotonous, but there should be at least some color on your face. “Adding a blush or a bold lip is important so that you don’t look like a zombie, says Yoshimoto Bua. “You can do any lip color with a glass skin, but if you want an all in glass, you can do a white lip liner and then use a flesh-colored lipstick or gloss.” With this look, we recommend using blush and making your eyes pop with a bit of mascara or gel eyeliner.

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