Whether you’re looking for dewy skin or a healthy glow, there’s no doubt that healthy skin is in.
The Koreans have a term for this: chok chok. It’s an onomatopoeia that means ‘moist’, and to them – ideal, healthy skin is glowing and bouncy. I mean, it’s great. For Spring/Summer 2017, get that youthful, lit-from-within look with a few key products.
Prep: Moisturizing Products
The infamous Korean 10 step routine focuses on locking in hydration – I can hear you. 10 steps? Who has time for that? Don’t worry – juicy, plump skin isn’t some distant, unattainable ideal. The key ingredients would be high amounts of humectants – ingredients that attract water. You’re looking at hyaluronic acid, glycerin and the like.
The Hada Labo Hydrating Kiwamizu Lotion would be great to layer under your moisturizer, but the Holy Grail of Japanese hydrating products (and seemingly, universally loved online) is the Hada Labo Gokujyun Hydrating Lotion. Their claim to fame? Four types of hyaluronic acid. There’s also a light version for oily/combination skin.
Given that the chok chok skin phenomena is an Asian thing, I turned to /r/AsianBeauty for ideas. They recommended a good moisturizer and a great sleeping pack. So far, the ones that I’ve seen recommended are the Belif The True Cream – Aqua Bomb and the Laneige Water Sleeping Pack.
Prime: An Illuminated Base
Faking the look takes a matter of minutes, since moisturizing products do require some dedication. We’re millennials – instant gratification is a thing. This blog talks about focusing illumination on the ‘apple zone’ (who names these things?) of the face, but really – an illuminating primer would be a good start. Primers like the BECCA Backlight Primer Filter are bound to add light to your face, while having the added advantage of blurring any imperfections you might have.
Multipurpose products work even better: think MAC Cosmetics Strobe Cream – a moisturizer that can double up as a highlighter, or all-over products like the NYX Bright Idea Illuminating Sticks that add some glow wherever you need it.
This look works best when you use natural looking highlighters – you’re looking at liquid or cream formulas instead of powder ones, which can look unnatural. The BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector is always a favorite as is the Benefit Watt’s Up! Cream Highlighter.
Charlotte Cho from Soko Glam has more tips on achieving that glow but are you a matte or dewy person? Talk beauty with me in the comments!