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‘Glass skin’ isn’t necessarily a new trend, but it really picked up some traction earlier this year, particularly in the K Beauty world. If you don’t know what glass skin is, let me just tell you this: do not mistake this look for an over-the-top highlighted face. The Korean version of the trend is similar to strobing, with an overall dewier finish without looking too wet.
Of course, you can achieve glass skin with contouring, but just as you wouldn’t go overboard with highlighting, you also don’t want to completely chisel out those cheeks. It’s still about looking natural, like a glossier version of the ‘no makeup’ makeup.
If you’re not entirely sure if you’re doing it right, or generally have no clue what you’re doing, here’s a guide full of tips from beauty YouTubers bloggers and makeup artists:
How to Get the ‘Glass Skin’ Look, According to the Experts
1. Start with a sheet mask
If your skin is looking dull, you can always apply translucent powder, or highlight underneath your foundation. But when you start off with a sheet mask, the result is this undeniably beautiful, unparalleled glow, leaving your skin so hydrated and supple that you don’t need to apply too much product in your next few steps. Use a sheet mask for 10 to 15 mins, then take it off and rinse off any remaining residue.
2. Don’t forget to moisturize
Hydration is key for glass skin, so never skip this step. For those with oily skin or afraid of becoming too greasy with all these hydrating products, the AR Vitamin E Cream is suitable for all skin types, which you can go check out in our health and beauty section.
To get the most out of your moisturizer, let it sit for five minutes or so. This allows the product seep into the skin before applying primer and foundation.
3. Avoid a full coverage matte foundation
Mattefying foundations are the complete opposite of what you need. The look you’re trying to execute is dewy yet still skin-like, and a matte foundation strips away the natural shine that you’re trying to enhance. What you should opt for instead is a demi-matte, but don’t worry if you don’t have one. Simply mix some illuminating primer with your matte foundation and you’ll get almost the same results.
Because we’re not trying to go for anything full coverage, BB and CC creams are also great alternatives to foundations. At most, these creams give medium coverage, so you’re mostly just color correcting or blurring blemishes instead of caking on makeup.
4. If you are contouring, use cream products
Although contouring is great for contrast and thereby amplifying your highlight, it’s totally optional. If you do want to contour, go for cream products that will maintain the realistic sheen, as opposed to powdered products that tend to mattefy the skin. The same goes for your blush. If you don’t have a cream blush, a lip and cheek tint would also work. And feel free to dab the tint on your eyes and lips to give those areas some color while still maintaining the natural glow.
5. Use translucent powder on your T-zone and below the cheekbones
Believe it or not, powder is a crucial step, especially for combination and oily skin types. It’s up to you whether you want to go with loose or pressed power, as long as you choose a translucent powder to blur and soften your look, as well as get more mileage out of your makeup. A luminous translucent powder would also really help with that glowy finish.
You can apply the powder all over your face, or simply concentrate it in the T-zone and other oily spots. If you’re using a loose translucent powder, you can also “bake” under your eyes to brighten that area, as well as below your cheeks for more contrast. Contouring not necessary to do this step.
6. Don’t go crazy with highlighting
The look may be glass skin, but try to refrain from going wild with your highlighter. The goal isn’t to have blinding, multi-colored highlighter that influencers often showcase on Instagram. Obviously, you want a highlighter that is a natural color for your skin tone, and you can lightly dab it on the high points of your face, such as the top of your cheeks, above your brows, nose and cupid’s bow
7. Finish with a setting spray
Finally, lock everything in with a setting spray. Make sure you use a spray that adds radiance rather than dulling down your complexion. Remember, any product with the words “matte” or “mattefying” are to be avoided if you want any semblance of glass skin.
That’s all, ladies! Let us know how these glass skin tips work out for you, and feel free to comment below with feedback, or mention us in your selfies using @pretty_me_philippines!
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Sheena is the lead fashion writer here at Pretty Me Philippines and has contributed articles for numerous lifestyle blogs and online publications. Other than keeping up with the latest trends, she loves baking and home DIY projects.