1. Always Cleanse Your Skin Thoroughly
We all know that beautiful makeup starts with beautiful skin, and beautiful skin can only be achieved when it is thoroughly cleansed so skincare products are able to penetrate effectively. This means making a conscientious effort to double cleanse your skin daily, especially at the end of the day.
Begin with using a cleansing oil or cleansing milk that melts away makeup and grime, before following with a cleansing foam that eliminates excess sebum and dirt for clearer, healthier skin. Once or twice a week, depending on your skin type, don’t forget to exfoliate your skin to ensure that dead skin cells are not left to accumulate as they can lead to clogged pores and dullness.
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2. Invest In A Sound Skincare Routine
After cleansing, it is important to follow immediately with a skincare step like an essence or lotion to replenish and rebalance skin with moisture. As the face of luxury Korean skincare brand, Sulwhasoo, Hye-kyo swears by its First Care Activating Serum EX, $115 (60 ml) (below, left). With an ultra-light gel-fluid texture, it is easily absorbed into the skin, infusing it with the hydrating and revitalising powers of traditional Korean herbs.
Next, proceed with an eye product like Laneige’s Time Freeze Eye Serum, $69 (20 ml) (above, middle), which is packed with ingredients that support collagen production and improve microcirculation for firmer, brighter eye contours.
Then follow with a serum of your choice to deliver a concentrated amount of potent actives to address your skin concerns. Try Clarins Hydra-Essentiel Bi-Phase Serum, $98 (30 ml) (above, right), if hydration is your main issue. It deeply hydrates while strengthening skin’s barrier function so it retains moisture better. Or opt for Sulwhasoo’s Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Serum, $265 (50 ml), if wrinkles and a loss of elasticity are among your top concerns, as it improves skin firmness, plumpness, smoothness and brightness for a youthful complexion.
As a final step of your skincare, finish with a moisturiser to seal in all the goodness of the products applied.
3. Mask Regularly
If there’s something we can all learn from Korean women and their beauty regimes, it is the fact that they’re obsessed with masking. Think of masks as an intensive DIY facial to give your skin a surge of moisture and nutrients. Be it cream masks, sheet masks, or even sleeping masks, frequent masking can complement your existing skincare routine and greatly improve the condition of your skin. Plus, sheet masks are individually packed, making them super convenient for travel so you can pamper your skin while being on the go.
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Try: Sulwhasoo Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Creamy Mask, $148 (box of 5pcs)
One of Hye-kyo’s favourites, it has an innovative fabric-like texture that’s saturated with a creamy mask to infuse skin with the revitalising benefits of ginseng. Plus, its non-drip format means you don’t have to worry about any dripping mess. Watch our video here:
4. Less Is More When It Comes To Foundation
For a natural-looking makeup finish, stay away from matte or high coverage foundations. Instead, opt for sheer, buildable formulas so you can control the intensity of coverage. Whichever foundation you choose, the only rule to keep in mind is to start with a little product and add on where needed. This allows you to let your natural skin texture show through instead of looking like you’re wearing a heavy cast of makeup.
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Try: Armani Beauty To Go Essence-In-Foundation Tone-Up Cushion, $105
A hybrid between skincare and makeup, it’s infused with essence ingredients to keep skin hydrated while protecting it from pollution.
Try: Sulwhasoo’s Perfecting Cushion EX, $80
Or you can take your cue from Hye-Kyo and go with this cushion. With a dewy, buildable formula, it adheres seamlessly onto skin and stays colour-true all day long.
5. Frame Your Face With Well-Defined Brows
Complexion-aside, Hye-kyo is never seen without her perfectly defined arches. Strong enough to frame her features yet natural enough to not look overly harsh, you can now get brows like hers to accentuate your features.
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Try: Sulwhasoo’s Eyebrow Perfector, $26 each
Available in four shades, these brow pencils comes with a flat pen on one end so you can draw tiny strokes that look like brow hairs to fill up sparse spots, as well as a spooley brush to allow you to blend them out for natural, fuller-looking brows.
6. Light Up Your Complexion With A Bright Lip Colour
While Song Hye-Kyo favours a natural makeup look and hardly wears bold colours, she knows the power of a bright lipstick. If you find yourself stuck in a neutral makeup rut, why not venture out of your comfort zone and opt for a bright lip colour while keeping the rest of your makeup pared down?