Makeup never goes on properly when skin is dry. Try this neat (and quick) Korean beauty trick to soothe dehydrated skin for a dewy glow.
#1 Albion Excia Embeage Lotion, $260
Scaly skin sufferers, got a minute to spare? Then say annyeonghaseyo to the sexy “wet” skin sported by just about every K-Drama starlet in Seoul.
#2 Dior One Essential Mist-Lotion, $90
It’s incredible how ingenious the Koreans are, really. Tip of my hat to a (publicity-shy) Korean pal of mine for divulging one of the best beauty hacks ever.
#3 Origins Ginzing Energy-boosting Treatment Lotion Mist, $42
Here’s her secret: Express DIY masks first thing in the morning. Grab three or four pieces of your finest cotton pads and douse them in your go-to toner or softening lotion.
#4 IDS Purifying Toner, $62
Sidebar: I suggest sticking your skincare in the fridge; this neat storage trick makes them go the extra mile and is especially handy for cooling ruddy complexions.
#5 Dr.Ci:Labo VC100 Essence Lotion, $83
In any case, when the cotton pads are wet all the way through, slap them on your face – but only on select areas: One across the forehead, one for each side of your cheeks, and one you press into place across your nose bridge.
#6 Shu Uemura Ultime8 Sublime Beauty Oil In Lotion, $85
Twiddle your thumbs for one minute, then take the pads off. Pat in any excess product and proceed with the rest of your regimen.
#7 Caudalie Moisturizing Toner, $47 from Sephora
Now, there’s method to this madness (and you will look mad with those white cotton sheets mummifying your mien!) Notice how said areas of the face are also the very same spots where most of us tend to get dry, itchy patches?
#8 Porcelain Revive Glycolic Toner, $59
By bumping up the plumpness of the cheeks with a skin-soothing toner, you’re giving your makeup a highlighting head start. The moisture will also imbue your mien with a subtle inner sheen that’s very intriguing; my Korean industry insider says that this speedy spot treatment is the secret to the beguilingly bare dewiness so coveted in today’s K-Obsessed world.
#9 For Beloved One Mandelic Acid Renewal Toner, $38
Well, now you know. Click through my personal pick of the top toners on the market right now, and share this story with your beauty buddies. Oh, and be sure to try it out yourself, pronto. Your skin can thank me later!
#10 Crabtree & Evelyn Damask Rose Purifying Toning Lotion, $28
#11 Ren Clarifying Toning Lotion, $46 from Escentials
#12 Dr Gl Toner Lightening, $168
#13 Estelle & Thild Biocleanse Facial Toner, $36 from Sephora Singapore
#14 Fresh Umbrian Clay Purifying Facial Toner, $54
#15 Natura Bisse Diamond White Clarity Toning Lotion, US$66 from Net-A-Porter
Text: Eugene Quek, Her World Plus / Additional reporting: Arissa Ha