5 utterly surprising K-pop beauty trends that you’ve never heard of

And now that you have, you’ll be hooked – we swear it. 

The brow cushion
03 Apr 2017

The brow cushion

You’ve heard of the Korean brow, right? It’s thick and is completely straight, so as to give a more youthful, innocent impression. But as we’ve discovered, trying to draw on a Korean brow with a skinny eyebrow pencil is nearly as time-consuming as putting on a full face of makeup. Enter the eyebrow cushion.

Yes, eyebrow cushion is really a thing. Following the same format (and formulation) as your regular cushion foundation or blush, the eyebrow cushion comes in a stamp pad form with a brush-type applicator to help you to fill in your brows with the liquid-to-powder formula. Just don’t go too crazy with ‘colouring’ in your brows with this stuff – it’ll look like you’ve painted them on with your baby cousin’s paint set. 

Try this:
Laneige Eyebrow Cushion-cara, $36, which comes in dual shades and a dual-ended applicator to help even makeup newbies achieve that naturally lush brow look.

 

The splash-on mask
03 Apr 2017

The splash-on mask

We have to admit that we are a little conflicted (and confused) about this one. You’re supposed to dilute a capful of this concentrated watery ‘mask’ into a bowlful (or sinkful) of water and splash it onto your clean face to get skin glowy and nourished.

It seems more like a toner, and definitely less relaxing than the traditional mask, but we’ve heard rumours that it works like magic to perk up dull, tired complexions. It’s apparently inspired by an old Korean beauty ritual of bathing the skin in rice water.

If it sounds like too much work, here’s a hack: pat a little onto freshly cleansed face in the shower and rinse off after 30 seconds. It still works its glowy magic, trust us. 

Try this:
Blithe Energy Yellow Citrus & Honey Patting Water Pack, Soothing & Healing Green Tea Patting Water Pack and Rejuvenating Purple Berry Patting Water Pack, $54 each, contains botanical antioxidants, exfoliating lactic acid and emollient glycerin to tone, refine and protect skin. From Sephora

The day-and-night pore treatment
03 Apr 2017

The day-and-night pore treatment

The Koreans take their poreless perfection goals very seriously. It’s not enough to just have one pore treatment, but you need a comprehensive day-and-night one now to tackle those stubbornly gaping pores. And forget that archaic clay pore mask that dries and peels off your nose. Get ready for the pore sleeping mask, which works overnight to tighten and refine pores as you sleep.

Try this:
Caolion Pore Tightening Day & Night Glowing Duo, $60, contains a Pore Tightening Bounce Cream for the day, which hydrates skin to help makeup stay on longer and prevents it from caking into the pores. The Pore Tightening Sleeping Mask tightens pores and leaves skin looking radiant when you wake. From Sephora

The rubber mask
03 Apr 2017

The rubber mask

Before you start making S&M jokes, know this. The rubber sheet layer actually serves a purpose – it helps prevent the active ingredients in the precious skin ampoule from evaporating and helps it to be absorbed more thoroughly into the skin. It also helps to soothe and calm inflamed skin suffering from post-sunburn or aesthetic treatment trauma. 

Try this:
Dr Jart+ Rubber Masks, $18 each 

The press-on serum
03 Apr 2017

The press-on serum

“The what…?” You might ask. Yes, you heard us. This newly developed skincare category was actually created for people who are too lazy to apply serum before their moisturizer (hence this hybrid serum-moisturiser), or require more intense hydration than a normal cream can provide.

Most press-on serums transforms from a balm to a cream, or a cream to a more watery serum-type texture upon pressing into the skin with your fingers. All the better to melt into the skin to deliver all its nutritious goodness. 

Try this:
Algenist POWER Recharging Night Pressed Serum, $132, contains nutrient-rich coconut water and alguronic acid to reduce lines, improve skin elasticity and brighten fatigued, dull complexions. 

Blithe’s Pressed Serums come in three formulations, $58 to $64, to tackle every skin condition from calming stressed skin to firming saggy complexions. The bouncy texture really does disappear into the skin after some gentle pressing motions and seems to absorb quite well. Both from Sephora

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