Ways to achieve the K-beauty look without breaking the bank

Everyone wants dewy skin and bright eyes. These affordable tools will help you achieve your Korean #beautygoals

The lazy girl’s two-toned make-up bars
The lazy girl’s two-toned make-up bars
09 Mar 2016

The lazy girl’s two-toned make-up bars

When Laneige first came up with their Two-Tone Lip Bar, ombre-effect K-Beauty lips became a very attainable look for beauty noobs. With one swoop — okay, it takes more than that — you should have a pretty gradient that makes your lips look more 3D and luscious.

Laneige Two-Tone Lip Bars, $34 each
Laneige Two-Tone Lip Bars, $34 each
09 Mar 2016

Laneige Two-Tone Lip Bars, $34 each

Let’s be clear: Two shades in one bar do not make applying the ombre look any easier. The blend of colours is there for sure, but it’s not a smooth gradient. A brush is still required for proper blending, or else your lips will look unfinished. 

Two-Tone Shadow Bars, $38 each
Two-Tone Shadow Bars, $38 each
09 Mar 2016

Two-Tone Shadow Bars, $38 each

What of the new Shadow Bars? We definitely had better luck with these. After a few swipes over the eyelids, you don’t even need a brush to blend the two tones. Your fingers can do the smudge work quite effectively if you need to do your make-up on the run, but don’t want to pack many tools. The Shadow Bars are made with cream-based eyeshadow which has a shimmer effect to brighten the eyes.

Prime your skin for PhotoShop perfection
Prime your skin for PhotoShop perfection
09 Mar 2016

Prime your skin for PhotoShop perfection

At least that’s the promise of Erborian Korean Skin Therapy’s Pink Perfect Crème. One of its key ingredients, the leaves of Korea’s national fruit, the Diospyros Kaki (or persimmon), are said to be used in traditional Korean medicine, though we’re not sure how they contribute to the effects of the product. But combined with pumpkin seed oil for sebum production, horsetail extract to improve skin quality and camellia oil for skin regeneration and anti-inflammatory action, this primer does give a mildly luminous and “plump” effect. If you look really, really closely.

Erborian Pink Perfect Crème, $24, (15ml), from Sephora.
 

Smoothen skin with an exfoliating sponge
Smoothen skin with an exfoliating sponge
09 Mar 2016

Smoothen skin with an exfoliating sponge

We’ve all read about how microbeads in exfoliating facial gels and creams are killing our oceans. So why not ditch your tube and opt for a reusable sponge instead? All you need do is wet the sponge, with or without a cleansing product, and gently scrub away dead skin cells, make-up and excess sebum. The promised result: Smooth, matte skin. After the job is done, just wash the sponge, squeeze it and hang it to dry for your next use.

Face Konjac Purifying Sponge,$13, from Sephora.
 

For flush cheeks
For flush cheeks
09 Mar 2016

For flush cheeks

Shu Uemura has teamed up with fashion creatives, Kye, run by US-born, Seoul-raised designer, Kathleen Kye. The packaging of this Kye collaboration sports original illustrations representing everything that Koreans are obsessed with, from youthful good looks to K-Pop culture.

Shu Uemura fresh cushion blush, $48, available from Apr 14 to May 31.
 

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