When it comes to dewy, radiant, exceptional skin, I've got to argue that Korean's just do it best. 촉촉 (chok chok) or 'moist' is a korean phrase given to that ridiculously hydrated, eternally young, baby-face skin that, Koreans (and I) rate so highly. Obviously some time and a well-honed skincare routine is the foundations to getting your skin looking this good, which I'm going to address in a separate post, but today I'm sharing with you some Korean tips and my favourite makeup products to achieve the 촉촉 look, have a peek!
First off let's clarify my objectives here, 촉촉 is not shimmery, nor oily, nor sweaty, it's dewy, like fresh dew on grass, and I've chosen my favourite products that make this last all day on my combo skin.
Primer | A luminous primer is the first step to achieving 촉촉 skin. My Etude House Beauty Shot Face Blur instantly brightens my complexion with it's pale pink hue and really smooths over my pores to make everything look more seamless, it kinda looks like I've been photoshopped?! Y'all need to check this one out.
Base | Whilst with some other steps I'd say you could substitute in western products (like I'm going to be doing further down), for the keystone of the whole makeup look, I'd invest in a Korean foundation, I promise you won't regret it! For my combination skin that's currently erring on the side of oily (also because I'm not going to be setting this with powder) I'm going to be using two of my favourite base products that provide a natural finish.
Holika Holika's Petit Aqua Jelly BB is a jelly base (it literally wobbles) that makes you look positively beautiful and radiant but somehow keeps oil production at bay, I don't know how this is so inexpensive yet so good (there's a full review waiting in the wings!). With a light but present coverage, I bounce this all over with a damp sponge before using my IOPE Air Cushion XP in C21 (review here) rather like a concealer to add extra coverage where I need it. Remember to press press press rather than swipe! This is another product I wax lyrical about, it's well worth investing in if you like a youthful finish, it looks perfect on both young and aging skin. If you need extra coverage, something really comfortable and in keeping like the Etude House Cushion Concealer would be perfect to dab onto blemishes/under the eyes.
At this point, we should be seeing a bouncy skin texture that looks full of hydration!
Blush | Blush in Korea is to enliven the face, carry on the youthful-skin-look and give a natural flush. This means a subtle and diffused application that's well blended, dewy but not shimmery. A cushion blush like this one from IOPE would be fantastic here but I can't resist using my Chanel Les Beiges gel stick in No.21. I draw on faint splodges a little further back on my cheeks, almost where you would think to apply highlighter, and blend blend blend until it's really sheered out.
Highlight/Contour | Again, these steps are so far removed from western ideals! Highlight is soft, gentle and with very little shimmer. Contour is skipped altogether or more of a general cheek warming up, but with an awfully delicate hand. My top tip here is to make your own gel products! I take half a pump of my Laneige Water Bank Essence (an absolute skincare winner) on the back of my hand and mix in a heavy pass of Innisfree's Face Designing Duo (review here) highlighter for the tops of my cheekbones and another half a pump of essence with a heavy pass of the warmth shade in the same palette for some shading. Doing this keeps everything looking perfectly dewy, seamless and sensational.
Eyes and Lips | It's got to be a Korean-style-y gradient lip hasn't it?! I used my Lancome Juicy Shaker (review here + collection swatches) in Berry Tale, if you want a tutorial then let me know! For eyes I went with a popular Korean choice of a black wing with a shadowing bright shade, I thought spring green and pink were apt for the season!
Finishing Touches | Seeing as we worked so hard to get the perfect, dewy Korean skin, a setting powder is vito-ed. For drier skins, this won't be a problem, for normal-combo, the primer and Holika Holika base should keep everything looking beautiful for hours, for oilier skins, I'd recommend a matte setting spray like this one from NYX, or even powdering with something delicate then adding a spray on top to meld everything together, work with what you've got ladies!
Keep your eyes peeled for the 촉촉 Skincare Edit and let me know if you liked this K-beauty post!
P.S Have you seen my Rosie for Autograph collection swatches?
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