You definitely have heard of dewy or luminous skin, but what’s this ‘glass skin’ everyone’s talking about? Similar to the Western dewy makeup look, glass skin is currently the most trending term in the Korean beauty world, coined to signify that seemingly transparent finish that gives you the natural effect of a crystal-clear complexion. And you guessed – it has little to do with fancy makeup products, but everything to do with skin prepping. As the trend is still going strong, we figured you’ll need our help to get you up to speed with achieving the look. Here’s how to pull off that perfectly plump finish to look as if you’re naturally blessed with gorgeous, glass-like skin.

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Step 1: Prep
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HERBIVORE BOTANICALS Pink Cloud Rosewater Moisture Crème (left), Fresh Vitamin Nectar Moisture Glow Face Cream

The art of achieving a glass-skin makeup look actually begins long before you apply any makeup on. Start off your prepping routine with a lightweight moisturiser, as it will offer instant hydration while sinking into your skin immediately. If you’re prone to sensitive skin, try HERBIVORE BOTANICALS Pink Cloud Rosewater Moisture Crème (THB 1,850), which helps moisturise the skin with its water-based formula, as well as soothing and reducing appearance of redness with its rosemary leaf extracts. Those with ultra-dry skin types will love Fresh Vitamin Nectar Moisture Glow Face Cream (THB 1,890). Enriched with fruity essences, this gel based formula gives a great amount of moisture to create a perfect canvas for your makeup.

Step 2: Prime
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MARC JACOBS BEAUTY Under(cover) Perfecting Coconut Face Primer (left), Bye Bye Pores from IT COSMETICS

We often overlook the primer in our daily makeup routine, but it’s essentially a game-changer when it comes to keeping your skin glassy and glowy. While some of them are designed to ensure a long-lasting makeup with a matte finish, there are a few that aim to boost a healthy-looking glow without sacrificing the staying power. Some of our favourites include MARC JACOBS BEAUTY Under(cover) Perfecting Coconut Face Primer (THB 1,800) that allows your skin to breathe with a smooth and silky finish. We also appreciate a flawless look when using this Bye Bye Pores from IT COSMETICS (THB 1,700). Living up to its name, the primer blurs the appearance of pores and fine lines, while evening out the skin tone and texture with its skin-loving ingredients such as Moroccan lava clay, purifying charcoal and papaya fruit extracts.

Step 3: Polish
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Fresh Glow BB Cream (left),  Mamonde Brightening Cover Watery Cushion

Step aside, heavy, matte foundations – tinted BB creams and weightless cushions are the way to go when you’re polishing off a porcelain-like makeup. Burberry also embraces the trend by introducing this Fresh Glow BB Cream (THB 1,800), which is a splendid fusion of skincare and makeup. With a signature blend of lavender, rosehip and tea, not only does it boost a healthy-looking radiance but it also improves your natural complexion in the long run. For those who take a shine to a Korean-made offering, you should opt for Mamonde Brightening Cover Watery Cushion (THB 800). Infused with peach blossom extracts, this cushion foundation brightens your overall facial complexion, while leaving your skin plumped and perfect.

Step 4: Illuminate
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Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops (left), Espoir Dewy Face Glow Balm

While the Western dewy look may require a tonne of bronzers and contouring, we only need a few radiance-boosting products for the glass skin makeup look. For an extra glow – what’s a better way to achieve that wet-look than with a liquid highlighter? Just a few drops from this Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops (THB 1,950), and you’ll get the glimmer effect you’re searching for. Packed with pearlescent shimmers, this illuminator seamlessly adds a glistening sheen to your skin. For anyone who prefers a non-fluid formula, definitely go for Espoir Dewy Face Glow Balm (THB 815), which delivers a generous amount of pigmentation to achieve a natural glow with a velvety-smooth finish.

Step 5: Set and spray
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SATURDAY SKIN Daily Dew Hydrating Essence Mist (left), ALPHA-H Instant Facial

After all the skin prepping and base makeup, we’re finally at the final stage — which is a setting spray, of course. Here, a cool spritz from SATURDAY SKIN Daily Dew Hydrating Essence Mist (THB 1,220) can bring a little magic of luminosity to your skin, all while keeping your makeup fresh at all times. If you’re looking for a multi-task facial mist, this ALPHA-H Instant Facial (THB 1,580) is also a good choice. Soaked with nourishing nutrients from barley, malt and arnica flowers, this hydrating mist will reboot and maximise your skin’s moisture retention, ultimately promoting a youthful elasticity. All in all, these products will not only prevent your makeup from fading but will also guide you to a naturally radiant complexion.

Chanya Ormtavesub
Staff Writer, Bangkok
Chanya enjoys writing about everything related to fashion and beauty. If you ever catch her day-dreaming, she’s probably thinking about what to put next onto her shopping wish lists and how to make her cat happy.