Get the look: The ingénue glow of Soo Young from Girls’ Generation
Let there be light
Looking fresh and healthy is the beauty trend that'll keep on trending, and who better than Korea celebrities with their unfairly baby-smooth skin to be your makeup k-inspiration source material? Wearing that ingénue glow to perfection, Choi Soo Young (one-eighth of K-pop band Girls' Generation) debuted a fresh face at the Gucci Cruise 2018 show in Italy, and her makeup — besides being on-point for the idyllic Florentine summer — was all about that youthful dewiness. Finished with rosy-hued lips and cheeks, this is cherubic glow done the Korean way. Here's what you need to cop her look:
1. Moonshot Moonbright Cream, $43
Don't knock this little unassuming jar until you've tried it. Word has it that this priming cream is the secret behind that covetous luminous complexion flaunted by so many K-pop idols. Worn beneath your foundation or on its own, the lightweight formula not only bestows a pearlescent sheen but it simultaneously tones the skin.
2. IT Cosmetics CC+ Veil Beauty Fluid Foundation SPF 50+, $62
The dewy look means not suffocating your skin with heavy foundation. For something that gives a sheer finish but also covers the worst of your facial flaws, the newest innovation from IT Cosmetics does the job wonderfully. Infused with liquid crystals to brighten and colour correct the skin, this cushion compact also provides a hydrating and luminous finish.
3. Mamonde Creamy Tint Lip Balm Intense in No. 16 Matt Pop Orange, $16
Ombré lips have had its heyday in K-beauty, and the Koreans are now moving onto a new texture: Sheer matte. If this boggles you — how can matte and sheer co-exist? — then you need to give Mamonde's tint crayons a whirl. Its soft, powdery finish dials back on the starkly dry lip look and is much more wearable sans perfect lip lines.
4. Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour, $49
If you've always preferred an uncomplicated eye look, you'll be happy to know this doesn't require much in the way of eyeshadow. All you need is a one-and-done colour to give some depth to your peepers, such as these Laura Mercier shadow pencils in a range of matte nudes and browns. With excellent colour payoff, easy blendability, and smudge-proof up to 12 hours, they're totes a makeup bag staple.
5. Dior Diorshow Pump'N'Volume Mascara
When 'more is more' is the order of the day without having to finagle with falsies and lash glue, Dior's latest Pump'N'Volume mascara is the go-to that will bestow you with those fluttery bambi eyes. From natural to va-va-voom, a special squeeze tube lets you control the amount of product on the wand. Swipe on generously and repeat until desired XXL level lashes are achieved.
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