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Korean Beauty’s 5 Most Popular Skin Trends

August 03, 2021

Korean Beauty’s 5 Most Popular Skin Trends

Korean Beauty’s 5 Most Popular Skin Trends


Episode Title:Korean Beauty’s 5 Most Popular Skin Trends Ep-65 


Episode Description:

In Korean skincare, there are many different types of “gwangs” (or “glows”) that can be created through skincare, makeup and even diet. Today, we’re looking at five of the most popular ones. 





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Episode Summary:

Some of the most popular and enduring looks arekkul gwang(“honey skin),mul gwang (“water skin”),yun gwang(“lustrous skin”) andsok gwang(“the inner glow”). 


The trend of celebrity beauty lines is not showing signs of slowing down worldwide. Amore Pacific recently announced their intention to team up with former Wonder Girls group member Sohee to create a beauty line. The collection will be aimed at consumers in their 20s and 30s.

She follows in the footsteps of other famous Koreans like:

  • Ha Ji Won, who launched her own beauty line, J One;
  • Moonshot, which was launched by YG Entertainment. 


Honey skin (“Kkul gwang”)

What is it: Honey skin is skin that looks soft, hydrated, healthy and glowing. This trend has been popular in Korea for years because it is ideal no matter the weather. As a result, a whole range of products have been created specifically to perfect the honey skin glow. 

How to get it: While it’s not absolutely necessary to use products with honey in them, honey-based products are perfect for this. They not only supply the hydration needed but also the skin nutrition that’s essential for this look. Try layering honey or propolis based products for the best results.

Firstly, a propolis essence like Skinfood’s Royal Honey Propolis Enrich Essence. Secondly, a propolis toner like COSRX Propolis Synergy Toner. Thirdly, a serum like APLB’sBee Pollen Propolis Ampoule Serum which gives the skin a rich glow. Finally, a cream like APLBVitamin Propolis Moisture Cream helps to lock in the hydration. In addition, it also makes the skin look instantly healthier. 

Water skin (“Mul gwang”)

What is it: The water glow or “water skin” is best summed up as the look you get after showering, when the skin looks juicy, plump and with an almost wet sheen to it. If you watch Korean TV or K-dramas, you’ll notice that many celebrities favour this look. 

How to get it: Although Korean BB creams are perfect for achieving “water skin” (try cult-favouriteSkin79 BB Creams), the condition of the skin itself is also really important. In order to nail the dewyness you need, you are going to want to pump the skin full of hydration. 

Ingredients like hyaluronic acid, glycerin and oils are ideal for this. Again, layering products will help. d’Alba White Truffle Anti Wrinkle Cream and Jelly Ko Cherry Blossom Sleeping Mask are perfect. 

Glass Skin 

What Is It? Glass skin (or “yuri pibu” as it’s known in Korean) refers to translucent looking skin that is toned, hydrated, healthy and fresh.

If you imagine your skin like a piece of glass –dewy and luminous with no pores – you’ve got the idea behind Korea’s latest skincare craze.

Here’s Korea’s glass skin trend and how to get it.

How To Get It To achieve glass skin, you’ll need lightweight layers that plump and brighten the complexion.

The key ingredient ishydration.

To guarantee the glow, try a routine that includesDouble Cleansing > Toning > Essence > Sheet Mask > Serum > Moisturiser.

After cleansing, try a sheet mask, followed by a misting spray liked’Alba Piedmont First Spray Serum. Lock it in with a rich, nourishing cream likeJelly Ko Bubble Tea Steam Cream, which combines an oil-in-cream formula with the benefits of a serum. 

Lustrous skin (“Yun Gwang”)

What is it:Yun gwang is similar to strobing, which involves placing a strategic sheen on the high planes of the face. 

How to get it: It’s important to start off with the right base for this look. Korean makeup often starts with a rose or pink coloured primer that will leave the skin looking instantly fresher and healthier before you even start your foundation. Heimish’sArtless Glow Base is great for this. 

Espoir Water Splash Sun Cream is another option. 

Instead of foundation, opt for a Korean BB Cream or cushion which lets the skin’s natural light shine through before moving onto strobing. Strobing is a makeup technique that uses shimmery shades of highlighter to accentuate the places where the light naturally touches the face. 


“Lit from within skin” /  the inner glow (“Sok gwang”)

What is it: “Sok gwang”is the subtlest of all thegwangs, being the healthy glow you get from taking care of yourself from the inside out. 

How to get it: A diet of fresh fruits and vegetables, plenty of water and supplements like soluble collagen are the keys to a healthy, lit from within glow. Koreans usually finish a meal with fruits rather than a sweet dessert, and this is one way to ensure your skin and body stay healthy and naturally glowing. 

Illiyooon Ceramide Ato Concentrate Cream is a great basic moisturiser for healthy skin. 



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"Korean makeup often starts with a rose or pink coloured primer that will leave the skin looking instantly fresher and healthier"

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