Expert Reveals Top Korean Beauty Picks
Lauren Lee, an expert with over ten years' experience in K-beauty, shares her insights into the Korean beauty products and ingredients that are not to be missed.
Luxury for the skin defined, The History Of Whoo Jinyulhyang Red Wild Ginseng Facial Oil is ideal for anti aging because it contains highly concentrated wild Red Ginseng extracts. No ingredient is more prized in Korean beauty than wild red ginseng because of the ability it has to transform the skin.
The only downside is that it is extremely expensive, which is why you'll only find it in the most luxurious Korean beauty products.
In addition, this formula also contains almond oil and other herbal ingredients, which provide intensive care to mature skin. They assist to diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
I've tried hundreds of Korean BB Creams and cushions over the years but Skin79's BB Cream formulas stand the test of time. I've been obsessed with them since their first launch but there's a reason they're still in my makeup bag - they're just the best. Not only do Skin79's BB Creams cover flaws, brighten skin and prevent oiliness, they adjust to match your skin tone.
The only downside is that (like most other Korean makeup) the shade range is limited. However, Skin79 Hot Pink BB Cream is one of our STYLE STORY K-Beauty Award Winners and a consistent best-seller to boot.
It was the number 1 selling toner in 2022 and has been again this year. Why? Because this deliciously hydrating 2-in-1 essence toner is bursting with juicy goodness your skin will simply drink up.
I specifically formulated essence-style toner to be used when doing the 7 Skins Method, which involves applying multiple layers of toner for hydration.
Take a look at the difference in my skin when I use it vs when I don't:
It contains a blend of hydrators, humectants and antioxidants, starting from the very first ingredient. Rather than plain old water, it's infused with birch sap to plump and nourish skin. It also contains 3 types of hyaluronic acid.
Plus, it nourishes your skin with Birch Sap, Chinaberry plant extract, Ivy Gourd fruit extract, Adenosine, Panthenol and more.
For more on how this toner was made, tune into the Korean Beauty Show podcast:
It might be the best selling mist spray in Korea (selling OVER 14 million units!) but it's also one of my personal favourites. I must have been through 50 tubes of this stuff because it's perfect for my dry skin.
I use this any time my skin feels tight, dry or dull. I always have one on my desk at work because it leaves me looking radiant and hydrated.
Finally, I can't go past one of my all-time favourite Korean obsessions - the lip tint! Romand's Juicy Lasting Tint isn't just my fave though - it's one of the most popular makeup products in Korea and Japan as well.
My go-to shade is Fig Fig, which I love because it's got a buildable colour. It gives me effortlessly plump lips without any sticky residue.
To prep my lips, I apply a thin layer of Gelato Glaze Lip Mask and then pop a few layers of this over the top.
The versatility allows you to create multiple lip looks with a single product. Instant-obsession!
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