KOREAN BEAUTY’S BLURRING TECHNIQUE
Blurring is a popular K-beauty technique that involves layering moisturisers, primers and creams to reduce the look of fine lines, wrinkles, uneven skin tone and acne.
Think of a camera filter for your face in real life and you’ve got the idea behind this trend.
How to achieve blurring at home? Get our top tips and the best products to use.
Blurring is designed to get the skin looking naturally dewy, radiant and fresh by “blurring out” any imperfections. Rather than contouring or piling on the makeup to cover any flaws, creating a blurred look is all about using minimal makeup – the idea is for the real skin to be visible so that rather than an oil painting you look like a more enhanced version of your natural self.
HOW TO BLUR
Skincare for blurring
To achieve the blurred look that is popular in Korea, you’ll want to use a skin-brightening essence after your cleanser and toner. We love Tosowoong’s Propolis Brightening Essence, which brightens, hydrates and preps the skin to properly absorb your next layers of skincare.
Continue with a brightening, hydrating serum to get the complexion looking radiant. Try Tosowoong’s Propolis Sparkle Ampoule, which helps give the skin a poreless, smooth finish but is not too heavy to layer under makeup.
Complete your morning skincare with a light moisturising cream. Beauty of Joseon Dynasty Cream is perfect as it contains a bevvy of skin-refining ingredients like niacindamide, hyaluronic acid, adenosine, orchard extracts and ceramides, while also creating a smooth base for your makeup.
Makeup tricks can help perfect the look.
Makeup for blurring
Koreans will first apply a CC Cream, which covers imperfections like pigmentation and spots to improve the look of naked skin. Banila It Radiant CC Cream gives skin a radiant sheen before you even apply your foundation.
BB Cushions, another K-Beauty invention, are perfect for blurring, as they give a glossy finish that still looks sheer and natural. April Skin’s Snow Cushions are all the rage in Korea at the moment as they blur acne and pigmentation. Make sure you pat your BB Cushion into the skin rather than rubbing it in to achieve this look.
The rest of your makeup can be applied as normal but we suggest opting for a sheer lip tint or gloss to balance your new blurred look and minimal eye-makeup to keep it fresh. A slick or mascara rather than falsies or soft, natural eyelash extensions are the perfect finish.