20 AUG - 2021
It's time to give yourself the glowjob of your dreams.
Since I’ve been inching closer to my thirties, my skin has been getting drier and drier and I’ve pretty much converted my entire makeup routine to cream only. There’s a bajillion glow-generating products out there but as you may have experienced, not all are the same.
Glass skin, formerly known as ‘Mulgwang’ in South Korea, translates to ‘water light.’ It was a huge trend more than a decade ago and celebrities would go on screen with intensely reflective and flawless skin without any colour makeup. It was purely about emulating the bouncy and hydrated skin of a 22 year old.
Fast forward to 2021 in the Western-sphere, and we’ve got a glowy makeup trend that has evolved from blinding shimmers and glitters to textureless glass skin like the morning dew.
First and foremost, you need to have your bases covered. I’ll give you fair warning that it may be a little difficult to nail this look if your skin hasn’t been treated with proper care. These days, full-coverage options are sitting on the sidelines and ultra-sheer formulas have taken its place on the main stage. It’s all about enhancing the glow factor and showing your own skin’s features like freckles and moles while covering up scars and zits with a teensy bit of concealer. With that said, if you’re uncomfortable with sheer formulas, you can still create the glass skin look with a full-coverage foundation.
Another thing to note is that I wouldn’t recommend an all-cream makeup look for those with oily skin. I used to have oily skin where blotting was required at 11am and every time I tried a glowy and hydrated look, my makeup would slide like an avalanche down my face. Yuck. No mas.
After testing out a range of cream formulas, I’ve lined up the best of the best from MECCA to use for your complexion, eyes, cheeks, lips and of course, textureless illuminators to give that dew-like effect.
You can use a BB cream, CC cream or a skin tint to create a thin veil of coverage. My personal go-to is ILIA’s award-winning Super Skin Tint SPF 40, $73 - it’s a trifecta of makeup, skincare and sun protection and the best part is, you can apply it with your hands. It provides barely-there coverage but gives you an amazing healthy glow that’s truly believable. I’ve been using it for the past month since it launched in New Zealand and I think it’s a first-of-its-kind formula that will lead the way in this category.
On top of your base, you will want to use two different types of concealers in different weights.
For the under eyes, Kosas Revealer Super Creamy + Brightening Concealer and Daytime Eye Cream, $45, works a charm. It’s non-drying with a radiant finish and you can also use it to highlight the high points of the face. If you’ve got crepey and wrinkly under eyes, then you’ll need a formula that is ultra lightweight and crease-proof. Chantecaille Le Camouflage Stylo, $88, is the one for you.
To cover up blemishes, use a tiny bit of Hourglass Vanish Airbrush Concealer, $55. It’s heavy duty and longwearing but the finish is undetectably natural. This is some primo stuff right here while sitting at a relatively friendly price point.
If you’ve got a generous budget, Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour, $47, has a creamy texture that glides effortlessly and is so easy to blend. It’s water and crease-resistant too; factors that most would overlook but is a necessity. You could collect these like pokemon in all the mattes and shimmers.
If you’re looking for affordability, MECCA MAX Zoom Shadow Stick, $21, are super creamy and buildable and can cover all the looks from natural to dramatic.
This is the product that matters the most for glass skin. Kevyn Aucoin Glass Glow Face, $51, is an incredibly versatile product that you need for all things dew related. It can be mixed with foundation or tinted moisturiser to enhance the overall glow factor and it also creates light-bending reflections when applied on the cheek bones. It’s textureless with a non-sticky finish and super economical! I personally love the shade ‘Prism Rose.’
RMS Living Luminizer, $61, is an oldie but a goodie. Made with castor seed and coconut oils, it’s a natural alternative for those who prefer clean formulas.
Hourglass Vanish Blush Stick, $73, has the advantage of easy application as it comes in a stick format. Plus, its cream-to-powder formula melts seamlessly into the skin with a brush as well as just the fingers.
If you want a bit of sheen in your blush, Stila Convertible Colour, $40, has a gorgeous range of skin-hued shades to create a natural and radiant flushed look. Castor seed and lanolin oils make the base of this product so it’s a nourishing option for those with dry skin.
If pigment is what you’re looking for, NARS Liquid blush, $48, packs a punch. Dolce Vita is a matte and dusty rose that’s perfect for the sunkissed 90s supermodel look, while Orgasm and Torrid have a golden shimmer that’s super pretty and flattering.
Hourglass is really taking home all the trophies today. Creamy, smooth and longwearing with a satin finish, Confession Ultra Slim High Intensity Refillable Lipstick, $58, is by far the sexiest lipstick on the market. You can apply intuitively without a mirror and the golden bullet packaging is a statement on its own.