How To Master This Korean Skin Secret

Photographed by Lauren Perlstein.
Dewy, luminous skin is as much the standard as it is an art form in South Korea — and "dewy" is not to be confused with the dreaded (in North America, at least) oily or shiny face.
In fact, there's a huge difference here: South Korean women want beauty that is healthy, hydrated, and poreless — not the kind that looks like you simply rolled out of bed greasy. Unkempt is not a thing here; as anyone who has seen Seoul street style knows, every #ootd is an opportunity for showing off.
Fortunately, the way Korean women prep and prime their skin is not as complicated as it might seem — and, perhaps surprisingly, it doesn’t involve highlighter or bronzer. Achieving natural, porcelain-looking skin simply requires a basic combination of multitasking products, such as a BB cream and a mist.
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Ahead, we're sharing the step-by-step #sokosecret instructions to help you get glowing, poreless skin this summer.
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Photographed by Lauren Perlstein.
Unlike American women, who expect their products to do everything in one, Korean women believe that you must work with the products in order to create the best effects. This approach is called skin expression, and there are many different ways to do it. In this tutorial, we'll be focusing on the method called Hydrated Expression.
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You obviously don’t need Korean products to get the look; there are plenty of formulas out there that work. Our favorites for this type of technique just happen to be of Korean origin. We selected a BB cream with medium coverage, a watery serum, a mineral mist, a cream blush, and a synthetic foundation brush.
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After your morning skincare routine, lightly and evenly spray on a facial mist. If you feel you have an especially oily T-zone, feel free to apply sparingly on those areas. Don’t hesitate to make adjustments to these steps depending on your skin type.
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As your skin soaks this in, mix one part BB cream and one part serum (or an essence with a watery consistency) on the back of your hand using a Q-tip.

Since Korean women love makeup that is actually good for their skin, adding serum to give the BB cream a more fluid texture is a no-brainer technique. This is also great if you have a BB cream that you feel doesn't go on smoothly enough or is hard to blend.
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Using your finger, dot your face with the BB-cream-and-serum mixture. This process allows the concoction to be distributed evenly across your face.
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Using a foundation brush, smooth out the dots, starting from the cheeks to the outside of your face. Gentle strokes are key to preventing streaks.
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Don't have a foundation brush? Korean women often blend out the formula by patting (not rubbing!) their entire face with the pads of their fingers. The goal is to lightly press the mixture into the skin.
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If you want to add a little flush to your new, poreless canvas, a cream-based blush works best. Squeeze out a small bead, and use the pads of your fingers to blend. You could also add a moisturizing lip tint for another touch of color.
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Photographed by Lauren Perlstein.
By now, your face should look smoothed out and pores should be noticeably diminished. But, another round of light mist never hurts! If the moisture is causing your hair to stick to the sides of your face, add some finishing powder in those areas. Dew-ed out? It's okay to skip this step.
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Photographed by Lauren Perlstein.
Dewy has never looked so good — or been so easy to achieve. While it may seem like more effort at first, we challenge you to give this method a try just once; see how your skin looks and how your makeup feels on your face. By taking just a few seconds more each morning, you'll notice a big difference in your skin.
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