How To Master The Glass Skin Look
How To Master The Glass Skin Look

How To Master The Glass Skin Look

Korea is known for being one step ahead of the beauty curve, and the glass skin look is the latest K-beauty trend we’re loving. The concept? Blemish-free, flawless skin with a near-ethereal – almost translucent – glow. Here, three make-up artists explain how to get the look…

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“The key to glass skin is always going to lie in the prep. Layering the right products to hydrate and plump the skin is step one.” – Sarah Sequeira, celebrity, editorial & red carpet make-up artist

“Your skin always looks it’s best when you’re mindful of water intake and haven’t indulged in too many processed sugars and alcohol. Getting at least seven hours sleep a night also does wonders for the skin. Regular facials every couple of months also improve the overall texture of the skin – the less work you have to do with make-up, the better.” – Nadine Elias, make-up artist

Exfoliation & Masking

“Start off with a gentle exfoliating toner. My favourites are the Inkey List PHA Gentle Exfoliating Toner or the Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow PHA + BHA Pore-Tight Toner.” – Sarah 

“Apply a mask to drench the skin with moisture – like the 111Skin Rose Gold Brightening Facial mask – for 15-20 minutes. To get the best out of the mask, use a jade roller to get the blood circulating and really work the serum into the skin.” – Nadine

Essence & Serum

“The next layer of hydration will be your essence. I love the 111Skin Celestial Black Diamond Brightening Essence but a more affordable option is the Neogen Real Ferment Micro Essence. If you prefer a spritz, the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Hydrator Mist is phenomenal. Sunday Riley’s C.E.O Serum is brightening and hydrating, and has the most luxurious texture, while the Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Niacinamide Dew Drops is a cult favourite.” – Sarah


“My go to moisturisers are the Sunday Riley C.E.O Vitamin C Rich Hydration Cream and Weleda Skin Food Ultra-Rich Cream – both feel like giving your skin a big drink. On make-up free days I use one or the other, as well as having it in my kit.” – Nadine 

“If your skin is oilier, a gel-based formulation is best. The Sunday Riley C.E.O Afterglow is my best kept secret for skin prep. The new gel version of the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream is also a beautiful texture. If your skin is on the drier end of the spectrum, the new Drunk Elephant Bora Barrier Repair Cream is a fantastic option, and the new Inkey List Bio-Active Ceramide Moisturizer is a perfect affordable yet effective option too.” – Sarah 


“Never forget SPF. Now that we have access to Supergoop, the Glow Screen Sunscreen is the perfect product for getting that stunning glass-like skin. It comes in tinted and untinted versions, depending on your preference. Another cult favourite is the Beauty of Joseon Sunscreen – it never fails.” – Sarah



“Here is my secret tip – use a pore-filling primer to minimise the appearance of texture on the skin. Benefit PorefessionalHuda Beauty GloWish Blur Jam and the Elf Poreless Putty Primer are some of my favourites. Alternatively, you can also use an illuminating primer – either bronzy or champagne coloured, based on your preference. But this primer must also be mixed in with your foundation. My four must-have illuminating primers are the Saie Glowy Super GelDanessa Myricks Yummy Skin Glow SerumDrunk Elephant Bronzi Drops and B-Goldi Drops and, finally, the Fenty Eaze Drop’Lit. All of these primers add glow without adding greasiness or enhancing texture.” – Sarah 

“Creams and balms are the way to mimic that glass like texture. I cannot get enough of MAC’s Strobe Dewy Skin Tint – you only need a small amount if you’ve prepped well. It evens out the skin tone, neutralises redness and gives an almost ethereal glow.” – Nadine

Foundation & Concealer

“If you’re using foundation, tinted moisturisers, BB or CC creams, make sure you choose the ones with a dewier finish. For oily skin, just make sure they are water-based products, so nothing clogs your pores.” – Nuriya Ibragimova, make-up artist

“A lightweight foundation is key here. The Dior Forever Natural Nude Foundation is among my favourites but I also really love the Elf Halo Glow Liquid Filter – affordable, lightweight, dewy, it has a filter-like effect on the skin. A very underrated foundation for glass skin, in my opinion, is the Makeup Forever Reboot Foundation. It’s great for everyday wear and still has a skin-like finish. Hydrating concealers such as the Ilia Skin Serum ConcealerNARS Radiant Creamy Concealer or the Dior Forever Skin Correct Concealer are my go-tos for lightweight yet effective coverage.” – Sarah


“For my next step, I would work a tinted balm such as the Jones Road Miracle Balm in ‘Flushed’ or ‘Tawny’ onto the skin to add some definition and colour to the cheeks. These balms are incredible, and the shade range is good.” – Nadine 

“When it comes to cheek products, creamy or liquid products work best. The NARS cream bronzers and liquid blushes are high on the list for me. I also love the Charlotte Tilbury Contour, Blush and Highlight Wands.” – Sarah 


“Use a fine highlighter only on the high points of the face. It can be either creamy or powdery, depending on your preference.” – Nuriya 

“Mix a bit of Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream with REFY Gloss Highlighter and apply it to the cheek bones, temple, eyelids and brow bone. Trust me, this is a great tip.” – Nadine 


“My number one powder to achieve that glowy, smooth, glass-like skin effect is the Hourglass Veil Powder. You want to make sure you use a brush and lightly push the powder mainly into the centre of the face. Be extremely light handed, as you don’t want to take away any of that glow you’ve worked so hard to build.” – Sarah 

Finishing Touches

“All that’s left to do at this stage is to brush up your brows, apply Gisou Lip Oil to the lips (my favourite) and you’re good to go.” – Nadine 


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