How to Achieve the Korean Natural Glowing Makeup ?

We all want to have a flawless, glowing and healthy looking skin naturally. Be able to wake up in the morning without even looking in the mirror and go out barefaced.
I know a lot of (super lucky) women have a naturally beautiful skin and can afford going out without makeup, while others are struggling with acne, dark spots, huge dark circles or just a dull complexion that they want to lighten up. Well I include myself in the second category. Even, in the good days, when I wake up with no imperfections, I feel the need to wear something on my face, at list concealer on my dark circles or a tinted moisturizer. What’s the point of going out barefaced when you can have a glowing and flawless skin in less than 10 minutes ?
My goal will always be:  being able to have this flawless skin naturally and I have a complete and proper skincare to reach it but in the meantime I use makeup like the majority of people.
So here is the basic and must-have makeup products to achieve a flawless natural glowing (Korean style) look:

1) Moisturizer 
OBVIOUSLY ! The first step is to moisturize your skin, no moisture= no glow !
After cleansing and toning your skin, put a proper amount of your usual moisturizer. I personally prefer to use a serum or face oil, as it gives a beautiful glow even before starting the base makeup. Korean makeup artists don’t hesitate to use the richest moisturizers to get a perfectly hydrated skin like Shea butter or even vaseline (not recommended for oily skin). Choose a specific moisturizer depending on your skin type and preferences (cream or oil based, avoid gel based as they tend to have a mattifying finish).

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2) Makeup Base
Wait 5 minutes after you moisturized your skin before putting on a makeup base. Choosing which primer to use depends on what your skin needs. You can skip the primer step if you skin is smooth enough and you don’t have any pores, discoloration, or oily T zone. I don’t use a primer as I consider that the serum is enough  to smooth the skin and make the foundation application easier. In the summer I use my aloe vera gel as a primer only on my T zone and it prevents any unwanted shine and it makes the makeup last all day.
There are so many primers with different claims that it can be really difficult to choose which one to use.
For oily T zone and large pores (or you can use aloe vera gel, effective, natural and cheap):
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If on the contrary you need more moisture and light, if you have a dull and tired complexion (try Korean primers as they pretty much all have a dewy finish). If you’re on a budget just add a thick layer of serum or cream where you need extra moisture, then you add your foundation by taping it with your fingers. No need for extra products.
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3) Foundation
In order to achieve a glowing look, you need a flawless skin. All imperfections must disappear. You need a moisturizing foundation, liquid or serum foundation. Don’t use a mattifying and thick foundation or powder. The best choice would be to use a BB cream or BB cushion (especially Korean BB creams as they give the most flawless dewy finish). BUT you can work with any foundation you have just with some tricks.  For example I mix my foundation (which is a little bit thick and matte) with 1 or 2 drops of my serum and hello dewy finish ! You can mix your thick foundation with cream, serum or a face oil.
Here is a selection of some great foundations for a sheer and luminous skin:

– Western
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– Korean (3CE, Clio, Missha, Etude House, LANEIGE)
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4) Concealer
What the foundation couldn’t cover, the concealer is going to hide it. Use a thick high coverage concealer that is the exact same color as your skin to hide any spots, scars and hyper pigmentation . To cover dark circles, choose a creamy concealer 1 or 2 shades lighter than your carnation for a luminous effect.
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5) Highlighter 
MANDATORY product. It’s the main weapon for a the glowing skin quest. Using a highlighter on the rights places will literally transform your face. Again you have a large choice: cream, liquid, powder or stick.
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Where you should highlight ?

Forehead, brow bone, on the apple of your cheeks, nose bridge, cupid’s bow and chin.



6) Blush
Now that your skin is flawless and luminous. It’s time for a a color touch. Use a pink or peach blush if you want to achieve a proper Korean glowing look, no bronzer ! Choose the right shade of pink depending on your skin carnation (cold and light pink for the lightest carnation to a highly pigmented pink blush for dark skin). You have to perfectly blend the blush for a natural finish. It’s better to use creamy blush to add extra glow to your face.
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7) Setting Powder or spray
Finally the last step ! Any setting powder or spray will do it. But it’s an important step to make sure your makeup won’t fade and will last all day.
Tip: For extra glow and dewy finish, use a moist and glow fixer or mist.

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DONE ! Now you can finish your look with eye makeup, lipstick etc.
Since it’s the natural glowing look (Korean version), I didn’t include contouring.

It takes time to achieve this look and I don’t do it every day, this is a my quicker version for lazy days:
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