When men say that they like their women with no makeup. They didn’t realised that what they meant is a no-makeup makeup look (wow, that sounds redundant.) Sometimes, we, women, need a bit of help to look fresh, not haggard; pretty but not overboard with face paint and some concealing of imperfections (unless, you are the lucky few, blessed with clear skin, rosy cheeks & naturally pink lips). I particularly love the glowing fresh makeup of Korean celebrities. It’s all about healthy glow-from-within skin, clean perfect eyebrows and a slight pinkish tint on cheeks & lips.
Two weeks ago, I attended the Korean Skincare & Makeup Workshop by Beauty Buzz Inc. I was excited to learn how Korean women achieve their radiant flawless look.
There were eight of us, eager women, in the workshop. We met our pretty instructor for the night, Miss Carina Tan, who has been trained in Korean skincare & makeup with her equally pretty assistant, Audrey.
We were told to wash our hands first and push back our hairs with velcro hairclips and pins. We got a brief introduction on Korean beauty.
The products we used that night was a brand I know and trusted. When I had one of my horrible breakouts during my Family Medicine Residency Training, a friend of mine introduced me to Mary Kay Timewise Collection and my skin improved so much. They have products for skincare as well and makeup that uses gentle and natural ingredients.
We started with Skincare. Korean is known for their 10-step skincare regimen. Yes, I kid you not. It involves double cleansing, toning, exfoliating, eye cream, using of essence, serum and moisturizer. We were taught of the proper way and the direction how to apply the products on the face. There are products that you have to pat on your face and products that you have to massage into your face on a certain direction.
After our skin was prep and clean with the intensive cleansing and moisturising, we are ready for our make up tutorial. The importance of primer and makeup base were emphasised. We were taught how to draw our eyebrows and line our upper eyelids. It takes skills and lots of practice. Our instructor have to step in and help us out. We applied foundation on our face with a light gentle motion with a neutral glittery eyeshadow on our upper eyelids and matte eyeshadow on our brow bone. We applied light pink powder blush and a soft coral lip color. We set it with powder using a large makeup brush and applied highlighted on places on the face where the light hits.
I learned so much that night and practicing what I learned requires me to check on my notes now and then. Yes, there are so many things to remember in order to achieve the Korean beauty. It takes patience and discipline to be a K-beauty, hehe..This is the result of the night’s workshop.
Photo Credit from Beauty Buzz Inc.
I get to have a photo opportunity with our instructor before the night ends.
Photo Credit from Beauty Buzz Inc.
I don’t have Mary Kay products at home so I made use of the products that I have at home first. For my skincare products, I used these.
I used Laniege Muti-Cleanser (not in the picture), Etude House Wonder Pore Freshner as toner, The Faceshop The Smim eye cream, Olay Total Effects cream which I alternate with Etude House Collagen Moistfull Cream. I also use Lucas Pawpaw as my lip balm (not in the picture). On days of exfoliation which is 2x a week, I use Skinfood Black Sugar Scrub followed by the Etude House Moistfull Sheet Mask at night. Lastly, I prep my skin for makeup with the Maybelline Baby Skin.
For makeup, I make use of my own makeup for now.
I use my Etude House Magic Any Cushion in Magic Peach as makeup base. I draw my eyebrows using the Urban Decay Brow in Brown Sugar. I use my RMK Gel Foundation and Cinema Secrets concealer. I apply Etude House Dear Darling Tint both for cheeks and lips. I also apply a bit of the Innisfree lip gloss. I apply the Etude House Secret Beam as my highlighter (not in the picture). I set my makeup with Innisfree No-Sebum Mineral Powder and Urban Decay Deslick Makup Setting Spray.
For my eyes, I use Etude House Eye Primer, Urban Decay Naked Basics Eyeshadow Palette and Stila pencil eyeliner.
Here is my other attempt on Korean skincare and makeup after the workshop:
Thank you Beauty Buzz for a wonderful learning experience that I will definitely incorporate in my daily beauty routine.
For more of Beauty Buzz workshop, head over to their Facebook page here for updates. they will be having a workshop on Korean Beauty Bespoke Workshop this January. Make sure not to miss that!