3 Ways To Upgrade Your Skin Care Regimen, Korean Style

 

Your skin feeling a little … meh? Are you bored with your basic skin care regimen of wash, moisturize, sunscreen? Or have you been fairly diligent about your skin care routine, but feel like the results have plateaued and need a little boost?

Well, look no further than to the skin care experts of the world — Korean women. They’ve nailed the 17-step skin care regimen, made BB cream a household name and mastered the no makeup-makeup look. In fact, they’re so far advanced in their skin care, they make us Americans look like Neanderthals.

Thankfully, we’ve got three easy ways for you to upgrade your skin care regimen. Make these switches and you’re bound to get some of that glow back into your complexion.

 

1. Bored with BB cream? Try the AIR CUSHION.

 

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When Korean cosmetic brand Dr. Jart+ debuted its BB cream to the U.S. market in 2011, it caused a sensation. Every cosmetic company rushed to put out its own version of BB cream and every alphabetic permutation thereof (CC and DD, anyone?). Now there are BB creams at every price point and in a much wider range of shades. But women in Korea are so beyond BB cream at this point; they’re obsessed with something even better (and no, it’s not EE or FF).

Enter the Air Cushion. The first one, Color Control Cushion Compact Broad Spectrum SPF 50+, was introduced by venerable Korean brand AmorePacific last year, but didn’t really take off. This summer, however, with all eyes on Iope (the Korean cosmetic line was featured prominently in the hit K-drama My Love From the Stars), their Air Cushion XP just exploded.

Inspired by a sponge-like “parking stamp,” the Air Cushion solved the problem of having to reapply sunscreen every two to three hours for effectiveness. Press on the sponge with a special ruby cell puff, which holds 1.6 times more water than a synthetic latex puff, and simply “stamp” (don’t smear or rub) on the liquid sunscreen onto your face, on top of your makeup. Since it’s tinted, the product blends in well even if you have foundation or powder. And a bonus: the Air Cushion imparts a perfectly mul gwang (“water sheen complexion” — that chok chok wet look Korean stars favor) look with one application.

Wanna try it out for yourself? Check out some of our favorites here.

 

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2. Toner too tight? Switch to a HYDRATING LOTION.

 

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A hydrating lotion — sometimes called “skin lotion” or just “lotion” — is different from the toner that we here in the States may have grown up with: that harsh, alcohol-based liquid we swept over skin with a cotton ball to wipe off any residual makeup that our cleanser may have missed. Rather, “lotion” is a post-cleansing hydrator, usually applied by sprinkling into hands and pressing the palms over the face to ensure proper penetration. Not only does it hydrate, it preps skin so that subsequent treatments can more effectively penetrate skin’s top layer, allowing all those expensive serums and creams to work more effectively with less.

Lucky for us in the States, we  don’t have to fly to Korea to get a hydrating lotion onto your bathroom shelf. Asian skincare companies available in the States already have a hydrating lotion in their line, and recognizing the brilliance of Asian skincare products, a number of non-Asian companies are coming out with their own versions. With a broad price range, these lotions are something everyone can get on board with. Check out some of our favorite hydrating lotions at all price ranges here.

 

 

3. Mask feeling meh? Go for a HYDROGEL MASK.

 

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When we think of old-school masks, we may think of thick, green-colored goo that we smear on our face while we wait for it to dry into a crusty mess. But that’s so 1980s. In Korea, sheet masks elevated the mask game, with cotton masks made to fit your face, complete with eye, nose and mouth cut-outs, infused with all manner of skin care ingredients. Apply for 20 minutes and your skin is left glowing, plumped and hydrated.

And while sheet masks are gaining popularity now in the States, a true skin care baller forgoes paper or cotton for the next evolution in sheet masks: a hydrogel mask.

A hydrogel mask or gel mask (Koreans pronounce “gel” with a hard “g”), “is made of polymers that are very absorbent and hold water against your skin,” says Jessica Wu, M.D., Los Angeles dermatologist and Assistant Clinical Professor of Dermatology at USC Keck School of Medicine. “The mask traps water more effectively than a sheet mask because water evaporates more slowly from a hydrogel mask.” It feels different, too — like a solidified gelatin that is “more flexible and conforms to your face better than many cloth or paper sheet masks,” says Wu.

A favorite of Dr. Wu’s is Dr. Jart+ Water-Full Hydrogel Mask ($9). We like Korean brand Missha’s Prime 24K gold Collagen Caviar Hydro-gel Mask, about $22 for 3, which has a nice golden hue, so you look a little less freaky as you soak in the benefits. For a real upgrade, try When Mask, $28 for 4, which is made of a more eco-friendly bio-cellulose material — the fit is unsurpassed.

 

Korean Beauty: The Best, Most Wearable K-Makeup Trends To Try

 

Everything out of Korea seems to be hot these days, from K-pop to kimchi to K-dramas. Add to that list Korean makeup trends that are a fun way to switch up your look. Here, easy how-to’s to get the K-makeup look.

 

IL-JJA BROWS

Korean women are all about the dong-an (baby) face, and the quickest way to get this look is with the il-jja brow. Named after the number “1,” il-jja brows are straight across the bottom, without a pronounced arch, and with a shorter and fuller taper at the end. Contrast this with a “western style brow, which typically has a high arch with a skinny tail end,” says makeup artist Christina Choi. “The il-jja brow gives you a more youthful look.”

 

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The color is important, too. Use a brown powder one to two shades lighter than your natural brow color, like Christina Choi Cosmetics’ Chai Eyeshadow. (Korean vlogger Dayomi uses Smog from Urban Decay’s Naked palette for her brows.) “Using a firm angled liner brush, dip your brush into the shadow and start outlining the top part of your brow using feather-like strokes,” says Choi. “Avoid creating a high arch — keep the line straight. Next, fill in your brows and then outline the lower part of your brow.” If your natural arch is too high or you don’t want to look too cartoon-y, do a modified il-jja like Jun Ji-Hyun’s, which has a slight curve.

 

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WATER SHEEN COMPLEXION (MUL GWANG)

 

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Another Korean beauty requirement is mul gwang — that super-shiny, almost wet-looking complexion. But don’t go overboard and look, as one Korean woman put it, like you have Pond’s cold cream smeared all over your face. To get just the right balance, Korean vlogger Dayomi applies a mixture of liquid foundation and a dollop of Vaseline with a foundation brush, finished with a touch of mineral powder. For less over-the-top luster, replace Vaseline with a face balm or try a cushion compact — a BB cream in a liquid sponge compact — that’s currently all the rage in Korea. To prevent slippage, Choi recommends finishing with a light dusting of translucent loose powder, focusing on the outer perimeter of the face, then lightly dusting towards the center.

 

 

GRADATION LIPS

 

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The last step in a perfectly dong-an look is the “gradation” lip. Also called the gradient lip, it’s an ombré effect with the strongest color on the inner lips, gently fading to a soft, blurred effect at the lip line. It’s not as extreme as you see on runways — it’s a more subtle gradient effect that just makes the lips look airbrushed. To achieve the look, apply a matte-ish pink on the entire lip (don’t use a beige or nude, lest your lips look super thin) and then apply a hot pink gloss along the inner edge of the lips. Gently press lips together to blend the color out, almost to the edge of the lips, but not quite.

 

This story was originally published in Audrey‘s Fall 2014 issue — get it here.

Jun Ji Hyun’s Skin Secret? The Air Cushion, Korea’s Latest Beauty Innovation

 

When Korean cosmetic brand Dr. Jart+ debuted its BB cream to the U.S. market in 2011, it caused a sensation. Every cosmetic company rushed to put out its own version of BB cream and every alphabetic permutation thereof (CC and DD, anyone?). Now there are BB creams at every price point and in a much wider range of shades. But women in Korea are so beyond BB cream at this point; they’re obsessed with something even better.

Enter the Air Cushion. The first one, Color Control Cushion Compact Broad Spectrum SPF 50+, was introduced by venerable Korean brand AmorePacific last year, but had a limited following. This summer, however, with all eyes on Iope (the Korean cosmetic line was featured prominently in the hit K-drama My Love From the Stars), their Air Cushion XP just exploded.

 

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The Air Cushion solved the problem of having to reapply sunscreen every two to three hours for effectiveness — I mean, who wants to smear on a thick lotion over your foundation or powder in the middle of the day? According to Iope brand manager Song Jin-ah, parent company AmorePacific’s scientists had been researching for a solution to this reapplication problem for years. They were inspired by a “parking stamp” and created a compact with a sponge-like material. Press on the sponge with a special ruby cell puff, which holds 1.6 times more water than a synthetic latex puff, and simply “stamp” (don’t smear or rub) on the liquid sunscreen onto your face, on top of your makeup. Since it’s tinted, the product blends in even if you already have foundation or powder on. And a bonus: the Air Cushion imparts a perfectly mul gwang (“water sheen complexion” — that chok chok wet look Korean stars favor) look with one application.

And don’t think that just because the Air Cushion is a liquid that it’s less effective or protective than a heavy lotion. According to Song, existing sunscreens were either a “water-in-oil type,” which helped them last and resist sweat and water, but felt heavy and sticky, or “oil-in water type,” which are “much lighter, but have less durability.” What AmorePacific and Iope did was create a “freshwater-in-oil-type” sunscreen for both durability and a lighter feel. 

 

 

All I know is that when our Korean art director raved about it, I had to run out and get one to try it out for myself. It truly is a skin saver — no more worrying about midday or commute-home sun exposure! (It even works brilliantly on top of powder foundation — who wouldathunk?) And with dermatologists insisting that the one thing every single person must do for their skin is wear sunscreen every single day, 365 days a year, the Air Cushion could not have come at a better time.

Though Iope Air Cushion is only currently available at Korean cosmetic boutiques in Koreatown or through smaller sites on Amazon, you can get AmorePacific (they are Iope’s parent company, after all) Cushion Compact at Sephora ($60). For a less expensive alternative, Korean line Laneige, which just debuted in the States this spring, has their own BB Cushion ($34), available at Target.

 

 

Asia Street Style: Do Summer Like These Bangkok Stylesetters

 

If there’s anyone who knows how to stay chic during the sweltering months of summer, it’s Bangkokians. In a crowded city where public transportation is the norm, dressing in Bangkok requires equal parts practicality (walkable shoes are a must) and style. Prepping for my trip there last February (where it was already in the 80s and humid), I — used to air conditioned cars and high heels on a daily basis — fretted over how to look chic while staying cool. These stylesetters could have taught me a thing or two then. Let’s take a few style lessons from them now (and just in time for L.A.’s heat wave).

 

1. Something graphic and short is always cool — make sure you add a sun-blocking hat. Bonus points for studded oxfords (again — all that walking!) and an oversized handled clutch.

 

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2. Wear something mesh — it lets the breeze in while still keeping you somewhat covered up. Wedge heel sneakers keep you comfortable while still giving you a bit of height.

 

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3. A simple oversized tee and a mini are instantly chic-ified with a multi-chain necklace, a pastel oversized bag and the coolest strappy platform sandals ever. (Again, adds height, still walkable.) And how adorable are her metallic mint green toes? That color alone is enough to keep you cool.

 

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4. If you have to commute to work, this look is perfect: a sleeveless jacket worn over a crop top for the perfect peek of midriff. Yes, the heels are high, but the platform make it doable.

 

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5. If you’re a bit more of a fashion risk taker, try a mesh skirt in a pop of yellow worn under a long sports-inspired tank. Triple platform Converse balance the girly skirt and metallic crossbody.

 

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6. When you’re wearing a print dress with a look-at-me clutch, normcore sneakers are not only OK, they’re almost required.

 

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7. And when all else fails, keep the clothes simple and let your accessories do the talking.

 

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“Mistresses”‘s Catherine Haena Kim Dishes On Working with Yunjin Kim and a Surprising Famous Relative

 

Summer can be a television wasteland, full of reality TV and yawn-worthy specials. But one juicy show that will keep you hooked is ABC’s hit summer series Mistresses, based on the successful UK television series of the same name. And to add to your viewing (guilty) pleasure this season is the show’s newest addition, Anna Choi, played by Korean American actress Catherine Haena Kim.

Basically, Anna is a head case who becomes a patient of psychiatrist Karen Kim (played by Yunjin Kim of Lost fame) after a failed suicide attempt. “She’s a bit lost, far from home and trying to find her way,” says Catherine of her character. “Dr. Kim swoops in and takes her under her wing.”

On preparing to play someone who no longer wanted to live, the Queens, N.Y., native says, “It was especially intense for me because I heard about Philip Seymour Hoffman’s death as I was preparing this role. It’s one of the saddest things to me when someone feels hopeless, utterly alone, or feels like they have no one to turn to for support.”

 

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As for working with a fellow Korean American actress, there seems to have been a camaraderie on set. “[Yunjin's] humble, generous and makes it all look so easy,” says Catherine. “She gave me so many valuable pointers on set and always checked in to make sure I was getting everything I needed as an acting partner. She definitely set the bar high for me, and I just tried to meet it each time.”

Here, we get a glimpse into the everyday life of the 30-year-old.

Most embarrassing moment on set: No embarrassing moments on this set, but when I booked my first big role ever, I was probably 14 and got to play Irene in my high school production of Crazy For You. I left my mic on and went to the bathroom. In a quiet, emotional scene on stage, everyone heard the “cha-ching cha-ching” sound of the paper towel dispenser after I washed my hands. At 14, I thought life was over. Ha!

Any hidden talents: I’m really good at arts and crafts, like friendship bracelets, etc.

Go-to comfort food: When I miss home, I sneak away to K-town and eat dol sot bibimbap [rice mixed with vegetables in a sizzling stone pot]. I’ll also always settle for french fries and ranch dressing.

A habit you need to break: Biting my nails

Something about you that would surprise us: I’m related to the former President of South Korea, Park Chung Hee. He’s a distant relative and maybe even by marriage, but I remember my grandparents talking about him growing up. I totally wish I had some secret number I could call a la Olivia Pope: “It’s taken care of.”

Last time you cried: Monday. I had to say goodbye to someone.

Your celebrity crush: JFK, Jr.? A man who can command a room, loves his family and roller skates down the streets of New York in an American flag bathing suit. Awesome.

 

Word or phrase you overuse: “At the end of the day …”

Go-to karaoke song: Joan Jett’s “I Love Rock N Roll.”

Pet peeve: Entitlement.

Favorite quote: I recently heard Johnny Depp say, “With any part you play, there is a certain amount of yourself in it. There has to be, otherwise it’s just not acting. It’s lying.” I think it applies to acting, life, love, everything.

Guilty pleasure I don’t feel guilty about: Staying up way too late talking to my girlfriends about absolutely nothing.

Occupation in another life: Probably a doctor … or a lawyer, right? Ha!

Current favorite song: Ingrid Michaelson’s “Girls Chase Boys.”

Someone who we’d be surprised you are friends with/follow on FB/twitter/Instagram: Vanessa Simmons. We worked together on a little project. She’s such a sweetheart.

What’s cool about being Asian: Especially if you’re first generation born in the U.S. like me, you’re hopefully lucky enough to get fully exposed to two different cultures, two languages, and two types of food. Asians are so family-oriented and community focused in a relatively selfish society. Eating is even all about sharing plates and sitting down with your whole family. We respect our elders. My grandparents helped raise me and my brother. I love that.

Scroll down for more of Catherine on Mistresses.

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Season 2 is well on its way, so if you haven’t been following, now’s the time to catch up. Mistresses airs Mondays at 10 p.m. on ABC.

Main photo by Benjo Arwas. Show photos by ABC/Eric McCandless.

 

 

From Novice To Devotee, Asian Skincare For Any Age

 

A lot has been made about Asian skincare routines lately. (What are we up to now —10 steps, 17 steps? I’ve lost count.) I’ll admit, it can be a bit daunting for anyone looking to fight those first little signs of aging (a crinkle at the corner of your eyes, perhaps a sunspot or two), or for someone looking to do a bit of early prevention. So like those perfect travel itineraries based on whether you have three days, a week or 10 days, here is our recommended skincare regimen for any woman, whether you’re 20 or 40, a neophyte or a pro.

(Editor’s note: There’s a plethora of products that work well, but we’ve personally tried all the products listed below and we’ve found them to work quite well. Have questions or need recommendations? Comment below or email us at editor@audreymagazine.com.)

 


FOR THE ROOKIE (20-SOMETHINGS):

 

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Lucky you! Soap and water has been the name of the game for you, Oh Ye Blessed of Normal Skin. But maybe now you’re hitting an age where you feel like you need just a bit more. Don’t worry — we’re not gonna make you go out and buy a spanking new arsenal of products that cost a small fortune. There are tons of great products that work well and are quite affordable. Here’s your game plan:

 

  1. A facial cleanser

You want to cleanse your face, but not strip it of its natural oils, which keep it healthy. We recommend a gentle, affordable cleanser like Cetaphil. It works on almost all skin types, is recommended by dermatologists everywhere, and it does the job.

  1. A moisturizer

Nighttime is when your body restores itself, including your skin, so you want to give it all the help you can. A moisturizer boosts hydration levels and helps keep skin healthy, allowing it to function as it should, protecting itself from pollution and other external stressors. We like Laneige Water Bank Gel Crème, a soothing gel cream hybrid, perfect for normal/combination skin. If you have dry skin, Laneige Water Bank Moisture Cream is a good option.

  1. Sunscreen

No matter what else you do, you have to wear sunscreen. UVA rays are the number one reason our skin ages prematurely, and those rays penetrate even in cloudy weather. Fortunately, those days of sticky, tacky sunscreens are gone; there are tons of new sunscreens with super lightweight textures that are broad spectrum (they protect against UVB rays, which burn, and UVA rays, which age). My favorite right now is La Roche-Posay’s Cooling Water Lotion Sunscreen — it feels super light and then turns into an almost water like consistency as you rub it in.

If you want a bit of coverage with your sun protection, I highly recommend a BB cream, which has the added benefit of antioxidants and other good-for-skin ingredients. Just remember, with all sun protection, you need to apply at least a quarter size dollop for your face alone. If you find it takes a while to smear all that lotion in, start tapping your face with your fingers and the lotion/cream will sink in faster.

 


IF YOU’RE PROFICIENT IN THE FUNDAMENTALS AND WANT TO UP YOUR SKINCARE GAME (30-SOMETHINGS), IN ADDITION TO THE ABOVE:

 

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  1. Pre-cleanse

If you’re at this level, it probably means that you wear some form of makeup during the day, whether it’s BB cream or foundation or powder. In that case, one-step cleansing is no longer sufficient. A lot of makeup have long-lasting ingredients like silicone that don’t wash away with just your everyday face wash. A makeup removing towelette like Koh Gen Do Cleansing Spa Water Cloth (my personal all-time fave) or a cleansing oil (DHC’s Deep Cleansing Oil is a best seller for a reason) is a must before you wash with your regular cleaner.

  1. Add a serum

A serum usually contains a higher concentration of active ingredients and thereby addresses your particular skin concerns better than just a moisturizer. For example, if you’re concerned about hyperpigmentation, you’d use a serum with kojic acid or hydroquinone after cleansing and before your moisturizer. If clogged pores or acne is a problem, a serum with salicylic acid would help immensely. Serums are usually more expensive than a moisturizer because they contain greater amounts of precious ingredients, but there are plenty of serums to fit any price range. We like serums from Asian skincare brands or that have tested on Asian skin, like those from Estée Lauder.

  1. Use a mask

Think of masks like that jolt of caffeine. It gives you just what you need just at the right time. A mask will have your skin extra-glowy for the following day or two, so it’s perfect for special occasions (though Korean women will incorporate it into their daily skincare regimen). Sheet masks, usually made of cotton, have crossed over from Asia to the States, so there are plenty of options readily available here. Sephora makes really good sheet masks that are super affordable ($6), When Mask brings Korea’s famed bio-cellulose sheet mask to the States, and La Mer’s The Brightening Facial is probably the most luxurious and best mask I’ve ever used (it better be — it’s about $40 a pop!).

Start by exfoliating with a facial scrub to get rid of dead skin cells, then put on the sheet mask and hunker down for an episode of your favorite show.

 


IF YOU’RE ALREADY A SKINCARE CHAMPION (40-SOMETHINGS AND ABOVE):

 

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So you know the difference between retinoid and retinol, hydroquinone and hyaluronic acid. Here are a couple things you can add to your regimen to get you to Asian world class.

  1. Hydrating toner

We say “toner” because that’s the term most Americans are familiar with, but really, it’s a watery “skin lotion.” You use it right after cleansing and massage onto your face to prep skin for all the treatments to follow. See our primer on watery lotions here.

  1. Add a finisher

Korean premium skincare brand, Sulwhasoo, is a frontrunner in Korean skincare. We think their latest innovation, the Luminature Essential Finisher, will be a game changer. There’s a saying in Korean skincare — that your skin “eats” your makeup well. Basically, when your skin is at its best, foundation goes on smoothly and looks flawless. When your skin is less than perfect, foundation looks clumpy, settles into pores and just looks obvious. The Finisher, which contains the equivalent of five ginseng roots and 110 cups of green tea, is made to seal in the benefits of all your skincare treatments and provide a smooth base for your makeup. It’s not available until September, so get ready!

  1. Use an overnight mask

You already use a sheet mask, so why an overnight mask, you ask? Because it’s easy and it makes a difference. I was skeptical at first, too. But I can’t live without an overnight mask anymore.

Unlike a sheet mask, an overnight mask is usually some sort of gel-like product that you tap onto your face right before you go to sleep — no need to wash off! The mask quickly sinks into skin so you don’t feel it at all. Just proceed with your morning routine as usual. It’s so easy to do and a good way to seal in the benefits of your nighttime skincare ritual. I have the masks on my bedside table so it’s the last thing I do before turning off the lights.

Koh Gen Do has a great Night Moisture Mask that I’ll use on nights where I’ve had salty foods or alcohol, to give my skin a boost of hydration. I feel like it helps alleviate the inevitable puffiness that follows the next morning. Otherwise, I’ll use the Premium Firming Sleeping Mask from Korean skincare brand Dr. Jart+, the first to bring BB cream to the U.S.

Have questions? Need recommendations? I’d love to hear about your skincare regimen and favorite products. Comment below or email me at editor@audreymagazine.com!

Take a Tip From Olivia Munn: 6 Hair and Makeup Looks To Try

 

Olivia Munn clearly is a master of beauty. From a bright lip to a golden glow, she wears almost any look with aplomb. Check out some of our favorites that you can try out for yourself this summer.

 

1. Sapphire blue shadow

 

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Who says Asians can’t wear blue eyeshadow? The key, as shown on Munn above, is to stick with a sapphire blue and keep the color sheer (no cat-eyes here!). Complement the look with a slight flush and neutral lips. Let the eyes do the talking by pulling back hair into a chic chignon or messy topknot.

 

2. A coral-orange lip and loads of mascara

 

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We love this look on Munn — it’s fresh, clean and yet glamorous, all at the same time. Munn usually likes a smoky eye, but we love how focusing on her upper lid and keeping her eyes unlined really opens up her eyes. And you don’t have to go full-on glam like Munn — just pull back one side of your hair (let the other side fall forward) and pin with metallic bobby pins (cross them, like an “X”) for a more everyday look.

 

3. Smoky eyes and nude lips with a bit of a contour

 

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This is Munn’s go-to look. What really makes this ubiquitous combo (smoky eye-nude lip) work is her slicked back long bob. Pair with a breezy dress for summer and you’ll still look hot while staying cool.

 

4. Matte pink lips with a hint of pink blush

 

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When you’re doing a bold lip, most people prefer to skip the blush, but we like how Munn kept her eyes minimal and complemented her matte pink lip with a sheer pink flush. If you’re on the paler side, the blush is just what you need to balance such a bold statement on the lips. And again, the pulled-back hair keeps the look edgy, not cheesy, and keeps all eyes on the mouth.

 

5. Peachy nude lips and bronze eyes

 

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Another retro ‘do for Munn, but this time paired with bronze shadow and peachy-nude lips. A bit of contour with a matte bronzer keeps Munn from looking washed out — it’s a chic, monochromatic look.

 

6. A golden glow with a strong flush

 

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Perhaps the easiest look to pull off this summer, sweep matte bronzer to forehead, up cheekbones, down the nose (all places where the sun naturally hits), line the upper lid and dab on lip balm. Pull hair back into a chignon or ponytail and you’re ready to go.

Karl Lagerfeld Courts Asian Celebs at Chanel Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2014-15 Show

 

Want more proof that Asia’s influence is rising in the fashion world? Check out the front row at Chanel Haute Couture show on July 8.

 

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Front Row (L-R) Mario Testino, Vogue EIC Anna Wintour, Baz Luhrmann, his wife Catherine Martin, CL, a guest, Jung Ryeo-won and Kwai Lun-Mei.

 

Yup, that’s K-pop star CL just a few seats away from the fashion queen, Vogue EIC Anna Wintour. Also in the front row is Korean Australian actress Jung Ryeo-won, Taiwanese actress Kwai Lun-Mei and Vogue China editor in chief, Angelica Cheung.

 

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Korean Australian actress Jung Ryeo-won, Taiwanese actress Kwai Lun-Mei and Vogue China editor in chief, Angelica Cheung.

 

Chanel has always made an effort to reach out to its Asian clientele. Past show guests have included Japanese actress Rinko Kikuchi, Chinese Brit Alexis Chung and Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana of Thailand. This time, CL even got a photo op with the designer himself.  

 

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CL with designer Karl Lagerfeld.

 

Get Ready! 3.1 Phillip Lim’s New Nail Lacquer Collection For Nars Debuts Tomorrow

 

 

Back during the fall/winter 2014 runway shows in February, cool-girl cosmetic brand NARS announced their next collaboration with 3.1 Phillip Lim. And while not all of us can afford Lim’s self-proclaimed “classicist with a bit of madness” clothes, we can certainly get the Chinese American designer’s aesthetic onto our nails.

 

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The nails at 3.1 Phillip Lim’s fall/winter 2014 show.

 

Audrey Magazine got a preview of the collection back in May and we’ve been dying to share the colors with you ever since. The nine shades are perfect for the upcoming fall season, giving you a leg up on the trends.

Anarchy is an opaque cream, which is the perfect cool weather alternative to bright white. Amazingly, it’s flattering on Asian skin tones and actually brightens a summertime tan.

Dark Room is the perfect dark denim color and a nice alternative to darker hues.

Gold Viper — definitely a favorite and probably the first one to sell out — is a hot melange of gold and platinum that really pops.

As a bonus, the extra wide brush of the nail lacquers provide precise control and easy application for the less-than-adept DIY’ers among us. Check out close-ups of some of the colors below.

 

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Anarchy, the perfect cream.

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Get Gold Viper fast — it’s going to sell out!

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Trending in Korea: The Makeup Hotel

 

Korea’s the country known for its pink women-only parking spaces (though China now also has them), so it’s no surprise that the next evolution in female specific amenities now include the so-called makeup hotel.

First, some background.

When you’re visiting Seoul, and it’s cosmetics and skincare that you want, you devote a day to shopping in Myeongdong. Located in a historic section of Seoul, Myeongdong is a makeup lover’s paradise, with store after store of Korean cosmetics brands from the mainstream (Missha, Etude, Skinfood) to perhaps the lesser known (Baviphat, Tonymoly) to the cool (Too Cool For School). It’s almost always crowded with women in groups of threes or fours, loaded down with shopping bags, rabidly speaking in Chinese or Japanese. Add to the cacophony saleswomen in front of every store, calling out in (bad) Chinese or Japanese (and the occasional English), waving a free sample sheet mask, and you’ve got a perfect picture of Myeongdong.

One hotel has taken advantage of its location in the bustling shopping district and one-upped everyone else: The Hotel Skypark Myeongdong’s new women-only floors. Not only are these floors exclusive to female guests, they’re decorated either in a dollhouse theme or like a log cabin in the woods. In the dollhouse floor, the rooms are Malibu Barbie-pink and filled to the brim with chandeliers, tufted pink furniture and flowery wall decals that say “Princess” or “Play House.”

 

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And it’s not just the decor. Instead of the usual cheap-y, travel size shampoo and shower gel, you can avail yourself of an array of full-size lotions and creams from well-known Korean brands. And you don’t get a mint on your pillow at turn down; instead you are greeted with best-selling sheet masks and palettes of eyeshadow.

Oh, but the pink madness doesn’t stop there. Sure, the log cabin women-only floor, designed in collaboration with Korean brand The Face Shop, offers a more nature-inspired experience, with pale green and brown tones, eco-friendly furnishings and organic fabrics. But the rest of the public spaces in the hotel are littered with too-cute little vanities filled with makeup by Etude House, one of Korea’s top-selling makeup brands (and known for their over-the-top princess design). Just think of it as a Sephora-meets-Holiday Inn.

More photos below.

 

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