5 Beauty Trends From Asia You Have to Know (And Where To Get Them Now)

 

Cleanse, tone, moisturize — is that it? If that’s the extent of your skin care routine, then you’re seriously missing out. Take a cue from the worldwide skin care experts — Korean women (and even men now!) — and incorporate these complexion wonders into your regimen (no passport needed!).

 


 

1. Air Cushion

Venerable Korean brand AmorePacific introduced the first Air Cushion (above), called Color Control Cushion Compact Broad Spectrum SPF 50+, last year, but the Air Cushion didn’t really take off until Korean actress Jun Ji Hyun used Iope’s Air Cushion XP on the mega-hit K-drama My Love From the Stars earlier this year. Now people across the globe can’t get enough of the liquid tinted sunscreen in a compact, perfect for reapplying throughout the day without messing up your makeup. It also helps that the Air Cushion imparts that perfect mul gwang (“water sheen complexion” — that chok chok wet look Korean stars favor) look with one application.

How genius is the technology behind the Air Cushion? Read more about it here.

And though Iope Air Cushion XP 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.

 


 

 

2. Hydrating Toner

Another top seller from Korean brand Iope is its Bio Essence, a part of that step in any respectable Asian skincare regimen that includes what is called “lotion,” “skin lotion” or, to some old-school Koreans, simply “skin” — a water-like solution for the face used after cleansing.

It’s 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. It’s a step that “provides hydration to the skin that might be stripped during the cleansing process,” says Diane Nakauchi, skincare expert and CEO of Japanese skincare brand Koh Gen Do. It also increases the effectiveness of all your serums and moisturizers that follow.

Today, Asian skincare companies are bringing these post-cleansing hydrators — whether called “lotion,” “water” or even “toner” — to American consumers, and American skincare companies are quickly jumping on board. Some of our favorites include the botanical-based gel-liquid of Koh Gen Do Oriental Plants Lotion and SK-II Facial Treatment Essence. Find more here.

 

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3. Hydrogel Masks

Sheet masks, typically made of paper or cloth, have been around in Korea for ages. Women use them daily as a part of their skin care regimen. And though sheet masks are fairly new in the U.S., there’s now an even better option for those in the know: the hydrogel mask. It’s also a sheet mask in that it’s not a cream or gel, but these new incarnations are made of a gel-like material. Dr. Jessica Wu, a renown dermatologist to the stars, raved about Dr. Jart Water-Full Hydrogel Mask recently. “Dr. Jart Water-Full Hydrogel Mask is made of a gel material similar to what I use on surgical wounds or burns. It forms a barrier so the moisture sinks in rather than evaporating.The hydrogel is made of polymers that are very absorbent and hold water against your skin. The mask traps water more effectively than a sheet mask because water evaporates more slowly from a hydrogel mask. It’s also more flexible and conforms to your face better than many cloth or paper sheet masks.”

 

 

 

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4. Night Pack

We all know that nighttime is the best time for skin care repair. “Sleep is a time when the metabolic rate increases along with the production of skin cells, while the breakdown of proteins needed for cell growth and repair decreases,” says Diane Nakauchi of Koh Gen Do. “You can’t replace nighttime sleep with daytime hours as the energy required for tissue repair cannot be fully utilized due to other body organs’ energy needs in life support during the day.”

A night pack, or overnight mask as it’s usually called in the U.S., is the last thing you put on your face before sleeping. It has a higher concentration of “sealing” ingredients (which often are not suitable to wear under foundation as it may affect the wear of the foundation), says Nakauchi, which helps to seal in moisture, preventing moisture loss during the night as your nighttime skin care ingredients work overtime to repair skin.

 

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Koh Gen Do’s Night Moisture Mask has a gel formulation, which sinks in fast. Despite its light feel, its skin-identical ceramide formulation gently wraps the skin to prevent moisture evaporation during the night. Encapsulated vitamins, A, C & E are released when applied to penetrate deeply into the skin cuticles. Three types of antioxidant-rich red and brown algae not only help to detoxify, condition, soften and aid collagen production, but the red algae is known for its anti-microbial effect that helps to fight blemishes.

 

 


 

 

5. Finishers

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Korean premium skincare brand, Sulwhasoo, is a frontrunner in Korean skincare. And their latest innovation is the Luminature Essential Finisher, brand new in the U.S. 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. Get it here or at Neiman Marcus.

 

 

Filipino Actor Uses Makeup to Transform Into Female Celebs

 

Paolo Ballesteros, a Filipino host and actor, has suddenly been making headlines internationally. Surprisingly, it’s not his acting and hosting skills that’s given him viral attention. It’s actually his unbelievable makeup skills.

Before all this international attention, the 31-year-old was most known for his acting, modeling and hosting. More specifically, he was known for one of his earliest hosting gigs on the television show “Eat Bulaga.”

Recently, his Instagram account has jumped up to nearly 500,000 followers and understandably so. In addition to photos of his adorable daughter Keira, his Instagram is filled with unbelievable makeup transformations. In fact, Ballesteros currently known as the man who can transform himself into any female celebrity using makeup.

That’s right. Looks like Michelle Phan has some competition when it comes to being the ultimate makeup guru. With the help of skilled contouring and wigs, he has transformed into Drew Barrymore, Beyonce, Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, Julia Roberts, and even Ariana Grande. Needless to say, he looks nothing like the girls he transformed into.

Because of his interest in makeup, many who are unfamiliar with Ballesteros have questioned his sexuality. Apparently, he has never minded the question. After all, this isn’t the first time. He has portrayed many gay roles in the past causing fans to question his preferences. Ballesteros has confirmed that he is heterosexual and clearly, he has no problem going against the gender stereotype which says makeup only interests women.

Check out the transformations below!

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Jennifer Lawrence

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Kim Kardashian

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Beyonce

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Julia Roberts

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Kristen Stewart

 

 

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Tyra Banks

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Ariana Grande

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Emma Stone

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Keira Knightley

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Jennifer Anniston

See more here!

 

Fall Eye Makeup Tutorial To Compliment All Eye Shapes

 

Fashion isn’t the only thing to change with every passing season. Makeup trends also change to match and compliment a season’s color, weather and feel. This past spring and summer, eye shadows of popping hues such as purple and aquatic and even lighter gold shades were a major hit during catwalks and on the streets.

This fall is all about seductive and flirtatious shadows that spreads throughout your entire eyelid with a good amount of moist and gloss. Today, we’ll take a look at different hues of eye shadows that complement different eye shapes.

 


 

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Single Eyelids – Burgundy

For those of you with single eyelids like Ga-In, you should try on the burgundy shadow to bring more emphasis towards the eyes. Whether you’re opening or closing your eyes, this hue will add a mysteriously beautiful look that fits perfectly during fall.

 

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First, apply a burgundy pearl shadow all over the eyelid as well as the under-eye region.

 

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Next, add a Champaign colored shadow above the burgundy eyelid and blend it to create a slight gradation.

 

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Add a touch of pink or white pearl shadow on the middle of the eyelid and the under-eye region to bring a three dimensional effect.

 

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For a more defined look, draw a winged liner with burgundy pencil eyeliner and finish the look by applying dark mascara.

 

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Double Eyelids – Orange

Orange is the perfect hue that creates a softer look for those with big double eyelids. Just the right amount of orange shadow will bring a rejuvenating effect like it does to Ko Joon-Hee, without the need of any additional products.

 

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Apply a beige-toned eye shadow all over the eyelids.

 

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Follow up the beige with a line of a darker toned coral shadow right above the eyelid.

 

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Mix up the red and brown shadows to create a more natural gradation and, starting from the bottom of the top eyelid, apply an orange shade halfway. You may also use any shine or glitter that you see fit.

 

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With black eyeliner, create a thin winged eye and make the final touch with black mascara.

 

 


–STORY BY MICHELLE KIM
All photos courtesy of http://tvdaily.asiae.co.kr and http://blog.naver.com

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.

#TBT: Men Do Makeup With Michelle Phan … and Fail Miserably

With over 4 million YouTube subscribers, Michelle Phan is easily one of the most known YouTube makeup artists to date. For years, she has taught us all about contouring, the perfect way to put on liquid eyeliner and even how to take selfies.

Aside from being one of our personal favorites, the 27-year-old makeup artist has already packed in a number of achievements under her belt.

In conjunction with L’oreal, Phan released her own makeup line called EM Michelle Phan.  After purchase, customers of EM Michelle Phan products are encouraged to upload videos of their own “looks” and share them with one another.

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In 2012, Phan became a YouTube advertising partner and launched FAWN (For All Women Network) — a women’s lifestyle network in which guest hosts produce videos about makeup, cooking, fitness, fashion and careers.

As it turns out, Phan’s fanbase extends beyond women and the following men have decided to show that off to the world. Three brave souls decided to take on one of Michelle Phan’s makeup tutorials with no previous makeup experience.

The results? The boys were left with black eyes, smeared makeup and a new-found appreciation for girls who have mastered the art of makeup. Check it out for yourself:

This story was originally published September 2013. 

How to Get BIG Asian Eyes with Fake Lashes (Video Tutorial)

Is there anything wrong with small, sharp eyes? Absolutely not. A number of Asia’s most popular models and celebs rock small eyes.

Despite this, there is no doubt that big eyes are currently the desired look in Asia and it seems like people will stop at nothing to get it. We can’t even count all the ways Asians have tried to achieve bigger eyes. There are big pupil lenses, tons of “big eye” makeup methods, the popular double eyelid surgery, eyelid tape, eyelid glue, and (we kid you not) double eyelid training glasses.

Today, we’re gonna keep it simple. What’s an easy way to get bigger eyes without hurting your wallet with surgery? False eyelashes.

Makeup guru xteeener is here to show us all a couple of tips and tricks with fake lashes so we can get big Asian eyes.


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TIP #1: Choose the right kind of glue.

There are tons of false eyelash glues available. Be sure to check out your options. Some dry on clear while others dry on black. Some are dispensed from a tube while others are applied with a wand. Don’t be afraid to explore.

 

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TIP #2: Be careful when removing the lashes.
You may cause the lash to lose its shape if you remove them harshly. xteeener shows us various ways in the video below.

 
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TIP #3: Trim your lashes.
Before any gluing goes on, measure and trim your lashes to avoid discomfort.

 

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TIP #4 Patience.
Wait 10-30 seconds after applying the glue to the lash band. This way, you’ll avoid the lash slipping and sliding out of place.

 


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TIP #5: You have options.
Some lashes are attached to a thick black band while others have a clear band. You can choose between natural-looking lashes, full lashes and even doll lashes. Be sure to explore. xteeener gives a number of great lash suggestions you can try out.

 

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TIP #6: Layers.
If you want a more full/voluminous look, don’t be afraid to layer lashes on top of one another. Layering lashes of different lengths and volume are even better.

 

 

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TIP #7: Placement is everything.
You can drastically alter the shape of your eye depending on the way you place your fake lashes. Check it out in the video below.

 

 

Liked the video? Be sure to check out xteeener’s official website and YouTube channel!

TUTORIAL: Smokey Eye in 3 Easy Steps

 

I don’t know about you, but whenever I attempt the smokey eye look, I just end up looking like a creepy relative of a panda. Not to mention, all the articles I read about how to get that perfect smokey eye just made the whole process seem so complicated. 10 step tutorial? Um, ain’t nobody got time for that.

After much research, I came across this video that Teen Vogue uploaded on Youtube about a month ago, featuring Michelle Phan’s tutorial on the smokey eye — in just three steps! Now we’re talking. She makes it look so effortless, with just a few colors and motions. In her video, less really is more.

Click to watch Michelle’s quick and easy tutorial!

Now that you’ve mastered the art of the smokey eye, don’t let all that sexiness go to waste — grab some friends for a girl’s night out downtown!

 

3 Tips for Monolid Eye Makeup

Have you ever watched a YouTube video and thought to yourself, “That would never work, I don’t have the same eye shape,” or “Where do I put the crease color since I don’t have a crease?” We’ve got a few tips to help you out.
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1. Think ombré. The key is applying your shadow in a gradient with the darkest color closest to the lash line. This gives the illusion of depth. Make sure you blend everything well; you want the colors to fade into each other rather than having distinct lines between each color. Finally, make sure you blend outwards. Dark colors near the inner part of the eye tend to make the eyes appear closer together.

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2. Focus on the lashes. The shape of a monolid eye can push lashes downwards. Always curl your lashes and add a couple coats of mascara to hold the shape. Waterproof mascara tends to hold a curl better.

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3. Use a natural highlight. Many people use a light color on the inner corner of the eye or the bottom waterline to brighten their eyes. For monolid eyes, a very light color can look unnatural. Opt for a flesh toned color to create that brightening effect.

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Top 5 Sweatproof Makeup Products For The Summer Heat

During these hot, summer months, everyone is looking for makeup that lasts. Take on the heat, with these must-have beauty products.


Smashbox Primer

1) Smashbox Photofinish Foundation Primer ($36) 
Prime, protect, and correct your skin in just one step! This primer helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and pores, and helps foundation last longer. SPF 20 helps protect skin against harmful UVA/UVB rays.

 


 

Aqua Cream

2)  Make Up Forever Aqua Cream ($23)
Aqua Cream provides rich pigmentation in just one application. Its waterproof formula will not crease or smudge under the most extreme conditions.

 


Stila Eyeliner

3) Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Eyeliner ($20)
This waterproof, liquid liner glides on smoothly without skipping or smudging. The thin marker-like tip is easy to use, and creates a thin line.


Cannonball Mascara

4) Urban Decay Cannonball Mascara ($20)
This Japanese formula refuses to budge. A special microcrystalline wax works with the wand to increase length and volume, while never flaking off.

 


Cargo Blush

5) Cargo Water Resistant Blush ($26)
This sweatproof blush has a longwearing silicone formula that withstands moisture.

Christmas Gift Guide For The Make Up Lover

So you have to buy a Christmas gift for someone who loves make up, but you don’t know a thing about a make up. This can get a bit tricky. What brand do you choose? What will look good on her skin? What does that cream even do?

Well have no fear! Here at Audrey, we shared our absolute favorite make up items. If we love these so much, we hope she will too. Check out Ask Audrey Staff | Whats In Our Make Up Bag below to get some Christmas gift ideas for the make up lover in your life.

 


EOS Lip Balm

“Dry lips annoy me and I usually have to choose something that tastes yummy. For the most part, EOS has a pretty decent selection of delicious flavors (not saying that I eat my lips…)” 

 


NYX (The Curve) Eyeliner

“On the days when I have a million meetings to attend and then a function at night, this eyeliner makes touching up my eyes pretty easy- especially when I want to do a dramatic tail. ” 

 

 


MAC Studio Finish SPF 35 Concealer

“It hides all my blemishes and evens out my skin tone.” 

 

 


Revlon ColorStay Eyeliner (Black)

“So I don’t look like I’m sleeping. Its (Revlon ColorStay) the only one that stays” 

“This has made it onto my list of HG (Holy Grail) products for me. I’ve sworn by this eyeliner since I’ve started wearing makeup. Glides on smoothly – and yes, it really does stay put. ”

“My daily must-have. Really easy to apply and it doesn’t take much effort to get a lot of color out of it. As everyone else has said, it definitely stays on.” 

 


SENSAI Lip Treatment

“It’s way beyond a lip balm. It totally makes me feel like I have sumptuous Angelina lips.” 

 

 


Aerin The Mini Lipstick

“The chicest, most minimal lipstick tube ever. It makes me feel stylish just pulling it out of my bag.” 

 

 


MAC Mineralize Skinfinish (Porcelain Pink)

“I could swirl this on with IT Cosmetics super plush powder brush all day long. Adds the perfect hint of sheen and flush to my wan winter pallor and reflects away from my many sunspots!” 

 

 


NYX HD Studio Photogenic Grinding Powder (in Soft Beige)

“I was introduced to this over the summer and it gives me the most flawless (and very natural) coverage, without feeling heavy. It’s cool to grind the makeup!” 

 

 


Kanebo Sensai Rouge Intense Lasting Color (in 113)

“Enough to last me the entire work day. The red is the perfect shade for me to wear on regular days – just enough color, without going too bold. The formula also feels great on my lips! ” 

 


Urban Decay Naked Palette

“When my brother gave me this for my birthday, he said all the workers in the shop wouldn’t stop talking about how perfect this gift would be. As expected, I fell in love. It has enough variety for a chill day in the office to a crazy night out.”