Saturday, 11 June 2011

Beauty Tips from a Korean Makeup Artist

Korean woman wear headscarf

Many have envied the flawless and translucent skin of Korean women. Fresh after attending a makeup workshop conducted by Laneige’s International Trainer, Jin Lee (from Seoul) here are a couple of the beauty tips she shared.

So these aren’t beauty tips from just any Korean woman, it’s from a skin care and make-up expert. She reveals how women in Korea take care of their skin. One excellent tip i learned was how to interpret the sun protection information on skin care and makeup labels.

Let’s get on to find out what she divulged shall we?

Your God given hands is a magical massage tool

The palms of your hands will cover your eyes perfectly. When your eyes are tired or stressed, just press the palms of your hands to your eye sockets, applying gentle pressure. That itself is a great massage for your eye area. Go ahead, try it!

Use outward & upwards strokes when washing your face

When washing your face, do not use vertical up-down strokes which will loosen your facial muscles and promote skin sag. Use outward and upward strokes instead. According to Jin Lee, this small change will make a huge difference.

Korean women are really serious about skin care

Laneíge has a basic 4 steps skin care routine after you cleanse your face.

Refiner —> Emulsion —> Essence —> Cream

This sounds more complicated than the tone & moisturize basic steps. Good glowing skin does not come by being lazy.

Prevent premature aging

You start aging at 18! It’s never too early to use anti-aging products and taking extra precautions under the sun – which is the number one cause for premature aging, is vital. Never go out under the hot sun without protection. Nowadays, sun protection is included in makeup and Laneíge’s foundation comes with protection of SPF 22, PA+. Now what does SPF and PA all mean? Read on to find out…

Sun Protection explained

UV A and UV B
There are two types of UV rays which we need to protect ourselves from. UV B has a shorter wave length and causes burning (generates melanin which causes you to get darker & freckles to pop up).

UV A has a longer wave length and penetrates deep within the skin’s collagen and elastin layer and causes aging and fine lines.

When selecting products, here’s how to interpret the sun protection information:

SPF – sun protection factor against UV B

SPF 22 means you get to spend 22 times longer under the sun (than which you would without protection from UV B) before you start burning. Example: If you have fair skin and it takes you 20 minutes in the hot sun to get a sun burn. With SPF 22, you get to spend 440 minutes (22 x 20) in the sun before you start burning.

PA – protects against UV A

PA+ minimum UV A protection
PA++ average UV A protection
PA+++ very high UV A protection

Use whitening products & lots of it!

I used to think that whitening products are for those with fair skin who want to become even fairer! Like Snow White. Women in Korea use whitening products to combat skin pigmentation problems due to hormone imbalance especially during pregnancy. Pigmentation is prone to appear below the eyes, on the upper cheeks. To avoid developing huge freckle like marks on your face during pregnancy, use lots of whitening products.

Detailed Makeup Steps

Korean women apply 17 – 18 products every morning before stepping out of the house! Are you a Korean woman? Do you do this? Anyway, here is the make-up routine of a typical Korean woman who wants to portray having a flawless complexion. There are eleven steps!

1. Preparation: Primer + make-up base (corrects your skin tone)
2. Foundation
3. Conceal imperfection (concealer)
4. Setting: Set and fix foundation with powder or pact (The pact is now the Korean woman’s favourite touch-up item)
5. Highlighting: Enhance vitality with make-up Brightener
6. Eye brow
7. Eye shadow
8. Eyeliner
9. Mascara
10. Lip
11. Blusher

The Many Ways to Wear a Scarf

Here in Cali there is no point in having a lot of winter accessories. It’s warm and sunny more than it’s not and scarves, sweaters and other cold weather accessories are bulky and take up a lot of closet space. Rather than packing those closet hoggers away until next winter, why not re-use them in various ways to spruce up your warm weather accessories? You can save money by using objects you already have, save time by not having to pack up your winter accessories to haul out your summer wardrobe.

Most Californians layer in the winter anyway because most fall and winter days start out cold only to warm up in the afternoon. Here are a few summery inspirations to do with your scarf on warm summer days, or ways to re-work the item with your outfit if you live somewhere life New England where the weather changes more often than people change their underwear.

1. Use it as a belt
This is probably the most obvious thing to do with a scarf in the summer. There are many ways to tie it and get different looks.

2. Use it as a headband
This one is also really popular. You can tie it into your braid, create a bun cover, use it to pull your hair back- depending on the length of your hair really determines how many ways you can wear it.

3. Spruce up your jewelry
Twist it, tie it, braid it, link it. The possibilities are endless. I’ve shown a couple of different ways to wear it as a necklace, add some charms, etc but really the creativity starts and ends with you.

4. Tie it as a necktie
Tied creatively this lightweight scarf looks more like a necktie than a scarf. Use it to spruce up some business outfits in the summer.

5. Wrap it as a sarong
If your scarf is long enough you can use it as a beach wrap/ pool cover up.