Korean glass skin makeup style

9 Steps to the Glass Skin Trend

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“Glass skin” is one of the foremost Korean beauty trends out there. This take on a dewy, glowing skin look is one of the best ways to get the no-makeup makeup look that’s so popular right now. If this is the type of makeup you’re looking for, you’re in luck. While it can definitely take a lot of steps, those steps are generally pretty straightforward. Here’s how you can get the glass skin look at home.

Taking Care of Your Skin

These first four steps are all about taking care of your skin. They’re things you’ll do before you even start the makeup steps. Even if you’re not going to put on makeup, you might want to consider doing these things every morning, or at least on a regular basis.

  1. Utilize a Facial Cleanser

Every skin care routine should start with a good facial cleanser. Most Korean skin care routines will actually start with double cleansing—one cleansing to remove impurities on the top of the skin, then one to remove impurities in the skin.

  1. Exfoliate

An exfoliating scrub can remove the dead skin cells from the surface of your face, priming your skin to really shine. Make sure you choose a face scrub that’s good for your skin type, so you’re really getting the most out of your exfoliating.

  1. Use a Sheet Face Mask

A face mask can be a great way to hydrate your skin and make you feel great. Sheet masks are especially helpful, as they can deeply penetrate your skin to make you glow from the inside out. As with the other steps, it’s best to choose a product that’s specifically hydrating.

  1. Add a Hydrating Toner and Serum 

Toners and serums are both great ways to cleanse your skin and make sure it’s ready for the next step. Toners tend to get a bad reputation as something that dries out your skin; for this method, make sure you find a hydrating toner specifically.

Layering the Makeup

From here, you’re going to be adding the layers of makeup necessary to perfect the glass skin trend. The previous steps were all about keeping your skin healthy and gorgeous-looking, but these are about making sure that makeup looks just right.

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  1. Start With a Lightweight Moisturizer

Layering a moisturizer on top of the hydrating serum will really help lock in moisture, creating an amazing glowing appearance. A tinted moisturizer can help you start moving in the direction you’re looking to start building.

  1. Apply Foundation

A medium-coverage foundation that doesn’t have a matte finish is going to be your best bet for glass skin. The medium coverage helps you avoid any cakey appearances, and satin or dewy finishes will make sure your glow shines through.

  1. Add a Highlight Lotion

Highlighting lotion gives you an extra bright look that’s sure to catch anyone’s eye. Use a natural glow enhancer all over your face, making sure you pay attention to areas you want to enhance, like your cheekbones and the tip of your nose.

  1. Target in Some Added Glow 

While the highlight lotion is an all-over lotion, a glow-boosting highlighter is only for super-specific areas. The top of your cheekbones, the “T-zone,” and the cupid’s bow are all good places to focus this highlighter.

  1. Blend Everything Out and Finish the Full Look

Lastly, use a makeup blender to blend everything out so it looks flawless and effortless. The full makeup look should typically be pretty subtle. Add a little bit of color to your cheeks, keep your eye makeup low-key, and swipe on a shiny gloss to really complete the “glassy” appearance.


Sure, Korean skin care tends to take a lot of effort to really pull off, but no one can deny that the final appearance is something to adore. If you find yourself loving the final product so much that it becomes something you’re actively seeking to improve every time you create it, you might just have the perfect mindset to become a beautician. Consider looking into the cosmetology and esthetics programs at Ogle School to learn more about duplicating this look for clients every day.

About the Author

Jeff Chiarelli
Jeff Chiarelli is the Head of Marketing for Ogle School. His responsibilities include leading Ogle School's marketing and branding strategy to amplify Ogle School's passion for helping create future beauty professionals in the communities Ogle School serves.