Are you a newbie to beauty? We break down the most puzzling, and popular beauty trends out there, including eyebrow microblading, BB cushions and baking.
Keeping up with the newest beauty trends is no easy feat. You hear words like “BB cushion” and “eyebrow embroidery” being mentioned all the time, but do you really know what they mean? Even as a beauty writer, the struggle to keep up is real, especially with all the incredible inventions consistently put out by the K-beauty scene. Here’s a good place to start – we explain some popular make-up and skincare terms.
If you love the fuss-free method of compact application with the fuller coverage of liquid foundation, you’ll love the cushion compact as it’s a lightweight foundation soaked into a sponge cushion. To apply, simply press down on the sponge with your puff. It’s a fab travel must-have – no need to pack your brushes, beauty blenders or worry about tightly sealing your foundation. Best of all, it leaves your skin looking flawless without the cakey finish of liquid foundation. Want more suggestions? Check out our recommendations for cushion compacts here.
Try: Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Gel Touch Foundation and Laneige Pore Control BB Cushion
Baking isn’t exactly a new technique; it’s an age-old method popularised by drag queens to set their face makeup. Here’s how to bake: Apply your foundation and concealer, then pat on a heavy layer of translucent powder. Leave it on for five to ten minutes to let the heat “melt” your makeup into skin, then brush it away with a blush brush. This is my go-to for my weekend #motds (make-up of the day) and it seriously works to mattify my face all day. For an alternative way to set your makeup, check out these setting sprays.
Peel off lip tint/stain
Yet again, we have K-beauty to thank for this ingenious invention. The peel off lip tint does exactly as its name suggests – simply apply to lips and wait for it to dry. Once the glossy formula dries, you can peel it off to reveal naturally stained lips.
Peel off eyebrow tattoo
Similar to the peel off lip stains, the peel off eyebrow tattoo involves applying the tint to your brows, letting it sit for a certain amount of time, and then peel it off for fuller, eyebrows which stay put all day.
When balayage overtook ombre hair in popularity, we breathed a sigh of relief – this hair trend looks far more natural, as it uses a freehand technique where dye is applied by hand instead of foil, to create natural looking highlights.
Once again invented by K-beauty experts, brow stamping involves using a sponge stencil to stamp eyebrow powder onto your eyebrows. Brows on fleek are easily achievable – you just have to get used to knowing where to pivot your stamp.
Try: Ienvy by Kiss Brow Stamp or check out Lazada for multiple options
This supercharged serum is made with an extremely high concentration of quality, active ingredients – think of this as a skin booster for when your skin’s playing up. Apply before massaging in your serum.
Some believe that serums and essences are essentially the same thing, but we say the latter is more likely to boast a watery formula that’s power packed with moisturising nutrients.
Lighter than a moisturiser and less concentrated than a serum, an emulsion is especially useful for hydrating oily skin as it’s water-based. The in-between product of a serum and cream, emulsions are less likely to clog your pores.
It’s known by now that foaming cleansers and makeup removers are a big no-no – these strip your skin of its natural moisture. The solution lies in micellar water. While it may look like water, it’s supercharged with micelles (tiny balls of cleansing oil molecules suspended with water), which gently remove makeup and grime off your skin. We love this best with double cleansing.
Also known as eyebrow embroidery, microblading is a form of semi-permanent tattooing, which involves tiny needles cutting into your skin to deposit vegetable dye. This results in a finer and more detailed finish.