How to achieve a wearable “glass skin” look

Healthy dewy skin will never go out of style, but particularly this season it is the most popular makeup look. Originally from Korea, the glass skin trend refers to a particularly dewy skin with a radiant finish, making the complexion look almost wet. We are seeing this trend all over social media, but it is wearable in real life? Today I’m here to tell you that glass skin look can be wearable in real life without looking too oily. I’ve got some makeup secrets that will help you to achieve this look.

The concept behind the glass skin:

This look is about having an even and smooth surface, super reflective, as if it would be wet but in a good way. This is not a metallic makeup and it’s not achieved with just highlighters.


One of the common mistake people make trying to achieve this look is applying too much product. This look isn’t about how much highlighter you are layering but it’s more about where are you placing the product. It’s about cleverly finding those strategic points on your face that would make an illusion of reflective skin while keeping it natural.

The secret behind the look

In order to achieve a breathtaking glass skin look, your complexion has to be at it’s best, absolutely moisturized and healthy. The key is to find the strategic points where the light hits your face the most in order to achieve this reflective look like the center of your eyelid, inner corner, brow bone, cheekbones, top bridge of the nose and cupid’s bow. It’s not all about highlighter, but as I mention, skincare. You can layer lightweight products like serums, oils and cream highlighters.

Source: Pinterest

Try Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Liquid or Mac Strobe Cream. To set your glow in places and to make sure it lasts longer, go over your liquid highlighter with an illuminating powder. Just keep in mind to use a light hand. Try  Becca’s Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter or any of your favorite highlighter.

 Can I get glass skin with imperfections?

Yes, but it certainly is more difficult. When the skin has texture or blemishes, applying highlighter will draw more attention to it. Use a color corrector to pin-point conceal your imperfections and stick to cream products for a dewy look.

 Should I ditch the powder?

In order to keep the glow, I wouldn’t use too much powder but you can apply a small amount to set makeup around the eyes and nose. If you have normal to oily skin, this can be quite a difficult look to pull off, but if you do wish to try it, keep a lightweight compact powder in your purse at all times to reapply in certain areas.

Step by step to glass skin:

  1. Skincare is the most important step. Use a sheet mask and a good moisturizer suited for your skin type. The enemy of glass skin is dryness and in order to avoid that, you need to prep the skin accordingly. For example, use Sunday Riley Rapid Flash Brightening Serum.
  2. Apply a pore-perfecting primer to get a smooth surface. The Becca’s Backlight Priming Filter creates soft-focus skin with a smooth and even finish.
  3. Apply a radiant foundation like Becca’s Aqualuminous Foundation. It gives natural-looking dewy finish. Cover up the dark circle under the eyes with NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer.
  4. Then, apply a liquid highlighter on the center of your eyelids, cheekbones, the bridge of your nose, inner corner and the cupid’s bow. Try Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Liquid
  5. Finish with a touch of illuminating powder to fix your makeup. Spray on a glowing setting spray like Tatcha Luminous Dewy Mist.

Hope you’ve enjoyed today’s article and let us know if you try this look. ‘Till next time, stay brave & confident! XO

Related articles:

10 step Korean skincare regime

No Makeup – Makeup

Rice water beauty benefits