There’s a reason why Korean skincare is so thorough. From the double cleanse to beloved sheet masks, Korean skin care is unparalleled. Why? Because Korean beauty looks all start with a fresh-faced, healthy glow. 

To keep my skin looking less haggard, more K-pop star, I’m currently all about Obagi mixed in my favourite Korean standbys (MISSHA sunblock and serums). While great skincare is definitely key to a beautiful complexion, sometimes we all need a little extra help. 

Here is my step-by-step guide to getting that gorgeous Korean dewy look. This is “contouring” — Korean style.

STEP 1. Start with a primer

After the basics (cleansing, toning, moisturizing and sunscreen), I start with a primer. This will prep the skin, allowing a smoother base for foundation or BB cream and help makeup last longer.

STEP 2. Apply BB cream

Using a damp sponge, I apply BB cream to the face. I like Fairy Drops Candybar BB Cream, which provides amazing coverage without appearing too thick or cakey.

STEP 3. Conceal and Highlight

To get that Korean glow, highlighting is crucial. I’m into this technique as it also conceals undereye circles. I’m using Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles in a shade lighter than my skin tone. Because this particular concealer is formulated for use under the eye, its creamy consistency means that it hardly settles into lines and applies very smooth. I apply it under the eyes, the bridge of the nose, centre of the forehead and chin.