It's no secret that one of the things about Toronto that people take super seriously is looking good. And no, not just good but goood. Yes, Toronto's fashion game is seriously on point, and everyone walking the streets of T.O does their best to look on fleek. But other than your clothes, everyone in Toronto want to make sure their faces look just as radiant.
I mean, is there really such a thing as being too good looking?
Extrapolating from that, the Korean beauty industry has boomed all over Asia and has made its way to the streets of Toronto where everyone is just dying to know how the Koreans keep their faces looking young, radiant and blemish free.
A lot of these Korean beauty products can be found through Amazon, but can be found in your local Sephora or Asian beauty store in Pacific Mall.
Here's a list of Korean beauty products that you can get in Toronto to pamper yourself and keep you looking young, stunning and beautiful.
Sheet masks// The Faceshop, SNP, The Creme Shop...
One of the most popular Korean beauty products are these really cute sheet masks. These sheet masks are soaked in different serums depending on different skin types that are meant to soak into the skin and correct whatever problems there might be. These skin masks have different serums such as green tea, rice water, lemon, snail gel, etc. which are used to correct skin imperfections such as dullness, blemishes, dryness, etc.
These are perfect for travelling or for when your skin needs a good pick me up.
How to use: Remove the mask from the package, unfold and leave it on your face for 15-20 minutes for the serum to fully seep into your skin. Afterwards, remove the mask and wipe whatever excess product left on the mask onto your face to get the maximum effect.
Allow face to air dry, then tone & moisturize!
Eye Patch// Etude House, The Faceshop, Tony Moly...
One of the major indicators of aging and distressed skin can be noticed around the eye area. Despite what you do to the rest of your skin, the skin around the eye area is a lot more fragile and sensitive and therefore should have its own care and maintenance. These eye gel patches are made of flexible gel, unlike the sheet masks, and are packed with hydrating and brightening serum to cool down the eye area as well as to hydrate and minimize wrinkles.
These are also perfect for travelling, or for when your face is bloated and puffy.
How to use: remove patches from package and position the patch underneath the eye area aligning the groove of the patch with the bottom of your eye (they should look like butterfly wings when both are on). Allow the serum to soak in for 15-20 minutes, and allow serum to soak in and dry afterwards.
Lip tints & tattoos// Tony Moly, Etude House, Peripera, Laneige, Missha, etc.
K-pop stars and K-drama actresses are famous for sporting a softer lip look to promote a younger, more natural look. Unlike most western lipsticks and glosses, these tints do exactly what its name implies-- it tints your lips. It leaves a stain of colour just enough to still show your lips without being too bold.
These are perfect for when you want a pop of colour on your face but still want to maintain a natural look.
How to apply: For water and balm tints-- paint a thin layer on the lips and purse your lips to even out the product. For an ombre lip, only apply on the inside of lips and purse them to fan out the product.
For tattoo tints-- apply layer of tattoo film and allow it to dry. Once dry, have fun peeling away!
Eyebrow products// Etude House, The Faceshop, Holika Holika, Skin Food....
Everyone knows that your eyebrows must be fleeking simply because that's what everyone else is doing. Eyebrows are all the rage this millennium and the Koreans have come up with a few ways to fix up them brows and having them look super fleeky. There's the classic pencil with an angled tip to get those brows looking precise and then there's this new phenomenon of eyebrow tints that work exactly like the lip tint. This tattoo tint tints your eyebrows and and will last on your brows for up to three days!
This is perfect for those lazy days for when you just don't have the time to apply your brows but still want to have eyebrows for the rest of the day.
How to apply: For pencil-- outline the shape of your natural brows, fill in with small strokes, and spoolie away to blend!
For eyebrow tint-- Apply the shape of your natural brow and let it dry. Once dry, enjoy peeling away!
Moisturizers// Laneige, The Faceshop, Nature Republic, Innisfree....
There is no doubt that Koreans have really flawless skin. It's dewy, healthy looking and basically always glowing. The foundation to all that is simply a good moisturizer. Moisturizers are different from body lotions as it is gentler for the skin on your face and less greasy.
This is perfect especially for the upcoming fall and winter months when your skin is going to need some TLC against the dry air coming our way.
How to use: Simply apply thin layer and evenly distribute it all over the face.
Snail Gel Creams & Masks// Missha, Tony Moly, The Faceshop, Mizon, Holika Holika....
Yes I know what you're thinking-- "snails?!" Well yes, believe it or not, Koreans have been using the slime of snails all in the name of beauty. The slime from these snails are infused in serums and creams to hydrate, erase blemishes, improve texture, plump up creases and fight against battle.
This is perfect for treating out your skin and pumping it with nourishment to upgrade the game of your skin.
How to use: instructions vary depending on the type of product, however it should work the same way as the moisturizer.
BB creams// Laneige, Holika Holika, Tony Moly, Etude House, Missha.....
Unlike the western definition of beauty, Koreans try to look as natural as possible to hold on to their natural beauty. That being said, BB creams act similar to a foundation to mask redness and even out the skin tone without looking too cakey and over the top.
This is perfect for covering up one or two blemishes while not looking extra and too cakey.
How to use: dab a few spots of product on the face or wherever necessary and blend with a beauty blender, brush or pads of finger tips.
Cleansing Oils & Makeup Removers// The Faceshop, Too Cool For School, Laneige....
The thing about makeup removers is that they can sometimes be too harsh and strip your face of its moisture thus making it feel stiff and irritated. Cleansing oils are a lot more gentler and remove all the shit on and in your face that you want to remove.
This is perfect for those who have dry or sensitive skin and want to try removing your makeup without irritating your skin.
How to use: apply one or two pumps of the product and massage it into your skin to remove all the makeup on your face. Afterwards rinse, cleanse and dry.
Essences// SKII, Laneige, Mizon, Missha....
Essence is an integral step in typical skincare routines of Korean women. The primary goal of an essence above all else, is to hydrate. Using an essence drenches the skin with moisture allowing for better absorption of subsequent products.
This is perfect for right after you wash and cleansed your face. Although it was just washed your skin is stripped of some of its natural oils drying it out.
How to use: before applying moisturizer, spray one or two pumps of product on a cotton pad and apply on skin to allow the skin to absorb.
Eyeliner// The Faceshop, Tony Moly, CLIO, Holika Holika....
The one problem most Koreans have serious issues with is their monolids which make the eye area look smaller. However, a little eyeliner does help make the eye look larger and rounder without the need for any surgery.
This is perfect for those with monolids, and people who want to draw attention to their eyes.
How to use: Line the top of your eyes with product, and wing out for a little extra flare. Tip! If you decide to line your bottom lashline, only line the out third. Lining your entire lower lashline will result in your eyes looking smaller and heavy.
Sleeping Masks// Laneige, Mizon....
Sometimes when you sleep, air conditioners and heaters tend to dry the air therefore drying out the skin. Use a sleeping mask while you sleep to seal in the moisture of your skin.
This is perfect for summer and winter months where the temperatures are at its extreme thus the need for cooling and heating appliances sucking the moisture out of your skin.
How to use: apply at the end of your night time skincare regime and keep on until the next morning. Rinse off the next day, and moisturize right after!
Cleansers// NEOGEN, Skin Food, The Face Shop, Too Cool For School, Laneige...
The horror stories behind bad acne and terrible skin texture can all be traced back to the overall cleanliness of your skin. Throughout the day the pores of your skin are exposed to the nastiness of the city and everyday life. There's no way to avoid it but there are ways to make sure that all of the gunk is flushed out of your system leaving it nice and clean. And that my friend is why the Koreans have come up with lines and lines of cleansers suiting different skin types to ensure that you are kept clean all throughout.
This is perfect for people who live in the metropolitan area where you can hardly keep up with the hustle and bustle of city life let alone the toxins in our air and surroundings. Don't worry, you don't have to!
How to use: after removing your makeup rinse face with warm water to open up the pores, then massage a dime sized amount of product into the face for a few seconds before rinsing with warm water. Finish your rinse with cold water to close and seal in your pores and you're good to go!
Sun protection// Missha, NEOGEN, COSRX
Everyone enjoys a little fun in the sun, but sometimes you have to consider the consequences of a little too much fun without any protection. Whether the sun is out or not, the sun's rays produce UVA and UVB rays that can lead to long term skin damage if not being protected with a good sunblock. This can lead to wrinkles, discolouration and dryness. However, everyone also knows that your typical sunscreen is heavy, greasy and just uncomfortable for it to be on your face all day. Once again, the Koreans have come out with sunscreens specifically for the face that is light, non greasy and long lasting.
This is perfect for everyday use underneath your makeup for some protection against the rays of the sun.
How to use: apply a thin layer onto the skin before applying any makeup.
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