Beauty

Five fast fixes for that Korean beauty look – say goodbye to complicated 10-step routine

Lips, eyes, nails, even a saggy neck, these products from Laneige, L’cret, Etude House, Switch and Dashing Diva will have you looking your glam best in no time this Christmas

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 19 December, 2017, 1:00pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 20 December, 2017, 7:21pm

Say goodbye to the long and complicated 10-step routine long associated with K-beauty. Now it’s all about fast fixes, especially when it comes to make-up. Here are five items that will save a lot of prep time and make your daily regime a breeze.

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1. Laneige, Two-Tone Lip Bar (HK$185)

If you are a K-drama fan, there is every chance you have seen the “gradient lips” make-up of Korean actresses. “Gradient lips” or “gradation lips” is a technique aiming for a youthful and perky appearance. Is it difficult to recreate at home? No. The lip bar has a main colour and a sub colour, and a professional look can be yours with a single touch. The high-gloss vivid colour side of the lipstick is for the centre of the lips, while the semi-matt colour blends nicely to keep the outer line of the lips soft. Comes in 10 colour variations.

2. L’CRET, Magic Eyelid Shadow (US$23.95/HK$187 at ebay.com)

Do your uneven eyelids, mono lids or droopy eyes bother you? This eyelid shadow can help, without opting for plastic surgery. The product is a combination of shimmer eyeshadow and eyelid glue.

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Shake the bottle well and spread the liquid evenly on the eyelids like other liquid eyeshadows. Gently press the desired area with the Magic Y Stick to create a crease. Then close the eyes, and let the liquid dry.

3. Etude House, Tint My Brows Gel (HK$58 at hellobear.com.hk)

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Apply the gel, let it coagulate for at least two hours, and remove slowly after it is completely dry. For stronger coloration, apply before bed and remove in the morning. To accentuate, use a brow mascara.

4. Switch, Selfting (US$13.51/HK$105.50 at ebay.com)

Afraid of a Botox shot, or contour make-up is too difficult? For a quick fix for a special event or a photo shoot, the Selfting lifting patch will save your day. The transparent patches, made with high-elastic, medical-grade PU film, lift a saggy neck, jawline, forehead and eyebrows instantly.

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Apply one end of the sticky tape on the area in need of adjustment, slowly pull the skin and attach the rest of the tape, and remove the blue sticker on the other end.

5. Dashing Diva, Magic Press (HK$80.66 at yesstyle.com)

No more expensive and time-consuming gel nails. This gel nail set can give you professional nail art in just a few minutes at home. From a simple colour to a bejewelled glamorous pattern, there is a vast selection of designs. Peel off the protective film and press the gel nail tip onto each clean nail. Same for toes – and pedicure tips are available.