CLOUD SKIN : The KOREAN SKIN CARE REGIME that is trending like hot cakes!
“I’m a big believer in that if you focus on good skin care, you really won’t need a lot of makeup”
– Demi Moore
K-Beauty or ‘Korean Beauty‘ trends have been quite sought after for some time. In fact, identifying ourselves as Asians, our platform swells with pride in the revelation that our continent (mainly India and China), are honed as experts in dishing out some naturalistic and holistic self-care routines, with beauty remedies being widely accepted globally.
When the pandemic hit us last year, our lives changed drastically as we were forced to sit at home; cutting down on our outings. Invariably, our chances of applying makeup are drastically reduced. This shifted the focus on ‘skinvestment’, whereby beauty lovers and amateurs, started giving more time to their skincare needs. With masks covering the lower ends of our faces, people became more particular about maintaining and exfoliating their skin to retain their glow. From face masks to eye masks, the beauty industry has seen a humungous switch. One such fad that has jumped on the bandwagon is donning the CLOUD SKIN.
‘Alas, the show must go on!’ Piggybacking and monetizing on this clamorous skincare craze, beauty companies are now evolving to interweave makeup and skincare together, which serves a dual purpose, while enhancing the inner radiance. Experientially, we have now learnt that a ‘glowing skin’ will always be In- preceded by the glass skin and the dolphin skin, 2021 is mainly defined by the CLOUD SKIN.
Coined by the British-born, nomadic make-up artist, who has attained seniority in M.A.C. COSMETICS through his sheer hard work, passion, and determination, has championed this look by blending his love for travel and tendency to daydream (quite literally). Helmed as a ‘gift from above’, cloud skin emphasizes on a soft-focus, hazy, ‘lit from within’ look, rather than an outlandish, over-the-top glow. The idea is to give a dreamy, surreal, overcast glow that emerges between the clouds and a blue sky on a bright, warm day. We know we may be romanticizing this notion a tad bit, but it is overwrought by an eerie semblance.
The aim is to find a scintillating balance between the dewy, matte, and glowing layering textures of our skin, thereby giving us a miraculous concoction to nail this look flawlessly.
Now that you aesthetic enthusiasts know what entails this beauty hack, are you eager to learn the steps to look like the revered beauty bloggers, who just look resplendent while displaying their talent, on-screen? We all know how often we’ve drooled over their pristine porcelain or dusky avatar every time we tuned into Instagram over the past year! Just follow these three steps and you’re ready to rock this trend alert. Who knows, we may see one of our readers out there on social media after seeking some inspiration! Incredibly easy to try and ace, this hack is hands down, a great substitute for luminous makeup. There are three essential steps to achieve this frame.
1. PREP YOUR SKIN: Using a super-hydrating base or a moisturizer, replenish your skin, to begin with. After letting it sit, apply a layer of face oil with a slight shimmer on it, giving you the ‘glowing and wet’ look. Sunscreen helps to further build the look too.
2. FOUNDATION AND POWDER: Firstly, use a concealer to hide or pacify any problematic areas. Dabbing some loose powder to set under and over the eyes, will help create uniformity. Next, merge a pump of foundation with a drop of liquid highlighter, followed by a pinch of loose powder. Blend well, and apply this mix all over your face, evenly with a stifling brush. To give it that beautiful, ethereal finish, buff it sufficiently.
3. CONTOURING: In finality, contour your face lightly with a deeper powder product, and use a peach-toned natural blush. To give it a natural tinted look, we’d suggest that you dab a tissue with lipstick and simmer it in. Give the highlighter a miss, and you will be ready to slay this vogue.
You guys, since we’re talking about all things ‘au naturale’, it is not surprising to expect our lifestyles and dietary habits to play a key role in giving us that inherent, radiating, supple glow. Steer clear of the desserts (bye, bye sweet tooth) and processed foods; incorporate a healthy balanced diet and adequate exercise to let your inner spark emanate brightly around you. Beauty mogul Kylie Jenner to our Bollywood divas like Anushka Sharma and Deepika Padukone swear by this cosmetic fix.
To sign off, we hope you enjoyed reading this article. Always remember this happiness mantra, you beauties:
“ Skin first
Need we say more!