by Alexandra Nicole Nuralam

How To Achieve Clear Glass Skin in Tropical Climate

glass skin
Image via @whoiskat

2019 was big on dewy, glowy “glass skin”, a Korean trend that refers to almost-translucent skin, resembling well, a pane of glass. The beauty industry has gradually moved away from matte finishes which dominated the market a few years ago. Dewy skin complexions are very much in—think matte liquid lipsticks and matte foundations, replaced by gleaming glosses for the eyes, lips and cheeks.


#1: Moisturise skin

This will give you that dewy finish and keep your skin looking hydrated and plump all throughout the day. For combination to oily skin types, opt for an oil-free formula. Those with dry skin can massage in a face oil to keep skin looking dewy.

facial oil for glass skin
Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Luxury Facial
Oil, SGD102
moisturizer for glass skin
Clinique Dramatically Different Oil-Free Gel, SGD20

#2: Apply liquid highlighter

Craft that sheen by applying liquid highlighter on the highest points of your face or a glowy primer underneath your foundation, like the Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow Face Primer (SGD86) or the Becca Shimmering Shimmering Skin Perfector Liquid Highlighter (SGD65).

highlighter for glass skin
Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow Face Primer, SGD86
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Liquid Highlighter, SGD65

#3: Sheer wash of coverage

When it comes to foundation, it’s all about being light-handed. The key to achieving that healthy-looking, glowing-from-within look is with a sheer wash of coverage to even out the skin tone but still letting your natural skin peek through.

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, SGD46
Dior Backstage Face & Body Foundation, SGD65

#4: Set with powder

For those with oilier skin, set your base with setting powder to make your makeup last long in the humidity. Dusting on top of the liquid highlighter you applied earlier will also make the glow effect more apparent.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder, SGD80
MAC Cosmetics Mineralize Skinfinish Natural Face Powder, SGD60

#5: Spritz facial mist

Spray some facial mist to bring the glow back to your skin. If your skin is on the oilier side, you can opt for a setting spray instead, like the Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray Makeup Setting Spray (SGD48).

Pixi Glow Mist, SGD24
Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray Makeup Setting Spray, SGD48