The Extra Girl's Guide to K-Beauty
If Jane is the Queen of Lazy, then I’m the Queen of Extra. I like to think that I’m pretty laid back in a lot of aspects of my life, but that doesn’t completely cancel out my extraness. I say I’m extra, but not unreasonable. I’ve come to accept who I am (after all, god don't make ugly) and my skincare routine isn’t immune to it. Unlike Jane, who loves a good hack, I will take the longest route possible in taking care of my skin and if my makeup isn't glowing, I'm not leaving my house.
That being said, I decided to write this piece because I wanted to show how extra I can be with my skincare and beauty routine. I am in no way condoning ~extra~ behavior, but feel free to shake your head at me (or embrace your inner extra).
1. Don't Cut Corners
2. Triple (or Quadruple Cleanse)
3. 7 Skin Method
4. Neck Care
5. Specialized Masks
7. Scheduling your products
1. Don't Cut Corners
Jane LOVES a good multi-purpose product, she’s all about using products that will cleanse, exfoliate and moisturize her skin and very soul all at the same time. Me? Not so much. I like to use something to exfoliate, cleanse and moisturize individually. All of my products are completely one step products. Nothing that I use serves multiple purposes at the same time, and I’m perfectly okay with that. I love the act of putting on multiple products, why? Because that’s my me time, and if I can extend me time for as long as possible, you better believe I’m going to do it. While I’ve gotten a lot of practice and can do my routine in as little as 10-15 minutes, if I can find something to make it 16 minutes long, it’s happening. I’ve been known to skip breakfast before work just to squeeze in an extra step or blend my eyeshadow with 2 different brushes. Yes, sometimes decisions have to be made. No, I don’t regret it.
2. Triple (or Quadruple) Cleanse
If you want to step up your double cleanse game, try triple cleansing. Triple cleansing is using a facial tissue to clean your face before using your oil and foam cleansers. Don’t rely on a facial tissue to be able to remove all of your makeup, and pretty please, don’t wipe your face vigorously with the tissue. You know how you layer your makeup and products? The way I see it, you have to remove everything in layers. Why would a single cleanse remove ALL the layers of products on your face? The facial tissue will BEGIN the process of breaking down the first layer of gunk on your face, then your oil cleanser will take care of the second layer and finally your foam cleanser will finish up everything for you.
How am I extra with this? I use a facial tissue after using makeup remover (so I guess I quadruple cleanse???). Now, don’t go to Target and buy Up & Up makeup remover wipes in bulk (or god forbid, Neutrogena ones). Stick to facial tissues that are made of ingredients that nourish the skin. Doing so will just make your double cleanse more effective. Here are some suggestions for facial tissues:
3. 7 Skin Method
I personally don’t do this, but I’m including it because I am going to start doing it. The 7 Skin Method is basically patting 7 layers of toner into your skin. You do this with the purpose of boosting hydration in your skin. This should be done as part of your normal routine when you need extra hydration. I’m all about hydration, and this sounds like something right up my alley. Here are some current popular toners:
4. Neck Care
I’m really insecure about my neck - I have a round face, and my double chin is something I kinda struggle with. So, I try to take care of my neck to keep that shit in shape before age reveals what a cruel mistress she is. All the products I put on my face I also extend to my neck and I always make sure to use the leftover serum from facial sheet masks on my neck. I use masks that are specifically for my neck, which I’ll admit are kind of hard to keep in place but I enjoy them. Lastly, I give myself neck massages to firm the skin and reduce inflammation around my neck (basically, you gently kneed your neck with your fists).
Here is a pretty good video of a Korean Facial Massage (don’t worry, it includes how to massage your neck)
Here’s are two of my favorite neck masks:
5. Specialized masks
Masks aren’t just for your face - if there’s a mask for a specific part of my body, I use it. Feet, under eye, hands, hair, lips-you name it. I just love trying out different types of masks, I think it’s fun to see what different masks can do for your body. I’ve had some pretty interesting experiences and I’ve seen some really awesome results from masks that I thought wouldn’t work. Here a few of the masks I’ve tried:
Please note the big, bold letters - I love highlighter. I’ve mentioned before, I don’t wear foundation and I rarely wear concealer but I love makeup. I love eyeshadow and I buy a ton of it but don’t worry, I actually use all the palettes I buy. However, highlighter is a staple in my makeup routine, I basically want everyone to see me glow (and slay). I’ve been known to apply highlight so I look like a Glazed Krispy Kreme donut. Here are the ways that I apply highlight:
Subtle: For a muted highlighter look, I apply primer, then highlighter (liquid or powder) and dab concealer on top. This will create a look that hints at the fact that you’re wearing highlight but you don’t know for sure (I’m pretty sure Kim K does this). I do this when I’m going for a no makeup look.
Glow: If you want a more obvious glow, I pat on concealer where I’m going to apply highlight and then I apply highlighter. It’s a more obvious look, but not so much that it looks like you’re sweating. I use this look basically everyday.
Glazed Krispy Kreme Donut: I layer highlight on highlight -first I apply primer, then I apply a little bit of highlighter that’s close to my skin tone, I apply a different color highlight on top and finish off with setting spray. After this, you will shine like a glazed donut fresh off the glazing conveyor belt. People will be able to see you even when the lights are off. I use this look when I’m going out or I know I’m going to be in dark places.
If you’ve never used highlighter, you should try it. You won’t go back. Here are my favorite highlighters:
7. Schedule your products
Keep track of what you do each night! I don’t keep track of a lot of things in my life (even though I should). I do, however, keep track of my assignments, my bonsai tree water schedule, and the products I use each day. I do this so I can space out certain products so I don’t overwhelm my skin. For example, I keep track of when I exfoliated so I don’t accidentally over exfoliate. I even plan ahead for when I will do certain targeted treatments -I keep track of it all. I just use my planner, which I also use for school and work but you can totally use your phone or a regular calendar.
This is how I’m currently being ~extra~. Is it a bit much? Maybe, you can be the judge of that. Embrace your extraness, you’ll feel so liberated.