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The Latest Korean Beauty Buys That Will Transform Your Skin

When it comes to the newest trends in skincare and makeup, South Korea is definitely one of the first places we look to for inspiration. After all, everyone knows that the Koreans take their beauty very seriously. From ultra light textures to seriously smart technology, here are all the latest products you need to get now.

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#1: Laneige Water Bank Double Layering Oil, $50
Probably one of the most popular and well-known beauty brands to hail from the land of kimchi, Laneige is known for its lightweight textures and ultra hydrating formulas. And this new offering doesn’t disappoint. It provides all the moisturising properties of an oil, without leaving a greasy texture. It has a water and oil formula that pushes moisture particles deep into skin’s surface for intense hydration, while the oil forms a thin film over skin to protect and prevent moisture loss. Another plus, it can be used in multiple ways: as in oil applied after your serum, as an at-home mask by soaking them into cotton pads, mixed into your foundation to give it a dewy finish or mixed into your moisturiser to up its hydrating properties. #2: Caolion Hot & Cool Pore Foam Cleanser Duo, $36, Sephora
This new to Singapore label is known for its gentle and calming formulas, making it great for women with sensitive skin. This duo of cleansers is great for oily skin and treating enlarged pores, which is a problem a lot of us have. In the day, use the Pore Blackhead Steam Foam Cleanser, which gives off subtle heat to refine and exfoliate skin. At night, apply the Pore Tightening Cooling Foam Cleanser that helps to depuff, and soothe and soften skin. #3: Etude House Fix & Fix Primer SPF34/PA++, $22.90 each
Love how Korean women almost seem to have perfect makeup that doesn’t smudge or budge? Then you should invest in a makeup primer. These help to correct flaws and keep your makeup fresh so you don’t have to touch-up throughout the day. The three colour-correcting Tone Up primers (in rose, mint and lavender) help to correct your complexion’s undertone and accentuate your foundation. Formulated with viscous gel, matte powder, and skin shield fluid, it even protects skin from fine dust and fills in the surfaces of uneven complexions. The Pore Primer is a neutral coloured gel that smoothes out skin texture and provides a matte finish. Formulated with moringa, tea tree, and green tea seed oil, it also nourishes and boosts skin health. #4: Dr. Jart+ Rubber Mask Bright Lover, $18, Sephora
This two-step mask consists of an intensive care ampoule and a rubber sheet mask. The ampoule consists of a Vita complex to boost skin radiance and give you a glow, while the unique rubber mask texture prevents the active ingredients from evaporating to ensure you get the full benefits of the treatment. Another plus, the mask has soothing properties to help calm sensitive skin. #5: Innisfree My Hair Recipe Refreshing range, $15 - $19
One of our pet peeves of humid weather is how it causes an oily scalp. After all, there’s nothing less attractive than greasy locks. This new haircare range helps to relieve stress on the scalp so our hair – and head – looks healthy and fresh. The Refreshing Shampoo and Refreshing Treatment contains cedar, cypress, and pine to cleanse the scalp and condition hair. Infused with wormwood and glycyrrhizic acid, its scalp care formula keeps sebum levels in check, preventing follicles from being clogged up which can lead to hair loss. For more thorough cleansing, apply the Refreshing Scaling Oil on the scalp before shampooing. It contains salicylic acid, which removes dead skin cells from pores, an oil complex made of peppermint leaves and nutmeg to soothe. #6: Sulwhasoo First Care Activating Mask, $72 for five sheets
If you want your skin to feel (and look) instantly hydrated and fresh, then this mask is a must-have. Formulated with First Care Activating Serum EX and the brand’sunique skin-rebalancing formula JAUM Balancing Complex, this moisturises, soothes and balances the complexion for a healthy glow. Its micro net radiance sheet fits perfectly on the curves of the face, allowing the mask’s active ingredients to penetrate into the deeper layers of the skin for a smoother, softer skin texture.     #7: Blithe Energy Yellow Citrus & Honey Patting Water Pack, $54
This “patting splash mask” is an innovative product that is inspired by the Korean traditional rice water cleansing method. A concentrated mask in liquid form, it removes fine dust and dead skin cells in just 15 seconds washing. Extremely gentle, it smoothes skin and helps to improve the absorption of the rest of your skincare. This contains lemon and honey extracts that are rich in vitamin C to clarify and brighten the complexion.