Glass, ac­cented, the Gigi – beauty’s take on fresh, ra­di­ant com­plex­ions to­day might call for its own en­cy­clopae­dia, but that's not stopped women and the fash­ion world from ob­sess­ing over them. Sofia Kim sheds light on get­ting the look right.

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The most fash­ion­able “glows” on the S/S ’18 run­ways and how to recre­ate them.

Blame it on the Kore­ans – and just about ev­ery­one who’s caught on to the cul­ture’s mil­len­nial ideals of beauty (which, go­ing by the pro­lif­er­a­tion of stars rang­ing from boy band BTS to Irene Kim at events span­ning Fash­ion Week to the Amer­i­can Mu­sic Awards, means prac­ti­cally just about ev­ery­one). So thanks to Song Hye-kyo and co, we dis­cov­ered the youth­ful ap­peal of co­ral cheeks and thick, straight brows, but their great­est con­tri­bu­tion to to­day’s beauty con­ver­sa­tion is ar­guably an im­plau­si­bly clean, fresh glow.

The vari­a­tions that they’ve come up with (which have, in turn, ig­nited fren­zied ob­ses­sions) call for their own glos­sary: Honey, Porce­lain, the in­fa­mous Glass, and even Wa­ter­melon (the fruit’s a power soother and rich in amino acids). The mass re­newed fo­cus on well­ness and nat­u­ral beauty has fur­ther made matte com­plex­ions feel in­creas­ingly (and iron­i­cally) retro.

In a re­cent fea­ture on the trend, The Guardian pointed out that “the word ‘glow’ ap­pears in de­scrip­tions of more than 300 prod­ucts on Net-a-porter’s beauty site, re­lat­ing to ev­ery­thing from body oil to blusher”. This year, multi-la­bel beauty gi­ant Sephora has brought into Sin­ga­pore a host of prod­ucts

that prom­ise to help im­part an en­vi­able (faux) glow – from Cover FX’s Glit­ter Drops (mix with a base or use alone to lend a glam­orous sheen), to Marc Ja­cobs Beauty’s Co­conut Fan­tasy high­lighter, eye­shadow and bronzer that prom­ise a so­phis­ti­cated, sun-kissed vis­age.

Once dom­i­nated by shine-free com­plex­ions, the run­ways are also cham­pi­oning the look. At Ba­len­ci­aga and Louis Vuit­ton this S/S ’18, mod­els strode out alarm­ingly barefaced yet ra­di­ant (all thanks to noth­ing more than mois­turiser for base) – the neo-Asian glow, if you will. The girls at Issey Miyake and Vic­to­ria Beck­ham sported stronger high­lights on the nose bridge and Cu­pid’s bow, but oth­er­wise looked equally fresh. And over at the buzzing Fenty x Puma, co­pi­ous amounts of high­lighter were dusted over cheek­bones for a modern, highly ed­i­to­rial take on Mal­ibu Bar­bie chic.

Which brings us to a re­al­ity check: Sure, good skin helps (a lot – we won’t lie), but achiev­ing an ef­fort­less-look­ing glow can of­ten also be as much about us­ing the right makeup. Here, three modern in­ter­pre­ta­tions on the look, and what you need to cre­ate them.

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