One distinct observation I made, as I arrived in South Korea was their dewy and impeccable skin.
How do Koreans keep their skin looking glowy and flawless throughout the day though? To solve this mystery, people have sought out many Olive Young products. This comes along with a barrage of product recommendations across various social media platforms.
After purchasing and trying out numerous suggestions for ourselves, we’ve consolidated ten of our favourite products of 2023. Here are our top picks:
1. 3CE Multi Eye Colour Palette
South Korean beauty brand 3CE has been a strong player since K-beauty’s rise in popularity, especially for its eye and lip makeup. While this multi-eye colour palette does not always take the limelight, it is safe to say that this product is a staple in any K-beauty enthusiast’s makeup collection.
People favour the palette for its buildability and versatile colour choices. The different shades released throughout the years are also tailored to everyone’s diverse tastes.
2. Kiss Me Heroine Make Smooth Liquid Eyeliner
Another reputable brand hailing from Japan, particularly known for its eyeliners and mascaras, it is unsurprising that this product made the list.
The eyeliner not only glides on extremely easily but has endured many summer rains, proving its waterproof and long-lasting capabilities. This product from Heroine Make is perfect for those who value longevity and affordability when purchasing eyeliners.
3. Clio Kill Lash Superproof Mascara
This product has been making its rounds across many TikTok for-you pages and Instagram reels. And reasonably so.
My mascara persisted in South Korea’s summer heat, despite temperatures going as high as 34°C. Additionally, this product makes the trendy manga lashes easily achievable, especially the long curling version.
4. Too Cool For School Artclass by Rodin Shading
This contour palette has cemented its spot as the best product in this category.
Owing to its natural shading and soft texture, this product has consistently placed first among other contours in Olive Young across the years. However, if you prefer a more pigmented contouring effect, this palette may not be for you.
5. Etude House Glow Fixing Tint
This lip product is easily one of my favourite makeup purchases in Olive Young. Buildable and highly moisturising, this tint is not sticky at all. It also has a wide range of colours, making finding your perfect shade of MLBB (my lips but better) effortless.
Moreover, this Etude House Glowing Fixing tint is perfect for those looking to jump into the glossy lips trend.
6. Manyo Factory Pure Cleansing Oil
If you have not started double cleansing, this is your sign to start now.
This oil is the perfect product to cleanse your face without overly stripping it, leaving your skin feeling refreshed and clean. That’s why this cleansing oil has gone viral, a must-have for frequent makeup users.
7. Anua Heartleaf 77% Soothing Toner
If you have been scrolling through TikTok, the Anua toner would have been featured on your for-you page at least once. This is due to its effectiveness in reducing redness and evening-out skin texture.
Rather than hydrating, this toner is more focused on calming the skin.
8. Torriden Dive-in Low Molecule Hyaluronic Acid Serum
Torriden’s serum has shown remarkable results in moisturising skin.
Unlike other serums, it also does not leave a sticky residue and makes your skin feel hydrated and soft. This product is also a great addition to your skincare prep before applying makeup, providing a glowy and smooth base for your makeup routine.
9. Sungboon Editor Green Tomato Pore Lifting Ampoule+
For those struggling with large pores, this product is worth considering for your next Olive Young purchase.
When used frequently, it shrinks pores, brightens skin tone and helps pires stick together. Aside from these properties, it also feels light and refreshing on the skin.
10. Beauty of Joseon Relief Sun: Rice + Probiotics
Lastly, we cannot conclude this list without mentioning this renowned sunscreen.
Although there are many reputable Korean sunscreens, this product continues to be everyone’s favourite. The Beauty of Joseon Relief Sun does not have a white cast, makes the skin glow and is easily absorbed by the skin.
The formula is very lightweight and moisturising, ideal for those who are prone to breakouts or are looking for a sunscreen base to add to their makeup routine.