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The Top-Selling Korean Primer That Will Give You “Glass Skin”

Here at the Klog, we’re all about skin care first, but that doesn’t mean we don’t love a good makeup product that can take our glow to the next level. Here, we review one of the top-selling primers in Korea that claims to be the key to achieving “glass skin”.

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Like many young girls in the late ’90s, I was obsessed with Bath and Body Works’ Art Stuff line, specifically the blueberry roll-on glitter. While I’m fairly certain the glitter was meant to be applied on the body, I liked to slather the twinkly formula all over my face. I’ve since toned down my everyday look, but I still can’t resist a good shimmer-flecked product.
A new favorite is the VDL Lumilayer Primer. It’s been a top-selling product in Korea for a while, but it just launched in the U.S. in the beginning of August. The formula is pearlescent and violet-tinged and designed to give you a luminescent glow, and to extend the wear of your makeup. The brand is calling it “the secret to glass skin”, the k-beauty trend of having a complexion that’s so glowy and even, it looks like glass.
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I have dry skin, which means my complexion can often look dull and flat, despite a regimen of brightening serums and ultra-hydrating creams. After applying the primer all over my face, my skin looks instantly dewy – in a natural way (for a more intense glow, you can always add another layer). Because the formula is light-reflecting, I find that I don’t even need to wear my go-to highlighter because my cheekbones are already beaming.
The formula itself packs a punch, but feels lightweight. I find my foundation goes on smoother over top of it and that I don’t need as much coverage. I know I shouldn’t wear makeup to the gym, but on the occasions when I do, I know my makeup will still look nearly flawless even after a HIIT class with the primer on.
On low maintenance makeup days, I like to use it solely as a highlighter for a little complexion boost. I add quick swipes along the tops of cheek and brow bones, down the nose, and on the cupid’s bow.
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Makeup artist Nam Vo, who is known for creating what she calls “dewy dumpling” looks, is also a major fan of the Lumilayer Primer. At a recent masterclass in New York City, allure.com reported that she applied the primer over the tops of a model’s cheekbones, layered liquid foundation over that and then went over the area with the primer again as a base for powder highlighter (which would pop even more thanks to Lumilayer). The results (pictured above) were out of this world.

+Have you tried the VDL Lumilayer Primer? What other Korean makeup brands do you want us to review? Share them in the comments!

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