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Just 16 Korean And Japanese Beauty Products I Swear By After Years Of Testing

Keep reading if you want ridiculously soft, hydrated, and healthy-looking skin.

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1. Etude House makes some of my favorite lipsticks in the K-beauty world, and Etude House Dear Darling Get Lip Tints rank the highest for ease of wear and that coveted blotted lip lewk. And when I say ease of wear, I mean all day gorgeousness that even fades beautifully, henny.

2. Bioré Aqua Rich Watery Essence is my ride-or-die sunscreen and I've written about it a few times already, recommended it to countless friends, and it's one of the few products I use up on the reg (as documented in the "Empties!" highlight on my IG for proof).

3. Glow Recipe Watermelon Moisturizer is a treat for your skin in many senses: your face will soften and plump up, and your nose will love the sweet watermelon scent — my combination skin immediately drinks it up as the last step of my morning skincare routine types, and it's undetectable underneath makeup.

4. Clio Kill Black Waterproof Pen Liner makes it super easy to draw and flick out a ~killer~ and super pigmented cat eye that stays put all day — important since I unconsciously rub my eyes/temples when I get stressed, lol.

5. Missha Perfect Cover BB Cream is one of my faves for outstanding coverage with a slightly more matte finish — I swear it does a better job at covering everything than some of the foundations I've used.

6. Tatcha The Essence is called a ~skin softener~ and that it truly is!! It's made up of 98.7 percent hadasei-3 — a concentrate of green tea, rice, and algae — which basically doubles the moisture levels in your skin, so you end up looking like your best self, aka a plump cherub.

7. Peach & Lily Power Calm Hydrating Gel Cleanser leaves my face feeling clean, crazy soft, and smooth, even after I work an oil-based cleanser through a full face of makeup — that's what I call A True Feat, ladies and gents.

8. Make P:rem Blue Ray Sun Gel is another fave — like the Bioré, it's a chemical sunscreen, which I prefer to physical ones because they disappear into my skin and don't leave any signs of residue or white cast. Plus, this one actually counteracts any overheating you experience from hot infrared waves and radiation! Science!!

9. Laneige Berry Lip Sleeping Mask helps my perpetually chapped lips feel loads softer and hydrated come morning by locking in moisture overnight (via Vitamin C and antioxidants) while I snooze — and it smells divine, so yes I will readily slather my pout in this.

10. Missha Super Aqua Ultra Waterfull Clear Cream looks like an oceanic work of art and infuses an intense but feels-like-nothing dose of cooling hydration that melts into my skin as soon as it's applied.

11. Cosrx Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser is my go-to when my face is feelin' ~congested~ and I can feel a breakout or two about to pop up, since betaine salicylate and tea tree leaf oil are super helpful in combating those.

12. Blithe Tundra Chaga Pressed Serum acts as a serum and moisturizer hybrid, smoothing and soothing skin with a heavy dose of chaga mushrooms and fermented oils — plus, it stays cool for over 36 hours to preserve ingredient efficacy.

13. British M Organics Annatto Hair Oil seriously helps tame my *always* frizzy, bleach- and color-damaged strands after each wash — no matter what hair mask I use in the shower, I always follow up with this on my ends or cover my entire bottom half with a light layer.

14. Then I Met You Cleansing Balm is the best way to unwind and massage the day's makeup and grime (hello, city life!) away — it's effective at getting *everything* off but feels super gentle and leaves my skin feeling nourished after it's washed off.

15. Heroine Make Speedy Mascara Remover is a lil' tube of clear liquid that easily and quickly takes off your toughest mascara in 30 seconds with no mess or bullshit.

16. I love eye gels far more than creams, since they absorb more quickly, but this Innisfree Green Tea Seed Intensive Hydrating Eye Roll-On takes the cake because it comes with a cooling roller applicator for an extra soothing and de-puffing effect!

IU demonstrating how I feel about my super soft and bouncy skin after discovering these products:

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