What is dewy dumpling skin?
See the latest complexion trend rivalling the glass skin movement.
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By now, you've probably heard of glass skin, the beauty trend that's all about having a translucent, pore-free complexion. While it has existed within the Korean beauty industry for years, it has only recently caused a stir in other parts of the world, bringing with it an appreciation for healthy-looking skin.
Thanks to this, we are now witnessing more trends aimed at helping beauty lovers to achieve a "lit from within" look. At the forefront of this new movement is makeup artist Nam Vo. With an obsession for luminous skin, Vo coined her own hashtag #dewydumplings to showcase her ultra-glowy look. We take a look at the trend to see why the hashtag has since gone viral and how you can achieve the look at home.
What is dumpling skin?
If you search "dumpling skin" on the Internet, your results are likely to include some rather delicious looking images of steamed gyoza alongside recipes on how to make dumpling wrappers. So, how did the phrase end up describing a beauty look? According to Vo, "dumpling" has always been a term she uses as a sign of endearment and, since dumplings are moist and glowy, she put the two together and the phrase stuck.
"Soft, plump, moist and delicious," is Vo's description of the look, which essentially involves creating a wet-look complexion that is insanely illuminated.
Image: Instagram user namvo
How do you achieve it?
Similar to glass skin, the dewy dumpling look cannot be achieved through makeup alone. Before you can get what Vo describes as a #GlowJob, you have to first achieve a perfect base. This means having a solid skincare routine that includes exfoliating, moisturising and using a whole lot of sunscreen.
Once you've got your skincare down, you can work on the makeup side of the look:
- To achieve dewy dumpling skin, lightweight foundation and concealers are needed to allow the natural skin to shine through. Cream-based primers and foundations are best for this look as you don't want your skin to appear dried or matte in any way (sorry powder lovers). Vo recommends using the "spot" treatment when applying your foundation. Start by dabbing it on your face with your fingers, then roll and bounce a damp BeautyBlender across your face for a dewy finish.
- The next step is to create a highlight you can see from Mars. The trick Vo uses is to apply highlighter to moist skin in a "C shape" above the cheekbones and towards the temples. Far from being subtle, the dumpling look is all about creating a blinding highlight. Think drops, glittery powder, liquid- anything goes, as long as it gives a moist, radiant look.
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Dewy dumpling skin is all about making the skin look flawless, so you don't need to add much makeup (unless you want to). The trend really is mostly about skincare as, the better your skin is, the better your makeup will lay. Adding intense highlight will finish off the look, but you can go easy on the eyes and lips and let your skin make a statement for you.
Which skin types will it work on?
Unfortunately, Vo admits that not everyone will be able to achieve a true dewy dumpling look. Those with very dehydrated skin may find that their end result will not be as moist and glowing as they might have hoped. Whilst upping your skincare routine and investing in a good moisturiser can really help, at the end of the day, having a truly luminous complexion also comes down to genetics and lifestyle.
You can still follow the steps to achieve the look, though. Whilst you might not look exactly like a dewy dumpling, you'll definitely look more hydrated and glowed up than usual.
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Top products to help you look like a dewy dumpling
Becca shimmering skin perfector pressed highlighter (8g)
Marc Jacobs O!Mega glaze all-over foil luminizer
Charottle Tilbury bar of gold highlighting palette
Giorgio Armani luminous silk foundation
C.E.O. C + E antioxidant protect + repair moisturizer, 50g
R.N.A power eye cream
SK-II Facial Treatment Essence 75ml
Colourpop Super Shock Cheek
Main image: Instagram user namvo
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