When I was in Seoul a few months ago, I had the great pleasure of meeting and having my makeup done by Son Dae-sik, one of the most sought-after celebrity makeup artists in Korea and the co-founder of the Son & Park beauty collection. The line consists of color cosmetics (which come in sleek black packaging that click-stacks together), as well as a few skin-care products.
Like most makeup artists, Son believes that prepping the skin properly is the most important part of any makeup look. To that end, he and his partner created this fabulous product, which I immediately loved at first sight on account of the chic, minimalist packaging. But what makes this so-called "beauty water" really interesting is that it is truly multitasking — it's not just a toner or a hydrator, like a lot of the watery first-step products you see coming out of Korea, the land of 10 zillion skin-care steps.
I use it a few different ways: I've really embraced micellar water as a cleansing alternative in the morning since I don't like to strip my face with traditional cleansers after I've been babying it with six different creams overnight, so I use this as a first step to refresh my face. It's also a great toner in the evening and will get rid of any last gunk your cleanser didn't pick up. Thanks to the inclusion of willow park and papaya extract, it provides some light exfoliation as well, and it makes my face feel soft and hydrated — not tight. The product itself has a fresh, clean and not overwhelming scent, and the bottle is huge. It's my new favorite skin-care product, and that is saying something.
Son & Park Beauty Water, $30, available at Sokoglam
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