Buttery Skin Makeup Trend: Should You Try It? | Clozette

Makeup trends come and go but what never seems to go out of style is healthy, glowing skin. The demand for a smooth and dewy complexion reached its peak with last year’s glass skin craze and while that was great, not all of us (sadly) have the same level of flawlessness and extensive skin care routines that most Korean idols do. This season, however, we welcome a promising new trend that seeks to make beautiful skin wearable for everyone: buttery skin.

As its name suggests, buttery skin mimics the smooth, satiny sheen that a stick of butter has. It came into popularity when makeup artist Isabelle De Vries posted a fresh and glowy makeup look on Instagram with the hashtag #butteryskin. While glass skin focused primarily on skincare (think: hydration, hydration, hydration!), buttery skin is a makeup technique that builds glow in layers and the result is a dialled-down, dewy look. Curious about how to get it and if you should try it? Here’s how it works.


skincare products for buttery skin

Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Universal Daily Peel Pads, SGD135/~USD100 (sephora.com); Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream Hydrating Moisturiser, SGD96/~USD71 (sephora.com); Huxley Secret of Sahara Mask; Moisture and Freshness, SGD38/~USD28 

Prepping the skin is essential for a good base. De Vries used an exfoliating pad, specifically Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peel Pad, to smooth out skin and remove dead skin cells and followed by a hyaluronic acid sheet mask or moisturiser such as Peter Thomas Roth's Water Drench Hyaluronic Acid Cloud Cream and Huxley's Secret of Sahara Mask; Moisture and Freshness to hydrate.


buttery skin primer

Cover FX Illuminating Primer, SGD59/~USD44 (sephora.com)

An illuminating primer like Cover FX's Illuminating Primer is key for a healthy glow. Apply it on to the high points of the face and smooth out for an even look.


buttery skin base

Make Up For Ever Water Blend Foundation, SGD72/~USD53 (sephora.com); BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector Liquid Highlighter, SGD72/~USD46 (sephora.com)

Opt for dewy/satin finish foundations such as Make Up For Ever's Water Blend Foundation over matte ones. You can also mix in a bit of liquid highlighter to your foundation like BECCA's Shimmering Skin Perfector Liquid Highlighter to add more glow. De Vries says she applies it with fingers, pressing it into the skin to achieve a more natural-looking finish. Apply concealer with a fluffy eyeshadow brush for an airbrushed effect.


buttery skin balm

Glossier Original Balmdotcom, SGD16/~USD12 (glossier.com)

Finish off with a balm on top of your cheekbones in lieu of highlighter for a slight sheen. We think Glossier's award-winning multi-tasker, Balm Dotcom, is perfect for this use. 

After the base has been done, proceed with the rest of your makeup as usual opting for creamy/liquid pigments for more seamless blending. Set everything with a hydrating spray and you’re good to go. While buttery skin is admittedly a bit more time-consuming when it comes to doing the base, you might find that starting with beautiful-looking skin doesn’t require much else. We say it’s worth a shot.

(Cover photos from: @isabelle.de.vries)



Cheers to the end of the working week! Relax, put your feet up and pat yourself in the back for a job well done. Kickstart your rejuvenation routine with these refreshing news from the worlds of fashion and beauty. From a record-breaking achievement in jewellery-making to the rumoured expansion of a big beauty brand, here are the latest updates that you shouldn't miss. 

The Graff Lesedi La Rona

London-based jewellery company Graff just broke a world record when they unveiled Graff Lesedi La Rona, the largest square emerald cut diamond in the world at 302.37 carats. Found in Botswana, it was the largest gem-quality rough diamond discovered in over 100 years and the second largest ever found. From the initial cutting and shaping to the faceting and polishing, Graff's diamond artisans took 18 months for the process to be completed. You can learn more about this rare jewel here.

Kim Kardashian West is on her way to becoming a lawyer

Following the footsteps of her father Robert Kardashian of O.J. Simpson murder case fame, Kim Kardashian West is venturing into law studies and hopes to become a full-fledged criminal lawyer by 2022. Last year, the social media star met with US President Trump to plead the case of Alice Marie Johnson who was imprisoned for drug-related charges. A week after, clemency was granted for the 63-year-old inmate. This particular case is one of the highlights of Mrs. West's apprenticeship at a San Francisco law firm that she joined last summer. What do you think of Kim K.'s career move?

Where's Rexy? At Paragon.

COACH launches special pop-up booths around the globe featuring everybody's favourite T-Rex, Rexy. In Singapore, you can find it at Paragon Shopping Centre from today until 21 April. It will be hard to miss the colourful booth especially when it features a life-sized Rexy in neon at centre stage. Inspired by a new era of streetwear melded with luxury fashion, the Rexy Capsule collection leverages on the playful nature of Rexy and is paired with elevated basics. From bags to beanies, this collection features a variety of quirky designs that will catch your eye.

SK-II #BareSkinChat returns with a brand-new episode

SK-II #BareSkinChat releases its fifth episode! This mini web series starring comedian James Corden and actress Chloe Grace Moretz explores skincare in a fun and unintimidating way with just the right splash of humour. Another version from SK-II Japan featuring Naomi Watanabe and Kasumi Arimura is also garnering attention for its entertaining storyline. Together, the series has garnered more than 40.6 million views to date. Make sure to subscribe to the SK-II Youtube channels so you won't miss the latest episodes.

Fenty Beauty rumoured to release a skincare line

It's been two years since it was first rumoured that the young beauty empire will release a skincare line. And today, it looks like we have a clear answer. Will Rihanna be launching a skincare brand? All signs point to yes. The most obvious evidence, pointed by Page Six, is the official listing of the trademark "Fenty Skin" at the United States Patent and Trademark Office. It seems that we're closer than ever to the official launch, so stay tuned.

(Cover photo from: @graff)


Don't miss updates from earlier this week. Read all about it here.



“Put on sunscreen.” We’re sure you’ve heard that before — incessantly. But it’s for good reason. After all, sunscreen is the best anti-ager out there. Slathering some on should be utmost priority. But did you know that aside from making it part of your usual routine, there are also specific situations where your skin may be screaming for a particular sunscreen? The new Kiehl’s Ultra Light Daily UV Defense Aqua Gel SPF 50 PA++++ is perfect not just for warding off the sun’s rays but also for other skin-caring benefits. Find out more about where it will come in handy below.

When you’re out running errands

We sometimes go from one air-conditioned location to another (from one shopping mall to another, perhaps?) with the sun casting its rays on us in between. To combat the elements, make sure you have a sunscreen like Kiehl’s that offers UVA and UVB protection. These nasties can make the skin age faster than it should and causes skin concerns such as sun spots and wrinkles.

When you’re spending a long day in an airconditioned office

The hustle is real, but so is humidity. Spending long hours in the office where the air conditioning is set on high can also affect the way your skin reacts to the sun’s harmful UV rays. Yes, it’s true. Being in a humid area can dehydrate your skin, causing it to become more prone to irritation. So make sure you’re using something that hydrates it. This sunscreen offers all-day hydration in a water-light formula enriched with moisturising Vitamin E that feels refreshing when put on the skin. It’s great for people with normal to oily skin who live in humid areas such as ours, too.

When you’re commuting during the peak hours in the CBD

Living an urban life in the city means living with the fact that traffic might be horrible, and that the horrible traffic can cause horrible skin issues as well. Protecting your skin from just the sun won’t cut it anymore; you need a product that shields your skin from pollution as well. This sunscreen from Kiehl’s creates a protective barrier on the skin that prevents the formation of oxidative stress caused by environmental factors like pollution. It also helps neutralises free radicals that make the skin age fast.

When you need to cut some parts of your routine

Leading a busy life means you need to cut some parts of your routine to make room for other things. While we understand the joy of putting your face on for the day, there are days where we just won’t have the time. The key is to find a product that does more than one job. The Kiehl’s Ultra Light Daily UV Defense Aqua Gel SPF 50 PA++++ is not only a good sun protector but its unique new aqua gel texture also visibly reduces the appearance of pores, making it a great base for makeup.

Want to give the Kiehl’s Ultra Light Daily UV Defense Aqua Gel SPF 50 PA++++ a try? Redeem your complimentary sample here.