K-Glossary: Beauty Terms You Need To Know | Clozette

By now, we're sure you've already been bitten by the K-Beauty bug — or at least have heard of its promise and wonder. But just like us, we're sure that you may sometimes find that the world of K-Beauty is as confusing as it is fascinating, especially since most of us don't read or speak their language. You don't have to burrow your frows whenever you come across an unfamiliar yet ubiquitous K-Beauty term, though, because we're helping you get acquainted with some of them. Below, a list of must-know K-Beauty terms to add to your vocabulary.


Most of us are used to concealing our undereye area, but the Koreans do just the opposite. Aegyosal is the plump part under your eyes — or what we more commonly refer to as eyebags. Instead of hiding this baggage, Koreans usually emphasise them with shimmer or colour for a more youthful look.

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If you're a Korean skincare newbie and you come across this, you might be surprised or even confused about how to use it or what it is for. To put simply, ampoules are hyper-concentrated serums. They're not meant to replace your serums but rather be an addition to your routine like a special treatment. It's applied before your essence or serum.


We're sure you've already seen the glass skin trend. Well, think of the chok-chok as the mother of that trend as well as other hydrated-skin-related trends like honey skin. It refers to skin that is super hydrated, it actually looks radiant and moist.

(Photo from: Jeankuah)


What in the world of beauty is an emulsion and what does it do? If you ever encounter this word on a product, just know that you have the option to say no. An emulsion is a slightly watery moisturiser, and depending on the brand, you can use it before or right after applying the essence. While it's included in many multi-step routines, emulsions don't really give effects as great as serums. They lend a moisturising effect but you can happily skip this one.


Similar to chok-chok, gwang is a term used to describe dewy, lit-from-within skin that looks really radiant. The difference is there is a variation when it comes to how gwang the skin is. There's glossy and almost glass-like  (kkul-gwang), a subtle sheen (mul-gwang), and one that looks lit-from-within (sok-gwang).

(Photo from: ReginaChow)

King Swab

This refers to swabs that look like giant Q-tips, which are actually cotton swabs that are pre-soaked with exfoliating ingredients. 

Modelling masks

When you first encounter the term, you'd probably think they're some sort of clay you use to make models of things. But in the K-Beauty world, modelling masks are actually the same as rubber masks, which are not really made of rubber but have a similar texture or consistency. They're often used for their ability to give the skin extra hydration.

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This term is used for a certain type of packaging for face creams. Instead of the usual, monodoses are shaped like spheres. So you just take one 'ball' for each time you need to moisturise — like one dose, if you will — which is great if you're someone who is always wary of your products being breeding ground for bacteria.


When we think of 'packs', we think of quantity or packaging. In Korean beauty, though, packs refer to masks — different types of it but excluding sheet masks. So anything that you slather on your face, whether it's a gel, cream or clay, it's a pack.

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A portmanteau of the words 'pollution' and 'ageing', this is one of the many skin troubles Koreans want to avoid. This is also why you'd notice that there are quite a number of products from Korean brands that are targeted to combat the effects of pollution on the skin.


Okay, so we all know what the word 'skin' means, right? Well, in K-Beauty, it's not exactly referring to the largest organ of the body. It actually refers to hydrating toners, which are also known as skin softeners. They're not as thick as moisturisers but are not as light as common watery toners. It's meant to balance the skin's pH and moisturise it after cleansing, as well as prepare the skin for the next steps. 

(Photo from: youniqbeauty)

Zzon Zzon

We all know how Koreans love supple skin that has lots of bounce. Well, this is the perfect term to describe it. So when you see someone whose skin is plump, you can compliment them saying how much you love their zzon zzon skin.

(Cover photo from: Jeankuah)

Learn how to ace the Korean 10-step skincare routine, too.



Mondays need not be hectic. All you need to have are a bit of meditation and some things to keep your mind off the stress. We can't cover you for the former, but here's a dose of the latter. Here are today's must-know news from the worlds of fashion and beauty.

Urban Design Festival

The first-ever Singapore Urban Design Festival is happening this week! With the theme Stay and Play, the five-day event will feature the Urban Design Summit, which will be participated in by Singapore thought leaders in design as well as international designers; Urban Design Route, a series of installations by various designers; and Urban Ventures, which promotes the arts and culture scene in Singapore by promoting the pedestrianisation of Keong Saik Road.

Tommy x Gigi

The partnership between Tommy Hilfiger and Gigi Hadid is going strong. The fourth collection for their collaboration, TommyXGigi, is inspired by speed and is now available in select stores worldwide, including Safilo.

Love Lip Lights

We're all lovers of matte lip products, but it's the era of glosses. Having glossy, sparkly lips is a nice look and that's exactly what BeYu Lip Lights Collection wants to give — plus more. Aside from the glossy, shiny look that you can use on its own or on top of a lipstick, the product comes with a LED light and a tiny mirror, which is really helpful for nights out or for when you're in places where lighting for touch-ups is bad.


The latest palette from Natasha Denona, aptly called Tropic, is everything you'd want and more to remind you of days by the beach. It has warm matte shades that are reminiscent of sand and sun, and shimmery shades that look like glistening water. 

Catch up on last week's hottest news here.



By now, we're sure you've already heard of, if not experienced, the wonders of cushion foundation. It's in a league of its own. And there's no denying that many people have made LANEIGE their go-to for this product — and for good reason. Their offerings in this line have garnered cult-like following; their BB Cushion_Pore Control even won the 2017 Clozette Beauty Award for The Cushion Game-Changer

But LANEIGE is not done innovating just yet. Meet the newest addition to their roster, the LANEIGE Layering Cover Cushion & Concealing Base. It's a two-in-one cushion foundation — it has two cushions! —  that provides flawless coverage all day long. 

The first step is to use the Concealing Base. It's like a concealer in a cushion form, but it has a balm-like texture. It effectively covers spots and blemishes while blending seamlessly into the skin with the help of Aqua Melting Technology. Because of its consistency, it also minimise sebum production.

The second step is to use the Real Cover for a flawless look. It's formulated with an Illuminating Jewel System, which contains Illuminating Jewel Powder and Lichi Skin Extract, that gives a healthy radiance to the skin. It also has antioxidants that protect the skin from damage caused by free radicals. All these are capped off with a Water Capture System that moisturises the skin with every tap.

Swatches of the Layering Cover Cushion & Concealing Base

Aside from the cushions, the Layering Cover Cushion & Concealing Base also has a unique waterdrop-shaped Layering Puff, which also has a dual purpose. It has a precision tip made with a velvet puff that works great with the Concealing Base and is perfect for hard-to-reach areas like the curve on the inner corner of the eyes. Meanwhile, the other part of the puff is made with an air puff that's great for applying the Layering Cover Cushion for natural-looking coverage.

Oh, and did we mention this revolutionary cushion foundation comes in a sleek rose-coloured packaging?

The LANEIGE Layering Cover Cushion & Concealing Base is now available at all LANEIGE boutiques and counters in Singapore at SGD43.