Chances are, someone very, very close to you has been bitten by the K-beauty bug. We’re all willing victims, TBH. But why fight the feeling when you can indulge the obsession for the holidays? Allow us to help with the SoKo faves below, each one guaranteed to satisfy both heart and Seoul (wink).

CUSHIONS

No K-beauty kikay kit is complete without a BB cushion. These complexion perfectors come in every type of finish a girl might need. With the convenience of a compact and the coverage of a liquid foundie, a cushion will make touch-ups something to look forward to.

FROM TOP TO BOTTOM:
1. COSRX Make Me Lovely Cushion, P1,000
2. April Skin Magic Snow Cushion, P1,499
3. Holika Holika Audrey Jeanne Glow Cushion, P1,295
4. A’pieu Airfit Cushion, P650

TINTS

Pucker up and get cheeky: these lip and cheek pigments kill two birds with one stone. Their buildable formulas brighten up the skin by adding a pop of color, and you can calibrate the coverage for subtlety or opacity.

FROM LEFT TO RIGHT:
1. Labiotte Merlot Burgundy Lip Tint, P699
2. 3CE Lip Pigment, now on sale at P644 (limited time only)
3. Holika Holika Enamel Volip Tint, P585
4. Missha Aqua Gel Tint, P599

OIL CLEANSERS

Thanks to South Korea’s unrivaled oil cleansers, gone are the days of scrubbing waterproof makeup off your face. These melting miracles power through layers of grime while moisturizing the skin beneath. One swipe and we promise you’ll never look back!

FROM LEFT TO RIGHT:
1. Dear Klairs Gentle Black Deep Cleansing, P1,150
2. Banila Co. Clean It Zero (Classic), P875
3. Dewytree Deep Pure Cleansing Oil, P979

FOAM CLEANSERS

The basics can often make the best gifts. And in the world of skincare, foam cleansers are as crucial as it gets. Their gentle lather helps flush away all traces of dirt and keeps the skin soft and moisturized, which is why Korean girls love ‘em.

FROM LEFT TO RIGHT:
1. Benton Honest Cleansing Foam, P450
2. Mizon Snail Repairing Foam Cleanser, P350
3. Dewytree 7 Cut Whipping Cleanser, P1,299
4. Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Cleansing Foam, P649

SHEET MASKS

For a K-beauty junkie, nothing triggers the kilig more than a fresh batch of masks. Soaked in concentrated serums, each sheet delivers a surge of nourishment and moisture in less than half an hour. It’s the quickest way to give your face some TLC.

FROM TOP TO BOTTOM:
1. Baroness CoEnzyme Q10 Mask, now on sale at P50 (limited time only)
2. Dewytree Deep Detox Black Mask, P139
3. COSRX Holy Moly Snail Mask, P150
4. My Scheming L-Ascorbic Acid Mask, P95

SNAIL CREAMS

No SoKo gift guide is complete without a shoutout to our favorite slime. Snail cream has completely changed the moisturizer game thanks to its fast-working benefits: hydration, anti-inflammation, and wrinkle prevention.

FROM TOP TO BOTTOM:
1. Dewytree Ultra Vitalizing Snail Cream, P1,199
2. Dearberry Snail Nourishing Cream, now on sale at P1,216 (limited time only)
3. Nuganic Pure Snail Cream, P1,900
4. Tony Moly Timeless Ferment Snail Cream, now on sale at P1,878 (limited time only)

MISTS

While you can’t hop into a cold shower mid-workday, you can freshen up your face with a quick spritz. Loaded with skin-loving vitamins, facial mists are able to instantly cool and revitalize a tired complexion. All this, without disturbing your makeup. Spray away!

FROM LEFT TO RIGHT:
1. Benton Honest TT Mist, P450
2. Too Cool for School Vitality & Radiance Mistox, now on sale at P352 (limited time only)

SUNSCREEN

Reminding someone to wear SPF is just another way to say “I love you,” agree? We say go the extra mile and place the sun protection under their Christmas trees. These powerful sunblocks shield against harmful UV rays, help prevent skin-aging and hyperpigmentation, and boast of a whopping SPF50+ apiece.

FROM LEFT TO RIGHT:
1. Vant 36.5 Sun Day Cream, P2,015
2. Innisfree Perfect UV Protection Cream, P925
3. Nuganic Sunblock, P1,900
4. Dewytree All Day Perfect Sun Cream, P929

PRIMERS

For Koreans, makeup is all about creating that poreless base. Let your giftee follow suit with one of these skin-smoothing primers! Each lightweight gel-cream does everything from blurring pores to preventing excess oil to brightening up a dull complexion. Yes, yes, and yes.

FROM TOP TO BOTTOM:
1. Innisfree No Sebum Blur Primer, P699
2. Banila Co. Prime Primer Hydrating, P1,060
3. Dewytree Pure Veil Pearl Cream, P949
4. Lioele Secret Pore Rich Balm (20ml), now on sale at P822

STOCKING STUFFERS

If your Christmas budget is close to nil, a quirky little token of appreciation will do. Give away a cute egg-shaped cleanser or cult-fave pimple patches. We swear, it’s the thought that counts.

FROM TOP TO BOTTOM:
1. COSRX Acne Pimple Master Patch, P170
2. Innisfree Air Magic Puff (Fitting), P159
3. Tony Moly Eyetone Single Shadow, now on sale at P248 (limited time only)
4. Holika Holika Smooth Egg Cleansing Foam, P475

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