Let’s take a break from all the glam of our usual makeup posts and learn how to do Korean makeup trends.
Makeup artistry is a deeply cultural ritual which is why you see a difference between Western and Asian makeup trends. I can go more specific but for the purpose of trying to keep this blog post short, we’re going to take a look at some of the most famous Korean makeup trend and how to do it.
Korean Makeup Trends and How To Do Them
If you’ve ever been to that part of the world, one thing that stands out is how beautifully pale everyone is. It’s not just about genetics. It also has a lot to do with the diet and the skincare regimen. I especially love looking at Korean print ads because I love how their makeup is barely there, mostly focusing on the skin which prompted a whole new search for Korean products – which is a totally different story. Let’s move on.
I’m going to show you how to recreate these Korean makeup trends, and we’re not only focusing on the skin. I’m sure you know these trends, but I see a slight shift in the makeup trends worn by famous Korean stars and bloggers.
Follow along to get the complete list of top Korean makeup looks:
1. Bright Lips
Although the gradient lips haven’t actually gone away, I notice that more and more people are wearing bright colors on their lips and they don’t exactly like to overdraw around their lips, in fact my Korean makeup trend radar tells me that applying it to make the lips look thinner is hipper in Korea.
2. Gradient Lips
This Korean makeup trend is probably one of the most popular, and it’s quite easy to recreate. Pick a bright color of pink or orange. Along the inner part of your lips, swipe it across once. To create a gradient effect, grab a small lip brush. I personally like to use a small eyeshadow blending brush and blend it outwards. Top with a clear gloss and voila!
3. Puppy Eye
The puppy eye Korean makeup trend is still very much apparent from all the bloggers and makeup gurus of Korea. I love this look, especially when done just right because it creates such an innocent, youthful looking face. It’s quite easy, run a thin line of eyeliner across the upper lash line but instead of giving it a flick or a wing at the end, run it down just following the natural curve of the eye.
Take a look at this video tutorial by Lisa Ring
4. Cat Eyes
While the puppy eye seems like it’s here to stay, I see a rising trend in feline cat eye looks. Put eyeliner along your upper lash and give it a little flick at the end and that’s it. Be careful not to create a bold winged liner, just a dainty looking feline flick. However, bolder variations of this look can definitely be seen from Korean Kpop Stars and celebrities.
This Korean makeup trend is a bit weird for me, but it doesn’t mean I won’t give it a try. This literally means smiling eyes and this is created by faking a small eye bag underneath the eye. The trick is to swipe a contouring stick where you want the eyebags to begin. Then to create a puffier looking eye bag, using a matte or shimmery highlighter, go over the part above where you created the shadow directly below the lower lash line. Make sure to create “smiling” eyebags, so swipe them in a smile shape.
This video by Elle Jess shows you step by step instructions to create your own “smiling eyes”.
6. Healthy Skin
Healthy skin is no makeup trick. It requires a healthy diet of greens and hydration. However, Korean makeup trends follow along by creating dewy skin finishes. To create your own make sure that your skin is properly moisturized. There are a lot of moisturizers out there on the market so make sure you pick what’s best for your skin type. To create a dewy finish, use a highlighting cream on the high points of your face. Apply cream or liquid foundation lightly, mostly just on areas where you need it. Avoid using powder foundation because this is going to create a matte finish. Set it with a shimmery finishing powder to a more dewy look.
7. Straight Brows
Korean makeup trends tend to emulate a younger, more youthful look, and the straight brows give you that as well. Fill your eyebrows as you would, fill in the arch as well to create straighter looking brows. If you have a long eyebrow, the trick is to “erase” the ends by dabbing glue over it. Once dried, go over the area with a concealer and set it with powder, that should give you shorter and straight brows.
8. Slightly Round Brows
Even though the straight brow look is still around, I see a slight nod to rounder arched brows as well. If you have a naturally arched brow, just fill it in to create just a light arch. It’s a little bit shy off the straight brow look, just a bit rounder towards the end.
9. Flushed Cheeks
Flushed cheeks are always healthy-looking and this is what Korean makeup trend is all about. Using a cream blusher in pink or peach apply on the apples of the cheeks and blend circularly going slightly towards the temple. No contouring or highlighting, just let the dewiness of the cream blush take effect.
Check out more Korean makeup trend by watching this video by WISHTrendTV.
It’s interesting to know about different makeup trends in different countries, you learn a lot about the culture and the people and with social media nowadays it just seems like the makeup artistry world just got a lot bigger and I cannot be more than happy with that. Learning different techniques through different cultures is always a welcomed joy.
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Editor’s Note – This post was originally published in December 2016 and has been updated for quality and relevancy.