We all love experimenting with different kinds of looks. And for that, we try on new makeup regimes.

Starting from the smoke-eyed look to the no-makeup makeup look, we try it all.

Here I am going to talk about another makeup regime which comes straight from Korea. Yes, we are talking about the most desired Korean makeup!

Before moving forward let me give you a brief introduction about Korean makeup.

What Is Korean Makeup?

As the name suggests Korean makeup is inspired by Korean skincare. We all know that when it comes to skincare and beauty none can beat Korea.

The Koreans are most famous for their dewy, radiant skin – but it is not created entirely with highlighters and high coverage foundation!

The key to achieving Korean 'glass skin' is actually making sure that your skin is moisturised and hydrated.

[Also Read: 10 Step Korean Skincare Routine]

beautiful Korean woman

Why Is Korean Makeup Popular?

Korean cosmetics are often thin, gentle, and not overly pigmented, and they are best applied minimally in soft washes. The techniques themselves are just as important as the products, as they are meant to be subtle yet impactful.

This combination of lots of skincare and just a bit of very carefully applied makeup leads to a very natural look that is a little ethereal.

Beyond that, Korean cosmetics also stand out because of a certain fun factor. Innovative textures and packaging make the Korean makeup purchasing process feel exciting and experimental, as the products are crafted not only to function but also to surprise.

[Also Read: Skincare Remedies For Glowing Skin At Home: Korean Edition]

Popular Ingredients In Korean Makeup Products

As we know that Koreans blend skincare and makeup together, therefore the Korean beauty products contain some natural ingredients which take care of the skin as well as make it beautiful and flawless.

Here are some common ingredients you can find in K-beauty products...

1. Pearl

Pearl is a powerful ingredient in skincare due to its long history and numerous skin-benefiting properties, including accelerating new skin growth, healing acne, and blemishes, and minimizing large pores.

It has long been used in traditional beauty treatments and is the key ingredient in one of the hottest emerging brands coming from Korea.

The minerals and active properties in pearls keep the skin acidic, which slows the ageing process while still keeping skin hydrated and firm.

2. Tremella Mushroom

The Tremella mushroom is a powerful hydrator and can hold up to 500 times its weight in water.

It is typically used as a 'beauty food' in Asia as it's thought to increase circulation and beautify skin. The mushroom also has antimicrobial and antiviral properties, making it a great choice for acne-prone skin that's lacking in moisture or is prone to dry patches.

3. Bamboo Extracts

Bamboo contains silica, a natural nutrient that’s one of the main components of collagen. In skincare, bamboo is anti-ageing for this reason; essentially, it helps to replenish collagen stores that deplete as we age.

Additionally, bamboo is known to strengthen and repair the skin, so it’s a popular ingredient for targeted acne products. And because it strengthens the skin’s barrier, bamboo extract helps to lock in moisture too.

Sheet masks are one of the most popular product types in Korean skincare, and The Real Nature Mask with Bamboo Extract from The Face Shop is a top choice amongst consumers. It’s formulated with naturally-derived ingredients, including bamboo extract and moisturising shea butter, deeply hydrate and soothe the skin.

4. Niacinamide

Niacinamide is also known as Vitamin B3 and it works to visibly reduce the appearance of large pores, resurface and brighten the skin’s surface, and combat early signs of ageing, such as fine lines and wrinkles. 

It also helps to strengthen the skin’s barrier against environmental damage which makes it quite popular among Koreans.

5. Snail Mucin

Snail mucin, or snail secretion filtrate (SSF), is probably one of the most well-known Korean skincare ingredients. Snail secretion filtrate is mucous that snails produce when they move. When it’s harvested as a skincare ingredient, snails aren’t killed or harmed in the process, so many products containing snail mucin are still considered to be cruelty-free.

In K-Beauty, snail mucin is a trusted ingredient that’s well-regarded by skincare experts and consumers alike. It moisturises skin and promotes collagen production; it also promotes skin healing and cell regeneration. Snail mucin is full of skin-loving nutrients too, including zinc (an anti-inflammatory) and vitamins A and E, which are antioxidants.

‘Snail creams’ are some of the most popular K-Beauty products, because they’re designed to strengthen the skin’s barrier, lock in moisture and soothe dry or irritated skin. 

Now that we made ourselves familiar with the ingredients Koreans swear by, Let's take a look at how you can achieve the most coveted Korean Makeup Look...

Korean Makeup Look       

beautiful Korean woman posing

Here I am sharing the very basic steps of how to get the exact Korean makeup look. 

Step 1: Apply Creamy White or Nude Kohl to Remove Pigmentation on Your Eye Area

Pick a creamy white or nude kohl and thickly cover up your eyelid area up to the brows to lighten and remove pigmentation on your eye area. Don’t bother trying to be neat—we’ll be smudging it later, so don’t sweat it.

Step 2: Apply a Shimmery White

Apply a shimmery white, silver or a champagne eyeshadow above the kohl and softly blend it with a blending eyeshadow brush.

Step 3: Apply a Soft Shimmery Medium Brown Shade to the Upper Lash Line

Apply a soft shimmery medium brown shade to the upper lash line and softly blend it with the silver eyeshadow.

Step 4: Apply Shimmery Turquoise Kohl to the Lower Lash Line

Apply shimmery turquoise kohl to the lower lash line to lift the eye makeup. Set this kohl with a matching eyeshadow to prevent creasing of the liner. 

Then, line your waterline with soft nude kohl to create a soft eye look as black or brown can look harsh for the Korean style makeup. 

Step 5: Apply Black Eyeliner and Mascara to Your Upper Lash Line

Use a black eyeliner and apply it on your upper lash line to define your eyes. Gently wing it outwards to elongate and give an illusion of a bigger eye. Then, apply mascara to complete the eye look.

Step 6: Apply a Soft Pink Blush

Apply a light bb cream to neutralize your complexion. Then, set it with a compact to prevent budging or creasing of the product. Apply a soft pink blush to give dimension to your face.

Step 7: Lips

Korean style makeup has a very soft ombre-like effect on the lips. To create ombre lips start by filling in your lip area with a soft nude brownish pink lip gloss. Then, apply a hot pink shade to the centre of the lips. Now, gently blend both the lipstick and the lip gloss with your fingers or a lip brush to achieve a seamless even finish.

korean woman with makeup
Source: Clinique

You can try this makeup procedure to get a perfect Korean makeup look!


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