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8 Korean Makeup Looks That Will Encourage You To Break Away From The Basic

korean makeup looks

When it comes to beauty trends, we can always trust the Koreans to give us their best. Whether it’s the way they handle skincare or the way they shed the spotlight on certain makeup products or techniques –– they just know how to crack the beauty code. In recent times, Korean makeup looks in particular have become the talk of the beautyverse. This is all thanks to K-pop and K-drama influences their culture has on the rest of the world. When it comes to Korean makeup, it’s all about keeping it a little subtle. And skincare is absolutely essential. Scroll down to see 8 Korean makeup looks you can get inspired by this year

Korean Makeup Looks

It’s all about experimenting without looking too over-the-top and you’re bound to find all these products in your makeup kit. Korean makeup is all about looking younger, fresh and healthy –– which means working with less. Check out these 8 Korean makeup looks that’ll help you get there. 

Bright But Not Too Bold

Bright but not too bold korean makeup

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This Korean makeup look requires that dewy dumpling kind of glow. Opt for face makeup products that add a radiance to your skin. You can add a strong hue to your lips and pair a flush blush to add that pop of colour to your face. Feel free to drape the blush onto your eyelids too, for a little bit of a dramatic effect.

 

How To Create The Look

 

Step 1 - Apply Foundation

 

After you use a primer to set your base, make sure you opt for a foundation with a dewy finish. Apply it evenly across your face and neck –– ensure that the coverage is more medium rather than airbrushed and flawless. Finish your base off with a fixing powder to keep your makeup in place. 

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Step 2 - Dab Some Blush

 

Use a fluffy makeup brush to dust on a deep pink blush. Drape the blush from the apples of your cheeks all the way to your lids. Pat the product in with your fingertips.

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Step 3 - Go In With A Lipstick

 

Apply a bright lipstick of your choice! Since it is such a bright hue, you might want to line your lips with a lip liner before going in with a lip makeup product. Pucker up and pout!

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Fresh Faced

resh face korean makeup look

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A Korean makeup look that you can wear every day is this fresh-faced glam. The approach uses nude colours and a matte base to create a matchy-matchy sort of vibe.


How To Create The Look

 

Step 1 - Apply Foundation

 

Use a light to medium coverage foundation for this look! Go for a matte finish over a dewy one for this one. You can even feel free to dab a little compact powder to give it an extra matte sort of feel. If you don’t want to go too flawless, then simply use a concealer to hide those blemishes. 

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Step 2 - Apply Eyeshadow

 

Go for a monotoned peach-ish pink eyeshadow for this look. Apply it to your upper eyelids, as well as the lower lash line. Use a smudger brush to soften the look –– that’s the effect you need to aim for.

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Step 3 - Eyeliner

 

Precise and pretty is what you need to be going for, for this look. Use an eyeliner or kajal pencil to create a fine line on your upper eyelid. No drama, no wings, no cat eyes –– just a plain ol’ line.

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A Little Stain

Minimal korean makeup look

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This Korean makeup look keeps things minimal while giving it a little bit of colour with the lips. All you need is a good eyeliner, a hint of highlighter, and a whole lot of lip product.


How To Create The Look

 

Step 1 - Apply An Eyeliner

 

Use a liquid eyeliner to create a fine and precise line along your upper lash line. You will have to go for an innocent puppy-eye sort of vibe, rather than a dramatic cat-eye. So think of eye makeup products that’ll help you get there. Stop at the end of your eye –– do not go OTT with this one.

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Step 2 - Dab Some Highlighter


Using a fluffy brush, apply a little highlighter on the high points of your face. Focus on your cheekbones and the bridge of your nose. You can even feel free to apply a hint of bronzer to give your skin that Goddess glow.

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Step 3 - Apply A Lipstick

 

Use a lip brush to apply your favourite lipstick or lip gloss. Start with applying it in the centre of your pout and brush the hue out to the outer part of your lip. Create an ombre effect. You can even use a lip gloss –– make sure the finish is satin or glossy!

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Matchy-Matchy

Matching korean makeup look

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Pair your eyes with your lips for this cool Korean makeup look. To play up the look, create an ombre effect with the lip colour.

 

How To Create The Look

Step 1 - Apply An Eyeshadow

 

Dab a little pink eye chalk to create a pretty wash across your eyelids. Add a hint of gold eyeshadow to the inner corners of your eyes. Blend it with your ring finger or a blending brush to create a seamless smokey effect. Use an eye chalk that also doubles as a lip chalk, if you want to stay true to the whole trend. 

 

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Step 2 - It’s All About The Eyes And Brows

 

Apply a fine and precise line on your upper lash line. You can extend the wing out a little for a slightly dramatic effect. Add an eyebrow product to your brows, to fill out any bald spots and create a more defined look. Apply some mascara to give your lashes a bit of a lift!



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Step 3 - Dab A Little Lip Tint

 

Apply a little lip tint in a similar hue to your eyeshadow. Dab a little product in the middle of your pout and blend it out (so that it appears lighter) towards your lip line.

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Nude Reality

Nude reality korean makeup look

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Imagine your skin, but better! This Korean makeup look is great for those who want to give their face a bit of an uplift, without being loud at all.


How To Create The Look

 

Step 1 - Apply A Foundation

 

Use a medium coverage foundation across your face and neck, and blend it really well. Apply some setting powder to keep it in place.

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Step 2 - Smoke Out A Little Eyeshadow

 

Use an eyeshadow pencil to line your eyes. Smoke it out to soften any harsh lines. Repeat on the lower lash line.

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Step 3 - Lip Gloss

 

Go for a clear lip gloss as your choice of lip product. Apply it on your lips, pout, and smile away!

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Lash Lovin’

lash lovin korean makeup

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Focus on your eyes for this Korean makeup look! Amp it up with some blush and matte lipstick.


How To Create The Look

 

Step 1 - Eyeshadow

 

Take a loose eye sparkle shadow and dab it on your eyelid. It needs to look like a light base with a whole lot of shimmer.

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Step 2 - Go For The Eyes

 

Apply a fine liquid eyeliner on your eyelids. Throw on some mascara on your eyelashes –– apply it to your lower lash line too. Make sure your eyelashes are long and voluminous.

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Step 3 - Add A Matte Lipstick

Apply a matte lipstick to your lips. Use a lip liner to outline your lips to help you guide your lipstick application, especially if you’re using a liquid formula.

Matte Lipstick

This velvety matte finish liquid lipstick comes in a lightweight and moisturising formula. It gives your lips that tattoo kind of effect, where the colour is really pigmented and applies in just one swipe.


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Brown Beauty

brown beauty makeup look

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Go a little bold, but keep it classy! This Korean makeup look retains the essence of the trend, however, it uses metallic eyeshadow elements that really bring out your eyes.


How To Create This Look

 

Step 1 - Eyeshadow

 

Apply a golden and copper hue to your eyelids. Start by going with the darker hue on the outer corners of your eyes and then blend in the lighter hue towards the inner corners. Add a little kajal at the end to give your eyes a bit of a lift.

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Step 2 - Highlighter

 

Apply a liquid highlighter to the highpoints of your face, to give it a healthy-looking glow. Blend it into your skin. 

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Step 3 - Lip Gloss

 

Finish off the look with a whole lot of lip gloss. You can either opt for a sheer one or go for a gloss that has a brown tint to it. Look for a formula that doesn’t have shimmer, for this look though.

 

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The Wet Look

Wet korean makeup look

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A Korean makeup favourite, think dewy and glowy for this one. Once again, opt for neutral hues that don’t overpower, but still add a splash of colour.

How To Create This Look

 

Step 1 - Blush It Up

 

After applying your foundation, go in with a bright blush on your cheeks. Add a flush of pink to them and then dab the colour in with your ring finger.

 

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Step 2 - Draw The Line

 

Add a very thin eyeliner to your upper eyelid. You can even tightline your eyes if you’d like with a pencil.

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Step 3 - Go In With Lipstick

 

Apply a nude or a coral hue on your lips. Make sure the texture is more satin, rather than matte.

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When it comes to Korean makeup looks, preparation is key. So remember to do a proper skincare routine and layer up on the moisturiser before starting. The key is to look younger and not older, so remember that it’s all about toning down the drama and playing up your natural beauty.

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