My attempt at "Everyday Korean inspired makeup"

Right now, Korean anything is all the rage everywhere in Asia.  Whether it is music, fashion, beauty, or movies, the hallyu wave is everywhere.  Korean beauty products and makeup especially is something that I'm absolutely drooling over lately and I've always been curious how to recreate that painstaking "natural" (sans surgery) look that Korean idols wear.

Korean makeup, or the natural look described here, consists of the following aspects:

  • pale, flawless skin
  • lush, straight eyebrows
  • nude, or softly pink lips
  • eyelashes and softly accented eyes
So scratch the pale skin - I'm a few shades too dark for that!  The rest of this look though, I'm confident I could try.  For inspiration, I went to my Youtube subscriptions and came upon this makeup tutorial by Xteener

Looks simple right?


While I was able to get the techniques down for this look, I found the color palette that Xteener used to be entirely wrong on me.  Where it looked natural and just the right amount of smoky on her, it looked ashy and super heavy on me; more like clubbing makeup than fresh-faced and girlish.  After 3 frustrating attempts, I decided to recreate it using my own products in colors that I know always work for me.

Here is what I used instead:

  • Face: Vasanti liquid cover up in V3; Physicians Formula Mineral Wear talk-free face powder in Beige
  • Eyes: Urban Decay Naked Palette 2, shades YDK on lid, Tease on outer crease, Blackout on outer lashlines; Loreal Lineur Intense liquid eyeliner in Black, Covergirl LashBlast Fusion in Black
  • Eyebrows: MAC Veluxe brow pencil in Deep Brunette
  • Cheeks: Stila One Step illuminator; Smashbox Blush Rush in Chiffon
  • Lips: Revlon Just Bitten Kissable balm/stain in Charm all over lips; Loreal Colour Riche lipstick in Fiery Veil blended in the center of lips on top and bottom
And here is the end result:

Once I got the colours right for my skin tone, the trickiest part of this look were the brows.  I don't have full brows like Xteener does.  My brows are quite sparse and have a slight arch to them, so I was only able to decrease that slightly without ending up like Groucho Marx.  If anyone can recommend a tutorial for filling in your brows naturally, please hook me up!

Anyways, I hope this is helpful to any of you out there looking to attempt this.  Maybe my problem was that I was using too heavy a hand with the eye-shadows and that's why it looked so "night-time" on me, but I've always found that taupes do that to me, even when applied lightly.

What do you think of either of these looks? Would you try it?

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  1. I would definitely try this look! I'm a bit of a make up noob... trying out different looks so i know what works best for my skin tone/type. P.S - missed your blog, it's been a while!

  2. LOVE the look! i'm way too dark for this though... people often mistake me for filipino or hawaiian (?)

  3. I LOVE it! You look so pretty and a Korean pop starlet :)


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