A K-Beauty Inspired Makeup Look Featuring Clinique

clinique matte lip color and primer

Okay remember how I said pink and peach were going to be my go-to makeup tones this fall? Well... scrap that. How can one define oneself by just one type of look?! I'm only human!

This weekend I was treated to a live makeup demonstration by famous Korean makeup artist and Youtuber, Saem Mool Jung. In the demo, Jung showcased the latest Korean makeup techniques and trends and let's just say I was thrilled.

According to Jung, Korean beauty right now is all about soft eyes, lush brows, luminous skin and a bright matte lip. I got the chance to meet Jung after the demonstration and when I asked her about contouring, she literally wrinkled her nose and shook her head. I guessed strobing was out of the question too, but I didn't know how well "strobing" would translate to Korean. In any case, I am so in love with the looks she created that I had to rush home and try it out myself!

clinique korean makeup with saem mool jung

Now, you could totally take the looks I featured previously on peach tones and just slap a bold lip on them. Since I've been all about MLBB forever, I had forgotten just how fresh and liberating a bold lip could be. Bold lips can be sexy, moody, strong or flirtatious. With the return of moody fall weather in Vancouver, I decided to go classic with the subtle ombre red lip that Jung created during her visit.

Here's how you can get the look!

  • Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer in Creamwhip (review)
  • Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light
  • Paul + Joe Moisturizing Foundation Primer N (review)
To nail the Korean flawless dewy skin, you'll need a well moisturized base. Jung recommends patting on toner, essence and moisturizer layer by layer; this also helps your makeup sit better on your skin. I also layered a moisturizing primer on top of my skincare just before foundation to really amp up my dewiness as I know this Clinique foundation to be more satin than dewy. I then used a damp foundation sponge to stipple foundation all over my skin, even under my eyes. The sponge helps prevent caking and allows my skin to peek through while providing medium-full coverage.

makeup look with the clinique matte lip color + primer

  • Clinique Chubby Shadow Tint in Fuller Fudge
  • Clinique High Impact Custom Black Kohl eyeliner in Blackened Brown
  • Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow
  • Essence Forbidden Volume mascara
  • Clinique Pretty Easy Brow palette (review)
I tried to follow the instructions Jung used on her model, but I feel like mine turned out smokier and more dramatic than hers. First I primed my lids then softly smudged Fuller Fudge along my lid. I was really surprised how much I loved this color! The packaging of the Clinique Chubby Shadow Tint in Fuller Fudge looked quite warm and chocolate toned, but it actually applied a lot cooler and more like an ash brown. The trick to these is to lightly brush your lids then blend with a finger and repeat so you slowly build up the color. I applied this color from lashline to crease, then lined my eyes with the Clinique High Impact Custom Black Kohl eyeliner in Blackened Brown. I love me a good kohl liner and these are no exception. The new High Impact Custom Black Kohl eyeliners come in 4 colors and Blackened Brown is a true deep deep brown. 

I used the liner to line my waterline on the bottom of my eyes, and then made a slight wing on my upper lids, drawing as close to my lashes as possible. Jung advises leaving a bare gap right in the center of lids and it really does help make them look a bit bigger and brighter. To accentuate this effect, I took a liner brush and swiped some of the gold highlight from my trusty Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow over the center of my lashline, blending outwards. Using the same brush, I then smoked out my bottom lash line with some of the bronze shade from the Filmstar palette as well. 

Using my go-to Pretty Easy Brow palette, I filled in my brows and lastly curled my eyelashes and applied 2 coats of mascara. I'm not a huge fan of the Clinique mascaras, so I opted for this Essence one, which is pretty decent!

  • Annabelle Stay Sharp Self Sharpening Lipliner in Java (review of a different color here)
  • Clinique Pop Matte Lip Color + Primer in Peppermint Pop
  • Clinique Pop Matte Lip Color + Primer in Ruby Pop
Jung has the strangest way of doing lips that I've seen in awhile! She actually recommends always lining the lips first with brown liner and then applying lipstick. Before you go all 90's on me though, be sure to choose the right liner! A light brown liner close to your lip color will suffice. I didn't have any liner light enough, so I opted for a pink-brown lipliner a la this one from Annabelle

I lined my lips all around and filled in the outer half (this is to mark the "darker" part of the ombre). Then using a lip brush, I applied Ruby Pop over the liner. Peppermint Pop is a deep, gorgeous scarlet red that gives me quivers of joy. The Clinique Pop lip formula is crazy good and although I had never tried the matte formula before, I trusted it to be stellar and I was right - these lipsticks gave me nothing but pure pigment and a matte, but not drying finish. 

After carefully applying Peppermint, I then filled in the center of my lips and the inner half with Ruby Pop, which is very similar to Peppermint Pop, but a tad brighter and warmer. I haven't quite got the hang of the ombre lip just yet and I think these shades are a bit too similar to show, but I still liked the end effect!

clinique makeup look

Now, I think you could go a little simpler if this is too much for you. A pared down version could just involve the Chubby Stick, mascara and lipstick! 

Would you try this look?

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