As the rest of the world rapidly discovers K-beauty’s breakthrough in the beauty industry—from novel ingredients to its innovative packaging, we can’t help but join the hype. And because of that, K-beauty has essentially become a euphemism for something that the beauty community looks forward to whenever there’s a new trend kicking in. 

Luminously dewy skin, straight brows, a soft eye makeup and natural glossy lips with a deep sheer tint. It’s a ten over ten ‘’girl-next-door’’ rating makeup look. We’ve all read and watch a slew of Korean makeup tutorials, but how does one get that dewy, dreamy look? Watching a series of Korean makeup tutorials every night isn’t enough, though. And just like any other part in the realm of beauty, knowing where to begin and shop can be difficult. 

Don’t worry though, as usual, we at Beauty Insider are happy to help! Check out the tutorials and some product recommendations to achieve the Korean women’s youthful glow! 

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8 Steps For Korean Makeup Tutorial 

Okay, you can ask anyone who’s a fan of K-beauty, they’ll say that the important feature in a Korean makeup look is the youthful plumpness, dewy skin and an inner glitz—in short, it is moist but not oily kinda look, you know? So, let’s start: 

1. Prep & Hydrate Your Skin

You don’t have to be a makeup addict to understand that good makeup starts with a deeply hydrated skin. You’ll be needing a clean canvas if you need your makeup to stick around. Choose the right moisturizer that fits your skin’s needs. Doesn’t matter what your skin condition is, a good skin prep before applying makeup is a good start. 

2. Use Cushion Based Products

Instead of using a thick cream or heavy liquid foundation, Korean women usually chose a cushion based foundation. Cushion foundation, which usually comes in a small compact that contains a thin liquid foundation, and a special applicator puff (because you can’t apply them using a beauty blender or brushes). Cushion foundation is perfect for achieving that dewy skin look. In terms of using it, you’ll just have to dab the cushion slowly onto your skin. 

3. Flushy Pink Blusher 

The secret to achieve that flushy Korean soft cheek is to pick a more natural yet vibrant blusher that suits your skin tone. Some brands tend to have this overly thick and chalky finish blusher. Here are some Korean makeup hacks: instead of using a cream or powder blusher, use a lip tint or lipstick. Dab the product at the back of your hand, mix it and use your finger to lightly tap the product onto your cheek.

4. Soft Highlighter 

You’ll find yourself needing to relearn some essentials to obtain the Korean appearance if you’re used to Western-style highlighting and contouring. Korean makeup does not include generating the chiselled, angular aesthetic that Western emphasis seeks to produce. Instead, emphasis in Korean style is to impart delicate depth and brightness on the face without losing its youthful softness. Minimal contour on the outside borders of your face, and apply highlighter beneath your eyes and through the centre. 

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5. The ‘’Straight-Brow’’ Shape

In Korea, they call it a ‘’Seaweed Brow’’. You can mimic the youthful brow effect by drawing in your brows as more straight-across than severely arches like how American women do. So, there you have it. The secret to a younger look? The barely-there-curve brows.

6. Soft Eyeshadow 

Korean women have this preference for using natural and pale colours for their everyday makeup look. In order to have that soft shadow look, use a monochromatic peachy shadow around your lid. The colour will help you look much younger. Also, when winging your eyeliner, bring it slightly downward. You want it to look naturally long and slightly curved down, not sagging or dropping. 

7. Kissable Lips

Last but not least, the Korean makeup wouldn’t be complete without their signature kissable pink lips. Instead of swiping those thick matte lip liquid, Korean women usually opt for lip tints. The best thing about using a lip tint is that you can retouch or reapply as much you want, they’ll never smudge! So, tadaa, not only do they help brighten your lips but bring the moisture you need. 

8. Spray Face Mist To Lock Your Makeup 

If anything, Korean women’s makeup will never flux. Not even by standing under the hot sunny weather. And the difference between American’s makeup and Korean makeup is instead of using setting spray, they use facial mist. Face mist works better in holding your makeup together, while setting spray tends to make your makeup look cakey. 

6 Best Korean Beauty Brands To Try 

1. Mizon All In One Snail Repair Cream

Snail extract products have raised eyebrows ever since K-beauty first brought it on the market. If you’re one of those who have never tried to get involved in the hype before, then now is the time. This 92% snail extract cream formulated to soothe acne scars, reduce wrinkles and heal sunburns. 

Why we love it: 

  • Best moisturizer
  • Protects skin from irritation
  • Improve skin’s elasticity

Price: $20.90

Where to buy: Shopee

2. LANEIGE Neo Cushion Matte

This fan-favourite cushion foundation is very lightweight, allowing your skin to breathe even under the hot sunny weather. It also provides a full-coverage and non-cakey look, even after multiple touch ups. Oil free, Paraben free and Sulphates free, this perfect Laneige matte finish foundation lasts up to 24 hours! 

Why we love it: 

  • Anti-oxidants 
  • Suitable for all skin types
  • Contains Vitamin

Price: $62.00

Where to buy: Sephora

3. ETUDE HOUSE Drawing Eye Brow Pencil

With 4 shades to choose from, this Etude House Drawing Eyebrow pencil will help you achieve the most natural-looking brow ever. This is a long lasting eyebrow pencil that will allow you to fill in your #EyebrowGoals without giving you the chunky looking eyebrow.

Why we love it: 

  • Smooth texture
  • Easy to apply
  • Suitable for beginners

Price: $11.90

Where to buy: Etude

4. PERIPERA Ink Airy Velvet

Another fan favourite K-beauty brand! This Peripera Ink Airy Velvet lip tint is made from a cushionary matte formula. It has a soft and velvety finish and the long-wearing formula that doesn’t require retouching. Not to mention, this lip tint is multipurpose—can be used as a blusher or a lip product!

Why we love it: 

  • Brighten up skin tone
  • Lightweight
  • Long lasting

Price: $12.70

Where to buy: Watsons

5. CLIO Pro Layering Eye Palette

This Clio Pro Layering Eye Palette offers a range of neutral and pastel colours that are suitable for your everyday look. Featuring a range of bright colours and shimmery shadow, this palette is made with an advanced technology that will give you a silky-smooth premium finish and not to mention, ultra-adhesive. 

Why we love it: 

  • Suitable for everyday look
  • Silky smooth texture 
  • Long lasting

Price: $39.92

Where to buy: Watsons

6. Innisfree Aloe Revital Skin Mist

Basking in the nourishing richness of Jeju Island organic aloe extract, this Innisfree Skin Mist will give your skin the moisture it deserves. Given the widespread ingredients and the recognised advantages of aloe vera, there is no doubt that this mist will improve the natural barrier of your skin. A total must-have K-beauty product. 

Why we love it: 

  • Jam packed with aloe vera
  • Hydrates and moisture your skin
  • Suitable for all ages

Price: $13.00

Where to buy: Innisfree

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