Do you want to know know know know how to look like Kim Jisoo or Chung Ha, but also get that extra 10 minutes of shut eye? Here is our in depth guide to Korean Beauty for lazy girls!
Prep the Base!
The easiest way to get dewy, radiant, skin? Skincare! Glass Skin comes from having hydrated and radiant skin. Invest in a good moisturiser for your skin type and drink up.
Some moisturisers for dry skin can be really thick and uncomfortable. Try the light-weight Belif’s The True Cream – Aqua Bomb! Made with Napiers Aqua, this cream moisturiser has a watery texture that glides on and is absorbed easily into your skin.
It is still important to moisturise even if you have oily skin, but find a good one suited for you. On top of being hydrating, the Laneige Water Bank Gel Cream also helps regulate sebum production. This makes it great for oily skin, as it hydrates but does not feel oily.
Most importantly, the best way to protect your skin in the day is sunscreen! Get a sunscreen with good SPF and slather it on every day, whether or not you spend hours outdoors.
The Mamonde Everyday Sunstick is perfect for the lazy girl on the go. Shaped in a curve, this stick is easy to rub around and easily fit the contours of your face. Due to the balm texture of the sunstick, you do not have to worry about a white cast or a greasy, sticky residue. This goes on matte and invisible, and provides UVA and UVB protection!
TIP: Korean Face Masks are also great, easy treat for your skin to relax in after a long day!
Pat Pat Blend!
Cushion foundations are great for a quick and easy base, and definitely one of the top Korean Beauty products. With the cushion applicator, it makes it easier to apply thin layers of foundation and build up coverage. Simply pat the foundation on areas that need coverage to get the perfect base.
Innisfree has changed the Korean makeup game by releasing fourteen different shades of cushion foundations! If you have a darker skin tone, try the lightweight Innisfree My Go To cushion. Product is dispensed from a small hole onto a plate, making this more hygienic too.
If you have oily skin, try the MISSHA M Magic Cushion Foundation. Infused with sebum-absorbing powder, sweat and oil will be controlled throughout the day. If you want something that can withstand Singapore’s hot and humid weather, this foundation is the one for you.
Get more coverage for your under eyes and acne scars with the Etude House AC Cleanup Mild BB Cushion. Ideal for acne-prone skin, this BB Cushion minimises break outs due to the presence of non-comodogenic ingredients.
TIP: Throw the cushion foundation into your bag and use it as an easy touch up throughout the day!
Glide on Some Eyeshadow!
Korean Beauty icon Chung Ha’s alluring glitter eyes can be found all over Instagram. The best part about glitter eyes is how easy they are to do. Simple yet beautiful, glitter eyes can brighten your entire look in just seconds!
The Peri Pera Sugar Twinkle Liquid Shadow is great if you want to get this look. With a single swipe with the a doe foot applicator, tap out the shadow with your finger and you’re good to go. The sticky base provides great adherence to your lids, so glitter does not fall over your face throughout the day.
If you are not a fan of the liquid eyeshadow formula, you can try Etude House’s Dear My Enamel Eyes-Talk eyeshadow instead. A single-pan eyeshadow, simply swipe on this shadow with your ring finger.
TIP: Dab excess glitter eyeshadow on your cheekbones to create an extra highlight for the dewy skin effect!
If you want to try the coral eyeshadow trend as seen on Irene from Red Velvet, skip ahead to the end of our Eyeliner suggestions or our Blush suggestions!
Line Those Eyes!
Getting even eyeliner can be frustrating for some people, but it does help to complete the Korean Beauty look. Skip ahead to see our mascara recommendations instead, or read on if you want to get eyeliner like IU!
A brush tip eyeliner is great to get a quick, sharp, flick with minimal effort. Try the CLIO Waterproof Brush Liner to get a sleek, thin eyeliner. An incredibly waterproof, and budge-proof formula, glide this brush along your lash line and flick it out to a point.
For a softer look, use a pencil eyeliner which can be more forgiving than a liquid eyeliner. The Innisfree Always New Auto Liner is great for beginners. The pencil automatically sharpens when you twist the cap and press the end of the pencil. This ensures a perfect, fine tip, to create an elegant thin line without having to constantly sharpen!
TIP: For a softer, more subtle liner, try brown instead of black!
Bonus Product for All your Eye needs!
Want a product with everything all-in-one? The Laneige Ideal Shadow Quad is perfect for all your eye needs! Use it for the glitter eyes, and use the dark brown powder to line your eyes. Eyeshadow as liner gives a softer look to your eyes, making it perfect for the sweeter look. Add a coral shade below the glitter, to try the coral eye trend too. If you want to know more on options for the coral eye trend, skip ahead to our Blush suggestions! With ten different styles, you are sure to find the quad that is perfect for you.
No time for Eyeliner? Skip it and use Mascara instead!
Clean, long lashes are much more preferred than clumpy spider legs in Korean Beauty. A single coat of mascara can line your eyes, complete a look and looks great on everyone!
Thin lashes can be tricky to apply mascara on, without bumping the wand on your lids. Try the Innisfree Skinny Microcara Mascara to get a nice, even coat of mascara, without it turning clumpy or messy. Catch those bottom lashes without bumping the wand on your skin!
Afraid of looking like a panda at the end of the day? Get the Peripera Ink Black Long Lash Curling Mascara! A waterproof formula, this mascara is famous for being budge-proof through Singapore’s hot weather.
Get your lashes to stay on longer with the Etude House Dr. Mascara Fixer! Often talked about by Korean Beauty blogger PONY, this lash primer helps your mascara to stay on longer and be more effective.
TIP: Curl your lashes before applying the mascara to open up your eyes and look more awake!
Frame your face with the Perfect Brow!
Straight eyebrows with a slight arch at the end create a more natural, youthful look, iconic to Korean Beauty. Fill in your brows lightly, keeping the front straight and following the natural arch of your brows to frame your eyes best!
If your brows are full and just need some definition in small spots, use the PONY Effect Brow Definer. Draw small strokes to mimic brow hairs with the fine pencil tip. Brush the spool through your eyebrows to soften the lines and get naturally full looking brows easily!
Quickly get volume and fill in your brows with no effort, using the 3CE Eyebrow Mascara. A powdery, wax free base, simply brush this through your eyebrows to tint your brow hairs. This product is great if you are not great with drawing brows and just need a quick fix!
Within Korean beauty, there are many eyebrow tattoo products that tint your brows for a few days. The Clio Professional Tinted Tattoo Kill Brow Pen is great if you want something that will last. Check out Tina Yong’s review on how to use this product here!
TIP: Get your brows professionally shaped and threaded regularly, so you have a guide to follow when you do your brows!
Living Coral Flush!
The 2019 Pantone Colour of the Year, Living Coral, is the hottest colour to use in Korean Beauty. Having a monochromatic coral look is really popular, and honestly great for lazy girls! Dust a coral blush just below your eyes, on the tops of your cheekbones, and blend it down into the apples. Swipe some on your lids and tap it on your lips for a fresh faced, innocent look!
Cream blushes are amazing to triple up as a lip, cheek, and eye colour. The 3CE Take a Layer Multi Pot is a really popular product to use! An incredibly versatile compact, dab this blush on your cheekbones, eyes, and lips, getting the signature monochromatic look.
Find your perfect rose blush shade with the Mamonde Flower Pop Blusher! Infused with wild rose extract, this blush creates a glowing and radiant complexion. Brush this on your cheeks and eyes to get the Kpop coral blush look.
Customise the perfect shade for you using the Fresh Fruit Lip & Cheek Trio by Skinfood. A balm like texture, this product is moisturising and smooth to touch. If you want a glossy eye, pat this on your lids too and easily get the monochromatic coral look!
TIP: Lipsticks and Lip tints can also be used as a blush, lip, and eye product, to save some space, time, and money!
The Perfect Lip!
The Fruit Juice lip is a style generally tied to the coral monochrome makeup. Another lip trend is the Full Matte lip, with overdrawn lip lines and filled in lips. Whatever look you prefer, we have got you covered with our suggestions on what you can use!
Choose from four different Hera Rouge Holic lipstick formulas for a different finish. The Rouge Holic Sleek lipstick has a matte finish and the slimmer size makes it easier to overdraw your lip shape. The Rouge Holic Shine has a glossier finish and more coral colours to achieve a Fruit Juice lip.
Try a nude, matte lip with the 3CE Mood Recipe Matte Lip Colour. Stamp the lipstick with a finger and add a gloss over to get a glossy lip tint effect like the Fruit Juice lip. Or swipe this over your lips for a full coverage matte look.
The Creamy Tint Colour Balm Intense delivers intense pigment just as the name suggests. A crayon tip at the end makes it really easy to swipe on and go. The velvety texture glides on smoothly and has been raved about Korean Beauty blogger, Soo Beauty!
TIP: Apply a lip balm to smooth out chapped lips and get a better application!