Korean Makeup VS. American Makeup

Korean Makeup vs. American Makeup

Everyone has their own opinions about what is beautiful or attractive — beauty is subjective and varies with each individual; however, culture can have a major impact on how we perceive beauty. I thought it would be interesting to compare the different makeup styles and beauty trends of Korea and America as they’re drastically different.

I created two makeup looks, inspired by each country, to show you the differences. I broke down all the products used for each look and if you’re interested in hearing my thoughts on which style I like more, make sure to read to the end!

Korean Makeup vs. American Makeup

In Korea, women focus on enhancing natural beauty with minimal makeup. Dewy skin is key — the “glass skin” look is a popular K-beauty trend that focuses on having healthy, luminous, translucent skin. In addition, Korean women usually have full brows (no arch) with subtle eye makeup (simple eyeshadow with soft eyeliner and just mascara, no false lashes), brightly tinted lips, and a flush of color on their cheeks (little to no contouring). Also, did you know that under-eye bags in Korea are considered to be youthful and attractive?! Yes, it’s true and there’s a term for it: aegyo sal (loosely translated to “cute skin”). I’m now a little less self-conscious about my eye bags — yesss!!!

In America, a matte complexion is more preferable with strong contouring and highlighting. Arched eyebrows are favorable, eyes are elongated with winged liner or smoked out using various eyeshadows for a sultry effect, and lips are full and matte (or glossy). False lashes are also a must!


K O R E A N   M A K E U P   L O O K

For this Korean inspired makeup look, I kept my eyes simple with a soft wash of color on the eyes, accented with a shimmery eyeshadow to brighten them up, finished off with a bright pink lip. I attempted to do the “glass skin” look and focused on giving my skin a healthy radiance with a seemingly translucent effect rather than a full coverage finish. I was lucky to have had a good skin day when I shot this look — thank goodness! I usually prefer a matte complexion over a dewy finish, but I loved the way my skin looked here — less makeup gives a more youthful appearance!

Korean Makeup vs. American Makeup

Korean Makeup vs. American Makeup

Korean Makeup vs. American Makeup

Korean Makeup vs. American Makeup

Korean Makeup vs. American Makeup


A M E R I C A N   M A K E U P   L O O K

American makeup trends can be very bold and dramatic, yet artistic and utterly alluring — the cut-crease technique is one of the trends that I have come to love and obsess over. It exploded on Instagram and it won’t be disappearing any time soon! I’m a creative being, who loves to experiment with colors, so I’m incredibly fond of vibrant makeup looks. It’s the artist in me. This look features a full coverage complexion with intense smokey half cut-crease eyes and glossy nude pink lips.

It’s fun to try out trends, but at the end of the day, makeup is about preference. If you like it, do it! Wear whatever makes you feel good! I don’t care for rules because makeup has none. 🙂

So, which makeup style do I like more? I think the Korean makeup style is too subtle for me — I love a full glam with eyeshadows, liner, lashes, contour, highlight, and lots of lipstick!

What about you? Do you like the Korean style or the American style? Let me know down below!

Thank you for reading!

-LJ

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