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, society 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 — yay!

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 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 everything super simple and as natural as possible. I attempted to do the “glass skin” look and focused on giving my skin a healthy radiance with a semi translucent effect rather than a full coverage finish. I was lucky that it was 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. There’s a soft wash color on my eyes, accented with a shimmery eyeshadow, and the look was finished off with pretty pink gradient lips.

I didn’t wear false lashes, which was a bit scary, to be honest, because I’ve never taken a makeup photo without wearing them. Frankly, I felt so naked and insecure without my falsies. I’ve gotten so used to wearing them and the way they enhance my appearance that I’m almost reliant on them to feel “pretty”. I wanted to break away from that dependence and appreciate my real lashes more, hence, the reason why I decided to not wear any for this look. It was strange, yes, but I’m liking it! Korean women rarely wear false lashes and if they do, it’s always a very subtle and natural style. I wanted to stay true to the Korean makeup style, so I skipped on the falsies for this look.

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. For this glam look, I went with my all-time favorite combo: gold and brown smokey eyes with dramatic false lashes, completed with pink lips. Smokey eyes need to be accompanied with a dramatic pair of lashes and as you will see, false lashes have the ability to truly transform a look. Depending on the style, they can really open up the eyes to make them appear large and give a sultry appeal that’s addictive.

Korean Makeup VS. American Makeup

Korean Makeup VS. American Makeup

Korean Makeup VS. American Makeup

Korean Makeup VS. American Makeup

So, which makeup style do I like more? Both! I love experimenting with makeup and am insanely fond to fun, creative looks that involve lots of colors. Makeup is art to me, so I’ll never stop painting. With that said, as I’m getting older, I’m learning to appreciate my natural beauty more and am starting to gravitate towards the minimal look off-screen when I’m not blogging. Therefore, I really enjoy the subtlety and naturalness of the Korean makeup style.

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 and happy! 🙂

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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