Quick and Easy Steps for the Perfect Korean Makeup Look

Tired of wearing the same bold makeup every day? Do you want to try something more young-looking? If you are a makeup junkie, you should know it by now that the key to achieving that fresh and healthy looking skin is through Korean makeup, of course! Koreans are not only blessed with flawless and radiant skin, but they also have a wide collection of really cute packaging and multitasking benefits of makeup and skincare products that maybe one of you reading this are in love with. 

A Korean makeup look is the winner among Asian beauty trends nowadays. If you haven’t tried it before, you may want to keep on reading to understand what we are talking about. To familiarize yourself with what the “Korean look” is, take a look at the pictures of famous female Korean celebrities such as Song Hye Kyo and Krystal. You would notice that they both have something in common. It would be their flawless complexion, youthful, healthy dewy skin that many women wish to have across Asia. 

Here we have put together a fast and effortless Korean makeup tutorial that even starters can follow along with. 

Daily Skincare Routine 

It is very important that by now, you have already figured out your daily skincare routine, find out which works best for you. One of the key elements to achieving that dewy Korean skin is to richly hydrate your skin. Remember to moisturize your skin in the day and night. If you think you really have a dry skin, Korean face masks are the trend now. You may want to use a leave-on night mask cream to provide you with the extra moisture boost that your skin needs. 

Koreans put a big emphasis for every look to appear more ‘natural’, this is the reason why they focus more on skincare than makeup. Instead of putting a pile of foundation on, it is better to have a skincare routine that works for you and make it a habit. 

Protecting Your Skin 

The sun is an avoidable element, that is why almost all Korean makeup artists place so much great importance on protecting the skin from the harsh UV rays. Putting sunscreen has been a staple before putting any makeup on. 

Many people think that skipping this part is totally okay since many foundations and BB creams today come with SPF, and there are some who just don’t like that tacky feeling that some sunscreen formulations leave on their skin behind. 

I definitely recommend that you use sunscreen before you apply makeup on, just to be sure that you are protected from those UV rays. Plus, if you really wanna slow down your aging and want to avoid those wrinkles, then it’s better that you should make sunscreen a part of your life. Don’t worry because you will find one that works for you since they come in different textures and finishes.

Bb Cream or Cushion Compacts

The objective for a Korean look is making everything quick and easy, try going for BB cream or cushion compacts if you still haven’t. These products have makeup and skincare combined into one convenient formula. You’ll be able to moisturize your skin while at the same time putting some coverage at the same time. 

If you want to achieve that dewy look, a BB cushion is perfect for giving your skin a healthy glow. Plus, they come in cute packaging and very handy if you travel frequently. Great for quick touch ups and makeup on-the-go. 


Not everyone is blessed with a perfect skin, but that is okay. A concealer would be your best friend. If you need to cover those stubborn blemishes that can’t be hidden after using bb cream or foundations, a concealer would be a great help for a flawless complexion. It can cover those dark eye circles, acne scars, or other discoloration on your skin. 

Eye Makeup 

‘Point makeup’ is the name for what Koreans call their eye makeup as they want their eyes to be the main point on their face. The distinct Korean eye makeup looks include the ‘puppy eyes’ (cute eye bags below your eyes). 

For their eyeshadows, they prefer to use only one color on the eyelids for a more natural look rather than having too much makeup piled on. Koreans usually use neutral or light colors, such as brown, coral, pink. Tip for which color you should put on, try to swatch different shades and tones of eyeshadows to find the right color that suits your skin tone. 

Also, try to avoid bold black eyeliners since we are aiming for a natural look. You can opt for a brown eyeliner for a softer look. To get the puppy eyes look, line your eyes in a manner that the outer and extends outwards and downwards. 

Asian women tend to have short and straight eyelashes, but what are eyelash curlers and mascaras are for, right? Try to choose a mascara that’s waterproof and smudge-proof to prevent yourself from looking like a panda nearer the end of the day.

Straight Brows 

Your brows have a huge role in shaping your face. For a youthful and innocent Korean look is to have straight brows with a little arc at the end. Try to look at photos of Korean female celebrities, you would always see that they shape and fill their brows in a straight manner. 

Although this is the trend in Korea, bear in mind that there are certain brow shapes that may work for others that may not work for you. Before doing your eyebrow makeup, try to find out which shape would suit the shape of your face.  

When filling in your brows, start with light strokes at the beginning of your brows and gently work your way to the end, tapering it down to a point. You can use an eyebrow pencil or eyebrow powder, whichever you’re more comfortable with. Remember to put a slight arc near the end of the brow, and the arc should begin around the outer corner of your eye. Then blend out any harsh edges with a spoolie. 


Of course, if we want a healthy glow back onto the face, we need to add color to it. You can use powder, cream, or liquid blushers, depending on your preferences. For starters, you can use a powder blush so that it won’t be difficult for you to blend the product. 

To apply them, try placing the blush from high points of your cheeks, meaning the apples of your cheeks and working your way out towards your temples and blend it well. This will give the impression that the glow is coming naturally from within. Koreans like to use blushers in the shade of coral and rosy pink as it greatly complements their skin tone. 

Gradient Lips 

For the last part of the whole Korean makeup look, a gradient lip is the one to go to. This lip trend actually originated from Korea and has been the trend that has taken over the world. This look is very soft and youthful but makes the lips look fuller and gives the appearance of the tantalizingly just-bitten effect. 

The technique to a gradient lip is very easy, use a darker shade on the inner lips, and then use a lip brush or your finger to blend it outwards to create a gradient effect. Some use concealers on for the outer part of lips but you can now buy two-tone lipsticks, with just one swipe and no need for blending. A great tip I can give you is to top it off with a clear lip gloss for a juicy and succulent look.

Ivandrea Ollero

Ivandrea Ollero is a beauty fan and a makeup lover herself, she provides useful makeup techniques and skincare tips for enhancing the natural beauty of everyone. She is a daytime writer for Napoleon Perdis Makeup Academy, one of Australia’s leading makeup and skincare brand.

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