Recreate: Korean Makeup Trends

Lately I've been obsessed with anything related to South Korea.. TV shows (2 Days 1 Night, Return of Superman, The Producer, among others) food, skincare and makeup.. I've tried Korean makeup products, but I've never had the inkling to try their makeup trends. I thought when's a better time to try it than now?

1. Thick, Straight Eyebrows

If there's one Korean makeup trend that I have loved and embraced, it's this one. Straight brows makes you look more maamo than brows with a high arch.

How I Did It: Using a brow powder and a slanted brow brush, I started filling out the inner part of my eyebrows making sure to draw it straight connecting it to the middle part of my brow where the top of my arch is. Do the same thing for the bottom part of your brows, make sure to fill up the spaces that don't have any hair. Kebs nalang if you don't have any hair in between, just draw it on. For the ends, just slope it straight downwards but make sure to not extend it too much.

Yes, it's quite obvious that I drew the brows (top portion), but please note that my eyebrows in its natural state is pretty thin with a slight arch so there's nothing that I can do but fake it ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

2. Aegyo Sal

Aegyo Sal is basically a way of accentuating your eyebags - or rather, the fat bulge under your eyes. Of course you still have to conceal your dark circles; but for this trend, you make your aegyo sal more prominent by highlighting it because it makes you look much younger than you are.

Somehow, this looks so much better on camera than in real life. When your sister tells you, "Ate, lumaki eyebags mo (your eyebags have gotten bigger)!", you know it's just not for you. 

How I Did It: With a gray/brown eye shadow, smudge a little bit on the outer portion of your under eye. Using a matte light brown eye shadow (preferably one that is a shade darker than your skin color), contour where you usually get the fat bulge. Use a cotton bud to blend it so it won't look harsh. Lastly, gently sweep a shimmery flesh colored eye shadow under your eye, extending it to the inner corners.

3. *Under the Eye Blush

(Shoddy editing skills, sorry! I did put on the blush in real life, but the camera couldn't capture it properly!)

So looking sickly is now the 'in' thing, apparently. According to the Japanese, putting on blush under your eye makes you look like you're ill, but in a cute way.

I..... actually liked this. It felt weird; putting blush on the part of my face where I usually put highlighter/luminizer. But in the end, it did look cute lels. I get why they think it's kawaii; looking at the photo, it does give you a doll-like appearance. I wouldn't wear this out ever, but at least, now I know why people do this.. sort of.

How I Did It: Choose a pinkish/reddish blush, and with a small brush, apply it on the high point of your cheeks. I find that it looks more natural when you use a cream blush.

*Oops, yes, this is a Japanese makeup trend, not Korean!

4. Gradient Lips

In almost every Korean cosmetic store, you'd see their endorsers sporting the gradient lips. The reason why Koreans love this trend is because it gives you (yep, you guessed it) a youthful and innocent look. It gives an impression that you've just finished sucking on a cherry popsicle; making you look cute and sweet.

How I Did It: Using a lip tint, apply some on the center of your lips. With a lip brush (or your finger), blend it outwards, making sure that the tint on the center of your lips will remain the darkest.


The way Koreans do their makeup is completely different from how I want to look like after I do mine. When I put on my makeup, I tend to gravitate towards smokier eye makeup, chiseled cheekbones and jawline, and nude lips. I admit almost everything I've done here is completely out of my comfort zone, but I was quite happy to find that I, at least, have liked one thing from what I've tried!

Have you tried any Korean makeup trends? :)



  1. I don't think I can pull off the blush. Hehe. I also don't know how to do the straight brows and I think it won't look good on me, either. You rocked the look! :D

  2. I would have to agree with Juvy, you looked gorgeous on these trends! Don't think I'll ever be able to pull off the blush thingy :)