How to Do Korean "K‐Pop" Style Makeup

Four Methods:Basic Makeup and Skin CarePerfect Your HairStyle Your EyesMake Your Lips Look Korean

Everyone has an ideal person that they want to be like, and standards of beauty they'd like to live up to. With the rising popularity of Korean music and TV, it's no surprise that many girls find themselves wanting to look more Korean and follow the K-Pop trends. Start with step one to find out how to make your face look more like a Korean girl's face with K-Pop style makeup.

Method 1
Basic Makeup and Skin Care

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    Assemble an arsenal of beauty products. Get skin care products, including a lotion which makes your skin moist, a primer base (pore cover), a liquid foundation like a popular BB cream, and face powder. You will also need black or brown eyeliner, eye shadows, eyebrow liner, teardrop liner which is kind of a glitter popular among Korean girls, and tint (lipstick).
    • To get a more authentic Korean look, shop at Korean stores or online, or get product recommendations from your Korean friends. South Korea produces a lot of innovative new beauty products like the cushion compact case, so pay attention to trends and buy Korean products.
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    Care for your skin. Koreans value clear, dewy skin, so set up an extensive skin care routine to make sure your skin is hydrated, clear, and free from oils, pimples, or any other blemishes.
    • Start by removing all makeup. Use an oil cleanser to clean your face thoroughly, then exfoliate with a natural scrub. Use a toner or refresher, an ampoule or essence to brighten your skin, and a sheet mask to hydrate your skin. Pat rather than rub eye cream around your eyes, apply a layer of moisturizer, and then add a night cream to help your skin refresh overnight.[1]
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    Get your eyebrows waxed. Many Korean girls wear their eyebrows straight and thick, so waxing your eyebrows will help achieve the look. In addition, shaping your eyebrows differently can affect the perception of your overall face, so it's important to choose a style that will enhance your face shape.[2] Use your eyebrows as an easy way to make your face structure look more Korean.
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    Create a base layer. Use lotion and then a primer base. Apply a foundation with SPF, like the increasingly popular Korean BB creams. Then add face powder to finish your base.
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    Apply eye shadow. Use any color you want, but a medium shade of brown will often look best. Use a darker shade near the eye and on the outside edge of your eyelash to create a 3D appearance.
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    Add eyeliner. Add wings by extending it past the end of the eye on the outside and turning it slightly up, to give you almost a catlike look. Then extend your eyeliner on the inside of the eye no more than 3 mm, just below your tear duct. This will widen and flatten your eyes so they look Korean.
    • Apply teardrop eyeliner underneath your eyes to give them a sparkling look that is very Korean.
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    Add mascara and a cherry lip gloss to complete the look. Remember, this is just your basic makeup. Focus on different aspects of your makeup to achieve different effects. Pick aspects of your face that look most Korean to emphasize with your makeup, or focus on using your makeup to hide or change other areas.

Method 2
Perfect Your Hair

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    Make your hair look as Korean as possible. Your hair will dramatically affect how your face looks, so achieving the perfect Korean hair will help you appear much more authentically Korean. Dye your hair a simple dark brown or black to start. Many Korean girls dye their hair in fun, creative colors, so a little more freedom with your own could help create an authentic Korean look.
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    Style your hair to show off your face structure. The way you wear your hair can highlight certain aspects of your face, so make sure you pick the best haircuts and styles to go with your face structure.
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    Pick Korean hairstyles. Pay attention to trends in Korean hairstyles and adopt those that will work best for you. Popular styles include long straight hair with bangs, long and wavy hair with a center part, short cropped hair, and clips or large bows as hair accessories.

Method 3
Style Your Eyes

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    Wear contacts to change your eye color. If you have light-colored eyes, blue or green or a pale hazel, you might consider wearing colored contacts. In some places these can be hard to get, but in other places you can easily get brown or black contacts without a prescription that will make your eyes darker without affecting how you see.
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    Wear circle contacts to make your pupils look bigger. This is a recent trend in South Korea and throughout Asia.[3] Wearing these contacts will help you fit into Korean beauty standards, which emphasize large, puppy-dog eyes.
    • Contacts can be expensive and, if you have never used them before, dangerous to put on, so make sure you're serious about contacts before you buy them. Learn how to use them before trying to put them on yourself.
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    Make your eyes look bigger with double eyelids. Many Koreans like the double eyelid - in fact, it's one of the most popular surgeries in South Korea. However, you can achieve the look without surgery. There are many special glues or tapes available to create it.
    • As with all products, be careful when using tapes or glues for extended periods of time. They can damage your eyes and face if used continually, causing sagging eyelids or eye inflammation.
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    Use makeup to create big dolly eyes. Highlight under your eyebrows with a highlighting makeup pen to make your eyes look big and innocent. Finish the look with your favorite eyeshadow and eyeliner to make you look Korean.
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    Create cat eyes for a classic Korean look. Extend your eyeliner upwards away from your eye to create a dramatic, catlike look. Fill it in with smoky eyeshadow to complete the effect.
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    Try puppy-dog eyes to make you look younger. [4] This recent style emphasizes youth and vitality rather than the dramatic sensuality of the cat eye. Achieve this look by extending your eyeliner downwards from the outside corner of your eye to form a triangle. Fill it in with eyeliner or a dark eyeshadow for a more subtle look.
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    Try out aegyo sal, a style that emphasizes little puffs of fat under the eyes to make you look young and innocent.[5] This style works well with puppy eyes or your basic makeup to help you reach more Korean beauty standards. Achieve this look with eyeliner or dark eyeshadow carefully applied about half a centimeter below the bottom of your eye.

Method 4
Make Your Lips Look Korean

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    Know when to give up. If you've accepted that your lips just don't look very Korean, wear chapstick rather than lip gloss or bright lipstick to detract attention from them.
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    Style your lips to make them look more Korean. If you have very thin lips, use a plumping lip gloss to make them look fuller. If your lips are a deep red or pink, use beige or light pink product to minimize their color.
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    Use gradient lips. This is a style first used on a Korean drama that has since grown hugely popular.[6] Apply a bright pink color lipstick to the inside of your lips. Smear the outside of your lips with a little bit of your foundation. Blend the two extremes across your lips, so that they form a consistent gradient.

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