18 Korean Beauty Secrets You Should Definitely Know

Most Koreans are known for their flawless skin. All over the world people envy Korean beauties because of their looks and skin. In fact, when Korean Actress Go Hyun Jung published her beauty secrets in a documentary titled ‘Go Hyun Jung’s Texture’, it was a best seller & all copies were sold out within two days of its launch in 2011.

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Koreans spend a great deal of time and money in nurturing their skin and are known to be very skin conscious. In fact, Koreans approach to makeup is very different from ours; the flawless Korean make up is much more technologically advanced than western cosmetics or cosmetics produced in other Asian countries. In normal circumstances, we wait for the cosmetics to add the magic touch to the skin and give it an even toned look. We all search for the right BB crème or perfect foundation to conceal the skin flaws and make the skin look beautiful. In Korea, the person who is using the cosmetic should work hard to get the perfect look. Applying the base makeup in Korean means ‘expressing your skin’ and the effort that they put in applying the makeup. What Koreans believe is perfection, so they make slow and deliberate movements while applying cosmetics. So if you don’t have access to Korean cosmetics, don’t worry, just take enough time to apply cosmetics on your face and use the rich technique. Since cosmetics on its own can’t create miracle, the application matters.

Basic Korean Makeup Secrets:

  • Blend one part of mineral water spray with one part of hydrating serum and two parts of oil free foundation to form a hydrating foundation. Mist your face with mineral water spray and then apply the foundation with a pointed foundation brush. Hold the brush in a fifteen degree angle with the handle pointing down. This helps the foundation mixture to adhere to the skin and not separate. Use gentle strokes to apply the makeup in the direction of the facial hair growth. Lightly spray the skin mist and follow it up with another spritz of mineral water spray.
  • Apply raw unfiltered honey to the entire face as a basic face mask. Wash off after five minutes with a cream cleanser. Do your regular cleansing, toning and moisturizing regimen. Add an extra serum after moisturizer as the last step. Now blend a reparative balm with foundation in 1:4 ratios and apply on your skin with circular and stippling motion.
  • Use a gel based moisturizer all over your face. Apply a light primer in the outer areas of your face. Then take a cotton swab to apply pore diminishing balm, especially in section with large pores. Let the base makeup set. After that apply foundation using a damp sponge. You a matte and full coverage foundation that looks natural even after application. Now you a Q-tip to use the pore concealing balm, if you find an enlarged pore do spot concealing.
  • Apply a thin layer of primer and let it set. Now identify your dry spots and apply a bit of facial oil in that area in a circular motion to reduce dryness. On the top, apply a thin layer of foundation with a dense pointed foundation brush. Remember, to hold it in a 15 degree angle. First cover the entire face and then go back to the area that needs special attention or extra coverage.

8 Korean Beauty Secrets and Tips You Should Definitely Try:

Here are few beauty secrets of Korean women to get a gorgeous looking healthy skin.

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1. Adequate Hydration:

Koreans believe that drinking lots of fluids helps to add a healthy glow to their skin, hence they start their day by drinking a cup of water & splashing their face with cold water for a few minutes. Fruits & vegetables are the most important part of their meals & they consume foods with very less sodium to maintain the hydration in their body.

2. Regular Cleansing, Toning & Moisturising:

They have a unique way of applying skin care products because they believe it yields better results.

  • Cleansing: Korean actress Suzy Bae talks about the ‘424’ technique, where you must clean your face with an oil (coconut, almond or any cleansing oil) for 4 minutes , follow it with a foaming cleanser for 2 minutes & then rinsing your face for 4 minutes, start with lukewarm water ending with cold water to close all opened pores.
  • Toning: Koreans prefer tapping the toner with fingertips for better absorption.
  • Moisturizing:  By rubbing the hands together, the product is warmed on the fingertips & then applied all over the face in an outward & downward manner.

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3. Face Pack/ Mask/ Sheets:

Korean face sheets are infused with ingredients that were tried & tested by their ancestors and today they are most sought out skincare product all over the world. A routine of using two masks – a cleansing mask & a nourishing mask simultaneously once a week helps reduce the puffiness of the face. Using a mask made up of silkworm cocoon powder called baekgangjam helps in achieving white skin. Besides this, homemade masks with egg white & honey mixture are an all-time favorite.

4. Neck Care:

Actress Go Hyun Jung applies her neck cream from jawline to décolletage as stated by her in her documentary for it to be more affective.

5. Beauty Sleep:

Sleeping for at least 6 – 8 hours is as important for a healthy skin. Sleep rejuvenates the skin naturally and removes the layer of dead skin cells, giving way to glowing skin daily.

6. Skin Care Products:

Asian brands are gaining more popularity these days all over the world for their good properties and Koreans use about 10- 20 products each day for their skincare.

7. Facial Stretching Exercise:

This is a common practice among Korean actors & actresses, where ‘Ma Me Mi Mo Mu’ is repeated 10 times for exercising their lip & cheek muscles. In addition to this, co-ordinated stretching of facial muscles with breathing is also recommended.

8. Subtle Make-up:

Koreans keep it simple.

  • Eyes are kept minimal with warm hues over the lid, lined by a black eye-liner.
  • Loads of mascara for the lashes
  • Eyebrows are kept tidy with brow gel
  • A hint of pink for flushed cheeks
  • Natural colours for luscious lips

10 Simple Beauty Tips To Have The Flawless Korean Complexion:

Koreans think caring about their skin and complexion as the ultimate investment. It is not just financial investment but they spend equal amount of time in caring about their skin, basically they take their skincare regime really seriously! You must be following the cleansing and moisturizing regime every night before going to bed, but still you are missing out on some important steps that can help you to get spotless beautiful skin. Here are 10 Korean skincare secrets that we all desire:

1. Pre- Cleanse:

Koreans use a double cleansing method. The first step of this double cleansing method involves removing the BB crème and blush applied for the day. Remove the eye makeup with a liquid remover. Then they apply a cleansing oil to draw out sebum and bacteria, and other skin impurities. After double cleansing wash your face with lukewarm water.

2. Re-Cleanse:

Korean women believe in thorough cleansing is the key to radiant skin. The clean their pre-cleansed skin with a mild cream or foaming cleanser. Never rub your skin while applying cleanser always use circular motion with the finger tips.

3. Exfoliate:

The easiest way to get a smooth skin is to remove the layer of dead skin cells. So use an exfoliator to slough away dead skin cells.  Don’t forget to exfoliate your lips too! The lips also need special care to get a clear pink layer. Never overdo exfoliating, don’t exfoliate every single day. Only focus on the areas that need attention, like visible pores on your cheek and blackheads on the nose.

4. Tighten Up The Skin With A Toner:

Don’t use an alcohol toner. Use a mild clarifying toner to soothe your skin and restore its pH balance, just like Koreans do. The toner will remove all traces of residue and it will act as the base for more makeup.

5. Use Essence Without Fail:

It is vital to use an essence after the cleansing regime is over. Essence is nothing but an essential nourishing liquid concentrate that helps in skin’s cellular renewal process. Spraying this essence also helps to firm up the skin to give it a sculpted look and a clear complexion. Korean women spray the essence on the face and tap it on the face to aid in faster absorption.

6.    Add An Ampoule:

It a vitamin rich variant of essence with a thick consistency. A single drop of ampoule is powerful enough to address all skin problems like loss of collagen and wrinkles. This ampoule resolves all skin problems like dulling skin, uneven skin tone, and loss of skin elasticity.

7. Use Facial Mask Sheets Often:

Use facial mask sheets twice a week to get effective results. On the weekends or holidays make sure you do a facial massage to improve blood circulation in the face, to give your skin the healthy glow. You can focus on targeted treatments like wrinkle fighting collagen eye patches and hydrating lip mask. Korean companies think innovatively while creating new cosmetic products, quality and packaging are both given equal importance.

8. Tap Eye Cream:

The areas around the eyes are really very delicate, so don’t pinch it or pull it. Tap on some eye cream in the area under your eyes to reduce and prevent puffiness, wrinkles and dark circles. This is done so the delicate eye area stays super moisturized, and prevents drying out and creation of more fine lines.

9. Use A Face Moisturizer:

It is essential to emulsify the skin using a light moisturizer. Use your fingertips to massage the moisturizer in your face to promote circulation, and don’t forget to moisturize the neck. Always use a light weight emulsion that blends into skin really fast without leaving it greasy.

10. Apply Night Cream:

To get the gorgeous glowing skin you have to lather some night cream before sleeping. Make sure that the night cream lets your skin breathe. This night cream or cream mask, which is the second layer of moisturizer applied to the skin helps to lock moisture in the skin throughout the night, so you wake up looking fresh and beautiful. Remember, the most important Korean beauty makeup secret is Less Make-up, More Skincare.

Hope you like this article highlighting Korean beauty secrets. For more beauty tips and secrets, visit Stylecraze again.

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47 thoughts on “18 Korean Beauty Secrets You Should Definitely Know

  1. Avatar of zetiasavitrizetiasavitri

    it’s call layering..
    morning : cleansing oil – cleansing foam – toner – essence/serum – emulsion/lotion – cream – primer – sunscreen/foundation/bb cream – powder/compact powder.

    night ; cleansing oil – cleansing foam – toner – essence/serum – emulsion/lotion – cream – sleeping pack

    I’m now using korean skincare :)

  2. Avatar of Divya KeraniDivya Kerani

    Most of the girls are love to be slim. Koreans will not preferred to be toned. All Koreans usually prefer girls to look younger. I am sure that most of the korean girls don’t have fat like western girls. Ofcourse few of the boys prefer curvy and thicker girls, however most of the guys looks for thinner girls. Nice artice Ray :)

  3. Suhana

    Hi, dats quite a well written article.. i adore these south asian women. they have their own charm.. and seems like all the best thngs are made in the world to only suit their body.. just perfect like barbies.. agree to all your points as well

  4. Cally

    South East Asian girls are the best!! everythng looks good on them. really nice informative tips, which i can also put to use.
    thnku for sharing.

    1. Han

      Not really, South East Asian where the countries dont have 4 seasons, the skin will not be as good as countries like Japan, Korea and Taiwan as the weather is too hot

  5. Apeksha

    I loved these simple tips in your article Ray, I’m gonna try them all and I’m quite sure that they will work. Thankyou so much friend and ya, I really admire Korean girls as well and even the guys.

  6. JL

    Skin care is important, but I think DNA plays a strong role in getting that flawless skin here. Most Koreans I know usually already are in that disposition of having great skin, and also they are usually small boned being lean and slim.

  7. Shine

    People are crazy admiring korean beauties while the fact we are more pretty than them.They are just white but koreans love Filipinos because we have small faces,big eyes unlike koreans they have to go plastic surgery to make their faces better! Korean actresses are 100% plastic surgey as i have korean friends in cebu and they admitted it!

    1. elle

      Ermm, I know for a FACT that Song hye Kyo and Suzy haven’t had any surgery yet they’re stunning. and there was a study that showed only 1/5 Korean women got any kinds of surgery done; that’s 20% of the whole population (No where near 100%). plus, I love how the commenter “shine” above you made fun of Koreans’ flat chests when the no. 1 surgery that Filipino women get is a boob job.

      1. Serialmania

        Don’t forget the likes of Lee Hyori or Hwangbo. They are natural beauty dark skin singers who have never go into any surgery…..

        1. vihi

          hyori admitted she got a nose job. but she is still awesome. there are many who havent had anything done to their face. suzy is really pretty

    2. Pyro Sushi

      Whoever you are, chillax……You have Korean friends that admit it because they are in your country right? I love both Filipinos and Koreans but in terms of taste, I would go for Koreans. And you sound like a racist 0_0

    3. Yen

      Shine calm down I’m a Filipino too and i don’t want us to be branded as uneducated,irrespectful,racist and the likes….you’re so gross in your words girl,we Filipinos love koreans as they are a part of ourlives cuz we love watching them in televisions and loved there songs too… never say bad words about them they have also imperfections like us let’s just respect each other… :)

  8. Shine

    If koreans are black can you imagine how they look like? LOL:) if you really pretty even you’re black you’re still beautiful,color doesn’t matter! Imagine a korean if she didn’t went through surgery?! Very small eyes,big face but their body is very slim,flat nose,flat chested..could you imagine how they look like??:-) They are just white but they are not beautiful! And most koreans you saw in philippines are fake faces..Now you realized how lucky we are to not need surgery?;) you must love your own

    1. Snail

      Another reason why Koreans are admired is for their height! The average height for Korean women is 5ft 4 whereas the average height for Filipino women is 4 ft 11. Nonetheless, this is not a battle to debate who is prettier. I think both Koreans and Filipinos are pretty:)) And I would like to say…it is not true that all Korean celebrities get plastic surgery. Some get filler injections to smooth out imperfections in their faces but that is totally different from undergoing actual surgery.

    2. Pyro Sushi

      You say that but if surgery in your area was as cheap as Korea, a lot of you would have done it……I know that a lot of philippineans love Korea

  9. Lizzie

    At least korean dont have to go to other people cauntry for work enough filippino worker is malaysia they just use people like pilipino girl in my place find rich guys pitty all the stupid male malaysian … Love korean girl at least they dont use guys for money

    1. Pyro Sushi

      Korean girls go for rich guys too…..You haven’t met a lot of them. They don’t go for average ones unless 1. They are rich or 2. They can’t date one due to a disadvantage in terms of status and appearance

      1. ordinary korean

        oh dear pyro sushi.
        it’s not just korean thing. unfortunately, no matter where you go around world, those so called gold diggers are everywhere. again, that’s not just korean thing, dear.

  10. Aashna

    I loved these simple tips in your article. Frankly speaking i have never ever been fond of Korean women earlier. But when i came across this article i was surprised to know their beauty secrets. I’m definitely gonna try them all and I’m quite sure that they will work. Thanks for sharing!!

  11. Kim Ji young

    So you call me fake cause I’m part Korean too. I’m part phillipino,viet,Chinese and Korean. I learn English going school abroad.

  12. Pyro Sushi

    I’m okay with fake faces. Now, butt and breast surgery is not okay. They call Korea a fake country and Americans are getting breasts surgery all over the place. Imo, I look at a girl’s face and personality than her body…..

  13. Chika

    I disagree with you. I have many very pretty Korean friends who have amazing skin. I’d say they’re average because they haven’t had any surgery done. One of my friends in particular had a very strict skincare regime.

    1. dr.maryam

      exactly chika as far as i knw koreans are among top 4 countries having beautiful girls so we cant say they r average .. n i knw it takes time to get used to their facial features but they truely r beautiful people .. i really adore their skin :* n m a fan of all above mentioned ladies n song hye kyu is among top ten beauties of world ..