Korean Style Makeup – Step By Step Tutorial With Images

The ultimate makeup cheat sheet to help you look like your favorite K-pop superstar.

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Korean style makeup is all the rage these days, and for good reasons. Bold makeup has been done to death, and beauty influencers worldwide are now obsessed with everything K beauty and their cosmetics too. The flawless and radiant glass-like skin of the Koreans has become a dream for many. They have shown us how to create magic with soft pinks and shimmery white colors. Simple Korean makeup is perfect for the summer months as it is light and breezy and keeps you feeling fresh all day. So, if you want to know all about rocking a Korean makeup look, you have landed on the right page. Our step-by-step tutorial can help you achieve the desired look in no time. So, what are you waiting for? Transform into a Korean diva and show off your look. Swipe up for the details!

protip_icon Keep In Mind
  • Soft, Natural Brows: Soft, Natural Brows Use a brow pencil or powder to fill any sparse areas and brush them outwards for a feathery effect.
  • Subtle Blush: Soft, Natural Brows Use a cream or liquid blush and blend it onto the apples of your cheeks for a natural-looking flush.
  • Highlighter Is The Key: Soft, Natural Brows Highlighter is essential to achieving the Korean dewy look. Use a liquid or cream highlighter on the high points of your face, such as your cheekbones, nose bridge, and forehead.
  • Lip Tints: Soft, Natural Brows Lip tints are a popular trend in Korean makeup. Use a lip tint to create a sublime flush on your lips, or apply it to your cheeks for a candid blush.

Korean Makeup Tutorial

Step 1: Apply Creamy White Or Nude Kohl To Hide Pigmentation In Your Eye Area

Koreans are blessed with flawless and radiant skin with absolute no signs of dullness or darkness. So, let’s start by concealing all the darkness to reveal the fresh and radiant skin beneath. I have used the Kryolan Derma Camouflage Concealer to hide and lighten my dark circles.

Next, let’s move towards the eye makeup. Pick a creamy white or nude kohl and thickly cover up your eye area up to the brows to lighten and remove pigmentation on your eye area. Don’t bother trying to be neat—we’ll be smudging it later, so don’t sweat it. Ensure the creamy base applied on the lid does not have a shimmer as this will make the application difficult for other eye shadows on top.

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A major part of perfect K-makeup is a perfect skin care routine. Make double-cleansing, moisturizing, and sunscreen a regular part of your skin care routine for any K-makeup tutorial to work flawlessly.

Step 2: Apply A Shimmery White Eyeshadow

Apply a shimmery white, silver or a champagne eyeshadow above the kohl and softly blend it with a blending eyeshadow brush. Here, I have used the Revlon eyeshadow in Sand.

Step 3: Apply A Soft Shimmery Medium Brown Shade To The Upper Lash Line

Korean makeup style doesn’t emphasize the eyeshadows on the crease so we would be focusing the eye makeup only on the upper and the lower lash line. Apply a soft shimmery medium brown shade to the upper lash line and softly blend it with the silver eyeshadow.

Step 4: Apply Shimmery Turquoise Kohl To The Lower Lash Line

Apply shimmery turquoise kohl to the lower lash line to lift the eye makeup. Here, I used the Maybelline Colossal in Turquoise. Set this kohl with a matching eyeshadow to prevent creasing of the liner. Then, line your waterline with soft nude kohl to create soft eye look as black or brown can look harsh for the Korean style makeup. Here, I used the Oriflame Nude Kohl pencil.

Step 5: Apply Mascara And Black Eyeliner To Your Upper Lash Line

Use a black eye liner and apply it on your upper lash line to define your eyes. Gently wing it outwards to elongate and give an illusion of a bigger eye. Here, I used the Kryolan Black liquid liner. Then, apply mascara to complete the eye look.

Step 6: Apply A Soft Pink Blush

Apply a light bb cream to neutralize your complexion. Here, I have used the Lakme CC cream in the shade Bronze. Then, set it with a compact to prevent budging or creasing of the products. Apply a soft pink blush to give dimension to your face.


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While the Koreans use a lot of whites and pinks, they are shades that suit their pale skin tones. If you have darker skin, use nude shades that will flatter your skin and give you a natural look.

Step 7: Lip Makeup

Korean style makeup has a very soft ombre-like effect on the lips. To create ombre lips start by filling in your lip area with a soft nude brownish pink lip gloss. Here, I used the Maybelline Color sensational Lip Gloss in Hooked on Pink.

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For the ombre effect to be more evident, use a concealer on your lips before you apply the tint.

Step 8 of Korean style makeup

Then, apply a hot pink shade to the center of the lips. Here, I used the Mua Lipstick in shade 3.

Now, gently blend both the lipstick and the lip gloss with your fingers or a lip brush to achieve a seamless even finish.

And you are done!

Infographic: 5 Easy Steps To Perfect Korean-Style Eye Makeup

Are you in love with Korean eye makeup and want to nail it the next time you step out? You can try this super dewy eye makeup that makes for the perfect summer look. It looks attractive but is effortlessly minimal. Check out the infographic below to achieve it in 5 easy steps!

5 easy steps to perfect korean style eye makeup (infographic)

Illustration: StyleCraze Design Team

Today, we live in a world heavily influenced by the Korean wave. Korean celebrities are making headlines with their creative fashion and makeup choices. Everyone wants to stay relevant with trendy Korean looks by taking innovative inspiration from their favorite stars. You might want to be a part of it, too. This article tells you all about Korean-style makeup and techniques, which is brave, experimental, and adds a fresh pop of color to every look. So do not delay and follow these step-by-step tutorials inspired by popular summertime looks.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Korean-style makeup?

Korean-style makeup is subtle and natural. It mainly focuses on brighter tones and a youthful , glowing, dewy look.

Why is Korean skin so flawless?

Koreans take their health, diet, and skincare very seriously. They have a proper routine, regardless of their age or lifestyle. This also is reflected in how healthy and supple their skin is. One beauty secret of Koreans is how they believe in doubling the steps in their routine – double cleansing, double toning, double hydration, etc.

What is Korean vs Japanese style makeup?

Korean makeup focuses on nourishing the skin and using very fine makeup for a natural dewy look. Japanese makeup focuses more on coverage and less on enhancing color, with a matte baby-skin finish.

What makes Korean makeup different?

Korean makeup uses highly advanced and groundbreaking ingredients in its makeup and skincare routine such as snail mucin. It focuses on creating a healthy luminous and innocent glow on the face that makes your skin flawless and glassy.

Why do Koreans prefer cushion foundations?

Cushion foundations are easy to use and impart a glossy finish making them most popular among Korean makeup lovers.

Why do Koreans wear red eyeshadow?

A hint of matte red eyeshadow gives the eyes a youthful appearance and makes the wearer look cute and innocent. Coincidentally, its bright shade goes perfectly with their skin tone.

What is the difference between Korean and Western eye makeup?

Western makeup aims at covering, highlighting, contouring, and modifying facial features. Korean makeup aims at enhancing your natural beauty by making the skin look healthy by using minimalistic and natural makeup techniques.

How do I achieve a natural and dewy complexion for Korean style makeup?

Double-cleanse and exfoliate your skin. Apply pore-controlling toner and a moisturizing serum to smooth out the skin. Always keep your skin hydrated with sheet masks, and do not forget sunscreen. Wear minimalistic dewy makeup and use a light rosy lip tint. Finally, wear thin eyeliner to make your eyes look childlike and bigger.

How do I create subtle eye makeup for Korean style makeup?

Korean eye makeup is about striking a balance between bold and cute puppy eyes. Shade your eyes with two or three different nude shades to give depth and volume to your eyelids. Apply your eyeliner and mascara with careful strokes to avoid making it bulky. Don’t forget to create outward and slightly downward pencil strokes to get the doe-eyed look. Add a subtle dash of glitter just under the bottom eyelids and you are done!

How do I create gradient lips for Korean style makeup?

Moisturize your lips and apply a skin-toned concealer. Coat your lips with a very light shade of any lipstick. Now, gradually darken the lip tint at the inner parts of the lips. Draw more attention to the lower lip by coloring it slightly more intensely where the two lips meet. Blend it perfectly and top up with a lip gloss.

Key Takeaways

    • Korean style makeup mainly focuses on brighter tones and is characterized by a radiant look.
    • White or nude kohl can help hide dark circles, and shimmery white eyeshadow can make you look brighter and fresher.
    • A shimmery kohl to the lower lash can give you a smoky, soft eye makeup look.
    • You can finish your makeup with a soft pink blush to your cheeks and nude pink lip gloss.

Learn how to create a simple, affordable Korean-inspired daily makeup look in just 15 minutes with this video! Get ready to look beautiful and feel confident!

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Angela Jackson
Angela JacksonLicensed Cosmetologist
Angela Jackson is a Maryland board-certified cosmetologist with over 28 years of experience. She received her cosmetology education from Dudley Beauty College in Washington, DC. She has trained under various hair and makeup artists and served bridal and in-salon clients and worked on various photoshoots and branding events.

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