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Korean VS American Makeup

Updated: Jun 1, 2019

For Korean makeup, it’s all about looking youthful, fresh and radiant; whereas American women tend to prefer a sun-kissed look with arched brows, contoured cheekbones and full sultry lips.

Here are 5 obvious differences between the 2 makeup styles:


Korean – Straight thick brows. Gives the face a soft and more youthful look.

American – Arched thin or thick brows. Gives the face personality and bit of sass.


Korean – Neutral to sheer coloured eyeshadow is applied for a natural and youthful look. Eyeliner is angled downwards to create a puppy dog look for a sweet and innocent impression. What accentuates Korean eyes are the aegyosal. Aegyosal is the layer of fat located right below your eyes starting from your tear duct. Koreans like to highlight their aegyosal with a white eye pencil or shimmer to fully bring it out.

North American – Dark to vivid coloured eyeshadow is applied for a smoky, sexy and smouldering look. Eyeliner is angled upwards to create a cat eyed look for intensity. Forget aegyosal, hiding eye bags is a top priority. All types of concealers and eye creams are used to hide the dark patches that appear every morning.


Korean – Fair skin is highly sought after. Generally, you will need to have a blemish free skin to pull this off. (This is where the famous Korean skincare routine comes to play). For those not blessed with perfect skin, bb cream is the next consolation. Many prep their skin to look dewy and moist, almost like they just got out of the shower. Almost.

North American – Tanned skin is highly sought after. Not only do you tan your skin but you bronze and contour like crazy.


Korean – Again, natural and youthful is the key point. All you need is an eyelash curler and mascara and hope that you were blessed with long lashes.

North American – Long, thick and dramatic eyelashes otherwise known as falsies are a must. All you need is fake eyelashes and maybe some mascara to give it an extra oomph in case its not dramatic enough.


Korean – Small, dainty lips are desired. Like Song HyeKyo.

North American – Big luscious lips are desired. Like Angelina Jolie.

In summary, it seems the Korean makeup style aims for a natural and youthful look while the North American makeup style aims for a sexy and sophisticated look. One is not necessarily better than the other. I definitely cant pull off the Korean style but the North American makeup style is also too intense.

My personal preference is a mix of both.

What makeup style is your preference?

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