K-Drama Makeup Tricks: How To Look Like Korean Actresses

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Most of the time K-Drama actresses wear light and natural makeup on the screen which is opposite from K-Pop idols who like a heavier and more experimental look.

K-Beauty is all about the minimalist, natural aesthetic characteristic of Korean makeup. Every time you watch K-Dramas you learn makeup tricks, such as how to apply delicately eyeliner, how to use soft lipsticks and how to get the perfect skin of Korean actresses.

Here, you will learn K-Drama makeup tricks that can improve your look so keep reading.

Make Your Lips Look Naturally Flushed

One feature that stood out from Kim Go-Eun who plays high school student Ji-Eun-Tak in Goblin is her lips. They look naturally flushed. If you pay attention it is hard to find a Korean actress wearing bold, graphic lipstick.

Kim Go Eun Goblin

To get this look you need to press the lip colour with your fingers. Pressing the lipstick with your fingers allows the colour to blend into the skin naturally, looking like your natural lip colour.

You can use 3CE Velvet Lip Tint New Nude. The best thing about these lipsticks is that you can wear them in so many ways; as a dewy and natural tint, as a unique gradient, or layer them a few times to build to a bolder colour payoff.

White Eyeliner

If you want your eyes to look bigger and brighter you can do just like Koo Hye Sun, who plays Geum Jan Di in the Boys Over Flowers and wear white eyeliner on the waterline.

Ku Hye Sun Boys Over Flowers

Applying white eyeliner on the waterline refreshes and brightens the eyes. Learning to do this hack will make your eyes look wide. This is especially helpful after a night of little sleep.

To do it just highlight your eyes’ inner corners with white eyeliner.

You can try Etude House Bling Bling Eye Stick Ivory Star. This eye stick is perfect to add a touch of sparkle and bling to your makeup.

Translucent Skin Look

The Korean beauty trend of glass skin is not something that you will see in K-drama actresses. K-drama actresses are all about natural freshness. They go for softly light, translucent skin look.

You can see this look in Song Hye Kyo’s skin looks in Descendants of the Sun. Her skin looks smooth and matte, except the tip of her nose, cheekbones, and lips.

Song Hye Kyo Descendants of the Sun

To help your skin look shine-free you need to make sure to cleanse your face in the morning. You can use COSRX Salicylic Acid Gentle Cleanser to breakdown the oil your skin produces.

Then use a toner such as Secret Key Fresh Nature Toner, especially over your T-Zone to help take the shine away. Finally, use a mattifying primer before applying the Etude House Double Lasting Foundation. This will help keep your skin look matte without shine.

Your skin will look natural and fresh instead of oily.

Make Your Lashes Look Thicker

Did you know it is possible to make your lashes look thicker without applying thick liner? As you can see Korean drama actresses, wear eyeliner on the upper lash line. It is not common to see them using heavy eyeliner or thick winged flicks.

When you apply eyeliner on your upper lash line your eyes look beautiful and it seems you are not wearing any makeup.

This technique is called tight lining and it involves applying eyeliner just underneath or right along the root of your upper lash line. This gives the appearance of both thicker lashes and bigger eyes.

Soft Eyeshadows

If you want to add some depth to your eyelids without dark, dramatic makeup you can use peach eye shadow.

Using Etude House Look At My Eyes New peach eye shadows will make your eyes look fresh and bright. For Korean actresses, their eyelids must look blushed with peachy shadows.

To apply the eye shadow, make sure to use a primer over your eyelids before applying the eye shadow you want. Then sweep a neutral colour over your eyelids. For Korean and Japanese women this neutral colour is peach.

The neutral sweep of the shadow is the base from which you will build the rest of your look.

Park Bo Young Oh My Ghostess

To get more inspiration on how to get this look you can see Park Bo Young’s role used in Oh My Ghostess!

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