Korean Beauty, Makeup Tips, Skin Tips

3 Korean Makeup Tips




As I’ve mentioned in my 5 French Beauty Tips post– my favorite part about traveling is really embracing the culture! And Korea is really known for their emphasis on beauty products so I was really excited to 1. come back and stock up on my products and 2. learn more about Korean beauty! My friends at Peach and Lily recently introduced me to Ko Won Hye, and I was really excited for this appointment because she’s the most famous MUA (make up artist) in Korea! She does all the top celebrity hair and makeup and she’s the one responsible for taking the powder movement from a matte look to the dewy skin look. She says that she would put a dewy skin look on her clients instead of matte, and since her clientele are all big celebrities, it quickly became a trend. So of course while I got my makeup done, I definitely paid attention to all the things she was doing on my face so I could share it with you guys! Of course beauty standards are different across the world, but here are the 3 Korean Makeup Tips I learned!

Tip 1: Eyebrows
Have you guys ever heard of the saying, “eyebrows are the frames to your face?” Well we all know the importance of having your brow game on-point, but in Korea the eyebrow is very unique in its shape. Compared to the very arched and full eyebrow (think Cara Delevingne) in the states, the Korean eyebrow is very straight and thick. I’ve noticed that most Korean women here sport a thick and very natural looking horizontal brow line. Because I have a longer face, having arched eyebrows actually makes my face look more angular and mature. So in contrast, having horizontal eyebrows makes my face look shorter and more youthful! To get the straight brow look, drop your arch line by drawing it in with a brow pencil (I’m in love with this Charlotte Tilbury pencil!) and then filling it in lightly!

Tip 2: Powder Your Scalp

This tip might be very unexpected, but it’s totally life-changing. All you have to do is use dark brown (or whatever your hair color might be) powder to dab in spots around the edge of your hair line using a flat brush like this Makeup Forever Angled Brush. As you guys might have noticed, I also got a haircut recently, and I noticed that my hair stylist used this powder trick on my hair before I got my makeup done with Ko Won Hye. This simple trick helps make your face look thinner and your hair look thicker and more voluminous!

Tip 3: Cheeks
When you smile, the balls of your cheeks (usually the area you apply blush) pops up giving you a youthful look. However, as you age, your face tends to hallow-out and lose collagen. Because of this, your face can lose some youthful elasticity that brings out the apples of your cheeks. In Korea, it’s very important to look youthful, so it’s important that your cheeks are rosy and your cheekbones pop! My favorite blush right now is this Giorgio Armani Cheek Fabric Blush. When applying makeup, they brush a soft neutral pink on the apples of their cheeks to make it look like they’re actually blushing! In the US, many women use strong contouring to accentuate bone structure, but in Korea they don’t focus on contouring as much as they do with keeping the makeup light and airy. One amazing contouring technique that Won Hye did was that instead of contouring diagonally along my face, she brushed it lightly horizontally under my cheek bones. Brushing diagonally can elongate and mature the face, but brushing horizontally doesn’t lengthen the face and can actually make you look younger!

There you have it! The 3 Korean Make-up tips I’ve learned from the master of makeup herself! Which one will you try first?



  • Jessica Doll says:

    Oh my goodness! Why have I never thought to fill in my hairline? Genius!

  • Elsa says:

    Wow, you look very classy in that look! I need to try number 2, I got thin scandinavian hair so…

  • shashu says:

    I love really yours tips, i think to test the 3 , there are very interesting!
    I love th e Korean make-up! Fresh, natural, this make-up you make it even more beautiful! Moreover, i think that Ko Won Hye, is a wonderful and talented make-up artist who know to find the beauty of women and beautify, and she is a very beautiful woman! Merci Chriselle for these valuable tips!!^^

  • Jennifer Caroline says:

    Hey, I have been following u recently, ur posts are amazing and inspiring :*will definitely try some of you tips??

  • Anisha says:

    I’ll try all 3 of them 😉

  • Katherine says:

    Great tips! I saw your snapchat, and I loved your makeup! I love the last tip with the blush!


  • anon says:

    Obviously you did not get a very good ‘double eyelid’ surgery… the artificial line really shows in some of the pictures.\

    Not that there is anything wrong with getting a plastic surgery, but you should’ve researched and went to a good doctor!

  • anonymous says:

    You post good photos, but you really need a copy editor to check your grammar. The poor writing really brings the overall quality of your blog down. Stay chic (in your writing too)!

  • sahara says:

    I never heard about powdering the hair!! interesting 🙂


  • Elaine says:

    Which color of the Giorgio Armani blush do you use? Thanks!

  • Dilek says:

    I actually have tried all of these tips. I am a fan of Korean beauty shows (Get it Beauty/Beauty Bible, just to name a few) so I always keep up with Korean beauty trends. The Korean skincare philosophy and minimal make-up trend really suits my tastes. ^^
    P.S. I saw your snapchats, you were really pretty with this make-up!

  • Nissi Mendes says:

    Great tips. Thanks a lot.
    You look beautiful.

    ♥ Nissi

  • I heard you say that she used a burgundy lipstick to rid dark circles too? Life changing! x


  • Viviene Kok says:

    I’ve heard of the “Powder the Scalp” trick since donkey years back but never got the guts to try it! Just like koreans, I focus on the base and brows only [well, lashes as well hehe] because in my humble opinion the fastest way to look put together 🙂

    Real Life Nerd // http://www.vivienekok.blogspot.com

  • Rinniboo says:

    Ooo I need to try these tips! I realised the eyebrows are an amazing look but I can’t quite get the arch to go straight!! Could you just shave it and then fill it in?
    And the hairline tip, do you mean colour in around the top to darken the hair line? I think I get it!
    Can’t wait to try the horizontal trick! I’ve been so used to contouring diagonally!

    Thanks for the tips!

  • Ji Yeon says:

    Love these tips! I’ve been doing the cheekbone bronzer/blush tip of going horizontal instead of going diagonally on my face! Thank you so much for always sharing 🙂
    Safe travels xo

    Ji Yeon

  • Brenda says:

    Great tips! Always gotta have the brightened flawless skin! 🙂


  • Christianne says:

    You’re so cute Chriselle! Just like a doll.
    Xo, Christianne

  • Leesa says:

    Really cool tips! Thanks for sharing!

  • Jada Nicola says:

    Thank you for these lovely tips! You look so gorgeous, can’t wait to try!

  • Elizabeth T. says:

    I definitely agree about the eyebrows! While I do love the arched brows that celebrities like Cara sport, I prefer the Korean eyebrow because it really does make you look younger 🙂
    So jealous that you got to work with Ko Won Hye hehe <3 She's awesome!
    Hope you're having lots of fun in Seoul!

    XO, Elizabeth T.


  • Kt says:

    Awesome tips!


    Looking for some motivation? Stop on by!


  • Jen says:

    I love beauty tips from Korea. They are always so unique and different to western cultures!

  • La Bijoux Bella says:

    Beautiful and classy … As always Mademoiselle. 🙂
    I adore the light makeup look always.

    La Bijoux Bella | by mia

  • Prudence says:

    Thanks for the tips especially the one on powdering the scalp, it’s very unexpected indeed but sounds really effective!


  • sasa says:

    i really love Korean makeup style! You look great:P

    Shall We Sasa

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