South Korea is the land of innovation, and the makeup industry is one of its biggest exports. From BB creams, CC creams, hair extensions, charcoal masks, to cheek tints, South Korea is no stranger to new beauty products that get released every year.
But makeup trends have to be used with caution, though, because improperly putting them on can lead to you ruining your look. There is a fine line between perfect and disastrous makeup when it comes to trends, so make sure you can pull them off correctly.
Here are some of the most common mistakes people make with Korean makeup trends, and what to do about them:
1. Face contouring that makes you look like you’ve got a botched plastic surgery
Face contouring can do wonders for your look. You can redefine your jaw, lift your nose, and highlight your cheekbones. But it can be difficult to perfect contouring, so make sure that you learn it well first.
A recent Korean trend is dot contouring, wherein you use contouring makeup made for applying in “dots.” Through this way, you get the look that you want without overdoing it. It is also easier to see how you want to contour your face using dots, compared to using lines. There’s been a surge of makeup methods built just for contouring popularized Peach & Lily, so you may want to check out Korean cosmetics.
2. Doll-like blush that makes you look like a tomato—or worse, one of those porcelain dolls that scared you as a child
The doll-like blush can be compared to the Japanese’s “inagari” makeup, wherein the goal is to make you look like a glowing and youthful doll. The secret is to put on cheek tints on the apples of your cheeks and to blend them in a circular manner. The goal is for you to achieve an I-just-got-off-the-exercise-bike bright, cheery look.
But it is easy to do it incorrectly because too much or too little cheek tints do not produce the same effect. Putting the wrong amount of shade will make you look like you’ve just placed your blush in the wrong spot.
The secret is to put your tints with natural lights on. You can do your makeup beside the window, so you have the natural light to guide you. It is easy to overdo or underdo this makeup when using artificial light.
3. Overdoing the charcoal mask
Charcoal masks have been around for so long but have only piqued foreigners’ interest recently. The reason why charcoal masks are different compared to other types is that of its all-in-one effect. It’s perfect for cleaning, exfoliating, and protecting the skin. It can also shave off skin impurities like whiteheads, blackheads, and acne, so it saves you from having to go to a dermatology clinic.
But these masks should be used with caution though. As opposed to the general directive of using them every day, the best practice is to use them once or twice a week only. You can only use them sparingly because charcoal masks are made with powerful ingredients and can irritate your skin.
If you don’t have a lot of apparent skin impurities, you should only use them at most once a week only.
These are the Korean trends that are commonly applied incorrectly, but you can get the most out of these trends by avoiding these mistakes.