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8 Korean Beauty Basics You Should Know

When it comes to makeup, less is more.

If you’re a K-Drama fan, you probably can’t help but notice how nice everyone’s skin is. And even if yu haven’t caught the Hallyu wave, you’ve most likely been exposed to Korean beauty because it’s *everywhere*. Whether you’re just beginning your foray into the K-Beauty world or are obsessed with all things K-Beauty, here are some things you should know:

When it comes to makeup, less is more.

They’re all for minimal eyeshadow, lip tints, and no contour—it should look like you barely have any makeup on!

But their skincare routines are all about squeezing in as many skin-loving steps as possible.

Koreans are known for their 10-step skincare routines: oil cleanser, water cleanser, exfoliator, toner, essence, ampoule, serum, sheet mask, eye cream, and moisturizer. But if you simply don’t have the time or energy to finish all ten steps, you can opt to just cleanse with facial wash, use toner, apply serum or an ampoule, dab on some eye cream, and top off with moisturizer with SPF.

They love weird skincare ingredients.

Galactomyces, bee venom, and birch juice? As weird as they sound, these are common ingredients found in Korean skincare routines.

They’re big on moisture.

Korea has a very dry climate, which explains why they champion dewy skin, healthy lips (a.k.a. lips with a light sheen), and hand creams.

Straight brows are their go-to brow style.

It’s one of the identifiers of K-Beauty, really. It’s a brow style that doesn’t suit every face shape, so you can modify it by adding a small arch instead of going for a super flat brow.

It’s all about voluminous hair!

Korean women (and men!) take great measures to add volume to their hair, from perms to volumizing products. It’s not like in the Philippines where ultra-straight, plantsado hair is a trend.

Nail art is a thing.

And we don’t mean the kind of nail art you used to do as a teenager! Whether it’s something simple like cuticle nails or complex like bedazzled nails, Korean women are willing to spend serious money on their digits.

Sun care is very important to them.

We all know how important it is to apply sunblock daily, but we might still not be reapplying it every few hours (like we should be). Koreans religiously reapply their sunscreen every three hours, even if they’re just at home. Car companies in Korea are also starting to introduce models with SPF-protected windows!

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