Beauty standards differ across the world and with these varying standards we also have different makeup routines and products that differ from region to region. With the growing K-pop and K-drama industry, people have gotten a chance to see the flawless skin that Koreans have, making everyone today chase after their looks. But how is Korean makeup different from American makeup? The table explores the Korean vs American makeup question in depth.
Korean vs American Makeup
Differences in skincare, primer, foundation, lips, highlighter, blush, eyeliner, eye shadow, and eyebrows
Focus on Skincare
Both makeup looks use primer, however, the purpose of using the primer is different.
Americans use a primer for long-lasting make-up.
Koreans use the primer to get a brighter and fresher look.
American makeup usually entails using liquid foundations or stick foundations which are blended in with beauty blenders.
Korean makeup uses compact foundation or BB and CC creams that make their makeup look more natural.
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Both Americans and Koreans incline towards having a fuller eyebrow and use pencils to get this fuller look.
Americans tend to change the shape of their eyebrows to one that is more arched.
Koreans prefer straight eyebrows.
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In both cases, it is the outer corner of the eyelids that the eye shadows are the darkest while the tone of the color gets lighter towards the inner corners of the eye.
Americans seem to take bolder steps with their eye shadows. They experiment with more colors and darker ones at that. A common look Americans use is the Smokey Eye shadow look.
Korean makeup usually uses lighter colors preferably light brown, red, peach or pink to give it a more natural look.
Americans often create wings with their eyeliners and use different colors for the same.
Korean eyeliners are simple and are often not winged. Most Koreans aspire to have big eyes and to get such a look Koreans use white eyeliners on the waterline of their eyes to make them look bigger.
Americans use highlighters over their cheekbones, under their brows, on their nose, and at times even on their collar bones to give them a sharper and leaner-looking face.
Koreans are not fond users of highlighters as they seek to keep their look more natural.
Americans often use soft-toned blushes.
Koreans use pink blushes on their cheeks to give them a more natural look and use more blush when they want the “hangover look”
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American and Korean makeup routines only vary in intensity and the products used. However, we cannot say that one is better than the other, as beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder.