Make up styles – Western x Korean

We all know that Korean trends such as beauty, fashion, food are really popular right now, to me I also enjoy Korean trends as well as western beauty styles as well. To be honest I kind of gravitate more towards the western style (apart from the overly lined lips, that is just now my style) and I think it would be fun to show the differences between both 2 different style, showing how each culture and society have their own differences.

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Foundation

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Western – girls tend to choose a foundation cream that is warm or cool in color to match various skin tones and hair colors. Examples of warm colors are pumpkin, camel, peach, brown and olive. Some cool colors are blue, gray, pink. Sometimes, lighter and darker shades are mixed to match the complexion.

Korean – Asian girls tend use a brighter color foundation, since it will highlight their face and match the naturally black hair color. A famous Korean product used by Asian girls is BB cream, which stands for “beauty balm” or “blemish balm”. There is also CC cream, which stands for “color correcting” or “color control”.

 

Contour/Bronzer

Western – Contouring and bronzing are huge trends in American makeup. The purpose of contouring is to enhance the structure of your face (cheekbone, jaw, forehead etc ). Highlighting is when you want a lighter shade to make parts of your face stands out. While bronzing is used to make the skin appear more tan and bronze hence the name, as we all know western people enjoy being tan because they find it more flattering and healthy looking.

Korean – They use very subtle amount of contouring product and mostly focus with cream contour rather than powders because they appear more natural on the skin. Korean people don’t use bronzer to bronze their skin, they want their skin to appear light because they find it more youthful looking.

 

Powder

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Western – They are well known for using different kinds of powders to set their face, loose powder, foundation powder or compact powders are very popular and often used in most of their daily routines. The most common thing we can see now is baking, westerners enjoy baking their face because this technique keeps their face make up lasting longer.

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Korean – They use minimal powder on their face and often leave their skin looking quite dewy. Most of the time Korean people enjoy making their skin looking very glowy and dewy because of the dry weather, so they tend to not set their entire face just on small specific areas.

 

Blush

Western – Western girls tend to focus their blush towards their cheekbone to give them a more lifted look to their face, colors are used in a wide variety of shades – Pink, orange, peach, mauve, purple tones, even berry colors depending on the season.

Korean – Korean girls would focus their blush around the apples of their cheeks, giving them a fresh and youthful appearance. They would mostly use pink, orange, or peachy colors.

 

Eyebrows – This has to be one of the obvious difference we could see from both syles

Western – We all know that eyebrows on fleek was a thing and it is still now, western girls would normally draw on their brows quite full and arched. Some tend to go for a natural look and won’t carved their brows with concealer but would use small brush strokes to make the brows look a bit more bushy, some may not like a full on arch brows and would go for a slight curve to it.

Korean – It is totally the opposite from the Western style, Koreans would go for a straight eyebrows, very light stroke and would normally use a few shades lighter than their actual hair color. Now some Korean go for a slight curve with their brows but they still keep the natural brow look theme.

 

Highlighter

Western – It is now a huge trend with highlighters, most girls would go full on with their highlights, ‘Blinding is key’ say a lot of the people. They enjoy the reflects that it gives to their skin, using a light brush to their face gives them a healthy glow while they also like to pack it on giving a more glamorous look to it. Mainly focusing on their cheekbone, brow bone, cupids bow and nose bridge.

Korean – Natural is goal, same with highlight, Korean women wants to create a subtle but healthy/dewy glow to their skin. They would use cream highlighters rather than powder highlighters to give a very natural but dewy effect. They also focus on their nose bridge and their cheek bones and sometimes their forehead and lips.

 

Eyes

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Western – this makeup style really tries to bring out the creases and contour of the eyes with highlighting color on the brow bone, darker shadow to the outer corner of the lid and to the crease. There’s a lot more room for creativity with eye shadows here. We often see a lot of colorful shades with a combination of mattes, shimmers, glitters and even rhinestones. The look, of course, isn’t finished without bold lashes and visible mascara. The bolder the better!

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Korean – That’s not to say Asian girls don’t have fun with different eye makeup looks. But since they tend to have large lid space or a single-eyed lid, a single bright color is usually used to highlight the eyes and create that glowing innocent look. Eyeliner is more often used in Asian girls’ makeup routines. There are many types of eyeliner and so many ways to apply them! Feeling sexy? Try a cat-eyed shape. Innocent? Lightly line the top eyelid. Fashion-forward? Wing your eyeliner out to the sides. Curled lashes are extremely important to open up the eyes with light mascara. Natural looking makeup is more preferred.

 

Lips

Western – The Kylie lips are what everyone is trying to achieve. They would over line their lips to make it appear more full and often use mattes shade of nudes, red, dark berry or pinks and peaches and would sometime add a touch of gloss to make it very plump.

Korean – Gradient lips are the top look in Asian girl makeup style. Many colors are used but pink and peach are the most popular. Concealer is usually used instead of lipliner to tone down the lip color and create the illusion of ombre lip, where the color is only strong in the center of the lip. It’s pretty much the opposite of Western makeup style.

 

We all see now that both of them have very different styles but that doesn’t mean that they can’t try other make up styles. Some koreans like western make up styles and some Westerners like Korean make up styles, it creates different cultural diffusion towards different countries, with people exchanging and experiencing new cultures and trends we are able to like more things that what our society decides. We could say that make up has no boundaries because everyone can enjoy it no matter if you are a girl, boy, transgender old or young.

 

Minnie XOXO

 

 

 

 

 

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Beauty Pop cultures x Beauty standards throughout the years

What is beauty?  And who decides?  In the pop culture arena, we all have a good idea.  Ultimately, it’s the marketing executives in a broad range of intertwining industries— advertising, film, fashion, television, and magazine publishing.

But there is a growing resistance to what has been considered the “idealized female image,” according to research summarized at Forbes.com.   Using a “celebrity or model embracing a product or draping themselves across it” may do more harm than good when the potential customer is female.

The very presence of the model led to a loss of self-confidence as the consumer (mostly female) looked at the advertisement. The difference between being turned away and making a purchase depended on how consciously aware they were of the model’s ideal features and beauty compared to their own self image. But as we are all aware, the definition of beauty has changed so much due to all the popular culture that we are consuming everyday…especially teenagers!

We all see models with perfect features, great body, long legs and beautiful skin but how about we look back at what once used to be the “perfect body” for the society

 

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1910 The Gibson Girl

Meet the “it girl” of the era: the Gibson Girl. Illustrator Charles Gibson was the early 1900s what trend setting fashion photographers are today. His dream girl, broadcast on the pages of LIFE magazine, Collier’s, and Harper’s, quickly became the famous on their era. Women raced to copy the signature look, a showstopping feminine body like a looping figure 8, thanks to a super cinched corset. (Don’t try this at home!) Linda M. Scott writes in Fresh Lipstick: Redressing Fashion and Feminism, “The Gibson Girl was not dainty… she was dark, regal in bearing, and quite tall.”

 

1920 The Flapper!

Say bye-bye to monumental curves, statuesque height, fussy updos, and all that jazz and hello to the flapper. Unlike the frozen beauty of the decade before, the flapper is constantly in motion. The exaggerated curves of Gibson are gone and replaced with small bust and hips.

In fashion, the waistline moves several inches below the navel, making narrow hips a necessity. But don’t be fooled, the flapper doesn’t lack sex appeal, the focus has simply shifted downward to the legs, where a shorter knee-length hemline could expose the flash of a garter while doing a “shimmy” (It’s a kind of dance while your body shakes or sway, pretty cool to try!)  Margaret Gorman, crowned as the first Miss America in 1921, was the era’s ideal.

1930 The Soft Siren

Following the stock market crash, spirits dip back down and so do hemlines. Dresses are now draped on the bias (a type of sewing where you cut the fabric diagonally). It’s a less boxy, more fitted silhouette. The natural waist (around the belly button) comes back and there’s a hint of shoulder too. And the flat chested look so popular in the 1920s gives way to a small bust line, likely a direct result of the new bra cup size invented in this era. The media embraces a slightly more curvaceous body, making this era moving forward in a very good way, petite look of the 1920s toward the curvier 1940s. Photoplay, the People magazine of its day, declares actress Dolores del Rio to have the best figure in Hollywood. The article applauds her “warmly curved” and “roundly turned” figure.

1950 The Hourglass

Welcome to the era of the hourglass. In the 1950s, the ideal body type reaches Jessica Rabbit or Marilyn Monroe proportions. After the angularity of the war era, a soft voluptuousness was prized above everything. Ads at the time even advised “skinny” women to take weight-gain supplements to fill out their curves. Playboy  magazine and Barbie were both created in this decade (yes, Barbie was created nearly 70 years ago! Something I’ve never knew before) trending a tiny-waist, large-chested ideal. Fashions also showcased this body type with the rounded shapes of sweetheart necklines and circle skirts.

1960 The Twig

The swinging 60s brings the pendulum back in the other direction. Thin is in. And Jessica-Rabbit proportions are out. The look is now fresh faced, girlish, and appeal to both male and female. Models like Twiggy and Jean Shrimptom (aka “The Shrimp”) represented a new ideal look, doll faced, super slender, and petite. The clothing supports this look are shrunken shift dresses remove the cinched waistline, and fashion demands of a smaller bust and slim hips. (Sound familiar? It’s the same style as we saw from Gibson girl to flapper.)

1970 The Disco Diva

Disco! Jumpsuits! Bell bottoms! This decade was a raging party. But the party girl of the day was still pressured to maintain a slim hipped, flat stomached body in order to rock these fashions at the discotheque.Synthetic fabric like polyester and spandex are embraced, but they’re also far more revealing compared to fabrics of the past. The overall look remains lean, especially in the torso, but curves start to come back.

Like the 1930s, this decade is a step away from the petite look of the 1960s. And following the black pride and “black is beautiful” movements of the 1960s, Beverly Johnson becomes the first black woman to grace the cover on Vogue, while Darnella Thomas stars in a groundbreaking “Charlie” fragrance ad.

1980 The Supermodel

Amazonian supermodels reign supreme. These tall, leggy women come to represent the new feminine ideal. Women like Elle MacPherson, Naomi Campbell, and Linda Evangelista lead the stampede off the runway and into the heart of pop culture, dominating the media and music videos of this decade.

The 1980s also went in to an era of fitness, thanks to Jane Fonda. Aerobics and jogging take off, and for the first time, muscles are acceptable and desirable on women. It’s both empowering and discouraging—one more beauty standard to add to a lengthening list.(True, beauty standard now is all about looking fit and having muscles which I cleary don’t have!)

 

2000 The Buff beauty

Supermodel Giselle Bundchen brings sexy back, according to Vogue. She’s credited with ending the era of “heroin chic.” Gone with the pale, gaunt, glass eyed look of the 90s. Now we enter an era of visible abs and airbrushed tans. Bundchen is crowned “The Most Beautiful Girl in the World” by Rolling Stone magazine and dominates the runway, print ads, Victoria Secret’s lingerie show, and the red carpet with Leonardo DiCaprio (I know, I know..they’ve dated before). Hollywood actresses follow her lead hiring a small group of personal trainers and layering on a couple coats of spray tan during awards season.

2010 The Booty

It is all about the booty and we all see it, with Nicki minaj Anaconda music video or J.Lo it is safe to say that people now pay a lot of attention to their booty and curves. Kim kardashian, Kylie jenner, Beyonce all have beautiful and nice hourglass figure to their body (maybe kim is a little to excessive with her booty thing) but we can definitely see the resemblance with the 1950s era.

 

Beauty standards change all the time, when new trends comes in, the old one dies out (maybe not completely but I think you know what I mean). I know that the current beauty standard is very important to all of us even to me, I would like to change myself to look better and feel better but not in a way of pressuring myself to look exactly the same as my favorite supermodel. I also hope that everyone realize that beauty standards isn’t everything in our lives, they come and go but what’s important is who we are and how we feel with ourselves.

Minnie XOXO