Hello 안녕하세요 ! Have you ever seen a style that you could instantly fell in love with? I had that moment when I was on my honeymoon in the mountains of Taiwan. I was flipping through TV channels and came across a Korean drama with English subtitles. I didn’t even watch the full episode but I knew in the short time that I did watch it that I had fallen in love with Korean style. Not just the clothes but the hair and makeup. There is something so soft and feminine about the look. There is a little about Korean beauty that is overdone. It’s really simple, natural looking and soft. In Korean it’s called mul-gwang. It means dewey which is the complete opposite of what we strive for most of the time with North American makeup looks. So, you can imagine my absolute delight when I saw that celebrity makeup artist Lisa Eldridge made a trip to Korea and Japan and decided to make two (and possibly a third!) videos featuring a Korean-style beauty look and some of the products that she bought on her trip.
Don’t you want to buy a plane ticket to Korea to go shopping?! I do. I should mention that my primary reason for wanting to visit Korea isn’t related to shopping at all. Since starting to teach English as a Learning Language (ELL), or ESL as its most commonly known, some of my most favourite students (I love all of them, but some are just extra special) have been from Korea. I am so lucky that I can now call some of them my friends and I can’t wait to visit Korea and see them. And then go shopping.
I am *really* hoping that Lisa Eldridge makes the second Korean beauty video because I am honestly gobbling up Youtube videos like this one by So Young Park which really clearly shows the difference between North American makeup and Korean makeup, this one by Karman and this one which has English subtitles but even if it didn’t it wouldn’t matter because we speak the same language: SHOPPING!
I couldn’t finish this post without sharing the first episode of the Korean drama Discovery of Love which launched my interest in Korean makeup and style. I know that some people really don’t like subtitles but this show is worth the trouble. It’s about a love triangle between a furniture designer named Han Yeo Reum played by Jung Yu-mi, her ex-boyfriend who is the CEO of a construction company and her current boyfriend, a plastic surgeon. The series is comprised of 16 one-hour episodes and I had to pace myself because I didn’t want it to end… Which, it sadly did but I would totally re-watch it. And by the way, if you’re like me, you will quickly pick sides. I was Team Kang Tae Ha all the way who was played by actor Eric Moon.
Even if Korean beauty isn’t for you and you don’t get hooked on a Korean drama like I did than I hope that I’ve made your world just a little bit smaller by introducing you to a new culture through fashion and beauty trends.