Walking the streets of Seoul, Korea is what I imagine walking the runway during Fashion Week feels like. Almost every person you walk past is dressed to the nines, with their perfectly imperfectly tailored blazers and dresses, to their trendy but classic sneakers, and clean haircuts, all with some slouchy, sporty ease.
For women, the trend I saw the most was baggy jumpsuits and pants. The bigger and baggier the better! I bought these at the Dongdaemun Market.
On to makeup… We’re starting to see some Korean skincare and makeup products here in the States, but Korea’s trends differ so much that people immediately knew I was American, just from my hair and makeup (even before they heard my thick American accent).
Below are some of the most notable differences I saw. *Disclaimer: The following is not meant to stereotype or overgeneralize. I am commenting on certain techniques, just as examples.
Eyelash extensions | Barely one coat of mascara on natural lashes
Self-tanner | Parasols and SPF 100
Full-face makeup | BB and CC creams
Contour & blush | No contour & a hint of blush
Long, curled hair | Short, blunt lobs
Darker, shaped brows | Lighter, straight brows
Matte face | Dewy face
Nude lips | Glossy lips
Here are some side-by-sides of American makeup vs. Korean makeup:
For hair, this is what I saw most on women:
About 99% of men between the ages of 18 and 40 had this same exact cut, and apparently it’s called the “two block haircut”:
Hope you enjoyed~!