How To Pull Off K-Beauty Trends For Morenas
When it comes to beauty, South Korea is kind of the unofficial trendsetter. K-beauty trends have had a massive following not just around Asia but even in the West. In the Philippines, Korean makeup and skincare products are also quite popular. K-beauty for morenas, however, is a bit of a tricky to try mainly because it’s naturally catered to fit fair-skinned Koreans.
Still, makeup is a form of creative exploration, so this shouldn’t stop sun-kissed Pinoys to give Korean makeup trends a go if they want to. All you really need to do is to keep in mind the basic principles behind these K-beauty trends (read: dewy and glossy finish or healthy, plump skin) and look for an alternative that will easily work for your morena skin.
From classic makeup practices like glass skin to emerging beauty trends like dark lips, here are some ways morenas can experiment with different K-beauty trends:
Coral colored makeup, particularly for blushes and eyeshadows, has been a big trend in the K-beauty scene primarily for the subtle pop of color this shade adds to the face. That slightly warmer pinkish shade is a great way to add some life to your look, especially if you're going for the trademark polished glass skin Koreans love.
The good thing about this particular K-beauty trend is that coral hues work well on sun-kissed skin! It's a trend we can easily get onboard with, but if you are a coral newbie and a bit unsure whether the shade will flatter your skin tone, try incorporating it to your look in subtle ways first before going all-out, like this low-key coral wing tip on Gabbi Garcia:
‘Glossy’ and ‘dewy’ are two words we’d often associate with K-beauty because with dewy skin comes glossy, healthy-looking lips. Most of the glossy K-beauty looks come in muted pink shades to match fair skin tones, but morenas can pull off the same glossy result with shades like mauvey-pink. Various makeup brands have wider shade options for lip glosses aside from the usual pinks, but if you can't find the perfect mauve lip gloss for you, a tipid hack would be to use a mauve lipstick of your choice and layer on colorless gloss, like this one from Careline.
Glass skin is probably one of the biggest K-beauty trends to ever invade the beauty scene because we love a good dewy base. The trend definitely helped make the pawis look sound more chic than it actually is. To get the look, beauty junkies often rely on BB cushions because the creamy consistency helps add to the reflective look we’re aiming for. Unfortunately, most cushions come in limited and mostly light shades.
That doesn’t mean morenas can’t hop on the trend, though. To achieve a dewy finish for your caramel-toned complexion, head to your skincare stash and try adding a drop or two of face oil into your foundation before dabbing it across your face. If face oils feel too heavy for you, opt for a dewy finishing spray instead.
Full, dark lips
A relatively new trend you’ll see on your favorite Hallyu stars’ beauty looks would be full, dark lips which sounds completely different from the two-toned, gradient lip look we’ve all come to love.
Still, it’s a cool trend we’re ready to get on board with. Morenas don’t need to shy away from non-neutral, playful colors. Just take cues from these sun-kissed beauties and find a bold shade for your particular skin tone. A bright-red shade like Juliana’s and Kathryn's might be a good starting point for your bold lip journey.
Another popular K-beauty trend is the "drunk blush" look that gives off either the illusion of booze-induced rosy cheeks or kakabilad-ko-lang-sa-araw look. The trick is to apply your blush just below your eyebags and even across your nose instead of along your cheek bones, like how we normally do.
To add a healthy flush on your naturally tanned complexion, go for shades like mauve, bright orange, or peach. Additional beauty tip: Use a similar shade on your lids or lips for a more put-together look.
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To the Person Who Does Not Know Any 1D Song
By: CJ Reyno
Never in my wildest dream I imagined to meet someone who does not know a single One Direction song or who does not even know, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne, Niall Horan, and err… Zayn Malik. How did you spend your teenagehood without listening to their songs? The disrespect to my #StyPayHorLikSon. My initial reaction, Vas Happenin’?
Since I was 12 years old, that was way back on 2012, One Direction songs have been my official life soundtrip, my go-to songs whenever I feel happy, sad, mad, excited, and etch. I can still remember how people went crazy just to attend their concert here in the Philippines. I must admit, I was one of those. LOL. The group was also dubbed as, “The Biggest Boyband in the World”. They were an era. You really left me in awe when you told me that you do not know a single One Direction song. Their songs are gold. But I was a little hopeful when a new messaged popped up on our conversation, “Hey I know one, Make You Beautiful”.
You do not know how my world collapsed after reading your message. I would like to say that I appreciate the effort, thanks, but they do not have a song entitled, Make You Beautiful, because it is, What Makes You Beautiful. I tried to explain but you said that they are just the same. (Tip: Never fight with a Directioner when it comes to this because we will not let our guards down). No! They are not the same. How can you make this big mistake? LOL. What Makes You Beautiful is One Direction’s debut song. Almost everyone knows this, “you’re insecure, don’t know what for,” ring a bell? The music video of this surpassed 1 billion views on Youtube. On my 21 years of existence, you are the very first person who told me this “I-Thought-It-Was-A-Joke-But-You-Are-Serious” statement.
As a persuasive fangirl, I thought to myself that I should make you appreciate their music, that you should know that it is What Makes You Beautiful, not Make You Beautiful. The group may be in hiatus but their music is and will always remain superior. You are hard-headed lad. We even when to the point where you challenged me to treat so I can make you watch their music video. Am I even surprised that I agreed to this? HAHA. I feel like an agent trying to persuade her customer to buy a property on our company. You do not know how happy I was when you sent me your video listening to What Makes You Beautiful. I felt like I successfully closed a deal with my client. Not to exaggerate but I really jumped because of happiness after watching your video. It was the first message I checked that morning. Thank you for your effort, so much appreciated. Funny how our conversation starts with your innocence on One Direction until it goes deeper and last longer. Up All Nigh conversations which turned to almost Midnight Memories. Ironic how a Directioner had developed an admiration on someone who dislikes her favorite boys? Just like One Direction’s song, Change My Mind, “Never felt like this before. Are we friends or are we more?” I guess, like Liam’s line on Love You Goodbye, “It's inevitable everything that's good comes to an end. It's impossible to know if after this we can still be friends.”
I was happy that I made you listen to One Direction. At least I made you appreciate and made you aware that there is a song called, What Makes You Beautiful, not Make You Beautiful. I am happy that you already found your Girl Almighty. Wish me luck on finding my Summer Love. xoxo, Your Directioner friend
Here's a fan art that I made for Lee Joo Young of Itaewon class! I've been making digital illustration since last year and I'm happy that I was able to see my improvements. I'm also happy to see people's reactions and support for my craft even though all of it are made through my phone (adobe illustrator) only ????. You don't actually have to use expensive or complicated medium as long as you know how to be creative and like what you're doing, then you can do it. ????