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How to become an ulzzang

Korean beauty trends have been gaining popularity in recent years, not only in its country of origin South Korea but also in other nations including the Philippines. Filipinos are known to be versatile, creative, and we are very open when it comes to new things that we think will have a positive effect on us. Well, we have been colonized multiple times in the past, which made us culturally-diverse and open for new ideas from other countries to add to our own. One of those trends from Korea that caught our attention is the ulzzang makeup and fashion. What is ulzzang, by the way? For the benefit of those who aren’t really familiar with this new trend, we’re doing a short recap.

What is Ulzzang?

Ulzzang, which literally means “best face” in Korean, refers to the makeup and fashion trend where ladies, as well as men, look their best in pictures through the use of makeup, distinct hairstyles, accessories such as contact lenses, photo editors like Photoshop, and using the right filters that will enhance their beauty.

While the ulzzang trend is only aimed to make people feel great about their appearance, critics say that it encourages deception as the women and men who are into this trend make themselves very beautiful so they end up looking so different from how they look like in real life.

Now that we are clear with the definition, let’s get to work!

Ulzzang Makeup

To look like an ulzzang, you must know this important ulzzang makeup tip: Prep your skin!

Before anything else, make sure your skin is ready for the slew of makeup products that you’ll be applying a little later. Also, you need to do this to achieve that envy-worthy, flawless skin ulzzangs boast. How to prep the skin for ulzzang makeup, you ask?

First, cleanse and moisturize your skin to provide an even canvas to work with. For even smoother skin, you may prefer to undergo some exfoliation. You can also exfoliate your lips to achieve plump and pinkish kissers. Next, we’ll be applying makeup! Don’t forget to apply the products evenly to avoid it from looking patchy. Here’s a step-by-step guide in ulzzang makeup application:

The Base

1. Primer

To start with ulzzang makeup, you have to apply a layer of smoothening primer. This will keep the makeup in place, as well as make the skin looking poreless and smooth. One of those highly recommended products for making the skin looking radiant is the Innisfree No-Sebum Blur Primer. It provides a blur effect to cover those fine lines, wrinkles and pores to achieve flawless skin.

2. Foundation

The next step is to apply a layer of foundation using a kabuki brush or a damp makeup sponge. Your goal is to look like an ulzzang, which is characterized by their dewy, healthy-looking skin. In that case, a foundation that will leave you looking flat and matte is a no-no. The Etude House Double Lasting Foundation makes the skin look glowing and radiant thanks to its nourishing, lightweight formula.

3. Concealer

For those dark under-eye circles, stubborn blemishes, acne marks, and big pores that managed to escape both the primer and foundation, you must apply some high-coverage concealer. This will complete your overall flawless look by blurring out those skin imperfections. The Korean product the SAEM Cover Perfection Tip Concealer can do just that. Why not give it a try?

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