5 beauty hacks Korean girls swear by to look 10/10 every day

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Shhh, we're gonna let you in on a secret: you know the quintessential 'Korean' look? The one with glass skin, immaculate coiffure and perfect gradient pout? Korean girls don't wake up just looking like that. Seoul girls fall back on a couple of failsafe beauty hacks to get that look.

If French girls are known for their insouciant, effortless chic, the K-look could be defined by precision and perfection. There's no smudged eyeliner or messy bedhead in the K-beauty lexicon.

Instead, if you want to get the K-drama look, there are some surprisingly quirky yet specific tricks Seoul girls use. That's right, there's a lot more to looking like Song Hye Kyo than just having Sulwhasoo-worthy skin. Scroll through the gallery to find out a few easy yet essential steps to recreating that look.

Fill in your hairline

This one always surprises non-Koreans. No, there isn't an abnormal number of Korean women suffering from baldness. It's just that Koreans have a penchant for perfectly rounded, symmetrical hairlines so they use various darkening products to correct any unevenness. In Korea, you can find specific products to fake a fuller, rounder hairline but even eyebrow shadows will suffice to make your crown look immaculate.

Get the Korean part

Continuing the theme of hairlines, there is a preferred hair part in Korea and it's just slightly off-centre. Why this particular part? In Korea, having an oval face shape is considered "ideal" and this part provides the most balance to the face as it gives a nice 'v-line' chin without exaggerating the forehead. In addition to the slightly off-centre part, Korean women will usually tuck the shorter half of the hair behind their ear and the longer side will swoop down in a gentle fringe. They always create more volume at the roots of the fringe half by giving it a little lift with either a hair dryer or a straightener.

Take a b(r)ow

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안녕하세요! 이연화입니다. 웃는게 컴플렉스라 환하게 웃진 못했지만 정말 기쁘고 감사하다고 말씀드리고 싶습니다. 두서없이 써내려간 아무개의 아무말일 수 있는 넋두리에 진심 가득한 위로와 응원에 울기도 웃기도하며 정말 많이 느꼈습니다. 무언가 바라고 쓴글도 아니었는데 많은 분들의 댓글과 DM, 한때 빛나는 추억으로 함께였지만 각자 살기 바빠 연락이 뜸해졌던 소중한 친구들의 카톡. 너무나 감사하고 부끄럽습니다. 아마 지금 우리가 사는 세상이 참 쉽지 않아서, 누구나 힘든 시기이기에 많이 공감해주셨던 것 같습니다. 첫째여서, 혹은 표현하는게 서툴러서 부족한 소통에 그날의 장면만 툭툭 올렸었는데 몇 마디의 부끄럽지만 솔직한 감정이 이렇게 서로 응원이 되고 공감이 될 수 있는지, 소통의 힘이 얼마나 긍정적이고 커다란지 이제 조금 알 것 같아요. 슬프거나 화나거나, 혹은 기쁘거나 사랑하는. 언젠가 풍부했던 이런 감정들이 점점 무뎌지고 스스로를, 주변을 점점 메마르게 했던 것 같아요. 바쁘고 지친다는 이유로 표현하지 못했던 마음에게 아직은 좀 더 여유를 주고 싶어요. 여러분도 내 사람, 뜸해졌던 그 친구, 멀리있는 가족들, 옆에 있는 가끔 얄미운 동료 지금도 찰싹 붙어있는 우리강아지에게 많이 힘들고 힘들었지, 사랑한다고 언제나 너의 편이라고, 힘내라고 .. 늦기전에 꼭 말해주세요:) 여러분들 말처럼, 표현하지 않으면 모르니까요. 오늘만큼은, 푹 잘 수 있는 밤이 되길 바랄게요! 다시한번 정말 감사합니다...!

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By now, most people are familiar with the Korean brow-it's a little straighter and a tad fuller. Unfortunately, I've seen a lot of people go full-on Sesame Street Bert and Ernie in their quest for the perfect face framer. To nail the Korean brow, ease up on the brow pencil and make sure the outline of your brow is soft and somewhat undefined. Nice and natural is key to this look.

Contour differently

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Forget all the Kardashian-esque contouring tricks you've picked up from Instagram. Korean contouring takes a lighter-handed touch, so harsh lines and chiseled jaws are a big no-no. The Korean contour also has a different geography. Instead of sweeping the bronzer under the cheekbones, it's placed on the cheekbone in order to create a less angular appearance. Traditionally, Asians have more pronounced cheekbones so Koreans do not emphasise them. Rather, they are minimized in order to achieve a smaller face.

May the force be with you(r cushion foundation)

In Korea, it's typical to see women slapping their faces with their cushion foundation pads. Don't worry - it's not a bizarre ritual of self-punishment. Adding a little extra force when you tap your foundation is said to help make your base look more natural. You know when your foundation feels a bit like a mask sitting atop your skin and seems to separate around midday? This genius trick helps you to avoid that, because in Seoul, looking good 24/7 is for better or worse a necessity. As a Seoulite, I swear this trick will instantly lift your foundation game and you will never be gentle with your foundation again.

This article was first published in CLEO Singapore