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Best Korean Toners To Check Out

Best Korean Toners To Check Out

If your beauty routine has been shaped by Western concepts, you might have one idea of toners: that they’re astringent, harsh formulas designed to dry out your skin and, possibly, zap it into submission. Koreans have a different idea about what toners are supposed to do. After a deep oil and foaming cleanse, toners serve as a way to prep skin for what’s next in the 10-step beauty routine . Toners balance the pH level of the skin, which is a crucial step in preparing skin to absorb the heavier, vitamin-packed serums and creams that come next in Korean’s famed beauty routine. So, in addition to adding some softness and revitalization to skin after it’s been stripped of unnecessary grime, it also helps to improve the efficacy of the spot treatments, serums, boosters, and moisturizers that come next. If it’s a step you’ve been skipping or doing wrong, that’s okay! Adding a quality toner to your routine will pay off quickly. Here’s a few suggestions of some of Korea’s finest to get you going: Son & Park Beauty Water Here’s a favorite of both K-pop idols and the world’s beauty fanatics. It’s soft and thanks to a few different fruity

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Get That K-Pop Look: Hyomin’s Casual Cool For Seoul Fashion Week

Get That K-Pop Look: Hyomin's Casual Cool For Seoul Fashion Week

Welcome to this week’s Get That K-pop Look , where we showcase an original K-Pop outfit and give you tips on putting together your own similarly styled, affordable outfit. Fashion weeks aren’t just about the runways. It’s also a great time for stars in the fashion and entertainment worlds to break out their year’s best looks for the festivities surrounding fashion’s biggest week. K-pop’s bests didn’t disappoint this year, especially not T-ARA’s Hyomin. Her look was casual, one that those of us without the access or budget to designer wardrobes could emulate, but was also rad enough to stand out among the crowd of Seoul’s fashion aficionados.     Ultimate Biker Jacket, $82 from ASOS Moto jackets have always been the iconic cool girl accessory, but in the past year or so, good quality ones have become much more accessible for the average consumer. You’ve got your choice of colored, fringed, bedazzled, or patched these days, but we like that Hyomin stuck with the classic here. If you’re looking for a staple jacket, look no further – this is the one item of clothing that can automatically transform any outfit.   Graphic Raglan Sleeve Baseball Tee, $15.99 from Charlotte Russe

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Breaking Down K-Beauty: Mediheal’s Mask Sheets, miss A’s Fei’s Favorites

Breaking Down K-Beauty: Mediheal's Mask Sheets

It’s not so unusual to see a K-pop star getting moisturized and reinvigorated behind a mask sheet, and it seems as though miss A’s Fei believes she’s got the best option for you.   A recent Instagram from the idol shows her hawking mask sheets from Mediheal, which happen to be one of the most beloved brands on the market. Don’t be surprised if you haven’t heard of them yet – they don’t come from a globally recognized brand (they’re made by L&P Cosmetics, which, although well regarded, stays out of the spotlight and doesn’t have brick and mortar stores), and they’re not quite as readily available outside of Korea as other products are. But Mediheal has a loyal and growing following, especially in China, which is part of the reason Fei was chosen as one of the company’s models and spokespeople . Mediheal masks are praised for several reasons, but one comes up over and over again: these sheets are chock full of essence. A lot of sheet masks reach their limit after about 20 minutes on the skin. By that point, the face has soaked up most of their moisture and they start to feel a little dry

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Best Korean Eyeshadows To Try Out

Best Korean Eyeshadows To Try Out

There’s a lot going on in Korean makeup right now. The country has been at the forefront of skincare for ages now, but makeup had always been a little behind. Until now. Korean brands like Moonshot and Clio are breaking into the market with edgy shades, irresistible packaging, and long-lasting formulas and are quickly winning the hearts of beauty addicts worldwide. Eyeshadows are a natural fit for Korean beauty to shine. K-pop idols have always started trends with the color around their eyes, whether it’s the reddish hues made popular a few years ago, or the rainbow lids with which bands like 2NE1 are always experimenting. Here are some of the best products to launch your own eye shadow revolution: Etude House Proof 10 Eye Primer First things first: prime your eyes before putting on shadow. This is one of those steps that a lot of people skip, but it makes all the difference. It helps shadow go on more even and vibrant and makes it last all night. It might even turn one of those ‘meh’ shadows that you have stuffed in your drawer into an A+. This one from Etude House is a constant favorite thanks to its

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Beauty How-To: Making Homemade Cocoa Lip Balm Like Rainbow’s Kim Jae Kyung

Beauty How-To: Making Homemade Cocoa Lip Balm Like Rainbow's Kim Jae Kyung

Rainbow’s Kim Jae Kyung is truly an idol of all trades. She can sing, she can dance, she can act – and she can make her own lip balm. The idol famously gave the staff of ‘God’s Quiz 4’ some of her homemade salve . It may not have been totally magnanimous – as she put in her own handwriting on the gift, it was a great way to bribe employees – but it worked. Don’t think you’ve got it in you to make your own balm (that, admittedly, you could buy cheaply at the nearest drugstore?) It’s not as hard as you might think, and the labor of love that goes into it makes it a much more special gift. Follow these easy steps and your employees will be singing your praises in no time: First, gather your ingredients. If you’re new to the art of making beauty products from your very own kitchen, a lot of these products might seem a little foreign. But they’re affordable ingredients you can find in everyday places – the drugstore, a farmer’s market, a natural foods store, or at the very least, via online health stores or Amazon. You’ll need: Beeswax Coconut

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Get That K-Pop Look: Go Casual With MAMAMOO At SXSW

Get That K-Pop Look: Go Casual With MAMAMOO At SXSW

Welcome to this week’s Get That K-pop Look , where we showcase an original K-Pop outfit and give you tips on putting together your own similarly styled, affordable outfit. This week, we’re channeling both the 70s and the 90s, thanks to MAMAMOO’s outfits at SXSW in Austin, Texas. The K-pop night at the U.S.’s gathering of tech, entertainment, and innovation leaders has been growing in popularity since it launched in 2013, and this year was no exception. It featured acts from an eclectic mix of Korean stars, including an energetic performance from MAMAMOO. The women gave out vibes from both the 70s and the 90s, with a mix of bellbottoms and crop tops that managed to feel both retro and modern. Thanks to some of their style being pretty hot at the moment, it’s easy to get this outfit for yourself.   ASOS Wool Beret, $21 from ASOS Think an outfit feels a little too casual, a little too teenage boy? Throw a beret on it!   Cropped Crew Tee, $18 from Abercrombie What’s not to love about a shirt that serves up dirtbag teen realness and is comfy enough for a night in?   M.i.h Jeans, $76.50 from Shopbop

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Get That K-Pop Look: Ladies’ Code’s Grown-Up ‘Galaxy’ Style

Get That K-Pop Look: Ladies' Code's Grown-Up 'Galaxy' Style

Welcome to this week’s Get That K-pop Look , where we showcase an original K-Pop outfit and give you tips on putting together your own similarly styled, affordable outfit. Girls Code is back in action for the first time since tragedy struck the group, and their sound and look is noticeably (and understandably) more somber and mature.  Their new video for Galaxy features outfits that weren’t made for innocent little girls. Instead, the women don smart, refined looks that pack a whole lot of sophistication but aren’t at all stuffy. Want in on this grown-up look? Keep reading.   White Tied Front Keyhole Detail Button Front Shirt Dress, $20.90 from Choies There’s a reason the shirt dress has been a closet staple for decades. This style is an instant classic. It’s the perfect combination of fitted and twirly, and is that perfect item that can be worn countless ways – alone, with leggings and booties, or with a blazer and stilettos. Girls Code shows here how something as simple as a black tie scarf can add so much character to an outfit. It’s super sleek, gives a feminine touch to a classic menswear look, and turns a relatively ordinary shirt

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Get That K-Pop Look: Yubin’s Fierce Fishnets

Get That K-Pop Look: Yubin's Fierce Fishnets

Welcome to this week’s Get That K-pop Look , where we showcase an original K-Pop outfit and give you tips on putting together your own similarly styled, affordable outfit. This week, Yubin’s recent Instagram snapshot is all we need for outfit inspiration. That cerulean background behind a technically simple but visually stunning outfit could be taught in a master class about how to fashion. The best part of this outfit is that it can all be in your closet, now. Here’s how: Safety Knit Cropped Tank from Go Jane Leave it to Yubin to bring back the 90s spaghetti top crap with such fierceness and grace. It evokes that grunge attitude of a few decades ago, but still feels fresh and statement-making when work with a 2016-worthy vibe.   Refuge “Girlfriend” Destoryed Shorts from Charlotte Russe You’ll never, ever go wrong with some dark denim shorts. Stock up this time of year when they’re at the right price.   ASOS Oversized Fishnet Tights This was a genius K-style move on Yubin’s part. Tights under shorts are so last year in the West and so, like, seven years ago in South Korea. So Yubin takes the style cue but elevates it.

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Makeup How-To: Look As Killer As CL In Black And Gold

Makeup How-To: Look As Killer As CL In Black And Gold

Another day, another CL look to die for. The woman knows how to work. Just when you think you’ve seen all you can see out of her, she pops up in your Instagram feed with a black and gold look invoking Egyptian royalty and killer instinct.   Want to try this look out on yourself? Here’s a breakdown of how to get a similar look to CL, using some of the best products that Korea has to offer.   SKIN This section can almost write itself: if it’s a K-pop star’s photo shoot, you can bet that the skin is going to be glowing and flawless. CL doesn’t disappoint. Beyond the flawlessness, CL doesn’t play around with a lot of contouring, bronzing, or blushing here. Instead, she makes the smart move of letting the eyes and dramatic lighting of the shoot do the talking. That means you really only need one product to get that glow: Sulwhasoo’s Perfecting Cushion Foundation . Like many of Sulwhasoo’s luxury products, it’s on the pricier end, but for good reason. The coverage is natural looking but still luminescent – the kind of product that makes strangers compliment you on your incredible skin. In addition,

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Best Korean Eyebrow Pencils, Tints And Powders

Best Korean Eyebrow Pencils

The eyebrow is the next level of makeup. A good arch, definitive color, and impeccable shaping can bring a surprising level of sophisticated structure to a face. We’ve all got that friend who has consistently enviable brows. If you’re not that friend, here’s a little help on how to get the best arch for your buck: Chosungah 22 Dong Gong Minn Brow Maker This is a favorite for its waterproof, long-lasting formula as well as its ease of use. The spongy applicator goes on a lot easier than a pencil, making it easy to fill in brows for a rich and yet still natural looking color. Skinfood Choco Eyebrow Powder Cake This is a widely loved and affordable eyebrow kit for people who prefer eyebrow powder to pencils, and who want a natural eyebrow look. The dual color scheme makes it a little easier for people who have had trouble finding their exact color in a different product to blend to the perfect shade. As a bonus, this Skinfood product is just as high quality but significantly cheaper than some of the products from Western brands.   The Face Shop Design My Brows This is one of the most affordable

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