Korean Secrets to the Power of the Blush


You get to see more blush variations among Koreans and the Japanese compared to other nations. This creativity may be because Koreans and the Japanese are also bolder with their fashion, mixing elements that you would otherwise regard as “weird.”

For example, Koreans for a time popularized cute flowery dresses paired with athletic shoes, baseball caps, and light summery makeup. This get-up was once thought of as ill-matched but was eventually caught by those even outside South Korea. It became so popular that even actors and models styled themselves up with this look.

The highlight of any Korean look is with the blush. This style is because the blush complements any get-up, season, and occasion. Unlike with Western-style cheek blushing where you stick with common colors and strokes, the versatility of the blushing style in Korea gives you lots of room to create a different look for yourself and combine it with this recommended Korean skin care routine.

So how do you do perfect the cheek blush, Korean-style?

blush in Korean styleWord of caution: As is popular with the Korean beauty routine, blushing is not as easy as dabbing a brush and putting on rogue powder on your cheeks. There are also pre- and post-blushing methods to follow. Hopefully, this note does not scare you!

Here are the Korean makeup style secrets to achieving the look that you want through the makeup blush:

Pre-blush routine:

After washing your face with a gentle cleanser, prepare a good base by putting on the following: 1) moisturizer; then, 2) foundation; and, 3) powder. Your moisturizer should be in tide with the season so a water-based one should be used for summer, and a thick cream-based one for winter. Most Koreans also use a tinted moisturizer and a shimmery powder to give a more noticeable glow.

Blushing routine:

It’s important to note that cheek blushes are not created equally. There are blushes designed for those with dry, normal, and oily skin. Make sure that you know your skin type, or have it assessed if you’re not sure, and purchase a blush that can accommodate your skin well. Using a blush for dry skin when you have an oily one can exacerbate pore problems and can cause skin redness and itchiness.

In general, those with dry skin should use cream-based blush; those with normal skin should use powder-based blush; those with oily skin should use gel-based blush.

As for the choice of brush, the key is to use soft brushes. This selection of the material is important because it not only protects your skin, it also correctly evens out the blush on your cheeks. Cheek tints are quite popular in South Korea, and if you’re using these, there is no need to use brushes. Applying them with your fingers is best practice.

Western makeup-style blushing is heavy on strokes that are apt for the shape of your face. However, for Korean-style blushing, rules are not so strict. And whether you have a round, thin, long, or square face, you can use any of the following strokes:

1) A dark blush on the apples; 2) Circular strokes on the center of your cheeks; 3) Strokes toward the temples; 4) A heavy blush on the hollows of your cheeks; and, 5) A heavy blush on the outer cheekbones.

Usually, the get-up is considered when choosing the right blush style. You can experiment on any of these methods and see which one works best for you.

Post-blushing routine:

spritzerUse a powder blush to protect your blush further, so it stays longer. Throughout the day, many Koreans swear by a face spritzer to freshen up their face. They also touch up with a face compact, so their makeup stays put for longer.

The Korean style of blushing is entirely different. As is common with the Korean beauty routine—so many steps and so many items involved— it is worth it to try for when you want to be creative with your look.