The hand-on-face photo pose is the South Korean version of arm-on-hip. A hand (or wine glass, or whatever’s around) strategically placed along the jawline creates the illusion of a smaller face. And, if you don’t already know, having an adorably little oval face with a V-shaped chin is an obsession here — being complimented on it is tantamount to being told you have beautiful eyes or a gorgeous smile. It can also double as a pickup line. Plus, many celebrities show off how small their faces are by holding objects next to them for scale.
If you’re looking for a softer, more natural look than the chiseled fierceness of Kimmy K & Ko. — no matter your face type — read on for a breakdown on how to contour, Gangnam-style.
Korean Kontouring 101
I love SanDaWha’s version, 'cause it packs so much motherland flavor. It’s made from camellia oil harvested in Jeju, which is Korea’s little treasure island because it’s so rich in botanicals. This is basically like glorious face glitter (in a good way) and is so moisturizing, foundation just glides on beautifully.
Using your finger, a highlighter stick, or a flat brush dipped in luminizer, sweep vertically down the middle of your face so that you hit the center of your forehead, ridge of the nose, Cupid’s bow, and point of the chin. It should look like you ran a paintbrush down the front of your face and only hit the bits that stuck out.
I recommend Neogen Moisture Active Aurora Dual Stick, which contains jojoba and argan oils. You can use the handy sponge tip to blend.
Color in the two triangles between cheek, nose, and eyes with the same highlighter.
Blend, Blend, Blend
Everyone has a favorite BB, but don’t settle without trying SKIN79’s version. It goes on ghoulishly grayish-white, but after a few minutes, it magically adjusts to your skin in a flawlessly natural veil.
Smooth It Out
Using a foundation that is two shades darker than your skin tone, shade the outer areas of the face: sides of forehead, sides of cheeks, and jawline. With the jawline, try to imagine a heart shape, shading away any squareness. Blend outer areas with the “halo.” Make sure not to hollow out or accentuate the cheekbones. Most Korean women prefer a smoother look and see jutting cheekbones as a sign of aging. (Sorry, Angelina Jolie.)
Eyes On The Prize
I love using Make Up For Ever’s 5 Camouflage Cream Palette #4 for darker complexions. The highly pigmented browns work beautifully for contouring, and, in a pinch, they can double as eyeshadows. (I originally started buying this palette for the apricot shade to color-correct my dark circles, and it’s so good at its job that I always run out of it!)
Espoir is known for its beautifully pigmented blushes, and the Cream Pan for Lip & Cheek is no exception. It delivers a subtle bloom of color that blends easily for a natural effect.
The Final Look
Kontour on, friends.
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