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12 Best Korean Makeup Brands That Are Worth Your Money

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For all those who are obsessed with Korean skin care and Korean beauty products, now you have Korean makeup brands and products to drool on! 

Korean beauty companies are more innovative, and the products are more effective than most American beauty brands. Many American companies even take inspiration from Korea in launching their products. Korean skin care companies use natural and innovative ingredients like cucumber, yuzu, and lotus extract, which makes them safer for the skin. 

Korean makeup is no different! The Korean makeup is also fortified with good-for-your-skin ingredients like Korean skin care.  The formulations are light so that you can show off your natural beauty! 

Here are some of the best Korean makeup brands to follow, ranging from a long time favorite like AmorePacific to smaller brands like Son & Park. 

AmorePacific

A luxurious and well-known Korean skin care brand that utilizes Korean botanicals to soothe the skin. It also provides the luminescence and enhancement of makeup products. 

It is well-known for its color-control cushion compact and a lightweight foundation that takes care of your skin too. 

Missha

For a Korean signature look, BB cream is the foundation! Cult-favorite Korean brand Missha makes some of the best BB cream formulations in the market.

Whether you want a cushion application or a cream-based BB cream, Missha will surely have something for you in its range. 

Etude House

Etude House has become almost synonymous with Korean makeup. It’s like the Benefit of Korea. 

The brand is big on brows, fun collaborations, colorful packaging, and excellent products. 

Tint My Brows Gel is one of the viral makeup products from Etude House. It’s a peel-off tint that leaves a dark wash of color just like a professional brow tint. 

Holika Holika

Holika Holika is a Korean cosmetics brand that deals with both a bit of makeup and a bit of skin care. In Korean makeup brands, it’s not always about the colors. It is mainly about the skin – whether creating a beautiful base or a healthy glowing complexion. 

The Korean makeup brand, Holika Holika, dabbles in a bit of both but specializes in fun makeup for eyeshadow palettes and foiled shadows. 

Peripera

Peripera is a colorful and vibrant Korean makeup brand best known for its Ink Velvet Lip Tints. It has many other innovative lip products in the range. 

Formulations from Peripera are light and long-lasting! 

Clio

Professional makeup artists founded the Korean makeup brand Clio Cosmetics in 1993. Since then, the brand has launched several professional lines, including Peripera, Goodal, and Soo Ae (only in the US). 

Overall, Clio boasts a massive collection of makeup, body and skin care products, and even nail care. You can also check out the brick and mortar store in Union Square, NYC. 

Too Cool for School 

It’s a hip and new brand with some cool packaging designs. The Korean brand is well known for its deliciously scented egg cream range. But, its not just about skin care, it has equally impressive and excellent makeup range. 

You can find some buttery powders and lightweight creams with exciting names and shades. 

IOPE

As compared to AmorePacific, it’s a popular but relatively affordable Korean makeup brand. 

The brand does both skin care and makeup. The product formulations are highly effective, and they mainly contain plant-derived ingredients that focus on delivering results. 

Son & Park

It’s a celebrity makeup artist’s creation. Park Tae Yun and Son Dae Sik are the makeup artists behind the Korean makeup brand Son & Park. 

The range specializes in dewy, no-makeup makeup, and skin care products. Products from Son & Park focus on enhancing your natural beauty but making it better. 

VDL

It’s a luxury makeup brand with prices that aren’t all that luxurious! The Korean makeup brand is even a celebrity makeup artist-approved. Wendy Rowe likes VDL as the cosmetic brand as it carries a variety of colors and formulas that speak to her experience as a successful makeup artist. 

VDL is best known for its radiant Lumilayer Primer. It gives you an instant glow, the same as you would expect from a 10-step Korean routine, with just one product. 

Moonshot

Moonshot is like Korea’s Glossier. Even Glossier’s CEO and founder, Emily Weiss, loves the Moonshot store in Seoul with its cool space and product range. 

Korean makeup products like Cream Paint and Brow Shaper Mascara are some of the popular ones from Moonshot. 

CLE Cosmetics

It is another Korean makeup brand that utilizes skin care in its makeup. CLE Cosmetics also highlights natural beauty without compromising your skin’s integrity. 

It’s a small Korean brand but well-loved for its cushion compact and powder-to-cream matte lip tint. 

Chosungah 22

The brand philosophy that “makeup should be simple and fun” is well represented by Chosungah 22 makeup products. The products are easy-to-use and come in bright and graphic packaging. 

Gong Dong Minn Brow Maker is a popular product from the Korean brand. Its an angled spoolie brush with a sponge tip, which ensures that every little crevice of your brow is covered. 

Which of these is your favorite Korean makeup brand? Let us known in the comments; we would love to hear from you. 

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