Korean Fashion Spotting

Get the Look!

1. Chloé Paraty Medium Leather Shoulder Bag
2. OBSEDIA LEATHER SHOULDER BAG
3. Small diamond print romper
4. Maison Martin Margiela Double Finger Rings
5. ‘Sleeping Kitty’ flat
6. Cody d’Orsay Flats with Ankle Strap
7. Patent-leather and suede flats

Get the Look!

1. ERIKA CAVALLINI SEMI COUTURE flared trouser
2. Lauren by Ralph Lauren Wide Leg Trousers, Aegean Blue
3. Tula lace-print wide-leg trousers
4. Smocked Off-Shoulder Top
5. CALF AND CORK PLATFORM WEDGES
6. Steve Madden Women’s Shoes, Luvely Fisherman Platform Wedge Sandals
7. Louis Vuitton Clutch

Fashion Spotting in Garosugil, Seoul, Korea

Fashion Spotting in Garosugil, Seoul, Korea

don’t you just love her tattoos?

Now – onto the make up

The Korean makeup is indeed a trend nowadays not only in Asia but surprisingly, in western countries as well, since our asian sisters are pretty much in every country and we envy their fair gorgeous skin, and perhaps since the infiltration of Psy and the wondergirls.  So who doesn’t want a fresh, flawless face, not to mention a youthful glow even after a day of nerve-racking work? I do
Let us that a look at what are the basics are in a Korean makeup routine :)


FACE
First, a clean,clear face is an essential step to achieve that fresh look. Not only Koreans but most of the people from East Asia (like China and Japan) have this fair to white complexion with really fine pores that some even calls it the porcelain skin. Of course climate is a huge factor but I do think East Asian girls, Koreans in particular are so into their looks nowadays that they are able to practice various skin care routines that are effective in maintaining and enhancing their skin.  Sadly in Singapore, the humidity makes it really tough? ahem.
Second, a staple in Korean makeup, BB cream. I know most of us are fully aware of the history and whatnots of this infamous product but yes, the magic of Korean makeup happens when this liquid foundation-slash-moisturizer-slash-sunscreen  is applied to the face and with the right amount and choice of shade for your complexion— voila! You’ll have that glowing, dewy skin we usually see on Korean actresses and Kpop artists on TV.
 
EYES
Another is their use of black eyeliners, may it be liquid, gel or in pencil form to enhance and enlarge their eyes.  For a fresh and subtle day look, Koreans are known for tightlining their eyes. Tightlining is a method of lining the existing spaces between the lashes or lining as close as possible to the lash line. This will give you bigger, brighter, and more youthful eyes. This method actually creates an “invisible” eye makeup look that makes us wonder how come Korean actresses have these defined looking eyes but it’s as if they re not wearing any.
Also, you wound’t see a lot of them wear dark or even bold color eyeshadows (Okay I know what you’re thinking, and yes girls from 2NE1 is not an exception.
EYEBROWS
Koreans have a different way of grooming and styling their brows which is also getting popular these days hence the name, Korean eyebrows. The typical Korean eyebrows are tousled, bushy, and straight, yes and some of it can be DEAD-ON straight. I personally am fascinated on how they could actually pull off this look without looking like a constipated clown. This eyebrow style gives you that innocent, youthful look, perfect for giving definition to the eyes.
 
CHEEKS
Since most of them have fair complexion, they use blushes with shades of pink, peach and coral to finish the look just enough to bring out a healthy glow. Cheek tints are also popular for that natural flushed look. Also, I observe that they are fond of putting highlighters or illuminators on the high points of their faces. It gives them that fresher, dewy-er, porcelain skin finish.

LIPS
Most Korean lips if not thin, are small yet plump (I hope I’m not the only one who notices that. I guess it has something to do with their speech,idk) Also,most of them have  light colored lips. Lip tints are popular and you can usually see them wear that ‘just bitten’ look using berry lip tints, giving them a natural and for lack of a better term, cute pout. For lippies, they would always go for matte in shades of pink and peach.
TIPS AND INSIGHTS
I know most of us have been ogling about this trend since god knows when but I would honestly say that for some who actually want to transform and morph their faces to look like Koreans but still looking au naturel, well I won’t say it’s impossible but it is kind of hard to pull this look off. It really depends on the texture of the skin, complexion—basically the overall features.  But if you’re someone who is only looking for a fresh, youthful look without trying too hard to look like someone who is pulled out of a Korean drama, you can do a little switch-up on this Korean makeup routine.
Like BB creams for example. Not all BB creams have good coverage and some couldn’t just compliment your skin color. Why struggle in buying and wasting your time and money in BB’s that aren’t for you if you have a liquid foundation just around the corner with better coverage and one that will really compliment your skin color. Lightly sweep a highlighter to the high points of the face or you can use an illuminator as well to achieve that fresh, dewy look BB creams provide.
If you have naturally dark or red lips, use a lip concealer like Etude House’s Color Me Nude Lip Concealer (put lip balm before applying the lip concealer to avoid drying or flaking of the lips)  to neutralize the color of the lips before applying any lip color of choice especially if you want to put a lighter one on your lips. Remember that you want to achieve that fresh , natural look not that pale, anemic look so go for the lip color that will compliment your skin.
Remember , we live in a climate that is meant for any skin to break out and Koreans, well they live in such a  lovely climate …….

ERABELLE PRESTIGE- Beauty and the Browlogy




Upon Vanitytrove’s and Erabelle’s invitation.
I popped on over to their Penang Road spa facility to have my brows made over during the “Beauty and the Browlogy” event where Beatrice, their brow expert explained to us some basics on face shapes and how semi permanent (eyebrow embroidery) was done.

I’ve always been intrigued having remembered seeing Erabelle and their kimono clad beauticians at several roadshows in the past years. It’s great to know it’s a local company that was founded in 2004 has achieved much success since their early years.

Several of my friends and a couple of other bloggers have tried Semi Permanent make up before.
I think it’s great for career women as it

  • saves you time and you get more nap time in the mornings before work.
  • perfect for those who are not seasoned in make up techniques
  • great for those with oily skin – no more make up smudges
  • for those with no eyebrows or barely any. You will have them! even in the unlikeliest places like the beach or at the gym
A week before at a photoshoot for SPH magazines, Larry Yeo my make up artist was already telling me that my brows were a little too thin and a tad too arched for my face.

The analysis at Erabelle was that – my face shape was that of Oval and a little diamond mixed in.
Most of us think we only belong to one face shape type but the truth is we are mostly a mix of 2.

My arch apparently wasn’t too bad but I could do and was thus given bolder thicker brows :)
So here are my brow before and after pictures! (taken on my iphone).

Before

During the process


Half done LOL

And finally the completed brows



I like the effect, definitely frames my face better.
Erabelle offers 3 types of semi permanent services.

Speaking about frames, Addarline and the lovely Erabelle team prepared some cute little frames for us to clown around with after the party. We were also treated to Yuzu tea and yummy cupcakes from 12 Cupcakes. I had the red velvet one.


Every space, from the little alcoves that were curtained off for a customer’s brow tattoo-ing session, to the open pantry where beauty treatments are concocted with tonic waters, were beautifully creative and showed meticulous amounts of attention paid to the spa’s surroundings revolving around the customer’s needs. At the heart of it was the Japanese concept of Omotenashi, which loosely translates as hospitality which is definitely one of the brands’ cornerstones of customer service.

I had read that Erabelle is own a lady who is a beauty therapist with more than a decade of experience in the personal care industry, and that she had wanted to create a soothing atmosphere in the spa that catered to all the senses, hence every space is given the luxe treatment. And every treatment room never the same from the other. I especially loved the Audrey Hepburn VIP room which was really manhattan.

For those in doubt – go try out their wonderful Erabrow design which includes a tweet, trim and design for $29.What’s more, if you bought one of the lovely Aug VanityTrove, you get a voucher to enjoy 50% off Erabrow design. (Before your next leap into semi permanent make up:)

The Browlogy process,

Starts of with faceshape and brow analysis – your triming, tweezing and design

Next colors are filled into your brows – suited to your hair color and skin

Then a patch test is done to see if you react or are sensitive to the inks used in the semi permanent make up

During treatment, a micropen is used with Erabelle’s Softstroke technique. The inks are certified by Europe’s Cosmetic Directive and/or are approved by FDA Germany standards (Which are way stricter than that of US), individual ink caps are used and ink is discarded after.

Photos of your brows are taken pre and post treatment to monitor results.

and Tadah – a breath of life into your brows and you’re ready to flaunt it.

Effects last about 2 years.



And talk about precision tools when it comes to beauty.
Erabelle uses RUBIS tweezers and eyebrow scissors, both of which are swiss made.
I was most impressed that RUBIS specializes in making tweezers used in the swiss watchmaking industry. Their tips are made of a high quality polymer that doesn’t pinch your skin and can even be used to pick diamonds and precious stones up.

Having worked in brands like Chopard and Cartier it’s no wonder Erabelle and their lovely RUBIS tools really took to me.

FAQ
Semi permanent make up is safer because color is embeded into the epidermis which sheds over time. This is what differentiates it from tattoos which are permanent as the ink is translated to your dermis.

The color unlike in tattoos – will not turn dark green or blue over time.

Erabelle has won Cozycot’s Women’s choice awards, Women’s weekly Best Brow Embroidery, and Harpers’ Bazaar spa awards 2012 for best brows! WOW

Remember to use your Vanitytrove Erabelle vouchers!
What’s more
Enjoy 10% off services when they quote “Alethea VanityTrove”, especially for readers of my blog :)

GIVEAWAY – of 5 Erabelle eyebrow Pencils.
To be announced soon- stay tune

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105 Penang Road #01-06
VisionCrest
Tel:6836 8388

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1 Harbourfront Walk #02-01/02

with branches too in Bugis and Bedok
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