I Got My Makeup Done by Korea's Top 2 Makeup Artists—This Is What I Learned



Dewy skin, makeup that enhances your natural features, an overall ethereal, angelic glow (otherwise known as “no-makeup makeup”) is a fairly recent beauty trend in America—but it’s been the norm in one country for ages. While we were discovering contouring, hyper-arched brows, and matte lipstick, South Korean women were simply extending their 10-step skincare routines by boosting their already-glowing complexions—and now, years later, we’re finally taking notes.

This now-universal trend was pioneered and perfected by two Korean makeup artists in particular: Son Dae Sik and Park Tae Yun. The two former art majors met in school and bonded over their love of all things beauty and fashion, and from there, they perfected the makeup look that’s now readily associated with Korean beauty: wide doe eyes, skin that glistens from every angle, and a soft brow. Their clients include some of Korea’s biggest celebrities and K-pop stars, and beauty giants like Sephora have asked them to create the glowing looks on their most recent ad campaigns. 

Thus, when the lovely Charlotte Cho of Soko Glam approached me about collaborating with Mr. Son and Mr. Park, my excitement was palpable (quite literally—my shriek and frenzied typing may have alarmed my co-workers). They agreed to create a K-pop–inspired makeup look on me, and when they came in on a Friday afternoon to work their magic in the Byrdie studio, I could only nod along fervently and hope to memorize their every word. Lucky for you, I took notes. Keep scrolling to find out the most important makeup tips I learned from Son Dae Sik and Park Tae Yun.