Koreans like to look younger than they actually are. They are always striving for the “dong-an” baby face. That doesn’t sound uncommon, right…aiming for a more fresh-faced appearance? Well, Koreans take that goal to another level by playing up their “aegyo-sal”, which loosely translates into “cute baby eye fat” and “eye smiles.” I prefer the term that I saw in one article: “under eye bulge”.
I guess enhancing your aegyo-sal is supposed to make you look cuter?
Here is a picture without and with aegyo-sal. Can you tell the difference?
Here is a guide to where to shop for these lenses.
Instead of cat eyes, a Korean trend is to do “puppy eyes”. You line the eyes downward instead of an upward flick to lengthen the eyes for a more wholesome look. The droopiness effect on the eyes is also supposed to mimic the cute, forlorn expression of a puppy.
The other day when I went to a concert in NYC, my friend was taking pictures of me. With the humidity, sweating, and my poor shine-stopping regimen that day, my face looked like an oily mess in the photos. Then my friend goes, “Well, shiny skin is a trend in Korea! That’s good!”
Sure enough, “mul-gwang” is a desired look that involves a dewey, almost wet finish to your face.