Here’s Why You Should Jump on the K-Beauty Lipstick Bandwagon


Just based on our Instagram feeds and every K-Beauty tutorial, we know that Korean Makeup refers to natural-looking beauty created by natural and skin-friendly ingredients formulated with modern skin tech. And this is exactly why the world is head over heels with it!

And this is the same for Korean-brand lipsticks. It’s always infused with hydrating properties and is formulated to create a natural-looking pout – it makes your lip plump without it looking artificial! Buying the right lipstick shade can be really hard, especially when it’s your first. Alternatively, if you’re looking for something new to add to your vanity, perhaps you could consider K-Beauty Lipsticks.

The next question then is: which one should you pick? In this article, we compile our favorite Korean Lipsticks that we know you would love too. Plus, we add in some shopping tips to help you navigate through the tons of lipsticks out in the market. Keep reading, you’ll love what we have in store for you.

What To Look Out For in A Korean Lipstick?

Firstly, you have to be very familiar with what your skin undertone is. Match cool-toned shades with a cool undertone, and vice versa. For example, a pastel pink shade would look great for a fair, cool undertone. If you have a neutral undertone, you are pretty much compatible with every shade. This helps ensure that the shade you have complimented you, instead of highlighting your imperfections.

When it comes to choosing lipstick, make sure you know what type of finish the lipstick you’re getting is. If you have dry lips, make sure to find lipsticks that have hydrating properties, even if you’re looking for a matte finish.

Additionally, K-Beauty lipsticks have a range of coverage, so do keep an eye out for that. For example, to recreate a good gradient lip, you have to get a lipstick that’s buildable and has at least a sheer level of coverage. This saves you the time of reapplications, buying another lipstick, and more.

Hydration is always key. Most Korean lipsticks are usually formulated with naturally hydrating ingredients, but in case you find one without some, you might run into having to apply extra balm. This is especially key if you love matte lips because some Korean lipsticks finish in a thick, impenetrable matter layer on the lips, which can be very drying over the course of your day.

Lastly, K-Beauty packaging is extremely cute. This is something you will notice if you walk into a Korean Beauty store too. This is great, but don’t let it distract you from your original goal of finding the right lipstick for you.

Best Long-Wear: Etude House Better Lips-Talk

If you’re a girl boss looking for a lipstick that doesn’t need touching up every hour or so, check out this one from Etude House. It comes in many colors on the neutral and muted spectrum, so it’s extremely compatible with any skin tone. It is formulated to ensure that every shade has a smooth application on the lips and that the pigment pops all day. The Better Lips-Talk lipstick is also infused with highly hydrating properties to keep the chapped lips away all day. Pair it with the best mascara for fluffy lashes for a more expressive look.

Best Matte Lips: 3CE Mood Recipe

This 3CE lipstick will have you saying “Mood!” when you apply this creamy texture matte lipstick. Who said mattifying lipsticks had to feel dry? The cream texture helps create a seamless application on the lips too. With a great pigment, the 3CE Mood Recipe is great for those who like nude to pinkish shades too.

Best Intense and Bold Color: Laneige Silk Intense Lipstick

Strong and silky like the name suggests, Laneige is great for a perfect bold pout. Get juicy lips with Laneige’s variety of lipstick shades. Though it may have an intense color payoff, the Laneige Silk Intense Lipstick is extremely lightweight on the lips. Super easy application, vivid colors, and hydration all day, this lipstick is not one to miss.

Best Gradient Lip Application: CLIO Rouge Heel Velvet

You’ve also probably seen the signature K-Beauty gradient or ombre lips everywhere online. You’re probably itching to try it too! To get started on that, we could not recommend the CLIO Rouge Heel Velvet enough! We’re impressed by how soft the finish feels, and how simultaneously, the color payoff is extremely vivid. This lipstick comes in 10 matte-velvet shades for you to choose from too. Pair it with your best eyebrow pencil drugstore find for a complete look.

Best Natural Pigment Pout: Peripera Ink Airy Velvet Stick

If you’re someone who loves natural lip colors, the Peripera Ink Airy Velvet Stick might be your best bet. It comes in only eight shades but is all a variation of natural lip shades. This makes it extremely compatible with every skin tone, which is why it’s made our list. As the name suggests, it’s so lightweight that it’s extremely buildable for more intensity, or you can layer it with gloss for extra oomph! And the good thing is that it’s a non smudge lipstick, so no worries wearing a mask over it.

Best Hydrating for Dryness: MacQueen Air Kiss Lipstick

Prone to chapped lips? Well, say hello to the MacQueen Air Kiss Lipstick. It finishes in matte, which may sound counterproductive, but we can assure you that this is fantastically moisturizing. It feels soft and smooth and is described by the brand to have a “soft-melting texture”, which sounds absolutely scrumptious. It heals up chapped lips and keeps your pout hydrated all day with a smooth and even application.

Best Lightweight Feel: Innisfree Real Fit Lipstick

Buildable and moisturizing, this Innisfree Real Fit Lipstick is the best for anyone looking for lightweight lipstick. This lipstick will help get you through versatile makeup looks, whether you need an au-natural face or a full-coverage look for a date night. We absolutely love this lipstick because it’s so lightweight that it feels like nothing is on the lips. You get a great payoff with just one swipe too! Infused with botanical oils, you can expect a very happy and hydrated pair of lips.


 And there you have it! Hopefully, our article has helped you in your search for the right lipstick to add to your cart. Lipsticks may not be an easy thing to decide on, but with our tips and tricks, you’ll have a trained eye for when you go shopping next.

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