How Korean Girls Like to Be Pretty (Korean Beauty Standards)

Every culture has a different definition of beauty. And Korea has it’s own ways of trying to look pretty. So pretty Korean girls will pay attention to somethings that you might not even care about. See what kinds of Korean beauty there are!

If you think there’s one beauty standard for all of Korea, you’re crazy. There are 50 million people in South Korea and that means there are 50 million different opinions! But with that said, Koreans do tend to pay attention to certain things more than others. So here are what Korean people (mostly women) pay attention to!

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Eyes – There are two types of eyes. Ones with an extra fold in the eyelid (called 쌍꺼풀 / ssankkeopul) and ones without. Having the “double eye lid” was pretty popular in the last 10 to 20 years. But many people also believe that eyes without the “double eye lid” is prettier. It really depends on the person.

Skin Tone – A long time ago, it was a really enviable trait to have light skin tone. That’s because it meant that you stayed indoors and didn’t work outside, and that basically meant that you were of the high class. So a lot of modern Korean women still favor that. There’s sunscreen included in a lot of lotions and whitening creams are also popular products. But of course there are some women that favor darker skin tones as well; it’s just not as common.

Head Shape – There are all different types of head shapes, but many Korean people often talk about the “V-line” as being one of their favorites. “V-line” is when the face is narrower and the chin is sharper. The egg face shape is also quite popular as well. But of course this is all different according to individual taste :)

Head Size – Koreans also take notice of head size. For many Koreans, smaller = better. But there are also people that do like the opposite as well 😀

Here’s our video!

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22 comments

  1. Interesting. Though I have to admit, I’ve never met a Korean in four years of living here who favored big heads or dark skin.

  2. C.C.

    What’s the name of the young woman in this video? She’s enchanting!!

  3. En

    What about weight and height? Do tall girls considered beatiful in Korea?

    • Kpoppenguins

      I think they are because if there is a tall member in a group, on interviews and shows they will be like “Ohhhh you’re so tall and you have long legs.” Many short Koreans want to be tall but some just like to be short or normal height. So it is considered beautiful in korea ” I guess =^_^=

  4. Karl(Philippines)

    English: Min Song-A. I agree. She’s like an angel <3
    Korean:민 송 아. 그렇게 생각해요, 그녀은 전사 같아요 <3
    Hope this helps Mimsie!

    • sh

      전사 -> 천사

      • sh

        전사 : warrior

        그녀은 -> 그녀는

  5. kaekaed

    This was the most non-commital blog on beauty (or almost anything), I’ve ever read. I think beauty is in the eye of the beholder is a good summary.
    Here is my take on it. No women at least none I’ve met (and this probably applies to men too) is content with the way they look. Here are some examples from my own life:
    Fishbelly pale women (like me) want to be darker, but I’ve Indian friends who want to be lighter. (One told me I’d be considered beautiful in India just because I’m so “fair.”)
    Some of my tall friends are envious that I’m short, but I despise being short and not being able to wear clothes I like or reach stuff in my cabinets.
    Other women have said they love my thick hair – it can drive me crazy.
    Curly hair women flat-iron their hair; and straight-hair women curl it. and most of us dye.

    And that isn’t even going into the aspects of our female body (trying to be tactful) that we just don’t like. (areas are bigger then we want or smaller than we want; and 2 women of the same shape might have the exact opposite reaction.)
    We just aren’t content.

  6. Ron

    Hey, it’s Min Song-A! Small world. She was our announcer at Samsung.

    • Hey Ron! :) yea song-a does tons of work

  7. Tina

    No offense, but this video is VERY politically-correct… In my year of living in Korea I had NEVER come across anyone (male or female) who LIKED being tanned/darker rather than whiter/lighter. I was even questioned by a couple of Koreans as to why I had gotten ‘brown spots’ (“freckles”) on my face in the summer… As for the eyes, there is a DEFINITE bias towards 쌍꺼풀-there may be some people who like the ‘single eyelid’ look better, but I don’t believe that there are many, considering the number of products that are available to create an artificial ‘double-eyelid.’ As for head size, I’m not sure, but many people really seem to like a “small face” (narrower face) and comment on that frequently… It’s good that some people aren’t following these trends, however, and would rather prefer a ‘moon face’ or a single eyelid, but Korean advertising is incredibly powerful and hardly ever (or never?) portrays women like that look like that…

    • Aiko Aishah Fujio Ramadhan

      i found your comment tickles me.. i was ever asked the same question by a korean girl that was very busy seeing my many brown spots “do indonesians have many brown spots in their faces?”, and seemed -sorry- they really underestimated people with color skin (i am not fair, kind of yellow to brown skin).. and that made me hurt.. Lol…
      perhaps i could answer it but then i’d prefer leave that person away..

  8. Guillaume Brière

    Though I find pale girls of Korea pretty, they could have any skin color I wouldn’t mind at all.

  9. Korean women should not be judged for indulging in plastic surgery. It is a competitive country, so any chance you have to get a leg up should be taken. Cosmetic surgery, as ways to get a leg up go, might indict a society that judges people by appearance, but guess what… in all modern cultures, we ALL do that, with the media reinforcing that at every step; and its a harmless way to do it.

  10. Dani

    Haha that’s really true, I remember that all my Korean friends were really impressed by how I look because I literally have all those features: double eyelids, light skin tone, oval face, and a small head xDDD but I also have freckles, I wonder what do Koreans think of freckles!

  11. GIM

    I agree, for the most part, with Kaekaed. I do think there are objective standards, however, which don’t necessarily deny the “in the eye of the beholder” understanding.

    My main comment on the video is that all of the points listed as important for beauty seem to be important to girls that I know in the USA and Russia – where I have been living for 14 years. The question of double-folded versus single does not come up with girls of European extraction because the percentage of such girls with doubled-folded eyes is minuscule. However, look in a store selling beauty products, and you will find all sorts of aids to create this effect or that for the eye.

    When I commented, many years ago, to a young lady of my acquaintance that she did not need make-up as her face was already very pretty, I received a lecture, delivered in parts over the next several weeks, on how the make-up skillfully applied did not draw attention to itself and that if I saw her without it, I would see that she was just awful. I did finally see her without make-up, still thought she was pretty, said so, and then she would not talk to me anymore on that subject.

    Years ago, we used the term “slant-eyed” to refer to the Eastern eye. There were those who though it coarse, and preferred the term “almond-eyed.” In my experience, though, both terms conjured up the sense of exotic beauty, or mysterious attraction. When I began to fall in love with the odd Korean – and Chinese and Japanese – girls, as I got to know them, they all turned out to be girls, and ceased to be beings from another dimension of reality. I still liked the eyes, and we continued to used the terms, until the politically correct people began to raise riots about them.

    I ended up marrying a Russian with Tatar features – which she denies – but there is a Chinese girl that, were our fates different …

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  15. sahar

    I think all around the world like white skin more because it looks more beautiful than dark skins

  16. sahar

    and all kind of colors are good on them

  17. Rebeca

    It’s official. I’m not pretty as Korean people likes.

    PD. Sorry for my english, I’m from Latin America