A Dive Into The History Of Korean Beauty Culture

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Mandatory Credit: Photo by Yonhap/EPA/Shutterstock (8368744b) Members of South Korean Girl Group F(x) Krystal (l) and Sulli (r) Pose For Photographs During a Cushion Product Promotional Event in Seoul South Korea 26 February 2014 Korea, Republic of Seoul South Korea Television - Feb 2014

Are you interested to find out about the origins of many concepts and beliefs within the current Korean skincare Singapore product trend? If so, then the Coreana Cosmetics Museum is a great place to start. The Coreana Cosmetics Museum has long served to show off the human wish to become more attractive via the beauty products of Korea from old times to the modern age.

The Coreana Cosmetics Museum displays cosmetics customs and history through such diverse products as makeup containers, tools and other fashion products.

Situated in Sinsa-dong, southerly Seoul, the museum established by Yu Sang-ok, museum supervisor and chairperson of a cosmetics company of the exact same name, is marking the 10th anniversary of its opening with more than 5,300 cosmetics-related pieces on show.

With the big facade of the Space C building, the museum has worked as a cultural facility for numerous events and studies on make-up culture from 2003.

In this article, we take a look at ancient Korea to find out how the previous generations’ views of beauty helped to form the present day giant K-beauty industry.

The formative years

The Korean makeup history started in the Three Kingdoms (57 B.C.-668) and came to a head during the Goryeo Kingdom (918-1392) when people were interested in self-grooming and beatification. In the Three Kingdoms, earthenware was primarily used as containers yet the growth of a celadon culture in the Goryeo age generated abundant cosmetics containers.

In the Joseon duration, the practice of opulent makeup was limited by the values of Confucianism. Instead, other objects such as white, azure and white porcelain cosmetics containers, mirrors, combs, head wear, pendants and hair clips were developed.

Customs tends to circulate from top to bottom. However cosmetics and fashion customs are primarily the opposite. The nobility and high-class females had a tendency to mirror the fashion of gisaeng (women artists) during the Joseon era.

In the conclusion of the 19th century, new makeup designs and products were in style based on the arrival of Western customs, stimulating Korea’s cosmetics customs and making it possible for mass production and utilization.

Present day growth

The South Korean obsession with aesthetics is inextricably linked with the national interest with celebrity (it is much more extreme here than in Japan or in Europe, as an example). South Koreans wish to look like their much-loved celebrities. For numerous style brands, such as Seoul eyewear tag Gentle Monster, success comes just after their products are seen on famous people.

This has led to them obsessing products endorsed by their celebrities. The hope here is to copy their idols and achieve an appearance that is as similar to that of their idols.

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