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Korean Beauty Trends: Gradient Lips

13 Oct

While I’m sure many other people outside of Korean use this trend, I didn’t notice or see it at all until I came to Korea. Even since I’ve been here, I feel like it started being more popular.

I love this look. Gradient lips make your lips really pop without making them too dramatic. Gradient lip styles have bolder, bright color on the inner, middle parts of your lips. You can either just use a lip tint on the inner parts, or first cover the edges in a concealer or lighter shade.


Korean actress Han Ji-Min is sporting gradient lips in this photo.

One of the keys to gradient lips is … lip tint. I can’t wear bright pink or red lipsticks, but I realized how amazing lip tints are.

Lip tints add bright and bold splashes of pinks, reds or oranges to your lips without needing to cover them in a solid color. Plus, I really love lip tints because the color adsorbs into your lips and looks much more natural than lip stick. You can add just one thin layer, or you can continually touch it up throughout the day and slowly build up the color.

This is a great tutorial of how to do some different styles of gradient lips.

You can check out my review of a Skin Food product that I like to use for my gradient lip look!


Skin Food: Fresh Fruit Lip & Cheek (Apricot)

13 Oct

Average online price: $6
Retail price: 6,000 ($5.50)


Sorry about the faded print. I actually bought this a few months ago!

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Left: Here’s the company’s picture of the Skin Food Lip & Cheek–Apricot (so you can clearly see what the package looks like when you buy it). Right: This is mine currently. My finger is there for scale.

The application isn’t very hygienic. To open it, you side the top panel off. You could actually slide it all the way off if you want to. You have to wash your hands every time you want to use it unless you’re not too worried about getting dust or anything inside. I’ve had to clean it once in while with a tissue or Q-Tip to clean out some specs of fuzz.

It’s a pretty light peachy-pink hue. It might seem too light, but I like to wear it with a brighter pink lip tint.

The smell is wonderful. It smells like sweet, sugary peach-apricot candy. I love the smell. I find myself smelling it every time I open it.


I really like to blend this with my Etude House 55 Kissful TintChou (#2). Any bright/hot pink or red lip tint would do. I use the Skin Food Lip & Cheek balm as a base then add the bright lip tint to the inner/middle part of my upper and lower lips. It gives a nice, sweet-looking pop to your lips!



This is how I often overlap the Skin Food Lip & Cheek with my Etude House Kissful Tint Chou (#2). The Skin Food product is a base on my lips, and the lip tint is the brighter pink color on the inner parts of my lips.

It’s not overly moisturizing, but it gives a semi-matte finish. It does feel soft on your lips and doesn’t feel drying (see my note at the bottom of my post).

The staying power is decent for a cheaper lip color.

It blends nicely. I like to use is as a blush. Actually, I’ve been mainly using it as a blush rather than on my lips. But it works great for both!

I give this 4.5/5 stars.

I bought the NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream (Tokyo) and it is a very similar color–the Skin Food is slightly more light. But the Skin Food product is much more moisturizing and comfortable. Plus, it just looks much better and smells really good!