Makeup for Chuseok / Natural Makeup Tutorial


Gahh... I've been scrabbling to upload this even though it's the middle of the week because today is Chuseok or the Harvest Moon Festival! Chuseok is, roughly speaking, the Korean equivalent to Thanksgiving but with much more cultural significance.  Besides giving thanks for the year's good harvest, it is also to commemorate their ancestors by "inviting" them to visit with delicious foods and a little ceremony (jesa). You can do jesa at your ancestors' graves or at home with a little table of food set out for your ancestors to partake. For this ceremony, many chicas wear hanboks, since it is just about one of the only times of the year to wear it ;)

Traditionally, hanbok makeup required red or dark lipstick to give that 'formal' air with your hair tightly pulled back in a low bun with no bangs. I went the traditional route with my hair just for was a pain getting all those unruly strands pinned back :P You can't see it but I have about 20 bobby pins in my hair.  Nowadays, though older women and performers still wear hanbok makeup this way, girls in their twenties and teen usually go for the "naturally wholesome, healthy and innocent" look - big surprise there huh ;)? Hanbok hairstyles have gotten more lax too but personally I think it's best to wear hair pulled back at least a bit to show off the hanbok :] Lots of girls do braids now with their hanbok.

In honor of Chuseok I put together a vid where I attempted to roll Chuseok trivia and a makeup tutorial into it's a lot longer than I'd like :P But I hope you guys like ^_^v!

[I'm not very happy with this tutorial, as it was the very first one I recorded.
I'll redo this look some time soon.]

The look I do in this tutorial is basically a very natural look or as Koreans like to say "bare face makeup." Hence all the contouring and highlighting :) (though I think I may have gone overboard with the contouring *sigh*) and I also just realized I forgot to highlight my browbone :P I must practice this filming thing more~

I got this hanbok made at Namdaemun Market in Seoul, Korea for a pittance :D  I like it a lot although I wish I picked more cheerful colors...I must have been in an emo mood when I picked the fabric ^^

I can never get the bow right :(
Chuseok can be a pain for wives (especially the wife married to the eldest son) in 'really' traditional families though because they have make a buttload of food for the ceremonies and families coming over. And some have to make all this food in a hanbok - yeah, imagine sweating all day in the kitchen in a floor length dress :P  In fact, it was once said that Chuseuk was "a man's holiday."   Thankfully, in modern times you can often pre-order most of the food and wear the hanbok for just the ceremonies :) Despite the patriarchal overtones, overall, Chuseok is about family - even moreso in Korea than in America.  In Korea, the three days are spent not just eating delectable traditional foods but also tidying up your ancestors' graves (aka trimming the grass, doing jesa etc) and just chillin' with family you may only see once a year :)

Here's a pretty good read about what Chuseok is like for the curious and bored ^_^ Anyway, I hope everyone is having a good week.

추석 잘 보내세요!
(Have a good Chuseok!)


  1. Korean culture sounds amazing and I love how many traditional elements you still have (like the Chuseok still being worn). In Chinese culture, our "cheung sam", which I guess would be a similar equivalent, is hardly ever worn if at all!

    My boyfriend went to Seoul two times in the last two years-- he is obsessed with the food over there :P and he brings me back so many awesome goodies! hehe.

    Take care!

  2. love your FOTD! a new follower here..

  3. You look really pretty! :) I'll def try Linen as a highlighter :) Smart!

  4. You look gorgeous? Did you eat a lot of food? :P

  5. ahh you should come to Amsterdam:) Amsterdam rocks and is wayyy more than just the drugs and whatever stereotypes there are about 'Holland':p


  6. I love the Korean culture. One of my best friends is half korean (she's also caucasion).. she traveled to korea a few years ago and was in love with the place.

    Your hanbok is actually pretty amazing. I like the colors your chose.

    xx Love & Aloha

  7. you look really pretty and yeah working in the kitchen all day in that dress omg! btw I followed ya ;) you have a great blog!

  8. I like your traditional costume! So pretty but must be very difficult to get around wearing it =) I bought the Teach Yourself Complete Korean. I wonder if I will have any luck learning the language hahahaha!

  9. aaah I just saw you in Hanbok now! You and your hanbok are really pretty^^

  10. Elle! You look so radiant in a hanbok. Such a pretty culture and clothing. I have an enormous amount of love for Korean culture and Taeyang of course. ;) I really love this look on you and your beauty really shines through.

  11. aww so innocent and cute!!!

  12. aaah I just saw you in Hanbok now! You and your hanbok are really pretty^^

  13. You look gorgeous? Did you eat a lot of food? :P


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