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Your Urban Dictionary Of Korean Beauty Slangs

The Koreans invented the 10-step skincare routine and many other beauty terms along with it. Here, the skincare slang to get in on now.

So you’ve mastered the straight eyebrows, poreless skin, and now you’re ready for the next stage in your K-beauty life. It’s time to learn the language. There’s no surprise that in the land of glass-skinned unnis and oppas, there’s a term for everything beauty-related. While you could diligently watch several K-dramas and madly transcribe every conversation the characters have about skincare secrets, that would be too much effort and who wants to think about vocabulary when they’re watching Park Bo Gum? Don’t worry, we’ve done the work and rounded up 13 essential words that’ll have you speaking like a K-Beauty queen.

This article first appeared on Her World.

Chok Chok Skin
Think of Song Hye Kyo (or her husband) and then think of their skin. That’s chok chok skin—dewy and fresh like a morning flower. “Chokchokhada” literally means hydrated. Saejaelyae
The Koreans are pros at shortening, then combining words and saejaelyae is testament to their skill. A mish mash of the words saesang (world), jael (most)  and yaebbeun (pretty), it literally means the world’s prettiest person. Tell your Korean friend she’s “saejaelyae” and you’ll be in her good books forever. L-Line
K-beauty has more lines than the New York metro rail, and the L-line is the latest one to enter the picture. It describes a stronger jawline that looks like a capital ‘L’ from the side. The L-line is considered to give off a refined, elegant look. Think of celebrities Jung Yumi and Park Bo Gum. V-Line
If you’ve got a sharp chin with a slim jawline, you’ve got a V-line. The V-line is associated with a youthful look and can be seen on many a K-pop or Hallyu star including actor Hyun Bin or singer Yoona. 1 Day 1 Pack
In Korean, a sheet mask is a ‘pack’, and the concept of using one sheet per day became wildly popular several years ago and is now a mainstay in the Korean skincare routine. Gwang
Every girl needs a bit of ‘gwang’ or glow in her life. The Koreans are obsessed with gwang and there are millions of YouTube videos dedicated to showing you how to get more gwang in your face. See-Through Bangs
Can a few strands of hair make you look instantly Korean? The see-through bangs suggest yes. It’s rare in Seoul to see a heavy blunt fringe since most girls go for a wispy (see-through) one instead as it’s considered a softer, more flattering look. Skin Yoyo
Much like the dreaded yo-yo dieting, this describes the ups and downs your skin can experience.   Subuji
This word single-handedly proves Koreans are more into skincare than the rest of the world. Combining three words: subun (moisture) bujok (lacking) and jisung (oily), this refers to skin that’s oily but lacking hydration. Toktokchung
When you apply your makeup very casually with little effort, you can say it was just a bit of ‘toktokchung’. ‘Toktok’ refers to the motion of just dabbing something on. Tone Up
One of the most often used words in K-beauty, tone-up refers to a brighter skin tone, so a CC cream may give you a ‘tone up’ effect. Workmetic
A combination of the words ‘work’ and ‘cosmetic’—it refers to the cosmetics you keep at your work desk usually for a touch up or to transition to after work drinks. Yuri Pibu
The glass skin look for which Koreans are renowned is actually known as ‘yuri pibu’ in its homeland.     Street Style Photos