Fall Makeup Essentials: Must-Have K-Beauty Items For This Season

New season, new makeup trends to try, right? I don’t know about you, but as soon as temperatures start to drop, I feel like playing with new makeup shades. From pastel eyeshadow palettes to new shades of lipstick, dewy cushions, brighter highlighters, and combo blushes, there are just too many new opportunities to get creative in the new season. Feel like experimenting too? No matter if you’re on the minimalist side or enjoy going all Picasso on your face, here are some of our must have K-makeup items for fall.


To be completely honest, is there even something as too many lipsticks? No matter the season, lip-anything is a must, but there are some collections out there we just can’t get enough of: Laneige’s popular Two Tone Lipstick Bars, which will give the absolute perfect ombré (or gradient) effect every K-beauty fan loves; Missha’s new Wish Stone Tints, a collection of velvety and watery color lip tints that not only enhance the pigment of your lips but also moisturize them; to 3CE’s Velvet Lip Tints, for those who enjoy a nice, soft matte texture that stays with you all day long — plus its oil-packed formula will not let your lips dry out even on the coldest days!


Especially during transitional weather season, our skin can get a little confused. Is it cold? Is it hot? Do I need to produce more oil? In order to keep it balanced and make sure your makeup doesn’t have to deal with the consequences of this very baffling period of time, we recommend you keep a face primer near you, especially when wearing foundation. While in the past primers were all about mattifying skin — IPKN Mattifying Gel Primer being one of our favorites if that’s the finish you’re looking for — nowadays there are a few fantastic ones for those of us who enjoy more of a dewy look.

This season’s absolute winner for that matter is VDL illuminating primers collection, which includes three primers meant to smooth your skin out while adding some glass-skin worthy glow. Now, if you’re somewhere in the middle, looking for some glow without getting too dewy, touch in SOL No Poreblem Primer is people’s favorite. It provides seamless coverage that will not only even out skin’s texture, but tone too.


BB, CC, or foundation cushions are definitely our favorite way to keep our skin both flawless and moisturized throughout the cold months. Because of their complex formulas containing not only makeup but also skin-healing ingredients (plus sunscreen), these are the best way to keep our complexion looking good all season long.

If you’re looking for a dewy effect, then IOPE Air Cushion can be the perfect fit for you. Its formula not only helps you accomplish the perfect No-Makeup Makeup look, but contains Air Prism Water, which revives skin’s moisture and radiance. If your skin gets a little too oily regardless of the weather, then Laneige Pore Blur cushion can be your superhero. Its pore perfecting formula is lightweight and absorbs oils, which targets shine for a semi-matte finish. Now, if full coverage is your thing, then AprilSkin Magic Snow Fixing Foundation will be your best pal to wear on your skin while controlling oil production thanks to the green tea extract in it.

Eyeshadow Palettes

If you’re either into mixing many different shades or just want to add a little color to your eyelids, there are many options available to get that fall look in matter of seconds with some of the newest eyeshadow palettes out there.

If we talk staples, then Heimish Dailism palettes are the ones. From light nudes to varieties of pink and some always-needed glitter, these are all you need to create hundreds of different soft, fall-like looks. If you feel like playing a little more, then Clio Prism Multi Palettes or Peripera’s Dal Dal Factory palette will deliver without a doubt. From glitter rosé to bright orange and light blue, there’s more room to experiment with these. Now, if you’re looking for easy-to-apply-and-carry makeup, you need to add 16BRAND Eye Magazine Shadows to your collection. A simple swipe of these dual color packs over your eyelid will get the job done in three seconds.


I frequently ask myself how my life was before highlighter showed up in my routine. A little touch of it and a makeup look can go from simple to flashing in a second. Whether you’re looking for a nice creamy formula to go on top of your foundation — which Peripera’s INK highlighter would be perfect for — more of a glitter, soft finish — like what Peripera Ah Much Real Cushion Highlighter delivers right after a few pumps — or more of a glass like effect given by a soft yet rich powder highlighter like Tony Moly’s Luminous Marble, we assure you a little bit of glow will add a perfect touch, especially on gloomy days.

What are some of your can’t-live-without makeup staples for the season, Soompiers?

Caromalis is a K-pop and K-beauty obsessed vlogger and writer. You can find her interviewing some of yours (and her) favorite groups when they visit NYC, trying the latest K-Beauty trends or testing idols’ skincare routines. Say hi to Caro on Instagram and Twitter!

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