If there is one thing you will absolutely fall in love with once arriving in Korea, if you haven’t already, it’s Korean cosmetics. Particularly for women, but even catering to men now, the quality of Korean cosmetics is incredible.
South Korea is one of the best places for buying makeup. There are a large variety of Korean brands along with foreign brands to choose from, and all with prices that are mostly affordable, depending on the brand.
Read on to learn more about how to say ‘cosmetics’ in Korean along with tips for remembering it. We’ve got other tips and advice for important Korean vocabulary as well.
How to Say ‘Cosmetics’ in Korean – 80/20*
Cosmetics –hwajangpum | 화장품
How to remember (association):
What make-up genre is booming now? (화장품/hwajangpum)
*80/20 Pareto Principle – The 20% you should learn that will give you 80% of the results.
‘Cosmetics’ in Korean
The word for how to say cosmetics in Korean is 화장품 (hwajangpum). The word 화장 (hwajang) means makeup, while the word 품 (pum) indicates item – although 품 (pum) on its own does not mean anything. The word 화장품 (hwajangpum) considers all cosmetics products but generally does not include skincare. See ‘Related Vocabulary‘ below for more on that.
To remember how to say cosmetics in Korean we’ll create an English association for it. This can be any word, phrase, or image that helps you recall the Korean word and its meaning.
So how can we remember 화장품 (hwajangpum)? This takes a bit of imagination. Let’s break it down.
There are three elements, 화 – 장 – 품 (hwa-jang-pum), so to remember it better let’s associate them with similar sounding English words.
화 – what
장 – genre
품 – boom
From there we’ll create a story to learn the vocabulary and its meaning.
What make-up genre is booming now? (화장품 | hwajangpum)
What associations can you think up to remember 화장품 (hwajangpum)? Let us know in the comments! Remember, the more unique or strange the story is, the easier it is to remember.
|화장품 가게||hwajangpum gage||cosmetics store|
|화장품 회사||hwajangpum hoesa||cosmetics company|
|화장품을 바르다||hwajangpumeul bareuda||apply cosmetics/put on makeup|
|화장품을 찍어 바르다||hwajangpumeul jjigeo bareuda||apply makeup with fingers|
|기초 화장품||gicho hwajangpum||skin care products|
|남성용 화장품||namseongyong hwajangpum||men’s cosmetics|
|색조 화장품||saekjo hwajangpum||makeup|
|천연 화장품||cheonyeon hwajangpum||natural cosmetics|
|주름 방지 크림||jureum bangji keurim||anti-wrinkle cream|
|눈썹 펜슬||nunsseop penseul||eyebrow pencil|
A word of caution about Romanization
While it is possible for you to study the words in this article simply by reading their romanized versions, it will come in handy for you to be able to read Hangeul if you ever wish to come to Korea. Hangeul is the Korean alphabet, and not difficult to learn. In fact, you can learn it in just 90 minutes.
After you’ve familiarized yourself with Hangeul, life in Korea will suddenly seem so much easier and the country won’t appear so foreign for you. So, if you’re serious about learning Korean, why not learn Hangeul today?
Go here to get your free guide to the Korean Alphabet.
1. 그 회사의 화장품을 어느 나라에서 제일 잘 팔아요? (geu hoesaui hwajangpumeul eoneu naraeseo jeil jal parayo?)
In which country does that company’s cosmetics products sell the best?
2. 우리 언니는 비싼 고급 브랜드 화장품만 써요. (uri eonnineun bissan gogeup beuraendeu hwajangpumman sseoyo.)
My sister only uses high priced top quality brand cosmetics.
3. 명품 화장품을 좋아해요? (myeongpum hwajangpumeul joahaeyo?)
Do you like luxury cosmetics?
1. 내 생각에는 요즘 고급 화장품을 찾기가 힘들어. → In my opinion, it’s hard to find good quality makeup products these days.
(nae saenggageneun yojeum gogeup hwajangpumeul chatgiga himdeureo.)
2. 이 화장품을 어떻게 바르면 될까? → How should I put on this makeup?
(i hwajangpumeul eotteoke bareumyeon doelkka?)
3. 혹시 TV 홈쇼핑에서 화장품을 사본적 있어? → Do you perhaps have experience in buying cosmetics from a TV home shopping channel?
(hoksi TV homsyopingeseo hwajangpumeul sabonjeok isseo?)
4. 한국 화장품을 외제 화장품보다 아주 싼값에 구입할 수 있어. → Korean cosmetics are far more affordable than foreign cosmetics.
(hanguk hwajangpumeul oeje hwajangpumboda aju ssangapse guipal su isseo.)