How to Say ‘Cosmetics’ in Korean – 80/20*

Vocabulary:

     Cosmetics  –화장품 (hwajangpum)

 

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.

 

Read on to learn more about how to say ‘cosmetics’ in Korean along with tips for remembering it.

 

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. There are a large variety of brands to choose from, and all while prices are mostly affordable, depending on the brand.

 

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‘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 indicates item – although 품 on its own does not mean anything. The word 화장품 considers all cosmetics products, but generally does not include skin care. See ‘Related Vocabulary‘ below for more on that.

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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? This takes a bit of imagination. Let’s break it down.

There are three elements, 화 – 장 – 품, so to remember it better let’s associate them with similar sounding English words.

   화 – what

   장 – genre

   품 – boom

From these we’ll create a story to learn the vocabulary and its meaning.


Association:

What make-up genre is booming now? (화장품/hwajangpum)


What associations can you think up to remember 화장품? Let us know in the comments! Remember, the more unique or strange the story is, the easier it is to remember.

 

한글 (Korean)PronunciationMeaning
화장품 가게hwajangpum gagecosmetics store
화장품 회사hwajangpum hoesacosmetics company
화장품을 바르다hwajangpumeul bareudaapply cosmetics/put on makeup
화장품을 찍어 바르다hwajangpumeul jjigeo bareudaapply makeup with fingers
기초 화장품gicho hwajangpumskin care products
피부관리pibugwanliskin care
남성용 화장품namseongyong hwajangpummen’s cosmetics
색조 화장품saekjo hwajangpummakeup
천연 화장품cheonyeon hwajangpumnatural cosmetics
주름 방지 크림jureum bangji keurimanti-wrinkle cream
눈썹 펜슬nunsseop penseuleyebrow 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?

Sample Sentences

Standard:

1. 그 회사의 화장품을 어느 나라에서 제일 잘 팔아요? → In which country does that company’s cosmetics products sell the best?

   (geu hoesaui hwajangpumeul eoneu naraeseo jeil jal parayo?)

2. 우리 언니는 비싼 고급 브랜드 화장품만 써요. → My sister only uses high priced top quality brand cosmetics.

   (uri eonnineun bissan gogeup beuraendeu hwajangpumman sseoyo.)

3. 명품 화장품을 좋아해요? → Do you like luxury cosmetics?

   (myeongpum hwajangpumeul joahaeyo?)


Informal:

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.)


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