K-Culture: 大臉與小臉,好看就是好臉! - HOKK fabrica

K-Culture: 大臉與小臉,好看就是好臉!

HF Crewon December 1, 2014 at 10:00 am

小臉的著迷

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A strange phenomenon sweeping Korea for the recent decade is the small face trend. As the Asian beauty standard changed from the traditional Asian face to the Western face with big eyes and pale skin, Koreans started watching out for body proportions, in which led to the ‘small face’ phenomenon. In Korea, having a small face regardless of gender became the beauty standard. Koreans look up to celebrities who have small faces and rush to plastic surgeons to get a similar look, with the most popular surgery as the jaw reduction surgery, which is notoriously known for its fairly high risk.

This phenomenon led to new terms, such as the ‘CD girl,’ shown by several female celebrities on Korean entertainment channels, showing off their small face by covering it up with a CD-ROM. Some channels even measured the stars’ face sizes on air.

「小臉潮」聽起來是個難以理解的潮流,現正在席捲韓國。因為亞洲人對美的標準已變成西方人中的大眼睛與白皮膚,而韓國人也越來越注重身材比例,形成了現在「小臉潮」的奇怪現象。在韓國,無論男女都以小臉作為美的標準,看到那個明星有張小臉,他們便一窩蜂跑去整那個明星的臉,當中最受歡迎的是削下顎手術,同時也是出了名異常高風險的手術。

這個現象亦同時衍生了一些新名詞,如「CD女孩」便是出自韓國綜藝節目的女星,她們用CD遮著臉以示她們都有著小臉的特點,甚至有節目現場為女星量度面部大小。

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The small face phenomenon could be better explained when Koreans gather up for a selfie. Koreans tend to go further back from everyone else because they want their face to appear small on the photo. Some would try desperately hard to arch their backs or cover up their faces with hands to create an optical illusion that might make their faces look small.

若以一群人自拍可能更能解釋這個現象。韓國人與人自拍時都會習慣比人站後一些,讓自己的臉看起來小一些,有一些就會努力拱起背部或是用手掩著自己的臉讓人有錯覺以為自己的臉很小。

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V線、蛋線和更多⋯⋯

Thus, the small face obsession accordingly led to a soaring demand in plastic surgery but also to a new beauty trend most widely noted as the V-line. A V-line jaw directly points at its literal meaning as in a term used to describe a V-shaped small, pointed chin. As V-line became the more desirable face shape, plastic surgeons started promoting jaw reduction surgeries with the V-shaped face images to lure in small face wannabes. On a side note, an egg line points to a face with relatively curvy chin resembling the shape of an egg. Yoona from Girls’ Generation can be the best example for an egg-shaped face.

「小臉潮」讓整容業賺了不少,同時掀起了新一個潮流,就是V線。如名字般,V線就是用來形容那些擁有V型臉的人。V臉成了大家也想要的臉型,整容業亦乘機推銷削下顎手術吸引那些想要V臉的人,另一邊廂,也有不少人追求如蛋般的臉型,少女時代的Yoona就是當中的代表。

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However, is undergoing plastic surgeries the ultimate answer? The Korean market was once flooded with bronzers and V-line facial creams. Most of the V-line facial creams are multi-purpose creams with the effects of lifting, providing moisture and boosting skin elasticity. Expecting jaws to get sharper and ‘slim down’ by using facial creams?

Instead of going through plastic surgeries and using V-line creams to get a smaller face, how about focusing more on outstanding facial features? Those with big eyes and a wide chin can apply makeup that could highlight the eyes and cover up the wide chin with shading. Or, from another point of view, why isn’t it possible to be pretty with a relatively big face? It all depends on how you present yourself.

但是,整容是不是最好的答案呢? 在韓國市場中已經有著多到氾濫的亮肌粉和V臉面霜,而大多的都有著多功效的能力,包括提拉、滋潤和提昇彈性。用這些面霜真的能夠使臉部變小嗎?

與其花時間去整容或是用V臉面霜,不如想想如何突出自己的臉。那些有著大眼睛和闊下巴的可以用化妝去突出自己的眼睛,並為下巴打影。又或是這樣想,難道大臉的人就不美嗎?一切在乎你如何去呈現自己。

TEXT: JISU J
CHINESE TRANSLATION: CHRIS Y
GRAPHICS: SUKI Y / HOKK FABRICA

 

 

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