Aespa’s Karina Dragged For Wearing Makeup That’s “Too Thick,” Fans Come To Her Defense

Aespa‘s Karina recently posted pictures of herself backstage SBS‘s Inkigayo.

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The post from November 19 was already ‘liked’ over two million times, with thousands of fans proclaiming their awe at her beauty.

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Some Korean netizens, however, commented their disapproval of her makeup. One community post described Karina’s look as “shocking” since it was “not this obvious on stage.”

They were particularly surprised at how her aegyosal was drawn on very noticeably. Aegyosal refers to the rolls underneath one’s lower eyelids that are similar to eye bags. They are often drawn on K-Pop idols to give them an added illusion of youth and cuteness.

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An example of how to draw aegyosal on one’s face

Fans quickly came to Karina’s defense. They talked about the importance of using more makeup than usual on performers.

  • It’s thick because it’s stage makeup.
  • She has to use a lot because the lighting is so intense.
  • The stage lighting washes out everyone so idol makeup is always thick.
  • It’s stage makeup…


They added that her features would not pop out as much if she had used natural makeup instead. The lighting on stage, after all, has a tendency to make performers look pale unless they pack on blush, eyeshadow, and the like.


In both phone camera results…

…and on the official SBS video, Karina and the other aespa members looked presentable.

Check out her “Drama” Face Cam below.