SEOUL, March 16 (Korea Bizwire) — Korean teenagers are increasingly starting to use make-up earlier, according to a M.A. paper written by Jeon Hye-jeong at Sookmyung Women’s University.
Jeon conducted a survey of 511 middle and high school girls last year, and 61.4 percent of the respondents said that they used make-up, including products such as foundation, powder and mascara.
When asked about why they used make-up, 45.4 percent said that they just wanted to look pretty, while 27.4 percent said that they wanted to hide skin imperfections. Most of the respondents, 78.4 percent, started using make-up during their middle school days, while 28 individuals started during elementary school.
The middle and high school girls had various sources of inspiration for make-up use, including wanting to follow peer groups in real life or on TV, and a general interest in cosmetics.
The girls also used make-up frequently, as 36.9 percent said that they used it everyday, while 26.4 percent used it more than three times per week. On the topic of plastic surgery, 60.1 percent said that they intended to undergo a surgical procedure.
By Lina Jang (firstname.lastname@example.org)