South Korea, where men dominate in the socially conservative country, is also the world's largest consumer of male skin care products.
For the macho men of the small peninsula, advancing in the increasingly competitive job market means one thing: wearing makeup. And lots of it.
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Before important meetings or interviews, men apply foundation to conceal blemishes. They carry cosmetics pouches with them throughout the day to do touch-ups. Korean Air offers makeup classes for male flight attendants once a year and nobody bats an eye when a woman applies her lipstick on her boyfriend's lips in public.
In fact, South Korean men spent $495.5 million on skin care products last year, which accounts for nearly 21 percent of global sales, according to global market research firm Euromonitor International.
For Korean men, having flawless skin is not just a beauty ideal, but "a marker ofRead More »from Who Knew: Men in South Korea Really Do Carry Makeup Bags