The Makeup Remover

Alt titles: Hwajang Jiwojuneun Namja, The Man Who Cleans up Makeup

Ch: 129
2018 - 2020
4.134 out of 5 from 993 votes
Rank #1,421
The Makeup Remover

After years of being told to focus on studying, Yeseul feels lost when she starts college and is suddenly expected to pay attention to makeup. When a chance encounter with brilliant makeup artist Yuseong leads to her taking part in a televised makeup competition, Yeseul begins to question the role that makeup and appearance play in society.

Source: Webtoon

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When I say there's character development in this webtoon, I don't mean it lightly. There is actual, realistic development in the way characters think and view themselves as. The plot is extremely well-written. The plot arcs have a satisfying resolution. I never felt annoyed while reading this. In the beginning, I thought this might be like "True Beauty". It's not, at all. I mean, there's the similar premise of makeup, but this webtoon portrays makeup in a different way, and from different perspectives. Also, the story is a lot stronger here, and the romance development is topnotch. I feel like while "True Beauty" claims to empower people, "The Makeup Remover" actually made me feel more accepting of myself.  The premise of a makeup competition is entertaining. The webtoon has a realistic portrayal of people's different relationships with makeup. I love the different views on makeup the webtoon gives the viewers. It's almost like food for thought. As reviewer Melody Wolfe on Goodreads puts it well, makeup is a socially tricky subject and is artfully handled by the webtoon. The characters are all very refreshing. The main character (Yeseul), the makeup artist (Yuseong), and woman with pink hair (Heewon) are all nice people with progressive views. They're well-written characters, with realistic reactions and motivations... just like most people. Yeseul is a creative person, and I really like her personality. Her insecurities are also realistically portrayed. She has realistic thought development too. Watching her grow is an incredible reading experience. Yuseong is a person who inspires self-confidence in Yeseul, and has a good personality. Their chemistry is great, from business partners to friends to lovers. This is one of the best, realistic portrayal of a healthy romance: Yuseong loves Yeseul as she is. They are both better people from their relationship and don't have to change themselves for the other person. It's great to see that Heewon isn't written as the often perceived "evil pretty girl" role, but instead as a nice person with a personality of her own. She's a strong person with ideals of her own. She's a supportive and honest friend to Yeseul. Love their friendship. The art is good, and portrayed different makeup looks well. Also, I really liked the occasional "lessons" about makeup that's inserted into the storyline. Personally, I found them educational while still keeping the story entertaining. The webtoon is a great one that doesn't just give you empty words of self-confidence. After reading it, I have a more positive view on makeup and myself. Also, the plot's really entertaining. I recommend you give this a try. It's available on Webtoon for free:

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