By now, you know, am knee-deep in K-Dramas and contemplating the meaning of life through bowls of Tteokbokki and Ramyun, boomerangs of Gong Yoo while suffering through an acute second-lead syndrome. After a good CLOY watch, I went on a rampage and watched every romantic slash sentimental slash heartbreaking K-Drama the internet and Netflix threw up in my searches and I see no end to this because I’m thoroughly enjoying myself. Lockdown couldn’t get to me thankfully because I pivoted. Mostly towards the likes of So Ji Sub and Korean sneakers in dramas and oh, beauty products that I googled to death at 4 am trying to find the swatch that my skin tone would best fit in with. As you know, my beauty editor skills came to the rescue in finding that coveted lipstick or a serum while pausing the screen multiple times to get a hang of the spelling. Yeah, that skill should go on my resume.
Women in K-Dramas
When it comes to beauty in K-Dramas, I think there are only two women who pull that dainty, pouty lipstick and porcelain skin to perfection – my fave ladies, Song Hye Kyo and Gianna Jun Ji Hun. I will watch any drama that has them – because they both not only look gorgeous but come with a boatload of talent.
The faves: Song Hye Kyo + Jun Ji Hyun
I will admit, I haven’t seen much of Song Hye Kyo’s work – World’s Within is not available in India on Netflix and Dramacool. Viki isn’t helping either. And that Wind Blows reviews are all wrong. I’m going to watch Encounter only because it has another boy I like: Park Bo Gum paired up with her in sunny Cuba. All nice things in one place. Well, so in all honesty, I only saw one of her series and she rocked it in Descendants of the Sun. But my love for Song isn’t through her work which I found I have lesser access to ( sorry, I said that!) but through her endorsements on the Internet. She’s the face of one of my fave K-labels Sulwhasoo and Laneige – glowing and serenading that bottle of ginseng serum. Additionally, she looks like a goddess in those Chaumet earrings, so delicate and so alluring.
On the other hand, I have seen more work that belongs to my fave actress of all time – Jun Ji Hyun, practically another goddess. She’s so fashionable and so funny – I love that combination in a woman. Usually, fashionable ones fall in Audrey Hepburn-type boxes and stay pouty and elegant and timeless with a boring edge and funny women wear keds. Not all the time, but mostly. But Jun Ji is a woman that runs out of the box with her Loubs in hand and a wicked smile and I love her for it.
Her recent W Shoot has her rocking some of my favourite labels, Alexander McQueen included. She was super hilarious in Legends of the Blue Sea and of course, a riot in My Love From a Star. Her comic timing is so good and she’s unapologetic about how she looks – she even ugly cries and omg, that’s endearing in an actress.
Well, there are others too – I like the fiery Seo Ye Ji and the stunning Han So Hee – both being boss ladies who carry a lip balm with as much panache as their character and somehow I know I’ll see a lot more of them in the future. I’ve lately so gotten to know Park Min Young and she has a great personality, especially in ‘Her Private Life’. I’m going to make a list of all the cool Korean ladies I love, very very soon because there are so many hardworking, smart ones that deserve the dues.
Anywho, these ladies and others have actively played a huge role in moving my beauty business towards Korean makeup. Skincare I know and understand but I ‘m lost at Korean makeup – I know a few bloggers do talk about 3CE and I got a taste of a tint with Etude House’s Darling Tints (definitely, good buys). And lately, the good people at Etude House love spoiling me so I got a box of Colourful Tattoo Tints that are just buttery smooth and so hydrating alongside the Easy Fit Gel Liner. So they really really rock – especially the powder rouge lipsticks, ah!!!
Though, I’m still yet to explore how makeup works in the Korean beauty space. In my lust list are Peripera, Banila Co. Water Cheek Tints (their tint colours in Viva Guava and Lavender Potion are calling out to me like watery Ramyun under dripping egg). Hera crops up ever so often as well and the last time I saw something was in Singapore – a powder compact that I dream of occasionally.
Skinfood Honeypot Lip Balms are another one on my list – those pots can make me go weak in the knees. But that’s about it. Where do I begin? I found some Korean makeup buys through K-Dramas and these ladies know how to work a mean cushion foundation and those tints. But through these dramas I also discovered some great makeup that’s not essentially Korean too. A few J-Brands, French labels, you know. Here are a few that caught my eye and just like me, you might just bookmark this list the next time you are traveling to Korea.
Park Shin Hye wore Mamonde Creamy Tint Color Balm Intense in Iconic Rose in Memories of Alhambra. That one where she makes pouty faces in the car with Hyun Bin.
Thank you Song Hye Kyo for making me do a double-take while she languidly applies Laneige’s Two Tone lip bar #11 shade in Descendants of the Sun.
The Laneige Cushion Foundation was another big big find – it looked so nice, the packaging I meant.
Jun Ji Hyun made this one the hottest selling cushion compact in Korea—one sells every six seconds in Korea, yep. She often uses it in My Love From A Star and you see it gliding across her skin oh so beautifully.
Hera’s Rouge Holic in shade 147 Supreme Pink, and Sensual Lip Serum Glow in shade 1 Love Blossom made Jun Ji Hyun a legend from Legends of the Blue Sea.
YSL Rouge Volupte
There’s more in My Love From Another Star. Jun Ji also sports the YSL Rouge Volupte Silky Sensual Radiant Lipstick In No.14 Coral and Pur Couture #52 Rosy Coral
Shu Uemura’s Rouge Unlimited Sheer Shine
I never liked her character in She Was Pretty but Go Joon Hee often reached out to the Shu Uemura’s Rouge Unlimited Sheer Shine in S RD 150 in the series. The shine was noticeable.
Shiseido Syncro Skin Glow Cushion Compact
The Park Min Young in What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim wore this foundation and I’ve heard that this is a great pick if you want full coverage.
Shiseido Inkstroke Eyeliner
Another good one in Secretary Kim is the Shiseido Inkstroke Eyeliner in the colour BR606 that she wears beautifully. Thankfully, this is available in India.
Missha Signature Essence Cushion
In Something in the Rain, Son Ye Jin uses the Missha Signature Essence Cushion and it looks simple as pie.
I saw Yoo In Na use this blush time and again in Goblin and took me a while to get the name right but yes, this Addiction blush is so so cute!
Siero Jealousy Archive Lip Plumper
Woah, I love the porcelain-skinned beauty Han So Hee and wondered what that Siero shade is when I was watching “The World of the Married’- Jealousy Archive Lip Plumper I heard is what it is.
Special Mention: Kim Hee Ae
Kim Hee Ae in the “The World of the Married’, uses one hella K-beauty product, the Cledbel Glow Power Lift V Cushion – it shows her certain sophistication.
Special Mention: Shin Min Ah
Korean brand, O Hui’s Rouge Real lipsticks were seen being used by Shin Min Ah in Oh My Venus. Apparently, the shade Swing Pink sold out in Korea.
Special Mention: Lee Dong Wook with Chanel Boy
Lee Dong Wook is as cute as they come and though he plays a serious guy in Touch Your Heart, he does use lip balm like an excited child. Additionally, why Lee Dong Wook’s lips are always red made me laugh.
And the award for the best lipstick in my list goes too….
See Ye Ji’s Rouge HERMES Matte Lipstick in Rouge Casaque (num 64) from HERMES in It’s Okay to Not Be Okay. OMG, the shade, the hue, it’s probably the one makeup item I will save for.
Well, this is my list.
Makeup I Found Via K-Dramas