Being the makeup artist of one of the biggest K-Pop acts in the world (no biggie) makes being glammed up by Myungsun Lee the absolute dream. She was the hands behind the beauty looks in Blackpink‘s Kill This Love music video, and has been the girls’ go-to since they were trainees. Refinery29‘s Mi-Anne Chan was lucky enough to be made up by Myungsun in Korea, sharing how she achieved a sultry smokey look done by Myungsun on Jennie Kim. Here are some K-beauty tips that we’re definitely stealing:
1. Apply foundation only on the T-zone for a natural look.
Myungsun recommends focusing coverage on your T-zone, where we tend to get the most discoloration, to create a minimal base. This will immediately brighten the center of the face and give you a natural contour.
Try: L.O.C.K. It Good Boundation-7 Medium Beige, P699
This multitasking cream perfectly covers blemishes while giving an au naturel finish. Plus, it’s infused with hyaluronic acid, witch hazel water, ceramide, and water-soluble collagen to moisturize and enrich skin.
Try: EB Pro Flawless Foundation – Beige, P185
Get a flawless finish with medium to full coverage with this lightweight and budget-friendly liquid foundation.
Try: Deoproce UV Waterful Cushion SPF 50+/PA+++, P1,995
A BB cream is also a good choice if you want to achieve a dewy, luminous look—with bonus skin care benefits, too.
2. Mix your foundation with oil or petroleum jelly for a glowy finish.
The makeup artist reveals that the secret to the dewy skin look of your fave Blackpink girls is mixing foundation with either oil or petroleum jelly. She applies the concoction to the high points of the face to keep the skin glowy but not greasy.
Try: The Ordinary 100% Organic Cold Pressed Borage Seed Oil, P499
This nourishing skin oil offers a calming effect, and is ideal for dry or irritated skin. Mix a few drops with your foundation for a moisturizing boost.
3. Create makeshift “lash curling irons” with wooden cotton buds.
Straight, Asian lashes are difficult to curl even with the best tools. That’s why after curling with a regular eyelash curler, Myungsun heats up a pair of wooden cotton buds with a lighter and uses it to lift the hairs like a DIY iron. Be careful with this trick, though—you don’t want to injure yourself! Here’s a safer alternative: Heat up your eyelash curler a bit with a blowdryer before using on your lashes.
Try: POP Studio Backups 06 Eyelash Curler, P149
This sits perfectly on the lash line, allowing you to create the perfect curl. The handle also fits the hand to a T and is comfortable to squeeze.
4. Contour with products two shades darker than your skin tone.
According to Myungsun, a natural contour can be done by using a product two shades darker than your skin tone. It’s also important that it doesn’t have any reddish tones that could make the contour appear muddy.
Try: BYS Contour Palette in Tin (6-pc. palette), P899
Choose the perfect contour shade from this six-piece contouring palette that’s suitable for all skin tones.
Try: BYS Malibu On-the-go Palette, P699
This versatile palette is complete with a contour shade, a highlighter, plus blush and eye shadow shades.
5. Apply foundation or concealer on your lips to enhance a nude lip color.
Neutralizing the color of your lips with foundation or concealer can create a base for your nude lipstick that will make the color stand out. This is especially helpful if you have a very dark or defined lip line, as it neutralizes your lips’ shade.
Try: Makeup Revolution Conceal & Define Liquid Concealer, P399
The lightweight, longwearing formula lets you correct and neutralize darkness and blemishes with ease.
Try: BH Studio Pro Total Coverage Concealer, P349
This opaque liquid cream gives buildable coverage that doesn’t cake or crease.
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This story originally appeared on Preview.ph. Minor edits have been made by Amorfia editors.