Sure, we love our BB cushions, but the one trend that took the world by storm this year has got to be the K-Beauty lip. From water-stained gradient lips to full-on vampy red, we look back at 10 of the most memorable lip looks that have appeared on K-dramas in 2014.
SBS promotional photo for Birth of a Beauty
#1 My Love From Another Star: Jun Ji Hyun
This is where it all began – the Cheon Song Yi lip that got everyone around the world in a frenzy, scrambling to get their hands on YSL’s Rouge Pur Couture #52 Rosy Coral, $58, back in February. It was however, later reported by The Korea Herald that this was not the lipstick used in the drama.
We know for sure, though, that we spotted Laneige’s Serum Intense Lipstick in YR25 Neon Orange, $34, see for yourself in the video below.
WATCH: RECOGNISE THE LIPSTICK SHE USES HERE?
#2 My Love From Another Star: Yoo In Na
Yoo Se-mi (Yoo In Na) might have been second to Cheon Song Yi (Jeon Ji Hyun) in the drama, but we think her subtle lip-do deserves just as much attention, especially for those who aren’t quite into bright lip colours.
Get the mango gradient lip with a combination of Benefit’s Cha Cha Tint, $51, and what we’re guessing to be Bobbi Brown’s Pot Rouge for Lips & Cheeks in Calypso Coral, $43. There’s a tutorial on how to achieve the look on Korean beauty programme Get it Beauty by Yoo In Na – who is the host – herself.
WATCH: FIND OUT HOW TO GET YOO IN NA’S MANGO GRADIENT LIPS
#3 Emergency Couple: Song Ji Hyo
If you want the same violet pout Song Ji Hyo has on throughout the entire drama, watch the scene where Han Ah Reum (Clara) confronts Oh Jin Hee (Song Ji Hyo) about her relationship with Oh Chang Min (Choi Jin-hyuk) in the locker room.
Song Ji Hyo – who was the face of Benefit in South Korea at that time – was spotted with Benefit’s Lollitint, $51, in hand.
#4 Temptation: Choi Ji Woo
When it comes to elegance, Choi Ji Woo has it down pat, especially in this blood red shade she wears in the drama Temptation.
It is Nars’ Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dragon Girl, $37 – how apt for the strong, workaholic CEO she plays in this drama.
#5 It’s Okay, That’s Love: Gong Hyo Jin
Remember the photo of Gong Hyo Jin in a PushButton shirt floating around the Internet? Well, it’s not only the shirt we’ve got our eyes on – we need that mandarin red lippie too.
WATCH: CATCH GONG HYO JIN’S MANDARIN RED LIPS FROM 1:19
Time to make a trip to DFS Galleria to pick up Giorgio Armani’s Lip Maestro in #300 Flesh, $43.
#6 Hotel King: Lee Da Hye
Not sure how to pull off hot pink lips the grown-up way? Actress Lee Da Hye offers a great example with her bright, almost neon lip colour in the drama Hotel King.
Get the same shade with Makeup For Ever’s Aqua Rouge Waterproof Liquid Lip Colour in No. 16 Fuschia, $41, and the brand’s Aqua Lip, $34 of the same colour.
#7 Discovery of Love: Jung Yumi
The rosy pink colour of Jung Yumi’s lips in this screengrab of Discovery of Love reminds me exactly of the famed Iope Waterfit lipstick in Forever Pink #44 worn by Jun Ji Hyun in My Love From Another Star, except that you can buy this one in Singapore.
Just head to any Dior Beauty counter or store and ask for Rouge Baume in Diorette, $47.
#8 Miss Korea: Lee Yeon Hee
Apart from her amazing skin (no points for guessing where she gets it from), we can’t stop looking at the semi-matte apricot lip colour – perfect for lazy no-makeup makeup days.
Slap on some BB cream, fill in those brows and remember to swipe on some of Nars Velvet Lip Pencil in Bolero, $37.
#9 Misaeng: Kang So Ra
How can we forget actress Kang So Ra, who recently made headlines for looking like a million bucks in a $49.90 dress she wore to the Mnet Asian Music Awards. Before that dress however, everyone wanted to know about the red lip she was wearing in the drama, Misaeng.
A little spying on Korean media brought us to her makeup artist Jisun’s Instagram profile, where she is seen using two Lancome products on the actress. Unfortunately, it seems that these velvet matte lipstick hybrids aren’t going to be here anytime soon. In the meantime, try Lancome’s L’absolu Rouge in 190, $44.
#10 Birth of a beauty: Han Ye Seul
Han Ye Seul wears the most beautiful #mlbb (which stands for “my lips but better”, for those not in the know) shades in the drama Birth of a Beauty. Four YSL lippies have been identified for this, with the most popular one being the Rouge Volupte in 33 Rose Neillia, $45.
Others include the Babydoll Kiss & Blush, $50 each, in 7 Corail Affranchi and 8 Pink Hedoniste, as well as the Rouge Pur Couture Vernis a Levres in 27 Peche Cerra-Colla and 11 Rouge Gouache, $48 each.
There’s more info on the South Korean YSL Beauty page (expect to use some Google translate). Better hurry before they sell out.
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