Who knew that leaving a nine-year post as a secretary could be this hard?
That’s the plot for the new Korean drama “What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim?” that stars the charismatic Park Seo-joon and beautiful Park Min-Young as they portray the role of Vice President of a major corporation, Lee Young-joon and his secretary Kim Mi-so, respectively.
If you’ve been following Park Min-Young on social media for a while now, you’d probably would have noticed her many makeup looks that featured her favourite go-to pink pout. It’s a versatile lip colour that works for the office and even to a date night after. Opt for a pink shade that’s 2 shades darker than your lips to bring out that youthful, just-bitten effect.
The no-makeup makeup look
Park Min-Young’s complexion has always been naturally radiant and glowy, and she shows it off by letting her face go bare once in a while.
And while we love that bare-skinned look, you could also choose to pop on a light blush onto your cheekbones so you don’t look washed out. Just don’t forget sunscreen (here are the best sunscreens for oily skin) if you’re heading out – UV protection, with or without makeup, is always a must.
If you’re rushing to the office and do not have time to pop some colour onto your eyelids, try adding some colour to your cheeks instead – it’s easier and doesn’t require tonnes of blending.
Here, Park Min-Young is rocking rosy cheeks and a little shimmer on her cheekbones. If you’re constantly on-the-go, grab a blush that already has some shimmer, so a highlighter won’t be needed (here are the best blushers and highlighers for Asian skin tones).
Park Min-Young is usually seen rocking a natural look without eye makeup but in this photoshoot, she added some pink eyeshadow onto her lids and we’re in love.
Use a fluffy blush for this makeup look and a smaller, thinner brush to add the same pink shade to your lower lashline – it ties the look together, giving you an added feminine vibe.
Red lips and lined eyes
Show you mean business at the office by pairing a structured blazer with a red lip, just like Park Min-Young did. Line your lips with a liner too, to make sure the lipstick doesn’t smudge or bleed throughout the day. Top the look off with a fierce cat eye that’s sure to get heads to turn when you walk into the room.
Barely-there base makeup
Start off by evening out your canvas. Instead of reaching for a heavy foundation, veil your face with a sheer layer of tinted moisturiser. Dot your face with your go-to BB or CC cream and blend with bare fingers. With some liquid highlighter, highlight your cheekbones and nose bridge for that subtle dewy look.
Anchor your minimal base makeup with a set of defined brows. Fill in the sparse areas with a brow pencil or powder. Next, go over your brows with a tinted eyebrow gel that matches your hair colour to lighten your brows and keep the eyebrow hairs in place.
The fluorescent office lighting can be very harsh, so add warmth to your face with a neutral pink blush or bronzer so you don’t look too washed out.
With a damp brush, grab some champagne or bronze shadow and apply it to your lids with your fingers – this will lend your eyes a pearlescent luminosity.
While most women gravitate towards black eyeliners, Korean actresses tend to choose a more subtle brown liner instead. This helps to create a more natural lash line while also blending more easily with your eyeshadow. If you are creating a sophisticated cat’s eye, pick a more intense brown. For that gradient effect, go with a medium brown colour.
A peach coral lippy is all you need to complete this makeup look. Concentrate the tint on the centre of your lips, then purse your lips together for that ultra-natural stain.
Super sleek ponytail
For a hairstyle that will pass muster with your tight-lipped HR director and googly-eyed admirer, go with the elegant super sleek ponytail. Before pulling your hair up in a ponytail, prep your hair by lifting up the roots and spraying hair spray throughout the layers underneath. Next, comb it through the head with your fingers to get a slicked-back ponytail that will not fall apart as the night goes on.