With all the buzz that’s been going around on social media, you’ve probably heard of the Korean hit series Crash Landing on You. The finale of the romantic K-drama hit the screens on Feb 16, and fans have been unable to stop talking about it since.
The show stars Hyun Bin as army captain Ri Jeong-hyeok and Son Ye-jin as South Korean heiress Yoon Se-ri, with both actors being in the spotlight ever since the first episode aired on Netflix. And although we all agree that Hyun Bin is jaw-droppingly charming, we can’t help but focus on the lead actress too. Everything from her hair to her makeup looks have gotten fans swept off their feet and others trying to emulate her.
Here, we’ve got some of her best hair and makeup looks (on- and off-screen) with tips on how to recreate them, so you can impress the Ri Jeong-hyeok in your life.
Son Ye-jin has always been known for her casual and natural makeup looks, both on- and off-screen. So even when she goes glam, she makes sure to keep it simple and au naturel.
Instead of opting for smoky eyes and heavily contoured cheeks for a glam night out, Son Ye-jin made her lips the statement of her look while keeping the rest of her makeup simple.
If you’ve got a light skintone just like hers, try a lighter shade of red (these are the red lipsticks HW beauty editors love) with a touch of pink like Urban Decay’s Vice Lipstick in Psych Comfort Matte, $31. Enriched with aloe vera and avocado oils to form a super creamy texture, this lippie is perfect for dry lips and promises to last all night. Pair this lip colour with minimal eyeshadow and light brows to keep with the soft glam theme.
This year, Korean celebs have taught us that the smoky eye trend is out, and pink is in – and Son Ye-jin is no different. In a photoshoot, she was spotted with an effortless no-makeup makeup look with a touch of pink.
To recreate this look, grab a fluffy eyeshadow brush to blend the shadow outwards toward the crease. Wet the brush if you’re gunning for a more pigmented look that lasts all day. We adore Zoeva’s Soft Sun Voyager Eyeshadow Palette, $28 – it consists of a lovely light pink shade and five other colours that complements the pink perfectly. Finish the look with your favourite blusher and blend it towards your temple for a radiant cheeky glow.
When we were catching up on the episodes of Crash Landing on You, we couldn’t help but notice how clear and radiant Son Ye-jin’s skin was. A few years ago, glass skin was all the rave but now, everyone’s obsessed with mochi skin just like Son’s.
While getting a brightening and hydrating foundation (check out these foundations for a youthful complexion) is probably a good way to go, attaining mochi skin is all about choosing the right skincare products that work for your skin. Try adding a lightweight serum to your night-time skincare regimen, like Re:Erth’s Multi-Targeted Elixir, $108. It helps reduce large pores and leaves you with firmer and healthier-looking mochi skin.
On screen, Son Ye-jin mostly likes to let her hair down for a more feminine look. But when she’s not at work, the actress likes to keep it casual and is constantly seen with her hair up in a messy bun.
If your hair is shoulder-length and you’re having difficulty keeping your hair in an updo, throw in some bobby pins so your hair stays put throughout the day. Try Kitsch’s Diamond Bobby Pins, $14, it holds hair tightly together and bonus: it makes a great hair accessory (here are the best hair accessories to rock for work and play). If you’ve got bangs, let them down to frame your face for an effortlessly chic vibe.
Everyone loves Son Ye-jin’s structured, curly waves, and so do we. But if you’re in a rush, there’s just not enough time to curl your entire head of hair, especially if you’ve got super long (and super straight) locks.
So why not shave a few minutes off your morning prep time and just curl the ends of your hair just like Son did here? Opt for a small-barrelled curling iron just like the Babyliss Tight Curls Wand, $49 and start curling two inches from where your hair ends. Finish it off with a spritz of hairspray so your curls last all day.
In episode 5, Son Ye-jin’s character Yoon Se-ri got a hair makeover before taking her passport photo in Pyongyang. At a North Korea salon, she got a hair style called “Goodbye style” as she was preparing to leave the country that she got stranded in after crash-landed after her paragliding accident.
Here, she’s rocking tousled waves and even had her bangs curled for a super feminine look. If you’re looking to recreate this look for a date night, check out the Beauty Works Molly Mae X Beauty Works Curl Kit, $163 – a medium-barreled curling wand that’ll help you achieve tousled yet structured waves. Tip: curl your hair inwards just like Son does to achieve a more laid-back feel.
While we’ve loved seeing Son Ye-jin let her hair down on most episodes of the show, her effortless braided hairstyle caught our eye and we’re thinking we could rock this plait at work or on a date.
Even though braids seem relatively simple, Son glammed it up with a velvet scrunchie to add texture and a pop of colour to her wavy hair. Check out Slip’s Large Scrunchies, $60 – it prevents those ridges in our hair caused by regular elastics and is strong enough to keep even the thinnest of hairs in place all day.
Oh, and if you’re game, go for a tighter braid that’s sleek, straight and perfect for formal occasions.
Son Ye-jin’s character Yoon Se-ri was never a huge fan of dark, vampy lip colours. Instead, when it was time to get all glammed up, she’d opt for a natural makeup look that puts focus on her rose-stained lips.
If you’re gunning for that “just-bitten” effect too, try a lip stain instead of a lipstick: Laneige’s Stained Glasstick Lip Stain in Pink Tourmaline, $34, is probably your best bet to help you get this watery-stained glow on your lips. Just remember to treat your lips to a good scrub before application for a plump, healthy-looking pout.
Remember the romantic moment when Ri Jeong-hyeok helped Yoon Se-ri tie her hair up with a handkerchief so she’d blend in with the other women? It not only had our hearts fluttering, but it also gave us the idea that we could cop that look too, especially since it adds a unique twist to an otherwise boring ponytail.
All you have to do is grab a scarf and tie it around your hair to add a pop of colour to your look. Tip: opt for a scarf that has a myriad of colours, with one of the colours matching the colour of your ensemble so you look effortlessly put together. We absolutely adore the Hermès Les Zebres Bandana Twilly, $260 – pair it with a wide-leg jumpsuit to show you mean business.
We’re all for getting your hair up and out of your face, but sometimes a messy bun may not be your best bet for formal events or important meetings. So why not try this sleek bun that Son Ye-jin went for? It’s chic and instantly glams up any outfit – all you need is a good hairspray and an elastic.
Try the Percy & Reed Reassuringly Firm Session Hold Hairspray, $26 – it keeps all your baby hairs in place and gives your bun a satisfyingly strong hold. Don’t forget to add some bobby pins too so your bun stays up all night.