10 best beauty looks from Song Hye Kyo (and how to achieve them)
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Song Hye Kyo, one of the biggest stars of the Hallyu wave, never fails to amaze us with her natural beauty every time we see her. While she’s definitely the face that comes to mind when you think of the perfect no-makeup makeup look, she’s recently taken a huge turn in the beauty department and made the transition to a fierce, vampy, no-nonsense makeup look.
Following her divorce with Descendants Of The Sun co-star Song Joong Ki that was finalised in late July this year, Song Hye Kyo stated in an interview that she will not be working on new acting projects anytime soon as she’ll be taking the time off for herself. She then posted a close-up photo of herself on Instagram, sporting a short pixie cut and crimson red lips.
While we’ll no longer be able to watch the couple’s love blossom on Descendants Of The Sun in the same way ever again, we’re excited for Song Hye Kyo and this new chapter of her life. In fact, her new look just might be the inspiration that we need to revamp our everyday makeup routine.
The megawatt star posed on Korea’s W Magazine with an unforgettable look that tells everyone she means business. While it was her pixie cut that first got our attention, her vampy makeup ultimately stole the show. It was definitely a refreshing change to her usual iconic natural makeup look.
Get the look: Recreate Song Hye Kyo’s eye look with a matte black liner and apply it to your upper and lower lashline to create definition and get that sultry look. The intensely pigmented Laura Mercier Caviar Intense Ink Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner ($42) that promises to stay all day should do the trick.
Pair your fierce eye look with an iconic red lip using Becca’s Ultimate Lipstick Love in Scarlet (W) – warm true red ($38). This satin lip colour hydrates your lips while smoothing out those frustrating lip lines. Even though it has a long-lasting formula, be sure to re-apply throughout the day to keep your pout in that perfect crimson shade.
Even though Song Hye Kyo rarely sports a red lip, she looks incredibly chic and sophisticated when she does.
Get the look: A red-hot hue is an effortless way to elevate your look. If you are not too sure which red lippie suits your skin tone, go with a classic crimson lipstick that works with all colourings. Also, for a more subtle and understated red lips look, go with a tinted lip balm to create a flush of red on the lips.
The actress looked breathtaking in this wedding inspired photo-shoot for jewellery company, J. Estina. While most K-pop idol group members might opt for bold eyeliners, actresses like Song Hye Kyo prefers thin lines that accentuates the natural shape of the eyes without drawing too much attention to them.
Get her look: Recreate her understated eye makeup look by lining the entire upper lash and outer third of your lower lash line with a creamy pencil in a brown hue such as the NARS Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner in Chocolate ($38). Keep as close to the lash line as possible and follow your eye’s curvature. Instead of winging it out, stop lining at the farthest end of your lash line for that natural look. Pair this barely there look with fresh skin and a nude lip.
Doesn’t Song Hye Kyo remind you of Merida from the Pixar animation “Brave” in this picture?
Get her look: Recreate Song Hye Kyo’s playful hairdo by creating some texture in your hair. You can alternate between doing a rope braid and ordinary three strand braid before grabbing a diffuser to diffuse the hair to create tousled waves. Alternatively, you could also achieve the same messy waves by crimping your hair with a triple barrel curling iron.
Instead of going for the heavily contoured makeup look, Song Hye Kyo tends to highlight her cheeks by applying pink blusher on the apples of her cheeks for that youthful and approachable look.
Get her look: Recreate Song Hye Kyo’s dewy look by swapping your powder blusher for a lightweight cream one like the 3CE Cream Blusher in New Pink ($22) that melts into your skin. For a natural finish, tap the cream blusher on the apples of your cheeks with your ringer finger.
By juxtaposing soft brows, dewy skin and glossy lips with a smudged eye makeup, Song Hye Kyo managed to pull off a look that’s at once glamourous and natural in her campaign with clothing brand Esprit.
Get her look: According to South Korean celebrity makeup artist, Hyung Seok Yeo, the smudged makeup look is the trend to look out for this season. The smudged makeup look is all about being deliberately stained and smudged in its application. For that Song Hye Kyo inspired smudged eye makeup look, smudge your eyeliner with a tapered makeup brush.
This is a classic Song Hye Kyo beauty look. While her eye makeup is kept to a minimum, her brows are full and well-groomed to frame her features.
Get her look: With a brow powder kit like the Benefit Foolproof Brow Powder ($42), shape and fill in sparse brows for a soft, natural look. A lighter brow colour will look more natural as it recedes, filling in the gaps of your brows without overshadowing your natural brow hairs.
Who says you can’t wear a bold eye and lip at the same time? Song Hye Kyo makes it look easy by pairing a bold smokey eye with bright red lips.
Get the look: Add intensity to your smoky eye by contrasting the darkness of your eye makeup with the white in your eyes. You can do so by lining the waterline and inner rim of your eyes with a creamy eyeliner, making sure to run it in between your lashes.
Song Hye Kyo is always seen with softer lipstick shades like light pink or colour with a shiny finish that gives off a girl-next-door vibe.
Get her look: The K-beauty gradient (ombre) lips look was made popular by Song Hye Kyo when she played the role of Kang Mo Yeon in “Descendants Of The Sun”. To get the perfect pout, prep your lips with a sleeping mask for the lips like the Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask ($27) before adding colour, focusing on the centre of your lips with a lip tint like the Moonshot Cream Paint ($27). Alternatively, you can also achieve a virtual ombre pucker by swiping a two-toned lippie like the Laneige Two-Tone Lip Bar ($34) across your lips.
Photo: SongSong Couple Descendants of the Sun/Facebook