In recent years, K-pop has taken the world by storm. With their perfectionism, hard work, and dedication, K-pop stars have managed to amass a global fan base. And while we all know that K-pop stars are insanely talented, what we may not know is that they are also incredibly beautiful. So what’s their secret? Here are some beauty secrets of K-pop stars.
How To Get Perfect Skin
One of the things that set K-pop stars apart from the rest is their impossibly perfect skin. While Western celebrities often rely on heavy foundation to cover up blemishes, K-pop stars prefer a more natural look with lighter coverage. This technique is called “glass skin,” and it involves using a variety of skincare products to achieve a flawless complexion.
To get glass skin, K-pop stars use a combination of double cleansing, exfoliation, toning, and hydration. It’s all about having good skin as a base. Double cleansing means using an oil-based cleanser followed by a water-based cleanser to remove all traces of makeup and dirt. Exfoliation is important for getting rid of dead skin cells and revealing brighter skin underneath. Toning helps to restore the skin’s pH balance, and hydration keeps the skin plump and moist.
Suzy Bae, formerly of the group Miss A, follows the 4-2-4 cleansing method. It includes massaging cleansing oil on the skin to remove makeup for four minutes, followed by two minutes of applying foam cleanser and four minutes of rinsing. The 4-2-4 method removes makeup and other gunk that may be clogging pores while also giving the skin a good massage.
However, the most important tip is to apply sunscreen dutifully. Sunscreen is essential for protecting the skin from harmful UV rays. K-pop stars often use physical sunscreens with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide because they don’t clog pores and provide better protection against the sun.
How To Get the Perfect Smile
In South Korea, white and straight teeth are the standard of beauty. K-pop stars often have to undergo extensive dental treatment to perfect their smiles. This includes getting veneers, which are thin pieces of porcelain bonded to the front of the teeth. Veneers can help to straighten teeth. Invisalign treatment is also popular among K-pop stars. It uses clear aligners to straighten teeth over time. In addition, make sure to practice oral hygiene regularly and visit your dentist for regular checkups and cleanings.
How To Be Picture-perfect All the Time
Camera filters are trendy in East Asia, but makeup plays a huge part in why idols always look flawless in every photo.
Contouring and highlighting play a major role in achieving that perfect Korean look. Of course, highlighting and contouring are also popular in the West, but Koreans and other East Asians do it differently. The contouring techniques in Korea aim for subtlety rather than a dramatic change in face shape. They also tend to contour different areas of the face. In terms of highlighting, Koreans tend to emphasize their “aegyo-sal” or the pudge right beneath the eye. They use a shimmery cream to highlight this area and make the eyes look bigger, brighter, and more youthful.
Another thing that K-pop stars do to look picture-perfect is to use false eyelashes. In Korea, long and luscious lashes are the norm. Many East Asians have shorter eyelashes, which is why most idols wear falsies on stage and in music videos. They also use them for photo shoots and other events. If you’re not used to wearing false eyelashes, it can take some time to get the hang of it. But once you do, they make a world of difference in your appearance.
How To Get a Toned Body
Eating disorders are, unfortunately, notoriously common in the K-pop industry. Many women and men end up subjecting themselves to extreme diets before their debut or comeback to maintain a certain size. However, the industry seems to be heading the right way as idols emphasize being fit and toned over just thin.
Many idols openly share their exercise routines to show fans that they’re working hard to stay in shape. For instance, Jennie and Rose from Blackpink are known for their love of Pilates. They often post videos and photos of themselves doing various exercises. Solar of Mamamoo wowed fans when she posted videos of herself pole dancing on her YouTube channel. She said she started pole dancing—which is great for developing stamina, flexibility, and strength—in 2018.
Of course, most of them get plenty of physical activity through practice. Most idols have to dance for hours every day during comebacks and promotions.
Diets are also leaning toward healthy and filling. Gone are the days when K-pop stars like IU have to eat nothing but an apple and a sweet potato to maintain their slim figure. Idols such as BTS’s Jimin now focus on eating lots of protein to maintain their energy levels and muscles. Suzy eats a high-protein, low-carb diet. Jennie tends to avoid salty foods.
K-pop stars seem unreachable. Every time they go onstage, appear on television, or meet their fans, they always look perfect. But everyone can look and feel good about themselves by following these tips.