When binge-watching South Korea dramas, many of us are captivated by the characters’ typically flawless complexions, on-point lip colours and simply stunning hairdos. And while we may not have the ability to turn into mermaids or have superhuman strength, we can at least look the part.
We present five Korean drama-inspired beauty looks with tips and products you need to recreate them at home:
1. Yoo In-Na’s copper tresses in Goblin
The 35-year-old actress plays Sunny, a stylish and bright chicken restaurant owner who falls in love with the Grim Reaper. In the super popular series, In-Na makes a compelling case for copper-coloured hair, a sophisticated shade that complements her skin tone and gives her a fresh, radiant look.
Steal Her Look! To maintain the longevity of your new hair colour like In-Na, make sure to select hair products specifically formulated to protect and enhance coloured hair:
The Be Color Nitrogenated Keratin, $60 (150 ml), restores moisture to chemically-treated hair.
Nourish and illuminate coloured hair with the John Frieda Brilliant Brunette Visibly Brighter Conditioner, $15.90 (250 ml).
Achieve matching brows with the shu uemura Brow Manicure in Tawny Gold, $42.
2. Jun Ji-Hyun’s ethereal glow in The Legend of the Blue Sea
If you’re obsessed with the 35-year-old’s crystal clear skin in real life, you probably love her fresh, glistening visage in the hit Korean fantasy drama series where she plays a gorgeous mermaid-out-of-water.
Steal Her Look! To get that dewy finish without looking overly shiny, especially if you have oily skin, use a light liquid formula that catches the light without giving you excessive shine.
The lightweight BECCA Aqua Luminous Perfecting Foundation in Light, $68, is a liquid base that gives you deliciously dewy skin.
The Laneige Two Tone Tint Lip Bar No. 4, $32, is both a lipstick and balm to hydrate and add colour to your lips at the same time.
For mermaid-appropriate, water-defying lashes, look to the Yves Saint Laurent Beaute Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils THE SHOCK Waterproof Mascara, $60.
3. Park Bo Young’s girl-next-door chic in Strong Woman Do Bong Soon
In her role as the titular character, a petite woman with Herculean strength, the 27-year-old actress rocks a trendy tousled blunt bob with curled-in bangs, while her makeup is kept natural.
Steal Her Look! For fuller-looking short hair like hers, curl only the ends and use a sea salt spray or texturiser to help the waves last longer, mussing it up with your fingers to keep them from looking too perfect.
Add texture and volume to fine, straight hair with the wave-enhancing KMS HAIRPLAY Sea Salt Spray, $32 (200 ml).
For large, expressive eyes, tightline with the Marc Jacobs Beauty Fineliner Ultra-Skinny Gel Eye Crayon in 42 Blacquer 02, $32.
Boost your natural lip colour for that MLBB (my lips but better) look with the Dior Addict Lip Tattoo in 451 Natural Coral, $46.