Since her debut in Miss A at 16 years old, Bae Suzy has made a name for herself in the entertainment scene. Now one of the biggest stars in South Korea, she has starred in hit productions such as Vagabond (2019) and Start-Up (2020).
Suzy continues to be widely loved and is celebrated for her classy and elegant style of beauty. Despite being in the industry for 11 years, she looks better as time passes. To commemorate the Korean idol’s birthday, we will be focusing on 10 of her best makeup looks, as well as telling you how you can recreate them.
Suzy, who is the face of French beauty brand Lancôme is seen wearing the brand’s Teint Idole Ultra Wear Foundation. To achieve the same flawless base makeup, start by laying a small amount of foundation all over the face first. Then go into with more foundation and concealer over troubled areas to build coverage. Finally, take a facial tissue and lightly blot away any excess foundation.
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Korean makeup veers on the natural side with a minimal amount of blush. To recreate Suzy’s flushed apples-like cheeks, lay a little blush on the cheeks just below the outer corners of the eyes and sweep towards the temples. Remember less is more here so go in with a light hand. Also, pick a blush with warm coral tones.
For those looking to achieve the coveted glass skin look, it is essential to get your skin prepped and well-moisturised before you apply makeup. Start the night before by gently exfoliating with alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs). And on the day of, hydrate and moisturise with a sheet mask and moisturiser before going in with sunscreen, primer and foundation.
But if you really don’t have time for the whole shebang, apply a thicker coat of moisturiser and let it soak in for at least 10 minutes before you go in with makeup. Once done, finish your routine with a couple of spritzes of a dewy setting spray.
A statement red lip will never go out of style. But taking it one step further with gloss or shiny lipstick can make your pout appear fuller and more luscious. Plus, it can make chapped lips feel more comfortable and lip wrinkles less noticeable.
To match her casual off-day looks, Suzy eschews a bold colour for a soft, neutral blotted lip. You can emulate the look with lip balms, lip stains and lip tints. But if you don’t want to add to your lipstick collection, apply a little of whatever lipstick you want in the centre of your lips then blend it out with a finger.
Look closely at Suzy’s eyeliner here and you’ll notice that it starts one-third from the inner corner of the eyes. If you draw the liner starting at the inner corner, you’ll run the risk of making your eyes look small as it appears bogged down. The same principle applies with false eyelashes too – just focus them on the outer two-thirds of your eyes to make them appear bigger and more awake.
For those who want to trim and style their own eyebrows at home, pick up a good pair of tweezers and a handheld mirror that magnifies as much as possible. The former, such as one from brands like Tweezerman, will make plucking a breeze without pinching yourself while the latter makes it easy to tweeze accurately.
While we aim to conceal as much of our dark undereye circles, it actually pays to have a little shadow there. This is because if all the shadow is cancelled out, your eyes will actually appear small. To remedy this issue, either use a light to medium coverage concealer or add a little brown eyeshadow along the lower lashline.
Tinted moisturisers are the solution to wanting to look polished on weekends and off-days without looking too made up. Likewise, a BB cushion or tinted sunscreen can work to provide just enough coverage to even out your complexion.
Text by: Ho Guo Xiong/HerWorld