Being the makeup artist of one of the biggest K-Pop acts in the world (no biggie) makes being glammed up by Myungsun Lee the absolute dream. She was the hands behind the beauty looks in Blackpink's Kill This Love music video, and has been the girls' go-to since they were trainees. Refinery29's Mi-Anne Chan was lucky enough to be made up by Myungsun in Korea, sharing how she achieved a sultry smokey look done by Myungsun on Jennie Kim. Here are some K-beauty tips that we're definitely stealing:
Myungsun recommends focusing coverage on your T-zone, where we tend to get the most discoloration, to create a minimal base. This will immediately brighten the center of the face and give you a natural contour.
The makeup artist reveals that the secret to the dewy skin look of your fave Blackpink girls is mixing foundation with either oil or petroleum jelly. She applies the concoction to the high points of the face to keep the skin glowy but not greasy.
Straight, Asian lashes are difficult to curl even with the best tools. That's why after curling with a regular eyelash curler, Myungsun heats up a pair of wooden cotton buds with a lighter and uses it to lift the hairs like a DIY iron. Be careful with this trick, though—you don't want to injure yourself! Here's a safer alternative: Heat up your eyelash curler a bit with a blowdryer before using on your lashes.
According to Myungsun, a natural contour can be done by using a product two shades darker than your skin tone. It's also important that it doesn't have any reddish tones that could make the contour appear muddy.
Neutralizing the color of your lips with foundation or concealer can create a base for your nude lipstick that will make the color stand out. This is especially helpful if you have a very dark or defined lip line, as it neutralizes your lips' shade.