We’ve just finished binge-watching Netflix’s Korean dating reality show Single’s Inferno and we can’t help but want more.
One of our favourite personalities on the show is Song Ji Ah. She’s known for her captivating doll-like features and more recently, her controversy for wearing counterfeit luxury fashion items.
Controversial or not, there’s no denying that this Korean personality has gorgeous skin and flaunts the most beautiful makeup looks. Luckily for us, she recently disclosed her signature makeup on her YouTube channel – and we’ve gathered all the details!
- Step 1: Moisturiser and sunscreen – even indoors
- Step 2: Mixing oil with foundation
- Step 3: Mattifying the brows
- Step 4: Combine brown and coral eyeshadows
- Step 5: Outline eyeliner with an eyeshadow first
- Step 6: Eyeshadow under the eyes
- Step 7: Comb eyelashes before applying mascara
- Step 8: Use two different blushes
- Step 9: Top lipstick with lip gloss
- Step 10: Enhance beauty marks with makeup
- Step 11: Highlighter on the nose
- Step 12: Don’t skimp on the mist
- Step 13: Poise for the camera
Step 1: Moisturiser and sunscreen – even indoors
Her daily routine starts with an ampoule followed by a hydrating moisturiser. She lightly pats the products in before proceeding to the next step to make sure that it is well-absorbed by the skin.
After that, she applies sunscreen on her face, even on days when she’s not going out and staying indoors most of the time. This helps protect her skin from harmful UV rays which can increase hyperpigmentation and the risk of skin cancer.
Step 2: Mixing oil with foundation
As her skin tends to be on the dry side, Ji Ah usually mixes a drop or two of facial oil into her foundation, which not only helps hydrate her parched skin, but also gives her a dewy finish.
She applies her foundation evenly with a flat foundation brush before pressing it in with a puff. With this method, you don’t have to worry about unsightly brush strokes on your face.
After applying foundation, you can choose to apply concealer to hide any stubborn blemishes you might have.
Step 3: Mattifying the brows
The eyebrows are next in the routine. You can mattify the brow area before doing your eyebrows by lightly brushing them with a translucent powder – this helps to set your brow products and let them last longer.
She fills in her brows with an eyebrow pencil before using an eyebrow gel to raise her strands little by little for a fuller, bushier look. But if you already have full eyebrows, you can just opt for an eyebrow pencil.
Step 4: Combine brown and coral eyeshadows
Ji Ah is a huge fan of neutral, light brown shades. She mixes a beige and light brown shade together for a subtle wash of colour and says that it will “make your bare face look even prettier”.
A flat eyeshadow brush is used to blend the products all over her eyelids and lower lash line, giving the eyes more depth.
After applying her base brown eyeshadow, she adds a beautiful coral pink eyeshadow to her eyelids using a more precise eyeshadow brush. This gives her eyelids a slight pop of colour.
Step 5: Outline eyeliner with an eyeshadow first
Before applying eyeliner, this star draws an outline with eyeshadow to make sure that her cat-eye is applied perfectly when she reaches for the gel liner.
She does not tightline her whole lash line. Instead, she draws her eyeliner from the middle and extends it upwards to create a wing following the shape of the eyeshadow. This allows your eyes to look rounder and more natural.
Step 6: Eyeshadow under the eyes
Koreans are fond of a makeup look called aegyo sal, which is named after the pocket of fat found directly under the eye. Beauty enthusiasts often remark that having an aegyo sal makes them appear younger and more cheerful.
Ji Ah, too, recreates the aegyo sal look via eyeshadow. Using a mauve-brown shade, she applies it under her eyes. She also uses a precise eyeshadow brush to prevent the colour from smudging – otherwise, she might look more like a panda!
Step 7: Comb eyelashes before applying mascara
Ji Ah has a three-step eyelash routine that starts with curling her lashes with an eyelash curler in an upwards direction. Remember to be gentle when curling your lashes, as you do not want to accidentally rip some lashes out.
After that, she uses a spoolie to lift her eyelashes and separate each lash before applying her mascara. Her personal favourite mascaras are those which are lighter in formula, so they do not cause her lashes to droop.
Step 8: Use two different blushes
Blusher is the next step, but the key here is to layer two different blushers for a dimensional flush. Start with a cream blusher with a strong glow on the centre of your cheek before topping it off with a pink powder blush.
You can use a cushion puff instead of applying it directly onto the skin – this will give a more subtle wash of colour to the face.
Step 9: Top lipstick with lip gloss
Pick a lipstick suitable for your skin tone for the next step. Ji Ah chose a plum shade to match her pink cheeks and subtle eyeshadow.
She applies it on her inner lip and then spreads it outwards with a lip brush to achieve a blurred effect. By topping it off with lip gloss, she achieves a fuller-looking pout.
Step 10: Enhance beauty marks with makeup
If you haven’t noticed, this star has two moles on her face: one below her right eye and another on the side of her nose. Apparently, she further enhances these with makeup.
She recommends drawing faux beauty marks with the use of a liquid eyeliner. You can use red or brown eyeliners for a more natural effect instead of a black one.
Step 11: Highlighter on the nose
While most people would apply highlighter to the highest points of the face where the light would normally hit, Ji Ah only applies highlighter to the bridge and tip of her nose. She also chooses a highlighter with fine shimmers to further accentuate her look.
Step 12: Don’t skimp on the mist
The last step Ji Ah does is to spray her skin generously with a face mist to further hydrate her skin and give that extra dewy glow to her makeup.
If you want to extend the longevity of your makeup, you can opt for a setting spray with moisturising properties instead. That way you can keep your face moisturised while locking in your makeup.
Step 13: Poise for the camera
This step is technically optional but why not dress up in your finest outfit and strike some poses just like Ji Ah? In the video, she dons a large, fluffy winter jacket and mini scarf and poses for the camera to show off her completed look.
We can’t get over how subtle yet beautiful her makeup look is and can’t wait to replicate it for ourselves.
Featured image credit: Ji Ah’s YouTube channel