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How To Rock A Bold Lipstick Like Your Favourite Korean Celebrities

26 December 2018 |

While celebrities make it seem easy to pull off a bold lip, it’s not so simple when we regular folk try it out ourselves. Even slathering on a red lipstick can feel too much after staring at yourself a few times in the mirror. I think we all know that feeling all too well. That’s not to say it’s impossible to conquer the statement bold lip though.

Recently, you may have noticed Korean celebrities ditching their gradient lip looks for fuller and darker lip colours. Whether you’re watching a K-drama or your favourite K-pop artist’s music video, the bright lip is all the hype right now. And we’re totally loving it.

Even though Korean actresses and idols are notable for their ‘no-makeup makeup’ looks, they definitely do not shy away from playing with vibrant and bolder hues.

Follow in these celebrities’ footsteps and ace the bright bold lip!

1. HyunA

It’s without a doubt that the classic red lip has become HyunA’s signature look. She once revealed that she owns at least 40 red lipsticks and ensures she always carries one in her makeup pouch.

But what really caught our attention was when the idol sported a much fiercer appearance, with her red pout and jet black hair. Coupled with a smoky eye, HyunA completely owns the strong and sexy vibe we all know and love her for.


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2. Park Shin Hye

We’re pretty used to seeing Park Shin Hye either in nude makeup or with just a coral or reddish-orange lip tint (as seen in the dramas she starred in, Pinocchio and Doctors). While it’s rare to see the actress show off a bold lip, she looks all the more stunning when she does.

Here, Park Shin Hye rocks the matte red lip without making it look over the top by toning down everything else. She keeps it simple by tucking her hair into a bun and leaving her bangs side-swept.


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3. Bae Suzy

Bae Suzy proves that pink fuschia isn’t so hard to pull off after all. The key to making this fun shade work is to find a colour that works well with your skin tone so that it won’t wash you out.

The idol-actress looks absolutely radiant while keeping her makeup simple. You don’t need to do much when the bright lip does all the work for you!


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4. Lee Sung Kyung

Can we just admire how Lee Sung Kyung nails any sort of makeup look? The Weightlifting Fairy actress shows how you can achieve a fuller pout while making your bold lips stand out.

When applying your lipstick, emphasize the cupid’s bow to create an illusion of a fuller upper lip. Continue applying your lipstick right until the corners of the lip and connect both tips to make your lips look plump. Take a cue from Lee Sung Kyung and match your eyeshadow with the colour of your lipstick for the final touch.


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5. IU

Bright lips aren’t just limited to special occasions or nighttime activities. IU works the red lip in a way that isn’t too overbearing if you were to wear it on a daily basis.

The secret to wearing a statement red lip during the day? Keep the rest of your makeup light and minimal. Not only does it direct all the attention to your gorgeous lip colour, it also helps to brighten your face.


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Do you think these celebrities nailed the bold lip? Leave a comment below on which celebrity look is your favourite!

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