Have you watched Pinocchio yet? If you haven't, it's kind of a must-watch, even if only for Park Shin Hye's makeup on the show. Best described as a romantic comedy, it's got long-lost brothers, ridiculously rich suitors, the epic (and fictional) Pinocchio Syndrome, and perhaps most of all? Some seriously on point beauty game.
Obviously, the long-lost brothers, ridiculously rich suitors, and epic/fictional Pinocchio Syndrome take precendence when it comes to the plot of the drama, and the beauty is more of an added bonus — but if you're ever looking for an absolutely pitch-perfect, polished yet natural, easy to replicate daily makeup look, Pinocchio is definitely a good place to start.
The protagonist, Choi In Ha (played by Park Shin Hye) tends to go for the fresh-faced look, featuring dewy skin (because of course — this is South Korea we're talking about here, flawless skin is a must), a neutral eye, and a pale pink lip. Her beauty look of preferences changes throughout the series — after all, she goes from high-achieving high school student to struggling post-college pre-career woman, to reporter extraordinaire over the course of the 20-episode series — but she always comes back to the neutral, natural look.
So how do we steal her style? Luckily, it's not very hard — all you really need is a moisturizing foundation (and maybe a touch of luminizer), pink lipstick/gloss, and some brown eyeliner and eyeshadow!
- The foundation: For the foundation, I'd go with something moisturizing, to get In Ha's dewy look — I used the IOPE Air Cushion BB, which is great for brightening the complexion, but any BB cream or dewy-finish foundation should do the trick.
- The concealer: Conceal as needed — you want as perfect a base as possible, so eliminate as much redness/dark circles as possible. I used By Terry Densiliss Concealer, which has a nice, thin formula with a little bit of that sought-after glow to it.
- The brows: In Ha wears her brows fairly delicately, so don't use too heavy a hand — oh, and if your natural brow shape will support it, go for the popular Korean straight-across look.
You'll want a light brown (I used MAC Eyeshadow in Soba) to create a sheer wash of color over your mobile lid. Next, take a slightly darker shade (the darkest shade in the Wet 'n Wild Sweet as Candy trio), and lightly line your upper lash line to up the drama — just a tiny bit.
Finally, you'll want to lightly line your eyes with a dark brown liner (gel, pencil, liquid — whatever suits your fancy) — and again, a little goes a long way.
Go for either a pale pink gloss or lipstick — staying on the South Korean theme, Tony Moly Fruit Princess Gloss in Pomegranate Princess works quite well, as does the Laneige Silk Intense Lipstick in Glam Pink.
And, there you have it! A look that'll work for anything from a job interview to the first day of school, all thanks to Choi In Ha.
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