Look Sweet, Kick Ass: Makeup Inspiration From Strong Woman Do Bong-Soon
Just because you’ve got superhuman strength (or even if you’re just a do-it-all everywoman) doesn’t mean you can’t rock a lip tint like a superstar. Follow Do Bong-Soon’s lead for an angelic makeup look that kicks butt.
When Korean drama Strong Woman Do Bong-Soon premiered this past spring, it gained an ardent fan following for its unique premise and endearing heroine whose angelic face masks her superhuman strength. The title character Do Bong-Soon (played by Park Bo Young) has a style that is fresh and pretty, her outward naiveté in strong contrast with her secret powers. I see Bong-Soon’s radiant appearance, coupled with her vivid personality, as encouragement to women everywhere to have confidence in their strengths and subvert gender stereotypes. So rock that doll-face with boss-lady confidence! Here’s how you can get her look.
Define Those Brows
Women around the world have embraced bold brows with a passion, and a whole range of tools exist to bring density and fullness to your brows. Innisfree has a super helpful self-eyebrow kit to help groom those wayward brows, while Missha and Tony Moly offer seven days tinted eyebrow pens in both brown and black — the results last for about a week, minimizing grooming time and perfect for you high-powered, busy types. Another fan favorite is Banila Co.’s Love Tint Eyebrow Pen. The trick is to use a light hand when filling in eyebrows in order to give them a natural look. Park Bo Young’s perfectly done eyebrows frame her expressive eyes and enhance her naïve ingenue aura.
Lengthen Those Lashes
Bo-young’s eye makeup is minimal here with soft pink eyeshadow and a thin line of gel liner doing most of the heavy lifting. Ameli’s Sweet Diamond Eyeshadow in Mango Bubble Smoothie and Iope’s Perfect Drawing Gel Liner can help you achieve Bo Young’s eye look, and if you really want to ramp up your innocent-doll look, I recommend The Face Shop’s Pro Eyelashes in 09 Real.
Face Your Fears
Our face is often a canvas reflecting our emotions: Our cheeks redden with embarrassment or anger; our face whitens with fear. Express yourself like our heroine with a very light color on your cheeks. Skinfood’s Rose Essence Soft Cream blusher gives you a light dusting of color that will awaken thoughts of spring and romance. I also recommend The History of Whoo’s Whitening Powder Pact to achieve a nice porcelain doll (not scared as a ghost) effect.
Love Those Lips
Bo Young’s lip colors in Strong Woman Do Bong-Soon have tempted me to run out and buy a whole new selection of lip products in fresh pink tones. Her lip colors hint at the joy and effervescence of spring, especially after a long winter. I recommend lip tints over lipsticks, as lip tints tend to have longer staying power and often fade to a softly bitten look that is very flattering. If you’re a lip tint newbie, The Face Shop’s Tint Stick comes in four delectably soft spring colors that are easy to apply, while It’s Skin’s Babyface Oil Tints have been lauded in the beauty blogosphere for their staying power and hydrating qualities.
Do Bong-Soon is not only a winsome character but she inspires us to embrace our strengths and our passions, our unique qualities that may not always vibe with gender stereotypes. Whether you’re a kickboxer with a penchant for lipstick or a student who wears her best mascara to the library (gotta look good for those books!), here’s to ushering in a new season with renewed hope and vitality!
Have you ever been inspired by a Korean drama to try a new makeup look? Let us know!