When IU first debuted on the music scene, she captured hearts with her cute, girly makeup and blunt bangs.
Her second album sees her maturing into a fine young lady, but one thing’s for sure, her go-to lip colour is still pink. She revealed during an appearance on Get It Beauty, “I actually like the colour pink. I use pink a lot on stage to express a bright image.” Her fave? A deeper shade of fuchsia, the hue that adorned her puckers in the music video of “The Red Shoes”.
Even when she’s acting in Scarlet Heart, in which she uses her birth name Lee Jieun, she’s almost always seen with pink lips. But instead of a full-coloured finish, she chooses a softer hue that’s often achieved with a lip tint. Here’s how to recreate her barely-there makeup look.
Use a BB cushion or foundation with sheer coverage to achieve the no-makeup effect that IU is going for. To brighten up your complexion, use a colour corrector before foundation, or the Moonshot Moonflash Cushion, a pink-toned cushion that can be used as a makeup base or on top of your makeup.
Before applying your lip colour, make sure that you moisturise your lips first. In Scarlet Heart, IU opts for a matte finish, so you can either dab light pink lipstick on your puckers and spread the colour using your fingers, or go for a matte lip tint.
In real life, the singer-actress likes a glossy finish (if her Instagram photos are anything to go by). Apply pink gloss onto your lips, or if you want a long-lasting finish, put on lipstick before layering with gloss.
3CE lipstick in 405 Glass Pink, $27, Sephora; Lancome Juicy Shaker Pigment Infused Bi-phase Lip Oil in 300 Lemon Explosion, $36
IU is known for her straight brows, which are always tinted brown. While not everyone can pull off the straight-brow look, you can lighten your brows with eyebrow mascara for a softer look.
The key to nailing her look is wearing minimal makeup, even when it comes to eye makeup. To brighten up your eye area, use a brightening concealer or sweep shimmery pearl eyeshadow all over your lids for a more glam look.
YSL Beaute Touche Eclat, $59
Apply liquid eyeliner (for a more precise application) as close to your lashline as possible. Instead of having a dramatic wing at the end, extend the line downwards just a bit to give a puppy-eye finish.
CLIO Waterproof Brush Liner Kill Black, $25.90, Watsons
You can also skip the eyeliner and simply apply falsies. However, make sure you pick the natural-looking ones and make it slightly longer at the end to give the illusion of wider eyes.
H&M False eyelashes, $7.90
Finish off with a sweep of blusher in a light pink shade, followed by highlighting your nose bridge. The key is to not have a Kim Kardashian-like finish, so skip the shading powder.
BECCA Jaclyn Hill Collection Champagne Splits Shimmering Skin Perfector Mineral Blush, $59, Sephora
Images: IU’s Instagram, ONE