South Korean TV drama It’s Okay To Not Be Okay has been steadily gaining traction since it aired on small screens and Netflix this June. And with it, the popularity of its leading actors, Kim Soo Hyun and Seo Ye Ji, has skyrocketed too. In the show, Seo plays an eccentric and successful children’s book author Ko Moon-young while, Kim is a nurse Moon Gang-tae who works in a psychiatric hospital.
Besides Seo’s stylish wardrobe, her petite face and sharp facial features have also caught the attention of viewers and netizens alike. Accenting her looks with makeup is celebrated makeup artist Maeng, who also works with Park Min Young and popular girl group Blackpink. Maeng recently shared on Instagram the “secrets” she used on Seo.
Seo’s makeup in the drama is soft, natural and elegant. The eyeshadow and lip colour don’t compete for attention, and the focus is instead on creating a harmonious balance between the two that emphasises the beauty of the character.
Of course, Seo’s perfect complexion plays an important role in creating and elevating this pared-down makeup style. The actress is known to pay attention to cleansing and hydrating and is careful to only use hydrating cleansers. She has stated that once her face is thoroughly cleansed, she wouldn’t go in with the second cleanse to ensure that the skin doesn’t get stripped of its natural oils and feel and look dry.
Moreover, unlike other Korean ladies who like having multiple steps in their skincare routine, Seo only uses a toner, serum and moisturiser. She also focuses on doing facial massages with her fingers to help with absorption.
Now that you know Seo’s personal beauty secrets, we will teach you how to recreate her makeup looks from the hit series.
Text: Dion Tang/ICON. Translation by Ho Guo Xiong.