Celebrity Makeup Breakdown: Hyolee

Korean pop sensation Hyolee sure is one of the most versatile Asian celebrities out there. Her looks and style have changed significantly over the years and she went from this sweet, innocent-looking girl from Finkl to *the* sex symbol in Korea that everyone lusted for.

Below are breakdowns are two of her looks – one from her first solo album, Stylish, back in 2003 and the other from a magazine photoshoot last year.

LOOK #1: Innocent and Tan



Face
Even out your skin with a tinted moisturizer and camouflage any blemishes/undereye circles with a concealer. Dust a light layer of loose powder to set. Apply an apricot blush along your cheekbones.

Eyes
Sweep a shimmery beige color like MAC Shroom Eyeshadow on your entire lid and a copper eyeshadow like MAC Mythology on the outer corner of your eyes. Line your upper lashline with a black liquid liner and only 1/4 of your lower lashline with the copper eyeshadow. Highlight the inner corner of yours eyes with the same beige color used earlier and brush on a few coats of mascara.

Lips
Pucker up with a rosy pink color like MAC Viva Glam V Lipstick.

LOOK #2: Smoky and Sultry
In this look, Hyolee is sizzling with dark hair, bronze skin, dark smoky eyes and pale milky lips



Face
Start out with a perfect canvas by evening out your skin with a foundation/tinted moisturizer and covering all other flaws with a concealer. If you are on the oily side, set with a thin layer of translucent powder. Next, apply a soft pastel pink color like MAC’s Light Flush Mineralize Skinfinish along your cheekbones and highlight your t-zone with an extra fine shimmer powder for an extra glow.

Eyes
Rim your upper and lower lashlines and color in your entire eyelid with a black kohl pencil like MAC Eye Kohl in Smolder. Swipe a bluish-violet color like MAC’s Parfait Amour Eyeshadow over your eyelid and blend all the way past your crease. Highlight the area under your brow bone and the inner corners of your eyes with a shimmery beige color like NARS All About Eve Duo to really make your eyes pop. Finish with tons of black mascara or false lashes.

Lips
If you have pigmented lips, apply a sheer layer of foundation before plumping them up with a soft nude pink color like MAC Underage Lipglass.

Phyllis Li is the Founder and Editor-in-chief of Makeup For Life, one of the top 50 beauty blogs that focuses on celebrity makeup breakdowns, product reviews, makeup tutorials and all things beauty. Having lived and traveled in North America, Europe and Asia, she was exposed to different techniques and products at an early age and hopes to put a global perspective towards beauty. Phyllis won the Best Content Award by Total Beauty in 2008 and has been featured in various publications and websites including ELLE, Glamour.com, Yahoo Shine!, AOL Stylelist, Nylon Korea, VOGUE China, Ming Pao Daily (Canada) and Shanghai Weekly. In 2010, she was appointed one of the nine Real Women Ambassadors in the United States to take part in the Latisse® Wishes Challenge, working with Hollywood celebrity Kathy Ireland and raised over $400,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant wishes for approximately 54 children. In 2012, she teamed up with luxury skincare brand TATCHA and released a limited-edition 3-Piece Set of her favorite beauty products. Phyllis currently lives in Chicago, US. She is a regular contributor to Shanghai Daily's StyleHai Magazine and a member of the Glam Beauty Network.

6 COMMENTS

  1. I really like the two looks here. Maybe you can show us how they look on you!

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  2. the 2nd look has a bit too much of the highlighter/shimmer thing going on imo.

    also, phyllis..when do you plan to send out the BB creams?

  3. Hi :) I always enjoy your beauty breakdowns.

    I have a question: I noticed in most cases the daytime looks worn by women with Asian eyes consist of nothing more than pale shadow all over & dark liner. And by the evening (or for special occasions) the liner simply gets darker & thicker. For example,
    Ara had the same simple (yet chic) look ever though it was an ad.

    I have mixed blood, thus, semi-asian eyes (small, dark, almond-shaped, deep-set, with a crease) and I never had any success with medium to dark eyeshadows. Well except for superdramatic smokey eye perhaps, but even then it looks soft of heavy.

    I actually like dramatic eye makeup but I’m way too pale to pull off the Dracula bride look, and “neutral” medium gray & brown shadows make me look like I got some dirt on my top lid. No bigger eyes, no better defined eyes, sadness!

    Would you also recommend avoiding medium to dark colors and playing with different eyeliners & pale shadows instead? I imagine combos like gunmetal gray liner & pale pink or gold shadow would work perhaps? Or dark violet and shimmery white? I’m neutral-cool toned.

  4. Ohhhh I tried to do the first look last week for my friend’s b-day but it looked so different from hers…mmm I kno it would take a lot of time but It would be so cool if you could post up makeup how-to videos on youtube or something to go along w/the beauty breakdowns ! ^^

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