In the event you’ve ever taken the time to peruse by my bio, you may need seen I named EXO’s Baekhyun as somebody I might wish to commerce make-up baggage with. A fast Google search would inform those that’ve by no means heard that title earlier than that he’s a member of well-liked Okay-pop group EXO. The singer usually has the boldest make-up within the group. The identical could possibly be mentioned about me amongst my group of buddies.
Like my Nice BTS Make-up Problem of 2017, I deliberate to recreate essentially the most notable appears to be like from each member of EXO — however the universe has different plans. I began saving images of various members’ make-up solely to click on on the folder and discover it crammed with Baekhyun.
So I made a decision to embark on per week of solely Baekhyun-inspired appears to be like. What I got here up with have been positively not precise replicas, and as a lot as I want to suppose I’m, I’m not a make-up artist. I simply hope I captured the essence of his appears to be like. (I did use about half a bottle of essence to emulate Baekhyun’s glowing pores and skin, however that’s neither right here nor there.) One other factor to bear in mind is Baekhyun most definitely wears clear or brown mascara. I, then again, refuse to surrender my beloved Tarte Maneater Voluptuous Mascara, except it’s a pink different.
Disclaimers apart, doing my make-up like Baekhyun for per week compelled me to make the most of each eye shadow brush I personal, helped me consider within the energy of smoky eyes, and most of all, gave me the most effective excuse to check out a few of his finest appears to be like. It additionally proved to me that anybody can pull off the make-up of a Okay-pop star, even when they cannot sing or dance like one. (My skills lie in make-up and make-up solely.) Preserve scrolling to search out out the EXO eras I tapped for my week of Bakehyun-inspired make-up.
Day 1: “Ko Ko Bop” Music Video
My preliminary introduction to Baekhyun was by way of EXO’s music video for “Ko Ko Bop.” As soon as I obtained previous his mullet, I fell in love along with his silver-studded, pink eye make-up. So clearly, this look appeared like the most effective one to start out with.
Step one was overlaying my lids with a scarlet shade from the Morphe 35O2 Second Nature Eyeshadow Palette. I brushed the identical one by my brows with an angled brush to paint them pink like Baekhyun’s. Professional tip: In case your brows are darkish like mine, run some concealer by them with a spoolie brush, first, to lighten them up a bit. Then, I blended black shadow on the outer corners of my eyes.
As a result of I didn’t have silver studs to stay on my face, I painted them on with the M.A.C. Liquidlast Liner in Misty Me as an alternative. I misplaced observe of what number of instances individuals requested me which metallic silver liner I used for the dots. Somebody even informed me seeing them made them wish to cowl their eyes with silver spots ASAP, and for a cut up second, I felt like a magnificence influencer.
Nobody realized I used to be recreating a Okay-pop look as a result of it is fairly near what I sometimes do. At the least twice per week, you may catch me with both pink shadow or dots round my eyes. This simply occurred to mix my go-to appears to be like, so Baekhyun’s “Ko Ko Bop” make-up felt like house.
Day 2: 2017 Mnet Asian Music Awards
I’ve by no means been capable of perceive the enchantment of smoky eyes. They’re very a lot part of the gorgeous make-up faculty of thought that I don’t actually subscribe to. I’m fully tremendous with my make-up making me look much less “fairly” than I do with out it. I don’t want it to reinforce my pure magnificence. Smoky eyes have a popularity for doing that, giving eyes a sultry, come-hither depth.
Smoky eyes are integral to Baekhyun’s look, although, so I agreed to check out this look upon a good friend’s suggestion. The Morphe 35O2 Second Nature Eyeshadow Palette got here in helpful once more with its taupe, rose, and bronze shades, which I blended collectively in an early morning haze. No matter I ended up doing labored as a result of certainly one of my co-workers applauded my handiwork and urged I do my make-up like this extra usually. She even dubbed this my Horny Devon look. Of all of the adjectives used to explain myself, horny is rarely the primary phrase I consider. (Cute, sure. Horny, not a lot.) Nonetheless, when it was positioned in entrance of my title on this occasion, I believed it. I lastly understood the duality of Baekhyun that followers at all times speak about.
Day three: 2016 Melon Music Awards
Blue eye shadow is now not being slept on, so my Baekhyun make-up week felt like pretty much as good of a time as any to check out the stylish hue. Paired with a blue costume, the blue-on-blue look went over properly and made me take into account cobalt as my new energy colour. (Yellow holds the present place.) My mother even informed me that blue is a good colour on me. I agree, Mother.
On the 2016 Melon Music Awards, Baekhyun’s make-up artist created a blue model of his signature smoky eye look, so I needed to depend on my newfound mixing abilities as soon as once more.
First, I lined my higher and decrease lids with the Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Eye Pencil in Matte Majorelle Blue. Then, I patted the true blue shade from the Flower Magnificence Wanderlust Eyeshadow Palette on prime of the liner and flippantly blended the shadow upward. Subsequent, I brushed a midnight blue shadow from the Natasha Denona Tropic Eyeshadow Palette on the outer corners of my eyes. Lastly, I tapped some champagne highlighter on my forehead bones to convey brightness again to my lids.
At this level of the week, I spotted the important thing to Baekhyun’s smoky eye appears to be like is an exhausting quantity of layering. No marvel he normally has the strongest eye make-up within the group. If I have been EXO’s make-up artist, I would need to take a nap earlier than shifting onto the remainder of the members.
I liken the smoky-eye course of to constructing a parfait. Principally, you decide one colour — on this case, blue — and collect three variations of it. Then, you alternate between them over and over and over. As soon as you’ve got constructed simply the correct amount of depth that may make individuals spend a whole lot of to see you carry out in live performance and shut down a 10-day pre-order interval in your first style collab after in the future, you are all set.
Additionally, you should not be afraid to scrub up the perimeters with a moist Beautyblender with a little bit of concealer on it. This isn’t an indication of mixing failure. As an alternative, the fast repair helped my eye make-up seem sleeker and extra intense.
Day four: 2016 Mnet Asian Music Awards
Though I am consistently experimenting with new methods to do my eye make-up, graphic liner is my go-to. I really really feel essentially the most assured when my lids are lined in summary shapes and features. Or on this case, streaks. I recreated Baekhyun’s tear-like strains for EXO’s efficiency of “Transformer” and “Monster” on the 2016 MAMAs by drawing them on with a barely dried-out felt-tipped liner. On my temples, I added wisps, too. Somebody mentioned this element reminded them of a dandelion. My finest good friend mentioned it seemed like filth, although, so I would say this Baekhyun’s 2016 MAMA make-up was essentially the most controversial.
Pink shadow struck as soon as once more with the Morphe 35O2 Second Nature Eyeshadow Palette. I brushed it on in a winged shade earlier than smudging out the Lash Star Hyper Efficiency Gel Eyeliner throughout my eyes to make them look so goth and so proper. I felt like Gerard Approach in an alternate universe the place he is a Okay-pop star.
Day 5. “Blooming Day” Music Video
When EXO-CBX’s music video for “Blooming Day” got here out, I noticed purple underliner on Baekhyun and vowed to attempt it out. I did a taupe-toned smoky eye on my higher lids with shadows from the Natasha Denona Tropic Eyeshadow Palette. Then, I ran the purple L’Oréal Paris Infallible Professional-Final Waterproof Pencil Eyeliner alongside my decrease lids. To set it, I tapped the purple from the identical palette on prime.
I appreciated the distinction of the impartial and daring shades of this “Blooming Day” second. It was like a bridge between Baekhyun’s signature model and mine. At this level, my buddies turned accustomed to my newfound appreciation for smoky eyes, although, so my underliner went beneath the radar.
Day 6: 2014 Seoul Music Awards
Lastly, the time got here to attempt Baekhyun’s most iconic make-up. After showing on the 2014 Seoul Music Awards pink carpet with burgundy eye shadow, magnificence exhibits and blogs in South Korea credited the singer for beginning a pattern.
The City Decay Backtalk Eye & Face Palette proved to be the proper match for Baekhyun’s notable make-up second. I began with a base of the rose gold shade referred to as Curve. Subsequent, I constructed up the burgundy one, Shade, and the metallic brown named 180 on my interior corners. Then, I lined my higher and decrease lids with a brown liner as an alternative of black. This stored the give attention to the reds. To complete it off, I blended Shade on prime of the liner.
Truthfully, I ended up having an allergy assault and wore glasses all day, so nobody really realized the importance of my make-up. Once I put on pink eye shadow, I normally persist with one shade. Nonetheless, the dimensional impact of Baekhyun’s look was beautiful, and I would positively attempt it once more — particularly as a result of I did not get to totally respect it the primary time round.
Day 7: “Energy” Music Video
For the final day of my problem, I went all out. Brushing on eye shadow past the confines of my lids is my new favourite factor to do with make-up, so making a drip of metallic silver that went from my hairline right down to my undereye space was about as thrilling for me as driving a rollercoaster. Sure, doing my make-up like this was that enjoyable for me.
I began off with mauve smoky eyes. Then, I painted the silver stripe onto my proper eye with the Milk Make-up Eye Pigment in Rager.
Somebody requested me if I used to be channeling Woman Gaga or David Bowie with my bolt of silver. She was barely confused after I replied with, “Neither.” My favourite half was when my buddies realized the drip. A few them solely noticed me from the left facet’s boring, outdated smoky eye at first. Nonetheless, after they lastly noticed my face straight on, it was like a giant reveal.
I’ll word that the technician on the Apple retailer who was serving to me with my damaged laptop computer did not say something in any respect or stare. Fortunately, once you stay in New York Metropolis, nobody really cares what sort of make-up you cowl your face with. If something, the one individuals who do are vacationers on the subway. They’re going to stare at me like I am a statue on the Metropolitan Museum of Artwork, however no less than they’ve one thing enjoyable to have a look at on our tremendous public transportation system.
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