Drawing on winged liner every single day or having a standing appointment along with your colorist to dye your hair the identical shade of blonde each six weeks is extremely regular, proper? For Ok-pop stars, having a constant, signature look is a rarity. They endure magnificence transformations each couple months. Take Sammy from The Rose, for instance. Between Might and August, the singer (who’s also referred to as Woosung) morphed from the goth man you’d meet at an Avenged Sevenfold cowl band live performance who invitations you to a séance to the old-money heartthrob lower from a John Hughes film as a result of he was too good — all because of modifications in hair coloration, garments, and make-up.
When his bandmate Dojoon (who additionally goes by Leo) notices I am sporting yellow liner much like the look I wore the final time I noticed him, he is shocked by my consistency. I interviewed the band again in Might throughout the New York Metropolis cease of their world tour. “It has been six months, and also you nonetheless have it,” he remarks. In that very same period of time, Leo’s hair has gone from wavy auburn to straight raven black, and the depth of his smoky eye make-up varies every day.
Sammy’s hair, however, went from “child white” to an ashy brown, which he assures me was grayer at one level. “I have to get it re-done,” he says. Bassist Jaehyeong dyed his black hair burgundy — or “mulled wine,” if you’ll — whereas drummer Hajoon added some highlights to his chocolate-brown hair.
Hajoon, by the way in which, is The Rose’s off-duty hairstylist. “Generally, he does our hair — not when we now have an official schedule, however after we exit and have enjoyable, he does our hair,” Sammy informs me. “He is actually good at it.” Hajoon does not go heavy on the hair merchandise, although. As an alternative, he tells me he prefers quite simple, fashionable types created with a blow-dryer or straightener.
Behind the Idea of Daybreak
As a pleb, my hair and make-up decisions are based mostly purely on my temper and love of experimentation. For Ok-pop stars, their seems are beholden to no matter their newest album’s idea is. Though The Rose does not carry out choreography or sing alongside to digital beats like most Ok-pop teams, its members aren’t any exception to present process ever-changing seems.
The Rose simply dropped their second mini album, Daybreak, on Thursday, and a softer idea in comparison with their final mini-album, The Void, accompanies it. “This time round, we wished to present that calm look,” Sammy explains. Compared to the grungy, darkish idea of The Void, Sammy notes that the band’s hair and make-up are “actually, actually toned down.” For his or her outfits, head-to-toe black ensembles with hints of daring colours have been changed with sepia fits with muted hues.
Sammy additionally identified a side of his pastel look you may need missed. For the Daybreak promo photographs, he wore coloured contacts for the primary time. He describes them as a “grey blueish” shade, they usually actually assist pull all the things collectively.
Magnificence Revelations With The Rose
Not solely did Sammy and Leo’s hair change since Might, however their approaches to magnificence have additionally advanced. After interviewing The Rose for the primary time in Might, I joked that I wished to start out a column referred to as Magnificence Revelations With The Rose. Whereas chatting with members Sammy and Leo about their favourite skin-care merchandise and newest hairstyles, they realized one thing: Males, traditionally, do not brazenly speak about their skin-care and make-up routines. “I do not assume there’s something odd about it today,” Sammy stated. “I am glad it is like that, and we may speak about our pores and skin routines with out being checked out bizarre. We must always all maintain ourselves.” After noting this was the primary time they talked about magnificence in an interview, Leo added that it was enjoyable.
The universe seemingly introduced me the second version of the imaginary column when The Rose returned to New York to carry out on the Ok-Expo, a New York Metropolis-based conference celebrating Ok-pop. Since our final dialog, Leo tells me backstage throughout the occasion that they pay extra consideration whereas getting their make-up achieved. “We’re attending to know little by little methods to get your eyes achieved with the colours, textures, and shapes,” he explains. Sammy later notes that despite the fact that he does not like sporting make-up, it makes him “look nicer,” which I assume means he can inform the way it makes his complexion look brighter and extra even.
One other sudden growth is the way in which The Rose buys magnificence merchandise. “We have been actually shy about shopping for merchandise on the store,” Leo says, reenacting his earlier bashfulness for me. “Now, we’re actually cool with it. We simply go get what we wish.” And so they know what to get, too, once they cease by their go-to retailer Olive Younger, which is principally the South Korean model of Sephora and Ulta mixed. They don’t seem to be afraid to splurge there both, Sammy provides.
“As a result of we get our make-up achieved nearly every single day, we now have to maintain our pores and skin; in any other case, we get away and get pimples,” he says. “We purchase actually costly lotions.” He goes on to record off what he is purchased just lately: a $50 toner, a $50 serum, a $30 lotion. Leo provides that the merchandise are type of costly.
If I had unhealthy pores and skin, I’d simply naturally really feel much less assured — I
assume it’s only a pure human factor.
For Sammy, it is all value it as a result of they have to spend that a lot cash on skin-care merchandise. He is totally conscious that having clear pores and skin is an unofficial a part of his job description. “I undoubtedly really feel like not I am spending on someplace I need not spend as a result of it’s our job, to be trustworthy,” he explains. “It is good that we will look good. If we had pimples throughout our faces, I would not really feel comfy acting on stage.” Let’s be actual, although, if any member of The Rose was experiencing a breakout, followers would nonetheless completely get pleasure from their exhibits. (As somebody who has seen them dwell twice, I really feel assured in saying that.) Plus, zits occurs to one of the best of us, and it is fully regular.
Nevertheless, the stress to have good pores and skin has been part of Sammy’s life earlier than he even moved to Korea from California to grow to be a singer. “I bear in mind in even my highschool days, if I had unhealthy pores and skin, I’d simply naturally really feel much less assured,” he remembers. “Nobody needed to inform me something, I’d simply really feel much less assured. I believe it’s only a pure human factor.”
Jaehyeong feels it, too. Sammy and Leo later level to Jaehyeong because the member who has probably the most intensive skin-care routine. He considers washing his face to be a very powerful a part of it. “He cleanses 3 times,” Leo explains. He begins off by eradicating his eye make-up with a micellar water. Then, he makes use of an oil cleanser with a cleansing brush. Lastly, he makes use of a cleaning foam. Regardless of all this, Jaehyeong believes he has “unhealthy” pores and skin.
With simply 10 minutes to interview The Rose for the second time whereas crammed right into a dressing room in regards to the dimension of the lavatory in my studio condominium, we could not precisely delve deeply into what is taken into account “good” and “unhealthy” pores and skin and the stigmas surrounding the latter. I suppose we’ll have to attend for the third version of Magnificence Revelations with The Rose to occur. Within the meantime, you’ll be able to take a look at the music video for “She’s In The Rain,” beneath.
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