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December 8, 2017

The Boys of the Moment: A Visual Guide to the Top 5 Beauty Looks of BTS

Enlisted into the BTS ARMY yet? The Bangtan Boys stormed the U.S. over the last few weeks, appearing on practically every late night and daytime talk show and dominating the American Music Awards. In addition to killer moves, addictive tunes, and an ever-changing style, it’s the K-Pop sensation’s edgy beauty looks that have us all crazy inspired. Here, the top five beauty looks of BTS (and how to re-create them on yourself).


Like most millennial girls with Internet, I am li-ter-al-ly obsessed with BTS. Of all the pop groups in the world, they really do have the entire package: killer stage presence, a hit Steve Aoki remix, out-of-this-world fashion sense, and — most importantly, IMO — crazy inspiring beauty.


I’m not even talkin’ natural beauty; I could actually write a doctoral dissertation on BTS’s hair and makeup looks throughout the years. Honestly, I’m not even sure if I want to be their makeup artist or just take classes from their current MUAs so I can gain their magical powers. While all seven members are wildly handsome in their own right (obv), BTS is constantly coming out with jaw-dropping beauty transformations that leave their fans nothing short of inspired. (It’s no wonder Korean brand VT cosmetics teamed up with them to release a line of collagen pacts this fall.)


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Here, I’m breaking down the top 5 beauty looks of BTS that helped catapult them to worldwide superstardom — from punked out pop to glitter glam — plus ways you can DIY their looks at home.


#5 War of Hormone (2014): Punk Goes K-Pop


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I love this punky concept! It’s so playful and carefree, with adorable fashion to boot. Real talk, I want every single one of these outfits.


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From left: Jungkook’s jet black locks and V’s lust-worthy lavender.


First of all: HELLO, HAIR! V’s purple-tinted, choppy ’do truly had me considering a pixie cut, while Jungkook’s jet-black, mega-fluffy front fringe reminded me of how badly I’d been wanting to take my locks to the dark side. (I didn’t take the plunge until a year later, but I haven’t looked back).


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RM goes through some eye makeup experimentation, serving some seriously goth-inspired eye contouring. Come through, spooky king!



For a safe-for-work version of this look, lightly apply a red-toned shadow (like Missha’s Modern Shadow Shimmer in SRD03 Burnt Cinnamon) in the socket of the eye with a fluffy blending brush. For some extra oomph, apply a shimmery, nude cream shadow to the center of the lid.


#4 Run (2015): Boots & Bowl Cuts


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Uh, clearly I like the punk-inspired concepts.


This era sees the group returning to their boyish charm with some hair color that is to die for, like Jimin’s vibrant orange cut. Makeup is kept really minimal and is skin-focused, some light brown shadow built up around the eyes + directly under the aegyo-sal (that cutesy bit of fat under the eyes) to enhance a youthful appearance.


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From left: Jungkook, J-Hope, RM


What makes this a top-5’er for me, though? Tattoos. As a semi-tattooed person, I loved seeing the makeup extend beyond their faces in RM’s hand “tattoos.” It’s stereotypical but really ties the “bad boy” concept together.



Fake tattoos are a super fun and easy way to add edge to your look. Using a super precise eyeliner pen, carefully draw out your design and let dry for a few seconds. Lightly dust with your favorite colorless powder and BAM — commitment-free tats!


#3 I Need U (2015): I Need U(r) Glow


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We’re taking a bit of an aesthetic detour with this concept, and it’s so, so good. The low-contrast imagery? Yes. Floral motifs? DOUBLE YES.


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From left: Suga, Jungkook


Sure, there’s the occasional warm eyeshadow moment here and there, but what this makeup is really about is complexion. All the stops were pulled to create a youthful, lit-from-within look to the skin. Sticking to the ethereal theme, glow-promoting products (such as The Face Shop’s Highlighter Beam) were tapped across the eyes and skin to add fullness, shine, and volume to the face.



Creamy products not your style? Opt for a finely milled powder illuminator (like JungSaemMool’s Essential Powder Illuminator) to lightly dust over the face’s high points for a similar effect.


#2 Blood Sweat, & Tears (2016): All Smoked Out


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This remains one of my all-time faves for one reason and one reason only: EYESHADOW. I mean, come on! Contoured, smoked out eyeshadow? WITH additional glittery realness? What’s not to love? BTS basically stole and improved everyone’s go-to club look, and I’m not even mad about it.


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From left: Jimin, Suga


We also see members’ features being extremely feminized using traditional women’s beauty techniques. Lips and skin were kept muted, but highlighted.



Venturing in a totally, completely out-of-the-box concept proved to be successful for the group. By heavily promoting femininity and sensuality rather than their typical “boyish” charm, they managed to inspire literally hundreds of thousands of “Blood, Sweat, & Tears”-related tutorials on YouTube.


#1 Fire (2016): Because Your Hair Color Is Smokin’


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I know: This is not the most makeup-y era. But oh, is it my absolute favorite.


This had both my fashion-loving and beauty-obsessed brain buzzing; everyone is wearing something special, whether it be from Japanese streetwear brands or luxury designers like Saint Laurent.


Makeup was kept extremely subtle so as not to overpower the garments — any changes in appearance were made to enhance the effect of the clothes, making the concept all the more powerful.


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As always, we saw ma-JOR changes in hair, including a black-to-platinum transition in Jin. (If someone can LMK how they keep their hair from falling out, that would be great *cries in split ends*.)


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I may be a little biased, but this era includes my all-time favorite look on any member: If you know me at all, you know I am absolutely obsessed with RM’s weird, blue/green/blue-green/green-blue Caesar/undercut hybrid. There’s no rhyme or reason as to why this should have ever been conceptualized by a professional hair stylist, but oh, boy, am I glad it was.



This era as a whole expresses the power of utilizing beauty to amplify whatever look you’re aiming for, as well as the power of combining fashion and beauty to fully express yourself. For that reason, it’s my fave.


So who’s your bias? And what are your fave beauty looks of BTS?



Miranda is a 20-something writer who enjoys spending any and all of her disposable income (and time) on traveling to hunt for undiscovered beauty gems. When she’s not on the search for beauty products, Miranda can be found binge watching Law and Order: SVU and drinking copious amounts of iced tea. You can find her excessive selfie collection, travel diary, and other musings around her hometown of Los Angeles on Instagram @armbar.




Log in just to say that you have Great Taste! I love Fire era! Because not only on it's own it's great but on the members, it's perfect. It's the style that suited them the best as a group and individually. It's vibrant, boyish, electric but still just as fashionable and very BTS. I am sad we will never see a era like Fire again and I'm sad it lasted so short. I love boyish bts the most.

Miranda Rico

YESSS A SOUL SISTER! i'm so glad someone else agrees, everyone looked so good, comfortable, and authentic 😭


Blood Sweat & Tears has got to be my favorite makeup era. I love everything about that era anyway. It's my boyfriend's favorite too, but mostly because he loves the art direction of the MV.
I've been a huge fan since before the boys even debuted, so I've felt kind of like a proud mom watching them progress over the years (even though half of them are older than me lol).
Please don't ask me to choose a bias because I'm not good with favoritism! hahaha x'D

Miranda Rico

ha! RM will always be my #1 but i slowly feel all 6 of the others creeping up to that spot on the daily ;____;


I mean, if I absolutely HAD to choose, it would probably maybe be J-Hope but that's such a difficult choice!
I love all of them ;A;


Dope is probably my fave era, because it was kind of a fun concept. And because red haired Jimin needs to have a comeback ?

Blood, Sweat & Tears was also great, like you mentioned the eye make up looked so good. Although tbh I'm not a huge fan of the circle lenses that some of them (and many other idols) use.

Miranda Rico

i applaud anyone who can touch their eyeball long enough to pop contacts in ? eek!!


Haha, but it's ok once you get the hang of it^^ I was pretty horrified at first too, but my eye specialist convinced me to use them, because contacts are the only way for me to even reach 100% eyesight ?


BTS are truly chameleons within the fashion and beauty world. They’re stylists manage to create cohesive looks that all manage to stand out individually. I love the epic style choices and that the boys aren’t afraid to punch the style envelope. I am also loving their current style for Love Yourself with all the bold colors but being able to throw back to hip hop inspired roots with the MV they did for Mic Drop Remix!

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Miranda Rico

i agree! anything hip hop inspired gets me so hyped — there's nothing better than their hip hop fashion IMO


I love their soft toned and pink era during Spring Day promotion, been following this group for more than a year now and I'm amazed how their stylist and makeup artist comes up with different make up and style in each comeback. Oh by the way their recent collaboration with VT cosmetics was great, I got the collagen pact and it was perfect fit on my skin type.


Ooo, I wanna hear more about the collagen pact. Is it a cushion compact? How's the coverage?


No not really cushion but more of a cream type. It's available on #21 shade only, but I really like its coverage. I have an oily skin type but to my surprise it does not really trigger my oil glands, and its better than the cushion I used before.


ahhhg! Why do Korean brands only do one shade? I can't wear 21!

Miranda Rico

Spring Day was SO good! Maybe I'm a lil' biased because I love that song, but still :p


Same, I can't stop being a little emotional whenever i hear this song, and the english translation of the lyrics is really heart wrenching ?