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February 19, 2019

5 More Times BTS’s Makeup Left Me Shook (& How to Get the Look Yourself)

Yup, now you have one more reason to ogle all of that BTS content out there: their drool-worthy makeup looks. Here are some of the best BTS makeup looks from the last year and how you can rock a J-Hope freckle like an idol.


Yes, we’re talking BTS makeup looks again. With approximately 7 million new eras since my last post, how could we not?


In case you’re one of the 20 people in the world who has not yet heard of BTS, a quick summary: BTS was the first K-pop act to be nominated for and win Top Social Artist two years in a row at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards; they released two albums that debuted at No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart; they were named one of Time magazine’s 25 Most Influential People on the Internet; they beat the record for the most-viewed video within 24 hours on YouTube when their music video for “Idol” garnered over 45 million views on the first day of its release, beating Taylor Swift’s record; they became the first K-pop group to address the United Nations; they became the first K-pop act to play a U.S. stadium; and their concert movie Burn the Stage: The Movie, broke One Direction’s previous record for highest-grossing cinema musical production. Oh, and BTS became the first K-pop act to be nominated for a Grammy. And that was just all in 2018!



So while we still stan the smoky eyes and blown-out shadows of their Blood, Sweat, and Tears era of 2016, the boys have definitely been serving a fresher-faced moment more recently that we all need to recognize. Here, I discuss my favorites of the bunch.


1. EVERYONE during Love Yourself: Tear promo shoot


When I say this left me speechless, I mean this left me SPEECH. LESS! Who would’ve expected BTS to shoot in such clean, natural looks? The outfits are akin to a Gap ad on steroids, but that’s fine. Look at those FACES!


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A light coverage liquid complexion product (like Snou Beauty’s Pearl Shining BB Cream) does wonders for achieving this look. Taking a light amount — about a pea size — rub the product between your hands and pat the product into the skin like moisturizer.



2. The “Idol” music video


This MV was the wildest thing I’ve ever experienced: neon tropical imagery, giraffes, and traditional Korean motifs with a surrealist touch serve as the visual for the fast-paced, drop-filled single.


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And yet, I was still focused on their makeup. Who would’ve thought a cool-toned eyeshadow would be so balancing?


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This is super easy to achieved. Taking a cool-toned brown (think Labiotte Momentique Time Shadow’s beige shade in 3-o’clock), buff the color over the entire lid with a blending brush. If you have a crease, buff the color slightly over the crease line so the color shows.



3. J-Hope in “Daydream”


This was Hobi’s first venture into solo-dom, and it was everything. I love seeing makeup being used to give a sleepy effect to the eyes, and his MUAs did just that.


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Although the face makeup here seems too natural or seamless to care, it’s important to note that his skin is MATTE! Matte skin? In K-pop? How? Who?!


While the skin is matte, it still looks dimensional. This can be accomplished one of two ways:


1. Using a semi- or demi-matte foundation, like Romand’s Perfect Fitting Foundation.


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2. Using a small buffing brush and subtle highlighter, like Etude House’s Glow Highlighter Wheel. Taking the shade that fits your undertone best, buff the product into the apple of your cheeks, tip of the nose, middle of your eyes, above your brow arches, and the sides of the uppermost part of your nose bridge. However, feel free to tailor this to your particular face shape and features — the goal is highlight anywhere the sun would hit your natural face.



4. The “Fake Love” music video


Oh, yes, this was a moMENT! Red eyeshadow on K-pop boys isn’t a particularly new concept, but I was still in love nonetheless. The warmer tone of the red pushed the look from cutesy to brooding but still innocent with bare-looking lips.


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Clockwise from top left: Jimin, V, RM, and Suga


I’m not saying their makeup was the reason for their all-kill within two hours, but I’m not saying it ISN’T, either.


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For the same moody, brooding eye look, take a burgundy shade and buff over the eyelid until it looks smoky. Then using a warm brown eyeliner (like 3CE’s Mood Recipe Gel Crayon Eye Liner in Hug), tightline the eyes lightly, using the sponge tip to slightly blend.


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5. J-Hope during the Love Yourself: Answer promo shoot


Yes, J-Hope has been featured twice now. I just LOVE a faux freckle, and these were done so well. The barely-there application makes for the sun-kissed and boyish — not cartoony — moment that we all love so, so much.


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Faux frecks is my all-time favorite creative makeup trend, and I’m a firm believer that everyone is able to achieve ‘em. All you need is a superfine, super thin brown pen liner. CELLNCO’s Eye Love Pen Liner in Cutie Brown is the perfect shade of brown that isn’t too dark or light, plus has an incredibly precise tip to easily make freckles with. Simply dot, dot, dot varying marks around the nose and inner cheeks for a natural effect. If you’re oily, consider powdering first for extra lasting power. If you’re dry, make sure to moisturize extra so your freckles don’t look textured.



What have been your favorite BTS makeup looks? Sound off in the comments!



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.




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Honestly. Skin goals! As a male in this industry I am happy to see more and more articles like this. Thank you.


I think some of their red carpet looks have been a favorite. Clean and polished. RM with his glasses and slicked hair looked really sharp – he didn't need much other than the slight glow to his skin.


J-hope and his perfect skin... I aspire to have skin like that.


TBH there are far and few times I don't like their look. Sigh. I loved the Danger look. First time I thought they really found their inner "sexy" with the dark eyeliner/smokey eye look. BST was probably the best overall look - clothes, hair and make-up. But as I said they pretty much can't/don't go wrong.

Though the Love Yourself: Tear photoshoot...


I live for their BST look. Their makeup artists deserve a serious raise. Their look is perfection every era. If only I can do a smoky eye half as good as theirs.


I'm just always envious of their skin.... How is it so perfect?! I wish I had smooth skin like them. :( (one day!!)


I know, right? Especially with all the junk food they eat 😂