7 Beauty And Hair Styles From This Year’s K-Dramas To Spice Up Your Look This Fall
In Korea, the leaves are not only the things changing this fall. The alchemy of yellow, red, brown, and orange colors spreading all over mountains and foliage signal the change of seasons — and a major transition in beauty looks and fashion styles. As the weather shifts to colder winds and longer nights, styles are veering towards deeper, darker shades and more moody vibes. If you’re in need of a quick fix to turn your bright summer shades into fall’s stunning colors, here is some inspo from K-dramas you just might want to cop!
Deep red matte lip and nail art
If there’s an award category for most fashionable character in a drama, there’s no doubt who will bring home the trophy: IU, who played Jang Man Wol in “Hotel Del Luna.” Her vintage and era-defining outfits were often matched with a deep burgundy matte lip to portray a more mature, romantic, and Old World vibe. Dealing with lost souls and ghosts from her past didn’t stop her from rocking killer looks! Another noticeable addition to her whole aesthetic are her impeccably polished nails with two-toned or mismatched nail art. Her character is fond of luxurious and beautiful things, and she quite literally had them at her fingertips!
Haven’t seen it yet? Catch “Hotel Del Luna” here!
Orange lip with a cat eye
Another standout, unforgettable fashionista in dramas this year is Lee Da Hee, who played Cha Hyun in “Search: WWW.” She’s an empowered corporate leader in the IT industry, and she’s tough and straightforward when it comes to work; however, she turns awkward and cute when she’s in love! Her makeup reflected her personality with pronounced eyeliner to show her strong side, and a pop of orange to represent her more playful character. It’s the perfect balance that achieved a chic, trendy makeup look!
Watch “Search: WWW” here!
Shades of golden brown and red
Changing your hair color is also another great way to get in tune with the season. Shades of light brown, red, and gold will match with the fallen leaves and warm-colored trees in the perfect fall background! Watch “Her Private Life” and “The Secret Life of My Secretary” (which coincidentally had the same title theme) for inspo on how the beautiful leading ladies styled their hair!
Don’t miss “Her Private Life”!
You can watch “The Secret Life of My Secretary” here!
Bangs are always a staple in K-drama hairstyles. If you’re ready to give your fringe a snip, here are some characters who rocked this style: Jin Joo (played by Chun Woo Hee) in “Melo Is My Nature,” and Eun Dan Oh (played by Kim Hye Yoon) in “Extraordinary You.” Bangs can drastically change your look and give you a youthful glow. Just make sure you roll them up in curlers to prevent them from going flat!
Watch the latest episodes of “Extraordinary You!”
Watch “Melo Is My Nature” here:
If you’re done with your plain hairstyle and have the courage to opt for a drastic, head-turning change, go for a short bob. It can be less maintenance and you can style it easily — whether you want to go for a soft, feminine look like Shin Min Ah‘s in “Chief of Staff,” or a daring and powerful one like Kim Sun Ah’s in “Secret Boutique.”
Catch up on “Secret Boutique” here!
Fall brings colder winds and chilly weather, so if you’re not in the mood for a short bob, keep your hair long and flowy — and we mean really long and flowy. Dong Baek (Gong Hyo Jin) in “When the Camellia Blooms” is the epitome of a kindhearted woman who has a stunning beauty that is admired by the whole town. She doesn’t care about glamming herself up and instead keeps it natural and easy with her long hair. Meanwhile, ballerina Lee Yeon Seo (Shin Hye Sun) in “Angel’s Last Mission: Love” is the complete opposite. She grew up sheltered in a rich family, and her style mirrors that. Her long, straight locks are styled accordingly with accessories like pearl headbands and clips.
If you missed “Angel’s Last Mission: Love,” you can watch it here!
Soft waves and a natural look
Fall evokes a romantic, nostalgic feeling, and soft waves in your hair can match this mood. Han Bo Reum of “Level Up” and Suzy of “Vagabond” are great examples of this look with their soft, feminine curls.
Catch the look for yourself in “Level Up”!
Hey Soompiers! Which fall look do you want to try? Let us know in the comments below!
DianneP_Kim is an English magazine and online editor and stylist based in South Korea. Check out her Instagram at @dianne_panda.