Sparkly Summer: 8 Hair And Makeup Inspo From K-pop Stars

Summer is a time for adventures and fun under the sun, and in K-pop, it means a season of excitement because there are summer comebacks left and right. Not only do we get to hear new bops to carry us through the heat and beats that will cool us off, but we’re also able to see a variety of hair and makeup styles from our favorite stars! Here are some of the viral trends this summer.

Short and sharp

Long hair during summer can bog you down, so a short, simple hairstyle just might give you a fresher, younger look. Plus, it’s super low maintenance and will let you look great even as a wash and wear hairstyle! (G)I-DLE’s Soyeon, BLACKPINK’s Lisa and Red Velvet subunit Irene & Seulgi are sporting chic bobs that give them a mix of bold, edgy, and cute vibes.

Red hair, don’t care

Fiery red is quite the favorite hair color of stars this season because of its standout, bright and fearless look. MAMAMOO’s Hwasa styled her hair with an auburn, reddish-brown color while GFRIEND’s SinB and Red Velvet’s Seulgi went for a more intense red shade. It’s definitely a striking look that’s perfect for their strong, powerful comebacks!

Chunky highlights

Several beauty magazines called this the coolest hair trend this 2020: chunky highlights. This style creates a stark contrast with one’s natural hair color, and it’s bringing back old school ’90s vibes. BLACKPINK’s Jennie went for blonde front streaks that compliment her heart-shaped face. GFRIEND’s Umji had streaks underneath her long hair, and Apink’s Eunji went for simple purple streaks that add a mysterious touch to her natural black hair. Meanwhile, Sunmi used a filter to go for a bold look with highlights on her bangs. Whether you’re up for experimental or subtle highlights, this style is definitely on trend!

Bejeweled hair accessory

We are seeing this hair accessory in many music videos these days, as shown by Jennie, Somi, and Girls’ Generation’s Taeyeon and Hyoyeon! It gives off an elegant look that’s perfect for these queens.


Taeyeon is giving pretty mermaid vibes with this memorable look. Complete with aqua blue shades, pearly sheen makeup, and beads and shells in her hair, this style is unmistakably summery!

Shimmery gems

Stars seem to gravitate towards the bejeweled trend even in makeup as seen on Chungha, Heize, and GFRIEND’s Sowon, Yerin, and SinB. It consists of either glitters or small beads spread all over the face like glimmering freckles, or gold flakes carefully placed on top of the eyeshadow. It’s a mystical look that will surely leave onlookers bewitched.

Thick natural brows

Straight brows are still pretty standard in K-pop, but in Red Velvet – Irene & Seulgi’s strong comeback concept for “Monster,” their brows were styled in a thicker, bolder style. The dark, defined, and thick brows matched their edgy, alluring concept perfectly. And if anyone could pull it off, it’s these two!

Purple glow

Sunmi’s expertly-blended luxurious purple eyeshadow became viral for being a unique streak of glimmer that shapes the eye. Sunmi recently posted a collection of photos of fans who took inspiration from her winning look!

Hey Soompiers! Which of these summer looks do you want to try? Tell us your faves in the comments below!

DianneP_Kim is an English magazine and online editor based in South Korea. She is the author of a K-pop style book published by Skyhorse Publications, New York, and has recently released her second book about BTS. Check it out on Amazon and follow her on Instagram at @dianne_panda!

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