I have a confession to make. I’m addicted to Korean dramas. I might be Chinese, but I watch 5 times as much Korean cinema as I do Chinese. Autumn in my Heart, Il Mare, Boy Over Flowers … I love it all! But my favorite Korean drama is actually a film: My Sassy Girlfriend, released in 2001.
I love how funny and cute the movie is and I love even more how naturally beautiful Jun Ji-hyun is in it. I still remember inviting Meg over to my house to watch the movie on the big screen TV in the basement of my old house so we could marvel over her perfect skin and laugh at her ridiculously funny co-star, Cha Tae Hyun. She even motivated me to go out and buy a bright pink zip up hoodie to wear over a bright pink checked polo, that’s how much I loved this movie.
Hindsight being 20/20, I can now figure out how to imitate her look without the ridiculous pink-on-pink of my past, but first we’ll start this look from the beginning.
Jun has radiant skin and a flawless complexion, and in My Sassy girl her makeup is very natural-looking, allowing her beautiful skin to shine through. While we might not all be that lucky, we can still try and mimic her look. First, wash your face thoroughly with your usual cleanser and moisturizer your skin well. Cover any blemishes with a well-matched concealer ( I enjoy Nars concealer $22). Then instead of a foundation, try a tinted moisturizer (Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer $42, is very nice and very popular) for an even complexion that doesn’t look too made up. Part of a natural look is to not have a matte face, but I know many of us aren’t comfortable with being a bit shiny. If that’s you, try Clinique’s Almost Powder, $24, for a bit of natural-looking matte-ness.
Line the top of your eyelid with a black pencil liner, then take your finger and smudge it slightly. Don’t line the bottom of your eye. Curl your lashes and add a touch of mascara, but make sure not to wear too much. I’d suggest Kiehl’s Marvelous Mineral Mascara, $16.50, for a subtle lash look (it also contains jojoba oil, perfect for keeping your lashes healthy!). Finally, top it all off with lip and cheek stains to get a bit of a natural glow (read Meg’s post to learn how to do it!)
Jun’s style in the movie is 100% preppy. From khaki trousers to dress shirts to cardigans, she probably owned the entire 2001 J. Crew collection. For a 2011 take on this look, I’m still heading to J.Crew! Try a cropped pant, like the Minnie pants, in khaki and wear a dress shirt with a bright colored cardigan (like pink!) over it. Finally, slip your feet into a classic pair of keds.
Last but not least, Jun’s hair is stunning. To also have gorgeously shiny, healthy, silky hair try an Ancient Indian beauty secret: the hair oil massage!
Jun Ji-Hyun’s look in can work for anyone because it’s all about letting your natural beauty shine through. And now that I’ve tackled getting her beauty look, maybe I can move on to finding myself a man as awesome as her’s in My Sassy Girlfriend. Here’s hoping!
P.S. if you guys haven’t seen this movie I highly recommend it. It’s an absolute blast to watch!