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Our Favorite K-Pop Comeback Makeup Looks of 2020 and How You Can Recreate Them at Home

Looking for K-Beauty inspo? Look no further than Korean pop music. We’ve got the best of both worlds with this roundup of our favorite recent makeup looks seen on K-Pop’s biggest stars.

A new year rings in new resolutions but for K-Pop fans, it also promises fresh comebacks. Just one month into 2020, a number of groups have already made their mark. In addition to giving us new playlists, the groups are also giving us major makeup inspiration in the form of rhinestones, smokey eyeshadow, and matte lipstick.

When it comes to K-Pop, makeup is just as important as the music in conveying a group’s concept, or album theme. So, we’ve rounded up our favorites with easy ways you can recreate these idol’s looks.


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The six member girl group made a comeback this February with their EP Labyrinth. Their concept was introduced with three sets of photos: “Crossroads”, “Room” and “Twisted”. While the outfits differ for each, the neutral, “no makeup, makeup” look is consistent throughout. 

The focal points include warm-tone eyeshadow and blush for some color and depth, and matte lips in deep rose and rustic coral hues. It’s a casual yet sophisticated look that’s great for everyday wear.  

Recreate It: Go for a nude-toned blush like this 3CE blush in the shade “Rose Beige”. With a powder brush, apply it to the outer cheeks to give a natural warmth as well as the lids for that monochrome look. Top it off with a light layer of Etude House’s Matte Chic Lip Lacquer in “Peach Beige”.


Just one week into 2020, ATEEZ released their comeback with their single Answer. And if there’s anything as impactful as the thunder they reference in the song, it’s their eye makeup. 

The brown tones weaved throughout the looks, whether it’s the tan and mauve brown eye shadows or the subtle eyeliner, add warmth and depth. It’s also perfectly applied to define their eye shapes and skillfully blended at the bottom lash line to create a subtle smokey eye – not to mention, it’s a great look for anyone with monolids. The rest of the makeup highlights their natural features with a slight contour, strong brows, and a pink lip tint. 

Recreate It: Any brown-based eyeshadow palette will do such as this mini 3CE Palette in the shade “Brown Rum”. Apply the lightest shade as the base and gradually add the darker shades to the lid, making sure to focus on the crease and the shape of your eyes, and the bottom lash line. For a more defined look, use a brown eyeliner and smudge it out. Blend it all with a tapered eyeshadow brush to make it more subtle. 


Everglow introduced their third EP reminiscence with their single track “Dun Dun” and we’re here for their bold makeup just as much as their confident lyrics. The eye makeup is especially fun because they experiment with rhinestones, daring eyeliner, and glitter shadows. 

Recreate It: Rhinestones can be bought at a craft store and applied with a makeup safe adhesive. Add a few on the outer corner of the eyes (as seen on EU) to make a statement or just one at the top or the bottom of the lids for a simple accent. Either way they’re both romantic and subtle ways to up the makeup game. You can also go for metallic eyeshadows – whether it’s a holographic shade all over the lid like MIA or gold glitter along the bottom lash line as seen on Onda to brighten up the eye area, glitter is approachable but equally playful.

Cherry Bullet 

The girl group just released their single “Hands Up” and we’re definitely taking notes on their spidery, long lashes and semi-glossy lips. They’re both K-Beauty trends that can you can easily incorporate into your everyday makeup, especially when you’re feeling a little lazy.

Recreate It: To achieve their thin, long lashes gently curl your top lashes, then apply a mascara primer if you’re looking for extra length and long-wear power. All you have to do after is brush on your favorite mascara, but be sure to go thoroughly apply each layer to avoid any clumps. For the lips, try the Etude House Dear Darling Water Gel Tint or the Tomato Jelly Tint Lip by Skinfood to get that glossy finish. 

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