In a world where everyone with a video camera thinks they’re a YouTube star, it can be hard to separate the Lisa Eldridges from the Joe Schmoes. But with over 1.6 million subscribers, South Korean’s Pony (also known as Hye-Min Park), is definitely the real deal. From her impressive celebrity transformations to her more controversial Hijab makeup tutorial video, all eyes are on Pony and her meticulous makeup application skills.
Before writing four makeup books and becoming CL’s trusted makeup artist, Pony worked as a graphic designer, publishing makeup videos online as a hobby. Her career took off in 2010, when she was approached by publishers to turn her makeup tips into her first book. Now armed with over 2 million Instagram followers, countless K-pop and celebrity admirers, and a makeup collection under her belt, Pony is definitely a bonafide makeup queen.
Want to see Pony in action? Here’s a list of our favorite Pony looks and videos.
Kylie Jenner Transformation
For every girl that wants the secret to Kylie’s full lips, defined brows and a healthy bronze–Pony breaks it down in this mesmerizing video tutorial.
Taylor Swift Transformation
Capturing a makeup look is one thing, but Pony manages to literally transform into Taylor’s twin with some seriously skilled eye contouring.
Graphic Eye Makeup
Sure, this isn’t one we’d wear to the grocery store, but that gorgeous crisp white surrounded by black is perfection. Add some metallic accents and a black lip and we’re swooning.
Sims Transformation Makeup
At what point did we NOT want to be a Sim? Their lives seemed so simple: Get a job instantly without any qualifications, cook spaghetti with the tomatoes you grew in your own garden, before leisurely having a swim in your backyard pool–all this, while possessing healthy glowing skin and the perfect pink lips. Pony just gets it.
Pony as Ariana Grande
How, Pony? Show us your ways. (Really though, we wish this one had a video tutorial.)
Though this look is far from dramatic, Pony shows us how to make natural makeup last all day–especially through summer sweat. There’s also a heavy emphasis on blush, which we love.
Dark Hair, Red Lips
Though Pony was known for her signature colored locks, something about dark hair, red lips and a clean cat-eye screams super fresh (though it could be our penchant for hoop earrings speaking).