I was on youtube last night, going through some videos to prepare for my upcoming trip to Seoul, Korea when I stumbled upon this pretty Korean makeup artist named Pony. Her real name is Hye Min Park and she has a youtube channel called Pony’s Beauty Diary. The more I watched her, the more enamored I became. She seemed normal, dorky, and real.
We’re all familiar with Michelle Phan, the PixiWoo sisters, and Lisa Eldridge on youtube. Here is a fresh asian voice and face to follow!
Check her out:
Pony is considered “Ulzzang” which means “best face” in Korean. Korean beauty, I’ve noticed, value large, round eyes, pale skin, an oval shaped face, and an innocent and cute manner. They tend to shy away from anything overly sexy. This is in contrast to American or Western beauty which focuses on strong, angular beauty– all cheekbones, arched eyebrows, and tan skin. These differences in cultural values is interesting to observe. We all work against or towards an idea of beauty–whether you want to be gothic and daring or sweet and innocent, it’s all a kind of persona we are creating for ourselves.
So, remember, make-up is fun. It doesn’t and shouldn’t define you but is an avenue of experimentation and transformation.
That being said, we have a new feature on our website. We partnered with Stylecaster.com to implement a new app called “Virtual Makeover”
You’ll see it up above in the tabs. If you click on it, you can follow the prompts to virtually try on any hairstyle or look.
So be sure to check it out. Oh, and if you like anything you virtually “try on” the product is available to purchase right through the app! Leave a comment if you have any questions. Have fun!
The stars of Korean drama and film were out last night, gracing the red carpet event of CJ Entertainment’s 60th Anniversary commemoration of its parent company CJ Group. CJ Entertainment is South Korea’s largest entertainment studio, producing the new wave of highly acclaimed Korean films.
The event was held in the lofty halls of the Museum of Modern Art, where a screening of two films: Safe (director Moon Byoung-Gon) and End of Animal (director Jo Sung Hee) were shown. The event sought to showcase two of its most promising directors and their films to global industry leaders.
Some well known Korean actors in attendance were Lee Byung Hyun, (seen in such thrillers as I Saw The Devil; The Good, The Bad, The Weird; A Bittersweet Life), handsome, baby-faced Goo Soo (Piano; Green Rose; Some White Night; Haunters), Ha Jung-Woo (The Chaser; The Unforgiven; Time; Never Forever; Take Off) and Lee Jin Wook (Nine: Nine Time Travels). Two beautiful Korean actresses were also in attendance: the slight and winsome Gong Hyo-Jin (Crush and Blush; Pasta; The Greatest Love) who had actor Goo Soo by her side, and the stunning Hwang So-Hee who looked elegant in her cream lace dress. Last by certainly not least was Korean pop sensation PSY (Gangnam Style) looking respectfully sedate and dapper in his black suit.
- Jeanie Kwak
Last Tuesday night was the SS14 presentation of New York Based jewelry designer Heidi Gardner. Set in a light, airy space at the Highline loft, the stark white minimalism of the dual rooms became the backdrop of Heidi’s slightly dark and macabre aesthetic. Models in nude jumpsuits entered the room and stood on tall cubes, gesturing slightly with their hands to showcase her work. At eye-length along the white walls were protruding dummy hands or what looked to be driftwood that held up her creations. We saw: a pair of gold majestic looking seahorses that looked to be like hair pins, startling shark jaw pendants, and a gorgeous pincushion of an anemone ring with the darkest pearl laid on top. Another stunner: a gold sting ray cuff with a sharp tail protruding up the arm. Shark tooth rings made a repeat appearance in what looked to be gold, silver and pewter and shark jaws looked like hunter traps but wrapped in gold, still delicate and hanging from a chain. It looked like sea creatures were on the designer’s mind to represent her Spring/Summer collection. Since her past work seemed preoccupied with skulls and human anatomy, it is interesting to see the designer extend her x-ray vision into other exoskeleton worlds.
Last night was the inaugural night of Lingerie Fashion Week/2013. Intimates brand FYI by Dani Read kicked off the newly minted festivities. The S&M inspired creations, complete with restraints, gags, harnesses and leashes, are not for the faint of heart. In fact, their tagline reads, “Women are weapons. Dress yourself as such.” The collection was unapologetically bold and radiated power, attitude and dark sexuality. The accessories were surprisingly delicate and subtle, with gold chains trailing down collars and thick metal belts cheekily named “Love Handles Belt” or “Mistress Leash”. The collection had an Egyptian motif which was quite apparent in the final look which was a flowing white robe topped with a gold Isis Headpiece.
Lightweight grey wools and soft sandy coat dresses appeared in the collection of Yuming Weng. With such a minimal outline, Yuming used the influence of painter Henrietta Harris’ paintings, which, if you do a quick Google search, shows portraits with a watery distortion, or the bad reception of a tv screen. She mimics that distorted movement as a small repeating pattern.
From the press release:
Yuming Weng was born and raised in the Xiamen province of China, and earned an undergraduate degree in International Accounting and Management from Jimen University. She worked as a design intern at the Xiamen Huarong Company in China before coming to Academy of Art University to pursue her M.F.A.
Degree in Fashion Design. Weng was inspired by Henrietta Harris’ soft, distorted portraits.