K-Pop Artist Tiffany Young on Representing Korean Beauty in America

If you ask Tiffany Young, the best start begins with a bob.

The first time she cut her hair short was 2007, just because of her debut with loved ones Korean girls group Girl's generation. In a process she compares to America's next top model, 17-year-old Young left decision making for her dramatic hair transformation to professionals at SM Entertainment, the body to which the group is signed.

If you remember in the makeover episode of the reality show, which is probably the best of a few Season, Tyra Banks announces her vision for each contestant's new high-fashion look. When Tyra explains who gets an unexpected buzz cut, a colorful dye job or dramatic highlights, the models really do not have anything to say about that. (Cue the passionate cry scenes.) The same went down for all eight members of Girls Generation.

"We got all the concepts and images that would make us more recognizable because we were so big families," she reminds of a recent visit to attract office. SM wanted to give her a picture – an identity. Enter: A layered bob with side water bushes.

At that time, short hair was not popular in the Korean-girls group, so Young was scared. But she practiced the law of attraction and remember to say to herself: "Hi, if it will make people listen to my music, okay." The universe must have listened because Girls Generation continued to cement itself as an iconic group in K-pop history. In a couple of years, Young's adorable Bob became her signature look before she grew out in almost waist length waves. "In the last eight years I have to live my hair-dreaming dreams," she kisses.

Fast-paced until September 2018, when Young, now 29, debuted a new hazy hair clip in her music video, "Teach You." One month later, she went to the Red Carpet at the American Music Awards – the first woman in K-pop to do that.

Tiffany Young 2018 AMAs

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At this time, however, the hairstyle was voluntary: Young had planned the hair's length and color of her own will and felt "very happy about it." (Do not worry, she's not crazy about her first bob. She recently understood how powerful the experience was and now it calls one of the best things ever happened to her.)

I made sure I looked, made and felt a certain way that I wanted to see myself at this age.

After deciding to focus on her solo projects and moving back to his native California, Young was ready to let go and try something new. "I made sure I looked, sounded and felt in a way that I wanted to see myself in this time," she explains. "I'm going to grow up and enter the American music industry and entertainment industry as a woman was something very important to me and to change my picture and cut my hair was the fastest, easiest and most painless way to do it."

Although her new solo songs, "Learn" and "Over my skin. "is in English, the essence of K-pop is still threaded through Young's music. Some of the reason she wiped her hair was to fit the concept of her newest song, Teach You, proves. It's about the heart, "You would do something crazy dramatically and want to change things about you," she says. "[My haircut] kind of explains the song without even singing or anything. "

Makeup as a representation

If you look closely at Young's makeup – especially in "Learn" – You will notice that it is true for her roots as well. Her blunt lips, brilliant skin, peachy rose shadow and delicate wing-shaped lines are not just quintessential for her appearance, but are also deliberately reflective of Korean make-up trends and techniques. All that says she's about using makeup as a way to boost what you have.

I mean sheetworms are a great way to present it … but there's much more to K beauty.

Young hope that her makeup can be a way to represent the Korean beauty aesthetics in the US "I mean arkmaskar is a great way to introduce it because I use them every day too, but there is much more to K beauty, she says. "I'm so glad I could talk about it."

In a video we shot about the secret life of a K-pop artist, Even, one of her Korean make-up technicians shared the same sticks used for my favorite Korean food, tteokbokki (떡볶이), spicy rice cakes, to help keep my eyelashes curled.

Say goodbye to weekly visits to the skin care clinic

After moving back to California, young lambs must adapt to not go to a skin care clinic in Seoul every week. I had my suspicions that this was one thing among K pop stars. One mentioned the record when their skin care routine can be painful sometimes. When weekly extractions and laser treatments are involved, keep enviable glass skins of a K-pop star curve definitely uncomfortable. Young also reveals that they received weekly facials, scales and LED light therapy.

Transfers to take care of their skin on their own proved to be a difficult task. "When I first came back, the temperature, climate and water definitely changed what my skin looked like," kids recall. When she began to break out, even her parents were not used to seeing her skin in this condition. "I was just like," I'm human, "she says." That's all that comes out. I do not drive it down or make anyone choose it. [Acne] is normal. There is nothing wrong with that. " Preach.

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From this, Young realized that she was paying attention to her lifestyle and was more aware that her body was the key to getting her skin back on track. Once she began to get more sleep, eat better, and straighten up her exfoliating routine (more about it in a little), her skin began to clean up.

Overall, Young has come to realize that skin care is not about having "good" or "bad" skin. "It is to know [your skin], she says. "That's how much you really get into it. Do not take it like a chore or be upset or lazy because that's what you do. I really think it's all the time and care to invest in your face. The more You look at it, there will always be a solution, be it products or doctors because they are experts. "

The key to her glowing skin is scaling

When Young learns how to take care of her skin on her own, she has come to rely on her favorite Korean skin care products and technicians. After double cleaning, as Young considers a must, she takes exfoliating more seriously than someone I've ever met. Instead of using the same product once a week, she cycles through about four in a month. Fortunately, she shared some of her favorites with attract.

On days when she feels particularly dry, she will reach for splurge-worthy La Mer Replenishing Oil Exfoliator, which is a miracle broth-spiced mild shed stained with sugar crystals and sea salt. Alternatively, can Amorepacific Treatment Enzyme Peel There is another option she has been answering for the last five years. However, it is not like a typical home scaling. In fact, Treatment enzyme Peel is a mild exfoliation powder that you mix with water to soften and skin. "The really lights up, says Young.

O.R.G. Mineral scale face


For chemical exfoliation, Young loves the enzyme-infected O.R.G. Skincare Mineral scale face for its gross but satisfactory results. "You can use it every other day," she says. "You just spray it on, and you can see that all the dead skin is coming off."

And when she wants to go all the way before an event, Young turns her face into a special deep cleansing gel she received from the skin care clinic she visited. "You put it on and it starts to sweat," she explains. "It feels like you sweat. Then you add some water and the surface becomes completely clean. Then you put a face mask on it and the next day you're ready to shine." I have never heard of a cleaning gel that makes you feel sweaty, but now I'm need to go to Korea to get it.

Open up to experiment and happiness

Without a doubt, Young is more experimental with beauty than ever in this new phase of her career. Before we sat down for the interview, young happy people showed me about her appearance from a news Paper digital protection film. She licked her hair and swung on bold eyeshadows in seafoam, sky blue and magenta at the moment. "I go on, and it is so much fun, "she says when I interview her." You do it when you are happy and feeling yourself. "

Beauty generally helps Young to understand how happy she is with where she is wearing her life right now: "Being happy is not like," Oh, I'm perfect. "It's Like I Accept Who I Am," she explains to me with her brand-name team-the kind of expression that makes you think you've known her for several years just minutes after meeting her while remembering and forget that she is one of the most famous artists in K-pop. "I accept all the positive things about me, and I focus on it. [Before,] I would never lick my hair again. I would never put on the green eye shadow. I would be so scared, but now I'm definitely open, and my hair says all this as well. "

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