Renowned for her mesmerising talent, beauty, and captivating performances, Kim Tae-hee has earned legendary status in the dazzling world of South Korean entertainment. Her exceptional skills have made her one of the most revered actresses in the industry.
In 2015, she was even voted the “Beauty Of The Century” poll, a fan-voted poll that crowned her as the country’s most beautiful face of the century.
With her radiant smile and ever-glowing complexion, the 43-year-old Lies Hidden in My Garden actress has left many wondering what her daily routine is like, and the secrets to achieving her timeless look.
Here’s a rundown of all the top tips she’s shared over the years!
Kim Tae-hee’s beauty tips: Skincare
She’s picky about skincare ingredients
In a video interview by a skincare brand, Tae-hee shared with viewers a habit she’s picked up over the years that’s enabled her to maintain her clear, blemish-free skin—checking the ingredients in her products.
“Healthy and clear skin is everyone’s priority. I’m extremely selective when it comes to the base products I apply on my skin, so I check all of the ingredients, even though it might be a bit troublesome. I make sure to look out for any ingredients that may harm my skin or have a strong fragrance.”
She goes on to share that her discerning approach extends beyond facial products, stating that she also carefully inspects hair, body, hand, and even lip products to achieve the best possible results.
For Tae-hee, quality and safety are non-negotiable aspects when it comes to her skincare and beauty regimen.
She doesn’t wait to target her skin concerns
We’ve all been there: letting a pimple fester, hoping it’ll go away without doing much about it, or skipping certain steps in our skincare routines when we’re lazy.
But for Tae-hee, the pressure of being in the public eye has led her to be ultra diligent in her skincare. She told AllKPop back in 2010 that she stays on top of her skincare issues because she often gets photographed.
So, just the feeling that her skin might break out sends the Yong-pal actress racing to the dermatologist.
“When I sense that my skin might get blemishes, I gently apply lotion to my skin. Whenever my skin feels dry, I make sure to use a mask or apply a generous amount of moisturising cream before going to bed.”
Acne patches are a must-have in her beauty tool kit
Due to her combination skin, Tae-hee has shared that she often get blemishes on her forehead, cheeks, and chin. When these pesky zits appear, she reaches for her trusty pimple patches and applies them directly over the affected areas to expedite the healing process.
If you need an effective spot treatment to target active breakouts, we definitely recommend giving acne patches a go! One highly-rated one is the CosRx Acne Pimple Master Patch, by the Korean skincare brand.
CosRx Acne Pimple Master Patch
CosRx Acne Pimple Master Patch is a game changer in acne control. These thin and transparent patches adhere to your skin, helping to absorb excess oil, pus, and impurities from the pimple while protecting it from external irritants and contamination.
They also come in various sizes to fit different blemishes. It’s suitable for all skin types, and can be used on active acne, whiteheads, and even small cystic acne.
She keeps a hand cream on her at all times
Another skincare must-have for the actress is a good hand cream, and she thinks that everyone should have one in their beauty pouch. If you’re on the market for one, the actress keeps one from the K-beauty brand, Duft & Doft, in the “Pink Breeze” scent, which has the fragrance of peonies.
Duft & Doft Pink Breeze Hand Cream
The perfumed hand cream is enriched with Shea Butter, Vitamin E, Collagen, Hyaluronanic Acid, and Aloe Vera for a soft texture that absorbs immediately as soon as it is applied.
It was also tested over 1,300 times to achieve a long-lasting scent!
She swears by her “pink cream”
Tone up creams have become a staple in many k-beauty routines as they help create a bright and glowy “my skin but better” look. For Tae-hee, she finds herself reaching for her “pink cream” every day as the rosy tones of the product gives her a dewy and bright look, and she even uses it as a night cream at times.
While the one Tae-hee mentioned using (Hanskin’s Real Complexion Cream EX Pink Tone Up Cream) has since been discontinued, there are many options available from K-beauty brands because of how popular they are!
Kim Tae-hee’s beauty tips: Makeup
She adores lip products
The actress brings along an assortment of moisturising lip products wherever she goes for soft and supple lips. In 2016, she revealed on the Korean Lifestyle Show, Get It Beauty, that whenever she needs a boost of moisture and colour for her lips, she swipes on some tinted lip balm.
“Before I go to bed every night, I’ll put on some tube-style lip balm. But whenever my lips start to peel and feel very dry, I’ll use an oil-based balm.” Her go-to product is a lip oil from Clarins!
The Lip Comfort Oil is made with 93% naturally sourced components, including 30% incredibly nourishing plant oils like organic jojoba, hazelnut, and organic rosehip star extract oil.
This special blend of oils gives the lips hydrating, nourishing, protective, and restorative benefits, and works great as a base for colour as well!
While Tae-hee is undoubtedly blessed with stunning visuals, Son Ju Hee, her trusted makeup artist of 17 years (who even did her wedding makeup!) has had a hand in creating some of her most memorable looks.
In a video interview with Allure Korea, the MUA revealed her secrets behind the actress’ angelic on-screen glow for the Netflix show, Hi Bye, Mama!
Don’t overdo base products before applying makeup
To ensure that Tae-hee’s skin not only maintains its glass-like appearance on camera, but also lasts through emotional scenes where the actress has to cry, Ju Hee applies minimal skincare to her face so that the foundation does not rub off easily.
“If you put too much skincare product on, the makeup will not last. Make sure you let them get absorbed into the skin. When your base makeup has good adhesion, it also lasts longer and won’t be ruined easily,” she says.
She also uses a layered technique when applying products, stating, “I never make [the makeup] thick. I don’t use a ton of products, and apply them in even, thin layers.”
Mix your foundation with oil
While mixing your foundation with oil might seem a bit strange at first, it can actually make it more blendable, easier to work with, and last longer on the skin. The key is to use a comedogenic oil, such as rosehip or argan oil, to ensure that your skin does not get irritated. This is what Ju Hee does to achieve Tae-hee’s flawless, dewy look.
Go easy on the mascara
Tae-hee’s everyday glam tends towards a no-makeup makeup look, and this was ever-present during her time on the show as well. One feature, however, always stands out—her flawlessly-curled lashes.
The secret behind this was revealed by her MUA, who employed a “lash iron” technique on Tae-hee’s lashes, using a heated wooden stick to create a lasting curl. She then applies one thin coat of mascara, starting from the root, before going over with the stick once again to remove clumps and seal in the product.
Kim Tae-hee’s beauty tips: Mindset
Not only is Tae-hee a role model in her skincare and beauty practices, but her attitude towards life is worth drawing inspiration from as well.
In the aforementioned YouTube video, the mother of two shared that happiness and managing one’s stress are essential to her life.
“When you’re happier, you also look more beautiful, in my opinion. Your complexion improves. I believe it’s crucial to effectively manage your stress as well.”
As for her method of unwinding, the actress favours walks in nature to cultivate a healthy state of mind!
“I try to go for a stroll every day as I live close to the Namsan mountain. So whenever I have time or the weather is nice, I’ll do that. When I look at the trees and take in the fresh air, it’s very healing and I feel better.”
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