Song Hye Kyo is a South Korean model turned actress who captured the hearts of many in her role as the tragic Eun-Seo (better known as Jenny in the Philippines) in the Korean drama Autumn in My Heart. I still remember watching that show and bawling in every episode. She is best known for her leading role as Han Ji-Eun (Jessie Han in the Philippines) in the Korean drama adaptation Full House based upon the populay manwha (termed as Manga in Japanese) of the same title along side with co-actor singer Bi Rain.
Since then she starred in many a successful drama, become the face of Laneige which I have mentioned in my previous article, and is considered by many to be the most beautiful woman in Korea. Song is known for her porcelain-like skin and a lot of people have been curious about her beauty secrets and regimens.
First off, she gets it by maintaining a healthy diet. Song Hye Kyo’s secret is to stay away from food that is bad for the skin such as chocolates (aw! noooo!), coke, black tea etc. She eats lots of fruits, veggies and eggs. One of her favorite dishes is pumpkin soup, which she says is good for the health and reduces the body sores. She frequently hydrates her body by drinking water. As a matter of fact, Song recommends to begin the day by drinking two glasses of water on an empty stomach and to complete the daily mission of drinking more than 1.5 liters of water a day. She also pays attention to vitamins for moisture.
Song’s skin care routine is a mixture of high-end products and natural DIY treatments. As I have mentioned time and again, she is the face of Laneige, a Korean beauty brand that is immensely popular all over Asia. Her favorite product is the Laneige Power Essential Skin Toner, which she uses every morning and night. When it comes to skin care, she puts so much priority in moisturizing and firming-up the skin. According to Song, Power Essential Skin Toner is a good item to combat dryness especially when she is filming outdoors. She added that although it is a toner, when applied on the face, it feels like a serum that lasts longer. She also alternates the use of Laneige Star Pure Treatment Mask (sheet mask) and the Laneige Water Sleeping Pack to rejuvenate and refresh her skin after a rigorous day at work.
Now let’s move on with the natural DIY treatments that Song uses and among her favorites are the following:
1. Egg White and Honey Mask for Whitening: Song whitens her face with a mask of one egg white mixed with a spoonful of natural, unprocessed honey (like New Zealand’s famous Manuka honey). She applies the mask to her face and waits for it to dry before washing it off with water. She does this once every two weeks.
2. Honey Mask for Brightening: Song brightens her face with a mask that is one part honey, two parts water. She massages the mask well into her skin and then rinses with water. SHe does this every two weeks also.
3. Ice Cube Press for Skin Firming: Song massages her face with ice cubes in the summer to firm the skin and make her face seem smaller.
Finally, let’s talk about Song’s make-up preferences. Song says she doesn’t “try to cover the skin under thick make-up, I just pay more attention to giving it more radiance by accentuating luminosity.” She famously popularized BB Creams in Asia and uses Laneige Snow BB Cream instead of foundations or powders. BB Creams enhance the skin’s natural properties while providing light coverage for blemishes. She usually doesn’t wear much color on her cheeks, just a very faint flush. I would suggest Benefit Cosmetic’s Benetint or its lighter sibling Posietint for that glow-from-within look. Add a bit of Benefit’s High Beam Luminizer on your cheekbones and down the middle of your nose for more strategic glow!
She usually only wears eyeliner and mascara on her eyes. She uses liquid liner to draw a thin line with a slight thin wing on her upper lid and kohl to lightly line the rims of her eyes. I would suggest Chanel’s Ecriture de Chanel Automatic Liquid Eyeliner, which is great for drawing a thin line, and MAC Eye Kohl. Her mascara is always very natural-looking, with no clumps. I would suggest Kiehl’s Marvelous Mineral Mascara, it gives a little length and a little thickness while keeping you looking natural!