Here’s How To Recreate IU's Best Beauty Looks

by YunAlex

Here’s How To Recreate IU's Best Beauty Looks

-From glossy lips to monotone makeup
Happy Birthday, IU! The multi-talented Korean singer, songwriter and actress turns 29 on 16 May. It’s no secret that her role as bossy and beautiful Jang Man-Wol in the Dark Fantasy K-drama Hotel Del Luna has made us fall back in love with whimsical pieces and dramatic, vintage-inspired silhouettes. That said, we’re also equally smitten with her stylish take on all things beauty. Read on as we highlight our favourite beauty moments from the star and recommend the makeup picks you’ll need to recreate these looks.

Channelling cocoa

Chocolate brown is a tricky hue to pull off, but IU does it with ease. Following her unveiling as GQ Korea’s Woman of The Year in 2020, the media site published a stunning series of images of the singer in a variety of androgynous outfits by Gucci (P.S. She was named as the fashion house’s ambassador in 2020) and cool, cocoa-coloured makeup. This impactful look is a refreshing departure from IU’s usual ensembles, which tend to feature more feminine frocks, looser cuts and softer hues.

Recreate her look:
Define your brows using MISSHA Ultra Powerproof Brow Mascara to achieve a more boyish aesthetic that’s similar to IU’s. This tinted brow gel’s micro-precision brush makes it easier for you to coat and define your brow hairs to make them look fuller and thicker. For a subtly radiant complexion just like hers, try LANEIGE Neo Cushion Glow, which provides your skin with medium to full coverage while protecting it against damaging UV rays and blue light.




MISSHA Ultra Powerproof Brow Mascara 4g
-Synergy between natural and powerful long-lasting ultra powerproof.


LANEIGE Neo Cushion Glow 15g*2 
-Radiant-Finish Cushion that creates a prismlike glowing complexion for 24 hours







Pastel press-on nails

It’s safe to say that IU’s Jang Man-Wol has made romantic, ruffled dresses and long wavy hair become part of her signature look in Hotel Del Luna. But beyond these, she’s also the queen of details and has been experimenting with different stylish manicure designs. Speaking of which, check out the beautiful immortal’s ensemble above, with her nails in pastel colours that complemented her bow-tie blouse and flared skirt.



GELATO FACTORY Jellymix Creamy Chic Nail 1kit

 -A charming nail color with a subtle hologram that glitters over the gray brush pattern of the failton







Pink-powered pout

Shine on, sister! The singer took to Instagram to share a compilation of her recent beauty looks, and one of them included a sparkling pink makeup look that was completed by silver chandelier earrings and an off-shoulder blouse. On her cheeks, she wore a glittery pink blush that featured more cool, bluish undertones. As for her lips, she went with a bright pink hue with a glossy texture to enhance her pout.

 Recreate her look:
Try TONYMOLY The Shocking Bare Highlighter, which features a cream-to-powder finish and super-fine shimmer pigments. Then, nourish and add shine to your pout with HERA Sensual Fresh Lip Oil 7ml (#002) in the shade Candy, which is infused with plant-based active ingredients to protect, plump and soften your lips.



TONYMOLY The Shocking Bare Highlighter 4g
-As if it's your own skin, you can create a three-dimensional glow with volume.



HERA Sensual Fresh Lip Oil 7ml (#002)
-Lip oil that creates a natural yet intense gloss while protecting the lips with moisture







Smokey auburn maven

 Here’s another gorgeous look that we don’t see from IU every day! In 2019, the singer released a music video teaser for her song The visitor. In a little over 60 seconds, we see her in a more mature get-up, which featured smokey, red-hued eyelids, dainty pearl earrings and a printed wrap dress. We’d love to see more details of her ensemble; however, it seems that her full music video is still under wraps for now as it has yet to be released.

Recreate her look:
In the meantime, you can copy her look with HEART PERCENT Dote on Mood Eye Palette #02 Brown Facets, which boasts 8 richly pigmented shades for you to play with — from vibrant matte red and burnt orange to metallic, chromatic gold and bronze hues. To complete the look, glide the brand’s MERZY Soft Touch Lip Tint #SL2 Sangria over your lips for a matching red pout.




HEART PERCENT Dote on Mood Eye Palette #02 Brown Facets
-A combination of 8 light and dark eyeshadow colors in matte shades, glittering particles, as well as a shimmer eyeshadow



MERZY Soft Touch Lip Tint #SL2 Sangria
-Velvet tint with a soft and silky texture that lightly rests on the lips.






Trendsetting in tangerine

Orange has never looked this good. IU was almost unrecognisable in her cover for W Korea’s April 2021 issue. Dressed in a preppy, librarian-inspired outfit (we should’ve recognised her from her full Gucci get-up!), the singer also sported blue-coloured contacts and bright orange makeup. Once again, not a usual look that you’ll expect from her but that’s what makes it so delightful and fashion-forward to us too.

Recreate her look:
Get a taste of tangerine with the FEEV Hyper-Fit Color Serum 20ml #MY Besties, which features a velvety orange-pink hue and a semi-matte finish. Next, swipe PERIPERA Ink Velvet Intense Stick in Rouge Exotique for long-lasting colour.




FEEV Hyper-Fit Color Serum 20ml
-It has a clear and transparent color to create vitality and has a layering to control the sharpness.



PERIPERA Ink Velvet Intense Stick 3.7g
-A comfortable velvet lip like soft whipped cream.










Which look of IU’s is your favourite?