As you may or may not know, fanserviced began as a kpop blog (which still exists!) in early 2013, and it grew because I was, umm, intensely into fangirling. As in, I’d stay up late waiting for teasers and then wake up at 5:30am to make crappy GIFs of live performances. I was so obsessed with kpop that I even made a widget for my kpop blog that shows the current local time in Korea, to prevent missing live broadcasts and releases.
As a result, I am very aware of the skincare and makeup needs of kpop fangirls and fanboys. Now that I run fanserviced-b, the beauty division of fanserviced, I finally have some ways of dealing with the beauty side of comebacks.
This isn’t a post about how to look like your favorite idol, but rather how to survive a kpop comeback with your face more or less intact.
What’s a comeback?
For those yet to discover kpop, the concept of a comeback can be quite confusing. Kpop groups release a single, mini album, or album one month and can potentially have a “comeback” when they release another one the month after–sometimes with just weeks and no actual going away between the releases. Other groups go years between comebacks, so it really varies. Comebacks usually entail at least some of the band members changing their hair color, the release of teaser images and video, a new music video, and as many as several weeks of almost daily live performances (all choreographed) on music shows. There are also usually new television appearances filmed and, toward the end of successful comebacks, new endorsement deals announced. For fans of the groups, comebacks are exhilarating, but also exhausting because we’re often unsure of when new things will appear, so we’re on high alert with little sleep for weeks. For those of us old people like me, imagine MTV’s Total Request Live in its heyday with NSYNC performing each day after school but also with the addition of social media, jaw-droppingly bad labor laws, and also everything on crack.
Why write about this now?
One of my favorite bands is about to have a comeback, gulp. EXO, reigning kpop boyband supergroup, has lost three members in as many years, but has still ascended to sell more than a million copies of their last full-length album. Main dancer Kai’s hair is blond, there are mentions of a dark theme, and comeback hints on members’ instagrams.
Kpop Comeback Skincare and Makeup
- Undereye concealer/brighteners
The most obvious sign that there’s a comeback would be the deep purple circles under eyes that are exhausted from staying up late, getting up early, and scrolling through Tumblr or Twitter when waking up in a panic at 4am. Kbeauty offers a few options for those in the NC15-NC30 range: Skinfood Salmon Dark Circle Concealer Cream is a popular choice, but I’m finding Aritaum’s Real Ampoule Brightener to be a good YSL Touch Eclat dupe.
2. Unannoying lotion
You claim “my body is ready” for the comeback, but is it really? Would your bias really want you laying around with dry skin resembling bonito flakes while s/he is working so hard to make you happy? NO! It would remind him that his restrictive diet doesn’t allow for tempura, so tame that rough skin so you’re prepared to receive all the blessings of the comeback. I like illi Fresh Moisture Body Lotion, which is super light and dries fast.
3. Cute sheet masks
You’re going to have a lot of time sitting around, waiting for teasers to drop and airport previews to post, so take advantage of it and slap on a sheet mask. Post a pouty “waiting for teasers omg” selca to entertain us–these Mediheal Dress Code sheet masks (one of my favorite products of 2015) with printed masquerade masks on them will keep things cute even when you’re suffering.
4. Thirst-proof lip treatment
All the thirst for your bias, lip-biting, and skipping hydration to avoid ill-timed bathroom breaks (HYDRATE! PLEASE!) is going to fuck up your lips, leaving you more chapped than an idol spending most of their time in an ultra-dry plane cabin during an actual world tour. Pure Smile Snail Lip Treatment somehow fixes even the worst lip disasters I’ve had (Jongin going blond the first time–yeah, I went through a tube).
5. Desk-safe makeup remover and cleansing water
Comebacks are a time when hardcore fans are terrified to leave their computers even to use the bathroom, yet you probably need to keep up with some sort of cleansing to avoid a total skin meltdown–how? Enter Son & Park’s Beauty Water, an ultra gentle all-in-one cleansing water, toner, and skin refresher that’s in a flail-safe plastic bottle. Using cleansing water isn’t ideal for removing sunscreen and makeup, but you should be able to make it work for a few days if your skin is pretty resilient as long as you use a stack of about eight cotton pads, one after the other, rather than just dragging one nasty cotton or (god forbid) cleansing wipe around your face in circles, smearing your makeup rather than fully getting it off.
6. Acne patches
Things are inevitably going to go wrong at some point due to all the crying, sleeplessness, and surging hormones. You might break out. CosRx Acne Pimple Master Patches are now the global gold standard for gentle, overnight zit sucking and flattening. Your skin will be clear just in time to do it all again when the album repackage comeback is announced.
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