7 Korean Actresses Who Should Totally Be Your Beauty Pegs

They'll make you want to step up your beauty game.
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You don’t need to be a fan of Korean dramas to appreciate the chinky-eyed beauties who star in their popular rom-coms. One look at their well-groomed straight brows, baby smooth pouts, and pore-free skin is all it takes to convince someone to pay extra attention to skin care and put on a facial mask before bedtime.

Frankly, it could take us forever to list down all the prettiest Hallyu stars (because there are a lot out there, trust us!), so instead, we’re just gonna go ahead and mention some of our top faves. These Korean actresses below will instantly motivate you to step up your beauty game:

1. Song Hye-Kyo

Song Hye-Kyo

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The Descendants of the Sun lead actress was discovered when she was 14 after winning a modeling contest, but it wasn’t until 2000 when she starred in Autumn In My Heart and rose to fame throughout Asia. Song Hye-Kyo is also best known for Full House, a hit romantic comedy series where she co-starred with singer Rain. Currently, she’s one of the most sought-after product endorsers in Korea and has done multiple TV commercials and print ads over the years for the likes of Laneige, Etude House, and Olay.

2. Jun Ji-Hyun

Jun Ji-Hyun


Best known for her role in the 2001 romantic comedy film My Sassy Girl, Jun Ji-Hyun quickly became an Asian sensation and landed product endorsements one after another. She came back to television in 2013 for fantasy romance My Love from the Star, in which she played a famous Hallyu star who fell in love with an alien portrayed by Kim Soo-Hyun. The drama was such a huge success that a lipstick she wore on the set, YSL’s Rouge Pur Couture No. 52, caused a surge in sales and was sold out worldwide.

3. Yoon Eun-Hye

Yoon Eun-Hye


Before shifting her focus to acting, Yoon Eun-Hye started as a member of the girl group Baby V.O.X. in 1999. It was 2005 when she was offered the lead role in the romantic comedy series Princess Hours, which shot her to instant fame. She enjoyed continuous success when she starred in Coffee Prince, making her 2007’s highest paid actress and the youngest of South Korea’s A-list stars. This also landed her several endorsements including that of L’Oreal, Samsung, MAC Cosmetics, and more.

4. Park Shin-Hye

Park Shin-Hye


Park Shin Hye made her acting debut as a support character in the popular Korean drama Stairway to Heaven. She got her own shot at fame when she starred in Tree of Heaven, which eventually led to more projects and a bigger fan base. She also starred in the movie Miracle in Cell No. 7, which was the third highest grossing Korean film of all time, and as the lead actress opposite Lee Min-Ho in The Heirs where her popularity soared.

5. Han Ga-In

Han Ga-In


One of the most sought-after faces in the TV commercial industry, Han Ga-In was first known for her performances in Yellow Handkerchief and Terms of Endearment during the early years of her acting career. Her most successful to date was starring in the period drama Moon Embracing the Sun alongside Kim Soo-Hyun, in which they set a new box-office record as the highest-grossing Korean melodrama.

6. Shin Min-Ah

Shin Min-Ah


Well-recognized not only in the movie but also in the fashion industry, Shin Min-Ah began her career as a model for teen magazines back in 1998. She is best known for her role in the rom-com series My Girlfriend is a Gumiho and, most recently, as an overweight lawyer in Oh My Venus. Currently, she is considered as one of the most in-demand and highest paid commercial endorsers in South Korea and has worked with big brands like Giordano and Calvin Klein.

7. Gu Hye-Sun

Gu Hye-Sun


Gu Hye-Sun skyrocketed to fame in 2009 not only in South Korea but also here in the Philippines when she took on the role of the spirited Geum Jan-Di in the hit drama Boys Over Flowers opposite Lee Min-Ho. Because of her popularity both in the local and international scene, she was even once dubbed as the "Hallyu Queen." But other than being an actress, the charming Gu Hye-Sun is also a singer-songwriter and director.

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