Sandara Park, also known as Dara from K-pop girl group 2NE1, is definitely one of the most interesting South Korean personalities in the entertainment industry today. Before she debuted with the popular 2nd generation K-pop quartet in 2009, she already had a massive following as an actress and TV personality in the Philippines.
At present, she remains active in both Korean and Philippine media as a performer and host, which is quite rare for anyone who has already reached international success through a K-pop career.
Sandara is known for quirky and edgy looks that were signature to 2NE1’s aesthetic at the height of their career. Another part of her charm is her enviable baby face, despite actually being the oldest member of the now-disbanded-yet-recently-reunited girl group.
While it’s easy to see her best looks during TV appearances and stage performances, Sandara’s Instagram grid is also a great go-to if you’re looking for quick inspiration on how to channel her best beauty looks. Don’t believe us? These photos are proof.
1. Fresh-faced + mini space buns
This Instagram beauty look is a true testament to Sandara’s youthful charm. She wears simple makeup with the blush focused on the apple of her cheeks for a nice ‘just pinched’ appearance. Her hair is styled in mini space buns, which add to the allure of the entire look. While not everyone has access to Sandara’s fountain of youth, it’s easy to recreate her flushed look with these pretty pink blushes.
2. This sweet goth doll vibe
Sandara made us green with envy at how much she pulled off this sweet goth doll look during the MBC Entertainment Awards held in December 2021. The bold wing, the cherry red lips, the over-the-top hairstyle — everything about the look is extra, but we’re all for it. Inspiration for our next formal event look, maybe?
3. The graphic eyeliner situation
A graphic eyeliner is an easy yet impactful way to level up any simple look. (Not that Sandara’s presence needs any more oomph though.) We’re totally in love with the clean lines, the lush lashes, and the brownish-red lip she’s wearing in this photo. Don’t have steady hands to pull off this graphic eyeliner situation? Here’s a TikTok trend to try to achieve the same edgy vibe minus the effort.
4. Berry lips beauty
Here’s a Paris Fashion Week look from Sandara that we’re so glad made its way to her Instagram account. Her deep berry lips add an eyecatching pop of colour against her black-and-white Yohji Yamamoto number. It’s a basic choice but still makes a statement. This lip colour is also the choice of a number of K-pop beauties lately, so it’s definitely one to try.
5. Day-off look
Lastly, we have to give a nod to one of Sandara’s off-duty looks. In this Instagram photo, she wears a middle part styled in a simple half-do, clean makeup featuring a teeny-tiny wing just to elongate her eyes, and a classy nude lip. It looks effortless but still well put together. P.S. She’s posing with her 2NE1 ‘younger sister’ Minzy in this — cue in our squeals!
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