It was perhaps around a decade ago that K-pop first started garnering international recognition. Bands such as Big Bang, Wonder Girls and 2NE1 were lauded for their infectious beats and charismatic stage presences; a distinctive style that would soon come to characterise the genre to this day. As veteran Hallyu fans can attest, octet configuration Girls’ Generation proved to be one of said trailblazers, too, kicking off a movement where flirty and upbeat tunes ruled the roost. The songs and performances were as contagious as they were charming, of which was largely credited to lead vocalist, Taeyeon.
Recognised for her dulcet tones and impressive range, Taeyeon soon struck out on her own with a solo album in 2017 titled My Voice. This was followed by Purpose in 2019 and, as of late, Invu. Her latest work has placed number one on the iTunes Top Albums charts in 21 regions since its release, drawing buzz thanks to a distinctive new sound and aesthetic. This is clear to see in the promotional materials alone; a slickly-produced affair that belies Taeyeon’s understated and simplified vibe established in her earlier creations.
Invu is a whole new beast in every sense of the word. Taeyeon has put her maximalist sensibilities at full blast in this venture, evidenced in her selection of fashion ensembles—beaded silk gowns and embellished denim—as well as beauty looks. The hair, make-up and nail choices in particular mark the arrival of Taeyeon’s new era; an age brimming with cascading face jewellery and gravity-defying manicures. We chronicle the most memorable beauty moments from her album for your enjoyment and perusal, below.
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It’s safe to say that this is a far cry from Taeyeon’s usual fare of dusty-rose tinged eyeshadows and MLBB-themed lipsticks. ‘Invu’ sees the introduction of a darker, grittier persona complete with purple locks and bleached brows.
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Unique eyeliner placement is sure to shine through despite the many other bold beauty elements present within her MV. Taeyeon’s beauty team further ensured that the focus stayed on her lids by opting for a silver liner with a blindingly bright finish.
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Forego intricately woven braids and opt for a striking hair-piece instead. This one Taeyeon sports comprises nine different types and shapes of beads.
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It’s all about symmetry
The devil is in the details. In this case, Taeyeon’s make-up team opted for impeccably even and spaced-out dots around the lids, providing an enthralling effect that are sure to inspire double-takes.
5 / 5
A masterclass in sultry make-up
Meticulously layered bangs frame peepers perfectly, allowing for elaborate eye make-up to take centrestage. Taeyeon’s green eyeshadow delivers on a jolt of vibrancy amidst the neutral, earthy tones painted on her lips and cheeks.