The trajectory of a K-Pop group’s career can be easily charted with several specific milestones. Post-debut, the natural progression comprises international tours; ambassadorship opportunities; and for the ones who have catapulted into global markets, solo ventures. From a business standpoint, it is as sound a decision as any. Not only does it allow artistes to fully develop their own individual sound, it also enables the building of a dedicated fan base should said talents decide to diversify and attempt other artistic pursuits. It is a strategy that has, insofar, worked for idols in the vein of BTS, Red Velvet, and Blackpink—with every single member of the girl-group quartet having released solo projects. And while Jennie, Rosé, and Lisa had dropped their tracks in 2018 and 2021 respectively, it is only in 2023 that Jisoo decided to enter the fray with her solo album, ‘ME.’
Much can be said about the title track, ‘Flower’, that was released with an accompanying MV on 31 March. The melody features a plucky blend of violins paired with swooping vocals from Jisoo; a vivid and rich tableau matched with stunning visuals bolstered largely by an array of jaw-dropping hair and make-up looks. Think abstract eyeliner that artfully utilises negative space; towering ballerina buns framed by wispy strands; and gleaming diamantés strategically placed on the lower lid to draw the eye. And that’s just the tip of the ice-berg. Below, 5 of the most noteworthy beauty moments from Blackpink’s Jisoo ‘Flower’ MV.
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Welcome to the golden age
Jisoo pays homage to the 1940’s with pin waves paired with a soft wash of shadow. The end result: an arresting make-up look that brings to mind the glamour of old-school Hollywood.
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In full bloom
Take a leaf from Jisoo’s book and forego the ubiquitous slicked-back bun for something with a tad more texture and volume. This ‘do comprises face-framing tendrils and a uniquely configured updo that resembles layers of petals. How apt.
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Subtlety can often make for the biggest statement. Jisoo is living proof, whereupon simple strokes act as a perfect frame to long, fluttery lashes and a touch of champagne shimmer.
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The eyes have it
Smokey lids gain a playful touch with the addition of dazzling face jewels. Jisoo keeps the focus on her peepers by opting for a simple nude lip.
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A touch of colour
Exude whimsy and charm with a full-face of delicate pastel hues. Jisoo further accentuates rosy, sun-kissed cheeks by adding a scattering of faux freckles.