In times of uncertainty, it’s nice to relax and watch a light-hearted K-drama with some memorable makeover scenes. Makeovers aren’t always necessary when it comes to some of the men and women in K-Dramaland, but when it does happen it’s usually fun and entertaining to watch. These characters have shown that a tiny bit of makeup and wardrobe changes can make people feel safe in their own skin. There were a fair share of them, but here are only 11 that are pretty memorable.
Note: These dramas only focus on subtle overwork, so nothing related to weight or plastic surgery.
11 memorable K-dramas makeovers
1. “She was pretty“
With Hwang Jung Eum as Kim Hye Jin and Park Seo Joon As Ji Sung Joon, the story takes the audience on a journey of love with the two main characters who are each other’s first loves. They meet when they are kids, but Sung Joon moves away and the two become separated. As an adult, Sung Joon returns to Korea and still doesn’t seem to get over his first love, Hye Jin. What he doesn’t know is that his new job has an employee named Kim Hye Jin, who reminds him very much of his first love.
The makeover part of the series comes into play through the character Kim Hye Jin. She always grew up the prettiest girl in school, and the people around her couldn’t compliment her naturally beautiful looks enough. But as she got older, the rigors and difficulties of finding a decent career and making ends meet became less of a concern with self-sufficiency. After Hye Jin realizes she wants to give herself a little more self-esteem, she rewards herself with a complete head-to-toe overhaul, which is very fun indeed.
2. “Secret garden“
Kim Ju Won (Hyun Bin) is an arrogant CEO with a big chip on his shoulder. He doesn’t care about other people’s feelings and is incredibly selfish. By chance he meets Gil Ra Im (Ha Ji Won), a stunt woman whose main priority is to become the best at what she does. To his own dismay, Ju Won Ra likes Im very much and becomes very persistent when trying to get her off her feet.
After Ra Im Ju Won makes it clear that she doesn’t want to be with him, she begins to look deep inside herself and realizes that she actually loves him. She decides to do something great for him one day and so she gets dressed, got the hair and makeup done and goes to an exclusive party hosted by Ju Won. She impresses him with her new outfit, but he is only grateful that she made an effort to accept his feelings.
Makeovers are obviously not only done by female characters in the drama world. There are more than a handful of male characters who have also done their part in refreshing themselves for some confidence. The first man on this list is none other than Ki Ha Myung, played by Lee Jong Suk in the hit romance “Pinocchio”. In the first few episodes, Ha Myung is introduced as a younger man who stays with In Ha (Park Shin Hye) and her grandfather when he lost his family at a young age.
After a few episodes, after some encouragement from his grandfather, Ha Myung gets a complete makeover. Even the grandfather says Ha Myung could use a little makeover and literally needs to drag him into the store. It’s a touching moment as the grandfather just wants Ha Myung to feel good. Needless to say, the transformation is mind-boggling and impressive.
4. “Boys over flowers“”
Gu Jun Pyo (Lee Min Ho) is an average Chaebol who does Geum Jan Di’s (Ku Hye Sun.) Live a living hell. He teases and bullies her until he realizes that the feelings he has for her may not be hate after all. When Jun Pyo realizes his newfound feelings, he takes it upon himself to show his affection for Jan Di as much as he can – with money. He brings Jan Di to his villa and gives her a complete makeover of massages, facials, wardrobe and make-up. It’s a K-drama dream that has come true for many girls, except Jan Di is feeling uncomfortable and still can’t find it within himself to fully forgive Jun Pyo. Despite this short-lived makeover, Jun Pyo falls in love with Jan Di for who she is, and therein begins the whirlwind of romance.
5. “Romance full of life”
“Romance Full of Life” is the second part of a trilogy produced by MBC. The trilogy is called “Three Color Fantasy” and the second in particular Stars Yoon shi yoon as an aspiring cop named So In Sung. He failed the test multiple times and didn’t have much time to take care of his physical self, which leads to his girlfriend dropping him. Hoping to make some money, In Sung gets involved in a crazy science experiment and wakes up with superhero powers. He gets super power, eyesight and looks good overall. The transformation brings a nerdy In Sung to a confident and polite In Sung!
6. “The Heirs“
Kim Tan (Lee Min Ho) is a student and chaebol who falls in love with the daughter of his housekeeper Cha Eun Sang (Park Shin Hye). Despite their differences, Tan is willing to do anything to be with Eun Sang, but Eun Sang is a little more cautious. After Eun Sang has been apart for some time, she realizes that she wants to be with Tan and makes the leap into love. On the night of a major event with the Tan family, he gives Eun Sang a head-to-toe makeover to show his family and the world that they are ready to overcome all obstacles hand in hand.
Seo Jung Hoo (Ji Chang Wook) is a man with many masks. He dresses up and runs errands for people and has to make sure that nobody finds out about his real identity. He meets Chae Young Shin (Park min young) While doing one of these errands and falling in love with her after several accidental bumps, he eventually falls in love with her. He goes by the pseudonym Bong Soo and acts like a naive and moronic intern while working closely with Young Shin. When the time comes for Bong Soo and Young Shin to go undercover to solve the mystery of a story they are telling, they both clean up to suit the role. The scene with Bong Soo and Young Shin showing up dressed to the nines is pretty memorable as they both looked amazingly perfect. However, it can be argued that the two looked pretty perfect even before the makeover.
8. “Coffee prince“
Yoon eun hye Stars like Go Eun Chan, the lovable tomboy who takes on a variety of part-time jobs to make ends meet. Opportunity arises when she has the opportunity to work in a coffee shop, but the only catch is that the staff has to be male only. The employer, Choi Han Kyul (Gong Yoo) thinks she is a man and hires her. A friend of Eun Sang, Choi Han Sung, (Lee Sun Gyun) likes Eun Sang and invites her to one of his events. Eun Sang gets a complete makeover for the event and even wears a killer wig. Despite the makeover, Eun Sang who looks comfortable is much more adorable and apt!
9. “Crash Landing on You”
You’d be surprised how many redesigns were featured in the hit K-drama “Crash Landing on You”. Hyun Bin Stars like the North Korean soldier Ri Jung Hyuk next to them Son ye jin as Yoon Se Ri. In a freak accident while paragliding, Yoon Se Ri stumbles into North Korean territory, where she meets Ri Jung Hyuk. He takes it upon himself to watch over her while he finds a way to get her back to South Korea. In North Korea, Se Ri has to adapt to social fashion standards. Ri Jung Hyuk pairs her with some solid pieces to complete her North Korean look in the hopes that she won’t attract any attention in the neighborhood.
She looks so cute!
Although Son Ye Jin looks beautiful no matter what she’s wearing, the real makeover that got the viewers excited was nothing more than the makeover of Ri Jung Hyuk’s crew of North Korean soldiers. Pyo Chi Su (Yang Kyung won), Park Kwang Beom (Lee Shin Young), Kim Ju Meok (Yoo su am), Geum Eun Dong (Tang Jun Sang) and Jung Man Bok (Kim Young Min) are instructed to follow Jung Hyuk to North Korea, and while they are there, Se Ri gives them a credit card that they can spend on whatever they want. The first place they are in is the clothing store so they can match the men in Seoul.
This makeover was epic in proportions. Our North Korean soldiers suddenly looked like handsome men from Seoul!
10. “It’s okay to not be okay”
Moon Kang Tae (Kim Soo Hyun) works as a nurse in a psychiatric clinic. He meets a woman named Go Moon Young (Seo Ye Ji) who writes dark children’s books and is very fond of him. She is determined to win Kang Tae’s heart, but Kang Tae can’t worry about romance and relationships because he cares for his older brother, Moon Sang Tae (Oh Jung Se) who is autistic. Since Kang Tae always takes care of his brother and works in the hospital, he cannot worry about taking care of the clothes he wears and doing his hair. So when he shows up for a photoshoot with Moon Young and Sang Tae, we see what he could look like if he tried a little harder, and it’s lovely.
11. “True beauty“
The series “True Beauty”, which seems to be talking about the city, is about a girl named Lim Ju Gyeong (Moon ga young) who teaches herself makeup so she won’t be bullied about her looks. She moves to a new school and befriends the two most popular boys in the school – Han Seo Jun (Hwang in yeob) and Lee Su Ho (Cha eun woo). The scenes where Lim Ju Gyeong does makeup are entertaining to say the least, but it is really the deadly love triangle that wins our hearts.