7 celebs who mastered the post-breakup glow-up

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7 celebs who mastered the post-breakup glow-up
7 celebs who mastered the post-breakup glow-up
03 Sep 2019

7 celebs who mastered the post-breakup glow-up

Breakups are never easy. Be it a “conscious uncoupling” or not, they can often leave you worse for wear. But don’t wallow in the dumps. Instead, take a cue from these celebrities who have turned things around by looking even better than before - yes, that post-breakup glow is real. After all, revenge is a dish best served cold, and there’s nothing cooler than showing him (or her), and the rest of the world, how fabulous you can still look.  

Breakup Beauty: Song Hye Kyo
Breakup Beauty: Song Hye Kyo
03 Sep 2019

Breakup Beauty: Song Hye Kyo

The Ex: Song Joong Ki
The Look: Smoky and sultry

It seemed like a match made in heaven when Descendants of the Sun co-stars, Song Joong Ki and Song Hye Kyo tied the knot in November 2017. But who would have known that less than two years in, the affectionately named Song-Song couple would call it quits.

And instead of hiding herself away, Song Hye Kyo turned heads, in a good way, when she rocked a gorgeous smoky eye look at the Chaumet in Majesty, Jewels of Sovereigns Since 1780 Exhibition in July, eschewing from her usual pastel hues. Paired with sultry waves, she never looked better. And we’re so glad that she’s even kept this look for her new Sue Comma Bonnie Fall/Winter 2019 campaign.

Photos: Instagram/@chaumetofficial, @suecommabonnie

Breakup Beauty: Song Hye Kyo
Breakup Beauty: Song Hye Kyo
03 Sep 2019

Breakup Beauty: Song Hye Kyo

Try: Laura Mercier Matte Caviar Stick Eye Colour in Tuxedo, $49, and NARS Climax Mascara in Explicit Black, $42.

This duo makes achieving Song Hye Kyo’s sultry eye look effortless. The creamy eyeshadow stick not only defines the eyes but can also be easily smudged to create a smoky finish while the mascara takes lashes from blah to va-va-voom instantly.

Breakup Beauty: Yang Mi
Breakup Beauty: Yang Mi
03 Sep 2019

Breakup Beauty: Yang Mi

The Ex: Hawick Lau
The Look: Classic  

After years of being plagued by divorce rumours, it finally happened: Yang Mi and Hawick Lau announced that they were divorcing after five years of marriage in December 2018. 

The fiercely private Chinese actress (she even keeps her daughter out of the limelight where possible) has since been focusing on her work in China. She once shared in an earlier interview that she’s not one who dwells on the past nor on negativity. Perhaps it is this Zen attitude (or the new man in her life?) that is keeping the mother-of-one looking gorgeous, with or without a partner.

Photos: Instagram/@yangmimimi912

Breakup Beauty: Yang Mi
Breakup Beauty: Yang Mi
03 Sep 2019

Breakup Beauty: Yang Mi

Try: Rouge Dior Ultra Care Liquid in 999 Bloom, $52

Nothing says I am living my best life better than a classic and chic beauty look, complete with a classic red lip (Yang Mi certainly thinks so). Our tip? Opt for a bold or brighter shade to instantly brighten the complexion.

Breakup Beauty: Blackpink Jennie
Breakup Beauty: Blackpink Jennie
03 Sep 2019

Breakup Beauty: Blackpink Jennie

Sometimes love can be fleeting. After confirming their relationship on January 1 this year, the pair announced their breakup less than a month later. While no reasons have been given, fans believe that it could be due to the K-idols’ busy schedules (Jennie was in the midst of Blackpink’s first world tour) that made it difficult.

Since her breakup, Jennie has kept busy, travelling the world and even performed with Pharrell Williams at the Chanel Pharrell Williams Capsule Collection Launch in Seoul. And of course, every time Jennie steps out, she does it in style. We adore her experimental nature when it comes to makeup, going from a full smoky eye to mixing black and white eyeliners, or keeping it sweet and simple with a flick of periwinkle blue on the lids.

Photos: Instagram/@jennierubyjane

Breakup Beauty: Blackpink Jennie
Breakup Beauty: Blackpink Jennie
03 Sep 2019

Breakup Beauty: Blackpink Jennie

Try: Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof in 949 Blanc Graphique and 88 Noir Intense, $38 each

Dare to be different and channel Jennie’s experimental vibe by defining the eyes with not one, but two eyeliners. Use the black shade close to the lash line to define the eyes then top it off with the white to instantly brighten the entire the look.

Breakup Beauty: Zhang Zhen Huan
Breakup Beauty: Zhang Zhen Huan
03 Sep 2019

Breakup Beauty: Zhang Zhen Huan

The Ex: Sally Pan
The Look: Fit and Fine

Who said that only women go through heartbreak during a breakup?

While Zhang Zhen Huan admitted back in January 2018 that he was seeing China-born Sally Pan, whom he met through friends, it seems like the relationship has fizzled out a year and a bit later (a look through his IG account shows that all photos of the couple have been removed).

And even though we might never know what transpired between them, we do know that the actor is not getting himself down. In fact, he’s looking fitter - eating healthy and working out - and better these days as he preps for his role in Toggle Original, I Am Madam.

Photo: Instagram/@zhang_zhenhuan

Breakup Beauty: Zhang Zhen Huan
Breakup Beauty: Zhang Zhen Huan
03 Sep 2019

Breakup Beauty: Zhang Zhen Huan

Try: Soleil Toujours Organic Sheer Sunscreen Mist SPF50, $55

If hitting the beach or pool, like Zhen Huan, is your type of workout fun, don’t forget to keep skin well-protected at all times. Spritz this lightweight organic sunscreen mist - rich in hydrating antioxidants and botanicals as well as SPF properties, all over to shield against UV-induced damage.  

Breakup Beauty: Fan Bingbing
Breakup Beauty: Fan Bingbing
03 Sep 2019

Breakup Beauty: Fan Bingbing

The Ex: Li Chen
The Look: Glowing and polished 

Just hours after the world found out about the Song-Song couple split, Chinese actress Fan Bingbing took to her Weibo to announce that she and fellow actor Li Chen were ending their engagement.

The long-time couple - they dated for four year - said that while they may no longer be lovers, they will always remain friends (in fact, the pair was even spotted having a meal together three days after announcing their breakup).

Never one to let a scandal, let alone a breakup, keep her down, the A-list star has stepped out to fulfil all her public engagements, looking as beautiful as ever. Her modus operandi? Keeping her look polished every single time. With her sleek hair and glowing complexion, she’s showing the world that nothing will bring her down. 

Photos: Instagram/@bingbing_fan

Breakup Beauty: Fan Bingbing
Breakup Beauty: Fan Bingbing
03 Sep 2019

Breakup Beauty: Fan Bingbing

Try: Sulwhasoo Snowise Brightening Cushion, $85

Boost your post-breakup glow shine with this radiance-enhancing foundation. It also contains antioxidant benefits to protect the skin while keeping your complexion luminously flawless.  

Breakup Beauty: Goo Hye Sun
Breakup Beauty: Goo Hye Sun
03 Sep 2019

Breakup Beauty: Goo Hye Sun

The Ex: Ahn Jae Hyun
The Look: Soft and natural  

The premise sounds very much like any K-drama - boy meets girl (on the set of 2015 drama series Blood), boy and girl fall in love, boy and girl marry (in 2016) and live happily ever after.

But in reality, it is far from it, as celebrity couple Goo Hye Sun and Ahn Jae Hyun have been airing their marriage grievances over social media in the recent weeks. It all started on Aug 18 when Goo Hye Sun wrote a (now-deleted) post on her Instagram account to share that her husband wanted a divorce, listing various reasons.

Since then, Ahn Jae Hyun has had brands cancelling contracts and distancing themselves, while Goo Hye Sun’s star power seems to be steadily glowing. The Boys Over Flowers actress has continued to keep things simple and straightforward, and is still focusing on her individual projects. In fact, she just wrapped a private art exhibition, A World Without You Is Loneliness for Me (literal translation), donating the proceeds - 20 million won (approximately S$23,000) from the event to benefit pets in need. In addition, she also shared that her art pieces will soon be a part of the Shanghai Contemporary Art Fair 2019 in November. 

Photos: Instagram/@kookoo90

Breakup Beauty: Goo Hye Sun
Breakup Beauty: Goo Hye Sun
03 Sep 2019

Breakup Beauty: Goo Hye Sun

Try: Laneige Layering Lip Bar in No. 14 Candid Brick, $39

Instead of piling on the war paint, keep your look soft, like Goo Hye Sun, by opting for a MLBB lip colour to bring out your natural beauty. This all-in-one six-shade lippie will easily help you achieve that ‘just bitten’ gradient lip look that all your favourite K-celebs love. If graciousness had a look, this would be it.

Breakup Beauty: Han Hye Jin
Breakup Beauty: Han Hye Jin
03 Sep 2019

Breakup Beauty: Han Hye Jin

The Ex: Jun Hyun Moo
The Look: Bright and bold

From colleagues to lovers, these two I Live Alone cast members surprised the Korean public when they announced that they were seeing each other in February 2018. But a year later, they decided to go their separate ways.

And while the model-turned-TV personality might not have washed her ex right out of her hair, she did give herself a makeover and unveiled a new brighter hair colour in the months after the breakup. The vibrant hue gives her complexion a fresh and youthful glow instantly - perfect for uplifting the spirits too. Jun Hyun Moo? More like Jun Hyun who?

Photos: Instagram/@modelhanhyejin 

Breakup Beauty: Han Hye Jin
Breakup Beauty: Han Hye Jin
03 Sep 2019

Breakup Beauty: Han Hye Jin

Try: Botanist Botanical Hair Mask, $32

If you’re going to go bright, like Han Hye Jin, don’t forget to include a hair mask into your haircare routine to keep your new dye job looking fresh. Replace your regular conditioner with it so that your locks are nourished, keeping them silky smooth and shiny.

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