Taeyong Of NCT Opens Up To Allure About The Importance Of Hair And Makeup In K Pop

Overall, NCT focuses on constantly evolving and experimenting with different musical styles with each comeback, and Taeyong’s ever-changing hair and makeup prove just that. He wouldn’t have it any other way, either. “When I’m on stage and the makeup and the whole look suits me, it boosts my confidence,” he says. “It reflects what I do onstage and how I perform.”

So which exact looks has Taeyong experimented with? Let’s break down his standout ones.

The Intergalactic Ice Boy

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After training with the entertainment company SM Entertainment for four years for his spot in NCT, Taeyong, born Lee Tae Yong 22 years ago in Seoul, officially debuted as part of NCT U in April 2016. From the second his face appears in “The 7th Sense,” a song he helped write, he set the tone for the next two years of his career: He’s a powerful force to be reckoned with. His stunningly cold, otherworldly look reflected his gruff style of rapping and the sharp movements he added to the group’s choreography. His icy white hair could give you frostbite just by looking at it, and his bold black brows provided a stark contrast. His skin glistened with a nearly holographic glow that made viewers wonder if he was even real.

Not to be dramatic, but Taeyong has the pores of a champagne glass. Even in the most up-close selfies he shares on NCT’s Instagram and Twitter, his skin seems incredibly poreless and clear. I dare you to find a blemish in his makeup-free photos, too.

Before debuting, he says he didn’t have an exact skin-care routine. “I didn’t intentionally take care of my skin or look for makeup,” he says. “After my debut, of course, I put on a lot of makeup, so I need to take care of my skin more.” Also, he says he pays more attention to his hair, too, now that he’s obviously dyeing it so frequently.

These days, his skin-care routine is still pretty simple. He focuses mostly on washing his face. Because his days are typically filled with events, appearances, and performances, he says, “I tend to put on makeup for a long time or even have several touch-ups. So when I try to take off my makeup, what I try to do is gently cleanse my skin so it won’t be irritated after being exposed to makeup products for quite a long time,” he explains. “That’s the only particular step that I’m taking to take care of my skin right now.”

No matter how busy he is, he says he makes time to focus on his cleansing routine, which also helps calm him down. In fact, he believes skin care is a form of self-care. “I find it very therapeutic,” he says. “That’s why it’s important because I feel like I need to find that space where it calms me, too.”

The Emo Frontman

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In July 2016, NCT 127 came out with its first song, “소방차 (Fire Truck),” with Taeyong as its valiant leader. By this time, his roots started growing in, giving his undercut an edgy black-and-white effect. His makeup was more punk-inspired this time around, too, with sooty, lived-in black liner. You’d think he was the lead singer of an emo band playing Warped Tour in 2007, not the leader of South Korea’s newest K-pop group.

Starting off his career with this look proved to be difficult for Taeyong. His confidence level wasn’t exactly as high as it is now. “I had slightly more difficulty pulling it off compared to the other concepts,” he says. Because the look was so striking to begin his career with, "I think if I had done this concept later with more experience on stage, I could have pulled it off better," he adds. "Maybe if I did it after ‘Cherry Bomb,’ it would have connected the styles better."

The Millennial Man

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“Cherry Bomb," which dropped in June 2017, fully solidified Taeyong’s intimidating yet charismatic stage persona. Around the eight-second mark of the music video, Taeyong appears with cotton-candy-pink hair that falls in front of his eyes, which were adorned with matching dusty-rose smoky eye makeup. Let’s be real: Pink has been historically associated with femininity. However, Taeyong presented it in an incredibly modern, androgynous way that reflects millennial beauty standards in not only Korea but also America.

I think I should dye my hair pink again soon.

This look was my introduction to Taeyong. Last summer, I caught NCT 127’s performance at KCON NY, and my eyes were fixated on the pink-haired fellow who commanded the center of the stage. The convention is a bit of a blur to me now, but I vividly remember what seeing his pink hair for the first time was like. “Many of my fans thought the pink hair was really memorable,” Taeyong says when I admit this to him. “I think I should dye my hair pink again soon.”

His “Cherry Bomb” concept happens to be one of his favorites, too. Reason being? “The song itself was very powerful, but at the same time, it has a different side to it, a different power to it, so the look reflected those different elements of the song,” he says.

NCT 2018

The ‘90s Movie Bad Boy

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NCT 2018 Yearbook video, which introduced all 18 members, including three new additions. Taeyong started it off looking like the quintessential bad boy from a ‘90s movie, complete with perfectly sleek-yet-disheveled russet-brown hair and a silver lip ring. His eyes were also rimmed in a warm brown shadow that made it look like he'd stayed up all night in his garage practicing with his rock buddies for the school's upcoming Battle of the Bands." data-reactid="151">To announce the kick-off of NCT 2018, the group’s yearlong project that includes Empathy, SM dropped the NCT 2018 Yearbook video, which introduced all 18 members, including three new additions. Taeyong started it off looking like the quintessential bad boy from a ‘90s movie, complete with perfectly sleek-yet-disheveled russet-brown hair and a silver lip ring. His eyes were also rimmed in a warm brown shadow that made it look like he'd stayed up all night in his garage practicing with his rock buddies for the school's upcoming Battle of the Bands.

Despite his typically intimidating aesthetic, he’s actually incredibly sweet. (And NCT fans called “NCTzens” are known to defend that fact.) His confidence to pull off so many looks is apparent in the way he talks — he never second-guesses himself or pauses. For example, when I ask if he’s the trendiest member of NCT, He declares, “I am” in English without hesitation. However, in Korean, he adds, “I want to be.”

But he’s also the same guy that admits that only two of his piercings are real. “One is on my earlobe and the other is on my cartilage,” he says. “I only have two because adding more would create more pain for me. The rest that you’ve been seeing are just clip-on accessories to match my looks.” And might I add that he also giggled when I told him his skin is amazing.

The Kingpin From an Alternate Universe

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The first NCT music video of the year dropped in February with NCT U’s “BOSS.” Taeyong colored his hair a rich shade of strawberry-jam red, shaved a slit into one of his thick, bold brows (Yim says they were to make him “look fiercer”) and swept burgundy-toned brown shadow onto his lids just for the video.

“Taeyong’s looks for ‘BOSS’ can be distinguished into two different ones: first is a black military-like outfit and the second is inspired by cyclist fashion,” Yim explains. “Both of these looks were to give a feel that Taeyong is ‘the boss of the area.’” To enhance this vibe, she decked him out in a harness and chains. He also popped in piercing green contacts, which Yim says “were used on him to make him seem like a fictional character that doesn’t point to a specific era or nationality.”

Of all his looks, Taeyong lists this one as closest to his personal style. When he’s not performing, Taeyong says his aesthetic is “pretty hip and trendy.” He likes to pull inspiration from magazines and video clips. “They were mostly U.S. and Japanese fashion,” he says. “But these days I really like the style of European fashion as well, so I especially look at European magazines.”

The Sexy Dancer

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For the “Baby Don’t Stop” music video, his style became darker, streamlined (though his number of ear piercings seemed to double), and, dare I say, seductive. Well, that was the point. “The main concept that we were aiming for Taeyong within ‘Baby Don’t Stop’ was a sexy dancer,” Yim says. Fashion-wise, “his looks consisted of wearing only a jacket with nothing underneath, simple, sleeveless tops, as well as an oversize shirt paired with skinny jeans. We went for looks that would accentuate his body lines when he danced,” she adds.

We used a lot of glitter so he glowed whenever the light hit his face.

More importantly, for Taeyong’s makeup, “we used a lot of glitter so he glowed whenever the light hit his face as he was dancing,” Yim explains. She’s right, he seemed to flicker like a flame throughout the video. She also added a second slit to his brow. For his hair, he dyed it a more vivid shade of red than for “BOSS." His hairstylist crimped his hair or clipped it back with gold bobby pins, depending on the scene.

The Freshman in Love

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In March, NCT 127 released its new music video for “Touch.” Nine seconds in, you can spot Taeyong with auburn hair and shimmering smoky eye makeup. Suddenly, everything you’ve known about Taeyong for the past two years is null and void. With softer tones for his hair and makeup, NCT 127’s leader appears to be more approachable than ever before. A single music video helped him switch from the guy your mom warned you about to the one you’d want to take home to meet her as soon as possible, like after the second date.

“‘TOUCH’ was a cute and a loveable concept that Taeyong has never attempted before as NCT 127,” Yim explains. “To match the overall mood and concept of the song, we chose a natural brown hair color and styled his hair so that his bangs are down. His makeup was kept natural.” For his outfits, Yim chose romantic, pastel tones. Among the NCT members, the look was called “Freshman in Love," she says.

I feel like this reflects the power of music, because music itself has many different styles.

So how was Taeyong able to manage the transition from bad boy to soft boy in just a couple months? “I think this was only possible because we’re NCT,” he says. “It was really fun for us to go through this experience and have this opportunity to switch up our looks according to the different music. I feel like this reflects the power of music, because music itself has many different styles."

With NCT 127 gearing up for their return to KCON NY in June, I fully expect Taeyong to surprise me with a brand-new look. As we wrap up our phone call, he reveals he’s growing out his hair. “It’s currently undecided which hairstyle I’m exactly going for,” he says. “What I know for sure is I’m growing out my hair to try a different style that others haven’t done, something that brings out the concept of NCT even more.” The color will be chosen later to match it, he adds. It’s not a mullet, though, he assures me. Hallelujah.

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