Curtain bangs are well-loved all over the world, but the beauty capital where you'll see it worn the most is definitely South Korea. In K-dramas alone, actresses are rarely without an iteration of curtain bangs in their looks. It's the reason they pull off those messy top knots so easily! And in case that isn't enough for you to cop this face-framing fringe, maybe your favorite Hallyu stars will make a stronger case for it than we can.
Here are the best Korean-style curtain bangs you should try, as seen on 10 K-celebrities:
1. Bae Suzy
You'll never catch Start-Up actress Bae Suzy without her long fringe regardless of her hair length. Wispy curtain bangs are her go-to, always leaving that small triangle between her brows to create a more V-shaped illusion on her mug. This look comes in handy when you're wearing styles like a ponytail, because just like on Suzy below, it'll help give you some gorgeous face-defining shape.
2. Kim So Hyun
Kim So Hyun loves alternating between curtain bangs and a layered full fringe for some forehead coverage. Both styles suit her perfectly, but they each come with different perks. Her version of curtain bangs, for example, are short side bangs curled into soft S-waves. These help cover the sides of the face, which looks flattering against a wide forehead. Meanwhile, So Hyun's take on a long layered fringe can suit wide faces better since aside from concealing a bit of the forehead, it also touches the outer perimeters of the cheeks.
3. Song Hye Kyo
If you want your fringe trim to be spot-on, show a photo of Song Hye Kyo to your stylist (Bela Padilla has done it before!). The Hallyu queen has been rocking a sheer curtain fringe for years, pulling them off with bobs, lobs, and long mermaid locks. She's proof that this type of bangs can suit small faces with a prominent chin, the reason being it won't cover the top half of your face too much while still maintaing a face-framing effect.
4. Kim Yoo Jung
Backstreet Rookie leading lady Kim Yoo Jung will convince you to get not only curtain bangs but layers, too. To cop a more sophisticated and mature vibe, go for something like a clavicle-length layered lob. This helps fine hair appear a bit fuller, and when matched with a side-swept fringe, can suit practically anyone.
If you want to go shorter, take inspo from Yoo Jung's shaggy bob with long eyeline bangs. The fringe in this cut will prevent your mug from looking wider than it is, which usually happens when you trim your length.
5. BLACKPINK's Jisoo
K-Pop sensation Kim Jisoo makes a strong case for blunt curtain bangs. You'll love this if you want a more versatile fringe, because it's long enough to style as side bangs but short enough that it's easy to pin back. That said, length is key to this cut: Jisoo's is around an inch and a half wide and ends right under the cheekbones, so keep that in mind when making the chop yourself!
6. Itzy's Yuna
Yuna from the K-pop girl group Itzy has faceline bangs to go with her layered locks. This is a must for many in K-beauty because it makes the layers appear more effortless, adding extra shape around the face so you won't end up with hair that's flat on top and fluffy at the bottom. Not to mention, it helps add extra detail when you wear cute hair accessories!
7. Choi Soo Young
Run On actress Choi Soo Young offers a more classic and universally flattering take on curtain bangs. It's the type of haircut you'll spot on many actresses since it works on various face shapes and allows you to do just about any hairstyle! If you plan on keeping your locks long, pair it with a chest-length cut with subtle layers.
8. Park So Dam
Getting a straight blunt bob à la Park So Dam can be less daunting with a soft face-framing fringe. It adds such a polished vibe to her look, the combination of the eye-length wispy bangs and curtain bangs framing her features perfectly. Give this a try to balance out a baby face or full cheeks!
In case the average side-swept bang is too dainty for you, the hime cut might be your best bet. The blunt jaw-length fringe is such a fresh take on the style, functioning pretty much the same as curtain bangs since it covers the sides of the face. You can definitely pull off this look if you're bold enough like Taeyeon, but those who want to soften prominent cheekbones or create a more angular-looking jaw will love it the most. That said, Taeyeon can also be your inspo for wispy side bangs if you have an oval-shaped face with a narrow jaw.
10. Red Velvet's Joy
Red Velvet's Joy spices up her signature long sultry locks with a set of soft and bouncy layers. And because her face is rounder in the cheek area, she balances out her features with curtain bangs. Instead of letting the fringe touch her skin, though, Joy tends to lift the strands at the roots so it won't conceal her petite forehead.
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