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All the Best Hair and Makeup Moments From Sunmi's Most Colorful Music Video Yet
The K-pop star shines with every single look seen in the music video for "날라리 (Lalalay)."
BY DEVON ABELMAN
August 27, 2019

When K-pop star Sunmi kicked off the teasers for her new single, "날라리 (Lalalay)," with macro shots of a rainbow eye-shadow look, I knew the music video for it would change me. It officially dropped today, and my assumptions were proven correct.

Over the past two years, Sunmi's approach to beauty has been consistently innovative and incredibly fun to watch. The looks in "Gashina," the song that truly kicked off her solo career, were great. However, her hair and makeup just keep getting better and better with each release. Yes, she makes the kinds of songs that make you want to get up to sing and dance along with her, but she also backs them with makeup that people want to re-create too. If you ask me, that's the sign of a successful concept, and "날라리 (Lalalay)" goes above and beyond. I want to try out more than one of the looks her go-to makeup artist Gun Hee put together for the music video. Here's all six that I'll be attempting in the coming weeks.

Look 1: Retro Green Shadow and Nude Lipstick




After freeing herself from a butterfly sticker-covered suitcase, Sunmi emerges with her lids covered in a mint green shadow and delicate flicks of black liner. Seconds later, a sleek, retro blonde bob appears on her head, and as the camera zooms up on her face, you'll notice that she is the only person in the world who can pull off that specific shade of nude lipstick. It's a pale sepia hue that doesn't look good on anyone, but somehow, Sunmi makes it work. Now, I'm slightly convinced I should give that nude a second chance.

Also, as she slips on cat-eye sunglasses, you can peep a trendy shade of neon lemon-lime polish on Sunmi's nails.

Look 2: Fall-Ready Glossy Wine Lips



To contrast the colorful and sparkly makeup throughout the music video, Sunmi has a '90s grunge for one of the scenes in which she eats a flower. She looks super Kate Moss-y with her recently bleached hair, subtle wash of ash-gray shadow, and oxblood gloss.

I need to know what lip product that is ASAP but suspect it's a layered situation because it's a very particular shade of black-red.

Look 3: Black Velvet Pigtails and Heart Art



At one point in "날라리 (Lalalay)," Sunmi steps out of a beauty salon called Premium Beauty Salon with high pigtails adorned with black velvet scrunchies — a controversial look that, again, Sumni owns.

Her makeup, on the other hand, makes a major nod to "Noir." Heart cheek art was the standout look from her last music video, and it makes another appearance in the form of a turquoise heart on one cheek and a red one on the other. This time, Gun Hee paired the unexpected accents with glittery aqua and pink eye makeup.

Look 4: Butterfly Pigtails



The high pigtails make a second appearance in the music video when Sunmi sits in front of a huge work of art featuring her likeness in butterfly form. She also butterfly-ed out her hair to match.

Look 5: Sparkly Smoky Eye



This look also ties in elements from a past music video. Sunmi's glitzy smoky eye is specifically giving me "Siren" vibes. I'm also loving the metallic red lipstick. Consider this look and this look alone my New Year's Eve makeup mood board.

Look 6: Rainbow Sherbet Shadow



Sunmi waited until the very end of "날라리 (Lalalay)" to bring back the colorful shadow she hinted at in the teasers. It was the hardest look to take screenshots of, but it's luckily on the cover for the single. The blend of neons and pastels reminds me of a look that Jules on Euphoria would wear.



Sunmi's New Music Video Has KPop's Boldest Hair Makeup of the Year
One of my friends asked me how to re-create the look when the teaser came out. "Lots of blending, like your life depends on it," I replied, and I'm prepared to do just that.




Sunmi Takes Over Major Realtime Charts With “Lalalay”

Sunmi’s back at the top of the charts!

On August 27 at 6 p.m. KST, Sunmi released her new single “Lalalay,” which Sunmi wrote the lyrics for and co-composed along with FRANTS.

As of 10:30 p.m. KST, the song has taken No. 1 on six of the major realtime charts in Korea: Melon, Genie, Bugs, Mnet, Naver, and Soribada.






Sunmi Talks About Inspiration Behind Her New Song “Lalalay,” Solo World Tour, her weight & more

On August 27, Sunmi held a showcase to commemorate the release of her new single “Lalalay.”

During the showcase, she shared that the song was inspired by her time touring in Mexico. She said, “I got inspiration during the Mexico tour. Mexico is famous for its energy. I had high expectations when I went to perform there and I was not disappointed. They became one with the music without worrying about what the people around them were thinking. It was a new experience for me and I was really moved by it.

She continued, “When I went back to the hotel after the concert, I laid in bed and thought about how Korea is also known for its energy. Then I suddenly thought about the word ‘lalalay,’ which is about knowing when to really let loose. I looked up the word and apparently the Taepyeongso instruments were called ‘lalalay’ in folk music. I thought that that was a good starting point for the song.”

Sunmi was also asked about her recent solo world tour, “Warning.” She replied, “I was afraid at first of the idea of holding a world tour as a female solo artist. I asked repeatedly if it was really okay for me to go on tour. I felt so much pressure. But when I went on tour, I felt like I worried for nothing. People with different eye colors, hair colors, and different native languages all sang my songs in Korean and called out my name at my concerts. I was really glad that I’d gone on tour. I felt like my perspectives were getting broader.”

She added later, “When I was promoting ‘Heroine,’ my weight went down to 39 kilograms [around 86 pounds]. I thought that I would die like this, plus I was getting ready to go on tour, where I would have to command a stage by myself for an hour and a half. With that responsibility in mind, I decided I had to gain weight or I would die. I ate regularly and exercised. My younger brother helped me a lot. He went on tour with me and we shared a room together. Because I wanted my sibling to eat well, I would end up eating with him.

Sunmi also teased future comebacks, saying, “The next song title is five characters long. I’m working hard on it. I don’t know when it will be released, but I think it could be just around the corner. The promotional period for this comeback is quite short. It’s two weeks. I promised my fans that I would give them lots of opportunities this year.”


source: soompi 1, 2, osen, allure@twitter, allure
dantethetaco 28th-Aug-2019 11:36 am (UTC)
At first I was shocked at 49KG because I thought she was nearly as tall as me. But she is much smaller so it doesn't seem THAT bad. I mean, I've been at what would be the equivalent weight for my height for all my teen years and early twenties, but I was doing tons of sport and eating A LOT. It would be different if she was at that weight because she was not eating tho.

Either way, she looks better now, so good for her.

Because I wanted my sibling to eat well, I would end up eating with him

I actually eat less when I'm with my brother. Because I can't measure well when I cook I always end up doing food for 2-3 people (it always seems like so little at the begining :() and if I'm alone I end up almost eating it all by myself.

camouflagecat 28th-Aug-2019 11:49 am (UTC)
The article says she was 39kg? I feel like that's dangerously low even for someone 1.66 m
dantethetaco 28th-Aug-2019 11:53 am (UTC)
Shhh, I just woke up lmao

Then I'm back at being shocked. That's definetly way too low. As I said, she looks so much better now (her legs looked way too thin during Gashina and after), so I'm glad she is taking care of herself!
camouflagecat 28th-Aug-2019 11:58 am (UTC)
Also I was surprised she was "only" 1.66m (according to google) she looks sooo tall, but it must be the long legs and her just being very thin.

But yeah 39kg is crazy, how could she even function like that i wonder.
dantethetaco 28th-Aug-2019 12:07 pm (UTC)
Yeah, same. I thought she was over 1.70. I think for me it's the high heels she wears, I don't wear heels at all and neither do most of the girls around me. So I always percieve kpop girls to be taller than they are.
synatri 28th-Aug-2019 01:59 pm (UTC)
iirc oh my girl's jine went on hiatus to get treatment for her eating disorder (and left the group eventually) when she was around that weight (about 37 kg?) and she's much smaller than sunmi, around 158 cm. So sunmi being 39kg back then is incredibly alarming.
camouflagecat 28th-Aug-2019 03:04 pm (UTC)
I feel like even if you're shorter, an adult woman can't be that weight and for it to be normal, idk did anyone close to her show concern but at least she understood herself that she needs to gain weight.
pikapika217 28th-Aug-2019 11:38 am (UTC)
I was so busy yesterday morning that I only watched the video once & listened to the song a lot independently so I didn't really get the opportunity to get into the looks. Also, a self aware queen! I'm glad she was proactive about her health now and her brother being there is a good strategy.

Also, what kind've mid-tier Wonderful am I that I didn't know she had a brother? Then again, I don't know anything about any of the girls home/family life except SunYe for obvious reasons lol

Edited at 2019-08-28 11:39 am (UTC)
pikapika217 28th-Aug-2019 08:30 pm (UTC)
omg, they're taller than her! my little brother is taller than me lol
camouflagecat 28th-Aug-2019 11:50 am (UTC)
Does "Lalalay" have some meaning in Korean? I thought it was just a nonsensical sound
kimbafierce 28th-Aug-2019 07:58 pm (UTC)
I believe it means 'player'.
dior_chic 28th-Aug-2019 11:54 am (UTC)
I’m accepting that I’m demoting myself from big fan to casual fan with Sunmi, I’m just not excited about her music as I used to be. I like Sunmi the person/performer than her music itself.

But! I love that she/ her team plays with colorful/different styles of makeup. I replicated the rainbow look, and I love wearing colorful eyeliner. And I’m so glad she gained weight and is healthier for it!! I hope she inspires other female idols

Edited at 2019-08-28 12:05 pm (UTC)
gathyou 28th-Aug-2019 02:25 pm (UTC)
39KG is incredibly skinny. I'm smaller than her by 50 cm and going down to 50KG was already really unhealthy, I don't know how she managed to promote Heroine back then :( also the bit about bringing her brother with her on tour so she would eat... I'm so, so glad that she managed to gain weight, I hope she's able to maintain it now.
I missed the MV post, I'm not found of Lalalay, the chorus drop feels empty? idk. Maybe it will grow on me.
The video was really good though, she looks amazing in each scene
timetobegin 28th-Aug-2019 03:37 pm (UTC)
Still mad I missed her when she came to the Netherlands but the date was just not working for me :/

The Lalalay video is gorgeous and I love her hair and make up, definitely well thought out.
lizanka23 28th-Aug-2019 05:31 pm (UTC)
that was interesting that she included korean traditional instruments in the song. i didn't really like the song at first but now it's stuck in my head lol. hopefully she'll do another world tour soon. and i thought she said she was naturally that skinny? it seemed like she wasn't eating well before but i'm glad she started to eat better to increase her stamina. she looks much better now and healthier. also somehow the pigtails work for me. probably because they're theatrically long and remind me of butterfly antenna. i also love how she grabbed them and all the outfits in the MV
benihime99 28th-Aug-2019 05:36 pm (UTC)
She is naturally quite thin but she worked so much last year she was obviously pushing herself too much, she was dangerously skinny
She gained weight but lbr, she's still thin
lizanka23 29th-Aug-2019 03:25 am (UTC)
she still looks more of a healthier thin these days to me. and if she's naturally really thin there's only so much she can do to gain weight. if her doctor is ok with her weight and she can have the stamina to do her concerts then she should be free to be whatever weight she wants
benihime99 29th-Aug-2019 05:24 am (UTC)
She looks happy and she's glowing

I'm also happy she is open about it cause too often does this industry force idols into unhealthy habits
volume1995 28th-Aug-2019 09:21 pm (UTC)
im so happy thats shes in a better physical state than she used to be. she deserves all the praise and the love cause shes such a great performer and an incredible entertainer
lightframes 28th-Aug-2019 11:25 pm (UTC)
Look 1: Retro Green Shadow and Nude Lipstick

Look 6: Rainbow Sherbet Shadow


My FAVORITE two looks in the video
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