Red Velvet Irene’s Beauty Secrets: Radiant Skin to Iconic Makeup

She is not just one of the prettiest idols of the 3rd generation of Kpop. Red Velvet’s Irene is also one of the most beautiful idols in the entire Kpop industry.

She is often called a “goddess” and the living embodiment of the Korean beauty standards. Everytime she is on camera, her stunning beauty never fails to captivate everyone’s eyes.

Other than being the visual and the center of the group, Irene’s visual has also earned international attention. She has achieved the 41st position on TC Candler’s “100 Most Beautiful Faces” list in 2018.

Are you curious about Irene’s secret to her natural beauty? Read on to find out.

Red Velvet Irene’s Beauty Secrets

Red Velvet Irene’s Beauty Secrets

Being one of the most beautiful women in the K-pop industry, Irene has captivated the hearts of millions of people. Her beauty secrets include proper hydration and a special kind of massage.

Daily Use of Moisturising Sheet Masks

Sheet masks are extremely hydrating and soothe your skin with their relaxing properties. After a hectic day out with makeup on, Irene always makes sure to wear a sheet mask on her perfectly cleansed face.

Along with their hydrating properties sheet masks help prevent early signs of skin aging. Irene uses sheet masks to preserve the radiance in her skin.


No matter how much hydration you provide your skin, it’ll never be enough. It is especially essential to use lightweight water-based products to keep the radiance in your skin.

Irene also increases the amount of hydrating products during the winter to keep her skin dewy.

Apart from using hydrating products, Irene advises drinking lots of water to keep your skin and body hydrated.

Facial Massage

One ancient Asian beauty secret is massaging your face for better blood circulation with a gua sha stone. It originally emerged in China and was used as a medical technique. However, with the passage of time, the benefits of gua sha have become known to the whole world. Irene uses the gua sha stone or her knuckles to massage her face after her skincare routine to reduce puffiness.

Red Velvet Irene’s Beauty Routine

Red Velvet Irene’s Beauty Routine

Irene is known for being diligent in everything she does and disciplining her members as a leader. With this diligence, she has curated a skincare routine that is well-suited for her skin type. Without further ado, let’s dive into Irene’s beauty regime!

Double Cleansing

Like many other K-pop idols, Irene also prefers double cleansing. Double cleansing is essential for people who need to wear heavy makeup throughout the day. This is the reason most celebrities tend to go for an oil cleanser before going in with a foaming cleanser.

An oil cleanser melts all the thick makeup on your face and provides you with hydration. After finishing up with an oil cleanser, Irene chooses a foaming cleanser to remove any residual makeup. Now, her skin can breathe and is free of any dirt, dust, or product clogging her pores.


Next is exfoliation. Irene tries to exfoliate her skin daily to remove any dead skin cells. Exfoliation helps in preventing breakouts, improving skin texture, and also has anti-aging properties as proven by studies.

Among the two kinds of exfoliation: physical and chemical, Irene uses both. Physical exfoliation is done through the use of a granular scrub while chemical exfoliation involves AHAs and BHAs. Although helpful, it is advised to be mindful while exfoliating as too much of it can be abrasive to the skin.


One of the exceptional steps of a Korean skincare routine is essence. An essence nourishes and revitalizes the skin. Use an essence for an extra dose of hydration on your skin before going in with your moisturizer.

Irene incorporates an essence in her skincare routine as a substitute for a toner for preparing her skin. Since she already exfoliates her skin which leaves her skin exposed, she does not need a toner to exfoliate any further.

Facial Oil

Facial oils like argan oil, jojoba oil, or squalene provide skin nourishment and reduce signs of skin aging. They also have anti-inflammatory properties and reduce swelling or redness on the skin. Irene swears by her facial oils for nourishing and hydrating her skin before moisturizing.

Facial oils are especially good for dry skin. They help unclog your pores without dehydrating your skin through exfoliation. They brighten your skin and make it supple.


As an ambassador of the beauty brand Clinique, Irene uses their Moisture Surge 72-hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator as her moisturizer. This is a great product for people with dry skin like Irene. The activated aloe water and caffeine help replenish moisture in dry skin.

Although this is a great option for people with dry skin, you could also go for other lightweight water-based moisturizers. Products with aloe vera or tea tree extracts are a great choice if you’re suffering from dry skin.

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What’s In Irene’s Makeup Bag?

Irene’s Beauty Products

No matter how flawless her skin is, since the entertainment industry has high expectations of her, Irene needs to always be prepared. For a final touch before standing in front of the camera, Irene always carries the following products in her makeup bag.

For A Flawless Base

For a dewy base, Irene tends to go for a hydrating primer followed by a cushion foundation. Hydrating primers smoothen the texture of the skin and provide radiance. Irene chooses hydrating primers to lock in the moisture in her dry skin.

Cushion foundations are lightweight yet buildable high-coverage foundations that are great for regular use. Irene uses cushion foundations for her day-to-day natural makeup. However, for a long-lasting silky smooth base, she chooses the Espoir Pro Tailor foundation in Be Silk.


For blush, Irene chooses warmer shades to look bright and youthful. In one of her concerts, she was seen wearing the Etude House Lovely Cookie Blusher in the shade of Peach Mousse.

If you have a warm or neutral skin tone, you can also go for this blush. Peachy shades will add a touch of warmth to your complexion.


The brand ambassador of Clinique chooses to wear the Nude Pop shade of Clinique’s Cheek Pop blush as her eyeshadow base.

Later, she uses the Soft Brown shade from M.A.C’s Soba Eyeshadow Palette to add some depth to her eyes. The shade lightly contours her eyes with a satin finish. This is Irene’s idea of natural makeup on a free day.

Matte Lip

Irene’s dry skin cannot handle a matte lipstick with an immensely drying formula. Thus, she chooses the NARS Matte Lip Pencil for a non-drying velvety finish.

She mixes the shades of Get Off and Dragongirl for a gradient lip. She uses the red Dragongirl shade on the center of the lip and blends the pink nude Get Off shade on the outer edges of the lip.

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The Bottom Line

Irene’s meticulous nature has made her assemble a skincare routine that is well-suited for her skin type.

She has curated a beauty regime with an appropriate amount of exfoliation and lots of hydration for her dry skin.

We all  admire her not only for her beauty but also for her way of living life diligently.