There are levels to being a K-pop fan. Level one is when you’re a casual listener. You enjoy bopping your head to hit songs like “Ddu-Du-Ddu-Du” by Blackpink (did we spell that right, Blinks?), “Love Scenario” by Ikon (a cultural reset, IMO) or “Fantastic Baby” by Bigbang (an all-time classic)—but you never really bothered to know their names or birthdays. You’re still in your denial phase and insist, “I like some songs, but I don’t like K-pop.” Sure, Karen.
Level two is exclusively stanning one group. “If *insert group name here* disbands, I’ll leave the K-pop stan world” is what you’d probably say. You don’t care about other groups. And you only unmute music show livestreams when it’s their time to perform.
Level three is being a multi-stan. It’s when you’re dedicated to a lot of groups, know both their stage and government names, memorize the lyrics to all of their songs and buy their merch.
The last level is wanting to be a K-pop idol. You join global auditions organized by big Korean agencies. You know everything about K-pop—from the pioneers to how it became a worldwide phenomenon. You know the lyrics and choreographies to many songs. You can even slightly speak, write and understand Korean.
Now level four peeps, we’ll help you achieve your dream of being a k-pop idol. Just follow these steps.
Step 1: Purge your closet
K-pop idols are known for their unique, borderline eccentric fashion sense. Gender doesn’t exist when it comes to their clothes. Even boy group members like G-Dragon of Bigbang, Taemin of Shinee and Hongjoong of Ateez wear skirts. So if you really want to exude that Korean idol vibe, you better experiment with what you wear.
Step 2: Accessories elevate your ’fit
When we say experiment, we don’t just mean clothes—we also mean accessories. You can get some bold ear piercings (we suggest an upper lobe or helix piercing for first-timers) or wear some cool specs like most idols do these days.
Fans love to give their idols some cute accessories during fansign events like cat-ear headbands, flower crowns, bunny hats and oversized novelty glasses. You might as well learn how to strike cute poses for the cameras while wearing these.
Step 3: Fix your hairstyle
Drastically changing your hairstyle might be one of the easiest ways to grab attention. From tame colors like chestnut brown and ash blonde to wild hues like neon green and electric blue, get a hair color transformation anytime at Tony & Jackey Salon.
Or remember when Jennie of Blackpink set Twitter on fire when her teaser photo for their hit song “Kill This Love” was uploaded? Blinks were so happy Jennie (finally) dyed her hair a non-brown color, only to find out later that it was an effin’ wig. The point? Pull off a Jennie and snatch attention!
Step 4: Get that K-beauty glow
A fan once asked, “Hey, how did you become so hot?” and Jackson of Got7 said, “Rice.” Well, he lied. It takes more than just rice to achieve the glow K-pop idols have. For starters, try using Etude House’s Moistfull Collagen collection. Each product contains super collagen water and Baobab water that provide moisture all day long and make the skin look firm, bouncy and dewy.
You probably also want to know the secret behind K-pop idols’ makeup looks on their music videos and stage performances. The pattern’s simple, really. They usually use experimental, shimmery hues for music videos and subtle shades when performing. But if you want to look like a K-pop idol, say Lisa of Blackpink, even on the daily, MAC Cosmetics might have the perfect products for you. Who knows, maybe you can bag an ambassadorship in the future, too!
Step 5: Do the finger heart
No, I’m kidding. I just really wanted to add that. But we hope you achieve your dream of becoming a K-pop idol soon. Fighting!