Last month, BTS, a K-Pop group from Seoul, cemented itself in American pop culture by winning the Top Social Artist Award at the Billboard Music Awards. The second the boy band hit the magenta red carpet, thousands were exposed to the wonders of K-Pop. Since then, people have been quick to call BTS, which is short for Bangtan Sonyeondan (or Bulletproof Boy Scouts in English), the One Direction of South Korea. However, that’s just an easy way to give them some context. In reality, BTS is actually completely different. Why? The seven-piece group’s performances are complete with flawless choreography, expert rapping, high-fashion looks, and insanely catchy vocals. Oh yeah, and they look damn good while doing so.
No matter where BTS is, their skin is forever smooth and has an enviable glow to it.Their eyes are typically adorned with a subtle smoky eye look, which both Jin and Jimin told me is their favorite part of wearing makeup. Their lips always have that popsicle-stained look that everyone’s been craving lately. Their hair colors are constantly changing, too. In 2017 alone, Jimin’s hair has been bubblegum pink, silver, platinum blonde, sandy blonde, and caramel brown. If they had to choose just one shade, though, Rap Monster tells Allure that he prefers “ash gray and ash blue because these complement my skin tone well.” Agreed. Also, Suga added that his favorite hair color is blonde because “I just need to de-color and that’s it.”
The beauty aspect of BTS’s fame alone separates them from the likes of One Direction, the Jonas Brothers, and the Backstreet Boys. And their legions of fans, lovingly called A.R.M.Y., live for it. YouTube is filled with makeup tutorials inspired by looks from BTS’s music videos. A whole Tumblr account called Dewy Bangtan is even devoted to tracking down the beauty products BTS uses based on screenshots from behind-the-scenes videos.
Why is it important to you to take good care of your skin?
Jin: “Skin is what completes my appearance. I value my looks very much, so it’s equally important to take good care of my skin — that’s a pivotal part of my face.”
J-Hope: “Taking good care of your skin is the No.1 rule for all celebs. I get to meet a lot of fans face-to-face at fan meetings and similar events, and I’d like to look my best for them.”
What’s your biggest skin concern?
Rap Monster: “My skin is dry most of the time, and my biggest concern is keeping it [moisturized]. I get zits from time to time and that concerns me as well.”
Jungkook: “I get pimples sometimes, and it’s very stressful.”
You guys travel a lot. Do you do any skin-care treatments while you’re on the plane to keep your skin from freaking out?
V: “On the plane, I dampen cotton pads with toner and put on lotion twice as much.”
Jimin: “I don’t really do anything extra special for my skin on the plane, but I try to drink as much water as possible.”
What are some of your favorite beauty products?
V: “I’ve been looking for my absolute favorite beauty product for a long time because my skin becomes dry and oily relatively fast. I haven’t found the right one, but I’m not giving up! Any recommendations?”
What is your skin routine like?
J-Hope:“[In the morning, I use] toner and face cream. [At night, the steps are] toner, essence, acne care, lotion, cream.”
Jungkook: “Toner and cream for night and morning routine.”
A lot of people find skin care routines to be a form of self care. Do you agree?
Rap Monster: “I totally agree. My favorite brand is Mediheal, and it has a variety of sheet masks you can choose from after a long day of work.”
Jimin: “I do agree because I try to clear my mind by cleansing my face after performances.”
Do you have any bad skin care habits?
Suga: “My bad habit is that I don’t take care of my skin.”
V: “I don’t particularly have a bad habit, but I’m worried about my skin having lack of elasticity. How can I prevent this?”
Jin: “I love sheet masks. I try to put them on whenever I feel my skin is dry and exposed too much to the sun. They help me make up for lost moisture and brighten my skin.”
Do you have any go-to skin care tips for clear, glowing skin?
J-Hope: “I try to go to the dermatologist when I have some free time after work.”
Jungkook: “I wish I had one! Let me know, and I’ll try.”
Excuse me while I send Jungkook my list. If I learned anything from the Bangtan Boys, it’s staying diligent with toner, using it day and night (and on the plane). If you need a recc or two, Allure editors are loving the Kopari Coconut Rose Toner and the Milk Makeup Matcha Toner right now.
Or; a relationship told through its softest moments; from firsts to lasts and everything in between.
For Enjoltaire week 2017, day #3: soft.
Their first date is what can only be described as soft.
They meet for dinner inside of a small Thai cafe, and Grantaire’s heart does somersaults all the way through his meal. Enjolras keeps smiling at him, warmly, tentatively, and Grantaire feels himself blushing every time.
They hold hands on the walk home; what started off as Enjolras’ fingertips lightly grazing Grantaire’s wrist gradually evolved until their hands were linked, fingers intertwined. Enjolras swings their hands lightly as they walk in tandem and Grantaire thinks his jaw is going to break from all the smiling he’s been doing.
There’s no kissing before Enjolras walks up the steps to his apartment and waves a small goodbye to Grantaire; instead they hug loosely for a few moments, promising to have dinner again sometime. Enjolras breaks contact with a smile and Grantaire lets himself wonder how he ever got so lucky as to have that smile bestowed upon him.
It’s snowing, the first time they kiss.
Grantaire remembers it vividly, because Enjolras was wearing that scarf that he got last Christmas- the red, white, and blue one that Courfeyrac bought him as a joke, yet Enjolras treasures with every fibre of his being.
He’s also wearing mittens, like, honest to God, actual red fluffy mittens that tickle the sides of Grantaire’s face when Enjolras cups it between his palms.
“I’d really like to kiss you.” Enjolras says, tracing the outline of Grantaire’s lips with one mitten-clad thumb. “Your lips look very kissable right now.”
“It’s probably the cold.” Grantaire says, stupidly, because Enjolras just asked to kiss him and sure, they’ve gone on a few dates at this point, but still.
Enjolras smiles, his eyes creasing around the edges. “Probably.” he agrees, moving one hand down to Grantaire’s neck. “Can I?”
Grantaire can’t find the words to express just how much Enjolras can, so instead he nods, feeling the ghost of Enjolras’ lips upon his almost as soon as he moves his head.
Enjolras’ lips are soft, which is unsurprising. His kisses are short, fleeting things, a warm mouth pressing against Grantaire’s for the barest of seconds before pulling away again. Grantaire brings his own hand up to Enjolras’ face, coaxes his lips into staying a little longer, makes the kisses slower, more languid.
It’s almost perfect, and Enjolras smiles when their lips part, eyes still closed, as if he’s taking time to immortalise the memory behind his eyelids.
Grantaire’s never felt happier.
Perhaps Grantaire’s favourite fact that he’s learnt about Enjolras is the way he kisses. Or, more specifically, the way he reacts to being kissed.
Lying side by side after a busy evening of studying together and watching cat videos on YouTube, Grantaire leans over to press a single kiss to Enjolras’ temple, letting his lips linger against Enjolras’ skin a moment longer than necessary.
As expected, Enjolras’ eyelids flutter closed. Grantaire smiles warmly. They re-open as Grantaire pulls away, tracing his movement through dark lashes.
“You’re cute, you know that?” Grantaire asks quietly.
Enjolras scrunches up his nose, which, as Grantaire said, cute.
“You’re doing nothing to disprove my point there, Enj.”
Enjolras simply gives him an affectionate roll of the eyes before leaning in closer to Grantaire’s side. “You’re cuter.” he mumbles into the fabric of Grantaire’s sweatshirt.
Grantaire kisses his forehead again.
Sometimes love is a big thing; a grand gesture or large announcement, the penultimate confession scene in a movie or dramatic chase for the protagonist to follow their heart.
Othertimes, it’s a smaller entity; late night conversations or shared feelings, the soft touches of natural intimacy or the simple comfort of another tangible being.
The first time Enjolras tells Grantaire that he loves him, they’re on the couch in Grantaire’s apartment, watching the best of the best cheesy rom-com films Netflix has to offer.
The credits are rolling, but instead of getting up, Enjolras and Grantaire stay cocooned on the couch, too content to move.
Grantaire is debating whether it would be a good idea to turn the autoplay on, when Enjolras laces their fingers together.
“Hey,” he says quietly. “I love you.”
Grantaire’s heart does a funny dive within his chest and he smiles before he’s even processed the full meaning of Enjolras’ words. Enjolras is staring at him intently, as if he’s trying to convey the extent of his love through his eyes alone. It’s almost enough to make Grantaire teary-eyed.
“I love you too.” Grantaire says back, even quieter, delighting in the way Enjolras seems to practically glow with the newfound knowledge.
He smiles, and Enjolras smiles back, like they’ve just shared some sort of secret.
“Soft.” Grantaire mumbles, running his fingers through Enjolras’ hair gently. Enjolras makes a small sound and buries himself further into the duvet. He’s never been a morning person and Grantaire chuckles to himself at all the memories he has of trying to coax a sleepy Enjolras into wakefulness with coffee and kisses.
“C’mon, sleepyhead, time to wake up. Bright and early.” Grantaire says, despite the fact that it’s eight ‘o clock on a Sunday.
“You wake up.” retorts Enjolras- not his best work, but Grantaire supposes he can be forgiven on account of how his brain still has a little longer to go before it’s functioning properly.
“I am awake, love.”
Enjolras grumbles, but maneuvers himself so that he’s half-laying across Grantaire’s chest, giving Grantaire better access to his curls. Enjolras sighs as Grantaire strokes his hair out of his face, one hand curled up against his hip and the other splayed out against Grantaire’s shoulder. Grantaire smiles as he brings Enjolras’ hand to his mouth to lay a kiss against his knuckles. “Coffee?” Grantaire asks quietly.
“God, yes. Please.”
Grantaire hums. “Alright. Be right back.”
Enjolras’ hand wraps around Grantaire’s wrist as he makes a sound of protest. “Stay.” he semi-whines.
Grantaire laughs. “Enj, if you want the coffee I have to go and fetch it.”
“Stay,” Enjolras repeats, tugging Grantaire back down to lay with him. “I’d rather have you. Coffee later, cuddling now.”
Grantaire is only too happy to oblige.
Grantaire is systematically working the tension out of his boyfriend’s shoulders and upper back, cherishing the little contented hums Enjolras makes whenever he rubs a particular spot.
“You’re always so tense.” Grantaire mutters, leaning down to press kisses against Enjolras’ shoulders.
“Mmmm, I wonder why.” mumbles back Enjolras, though the corners of his mouth are turned up ever so slightly.
They both know why; it’s a combination of stress,
wearing a binder for eight hours a day, and the weight of a messenger bag that somehow always ends up heavier than it started off. (Grantaire has tried to convince Enjolras to stop making so many trips to the library to no avail; Enjolras devours books almost as quickly as Combeferre- which is saying something, given the man’s infamous reputation for reading the entirety of War and Peace in two nights.)
Grantaire’s glad he can be of help- even if it is only in this small way. It’s easily intimate, being with Enjolras like this, and Grantaire’s beyond grateful that it’s normal for them to share moments like this together- a few years ago he wouldn’t have believed it to be possible.
Enjolras hums as Grantaire rubs his shoulders, and then Grantaire’s hands are being gently swatted away as Enjolras moves to sit up, a contented smile sitting on his face. “Thank you.” he says, trailing light fingers down Grantaire’s jawline before moving to bring their mouths together. The kiss is slow and languid and Grantaire smiles onto Enjolras’ lips, feeling Enjolras do the same.
“Mmmmmm,” Enjolras murmurs as they break apart, “Your turn now, c’mon, roll over.”
“Enj, you don’t have to-”
“Oh, hush you; you know I do, now roll over.”
“Bossy.” Grantaire chides, yet obliging all the same. It’s practically routine by now, anyway- no matter how much he protests, Enjolras will always insist on returning the favour, probably in the interests of equality or something similar. (It’s not like Grantaire’s complaining; Enjolras gives quite satisfactory backrubs.)
“I love you.”
Grantaire doesn’t need to turn around to know that Enjolras is smiling when he replies, “I love you too.”
They get married on a Wednesday. Everything is hectic and everybody is stressing out and Grantaire almost works himself into a panic attack which he hasn’t done since he was eighteen, thank you very much.
Despite this, the ceremony is wonderful. There’s laughter and smiles and Grantaire feels so spectacularly happy he could shout it from the top of the Eiffel Tower and still the grin would not be swept off his face.
Now it’s late, and Enjolras stands in the doorway to their room, shirt untucked and tie hanging haphazardly around his neck. Grantaire doesn’t think he’s ever looked more beautiful.
“Come here, you.” he says, patting the side of the bed next to him. Enjolras huffs and rolls his eyes, although he’s clearly just as giddy as Grantaire.
“Yes, husband.” Enjolras replies dutifully, grinning as he walks over. Sitting down on the edge of the bed, Enjolras immediately pulls Grantaire in for a kiss. It’s soft and delicate and so, so lovely that Grantaire has to break away for smiling too much.
“Husband.” Grantaire says, fitting his mouth around the word. “I’m going to enjoy getting used to that.”
“The thought of not
having you was already becoming a nightmare.”
As Harry drove home, he was extremely mad. The reasonable
part of him was now long gone. He hadn’t once stopped to think about his
actions. There was a little part of him that warned him that he had been too
harsh with you. But as said, logic was no longer something that he was aware
of. He had had some drinks throughout the night. Not too many to make him
unable to walk or drive, but just enough to make his mind a little tipsy;
enough to block out any reasonable thought lingering at the back of his head.
He drove home at a great speed, trying not to let his mind wander back to the
crying girl he had left behind.
It wasn’t until he got home and begun to take off his coat,
and his fingers softly grasped the soft velvet box in his pocket, that he was
actually able to comprehend the situation at hand. This wasn’t how the night
was supposed to go like. The two of you were to have a fun night in which later
on he would get down on one knee and ask you to marry him.
As he stared at the ring in front of him, the very ring that
his sister had helped him choose, he couldn’t stop his mind from going back to
the scenes that had just taken place. His eyes watered as his brain tried to
register what had happened.
You had accidentally spilled out his secret to the press.
And although yes, he was upset and this ruined some of the
plans he had for the launching of his solo career, this was exactly what it had
been; an accident.
The way he had treated you was in no way how he had been
taught to. His mind flashed with pictures of him yelling at you and you visibly
flinching away. How he had grabbed you so roughly and thrown you out of the
He looked out of the window, lightening flashed in the night
sky and heavy raindrops loudly hit the shut windows of the house. His eyes shut
tightly as the whole situation became clearer. As the guilt began to settle in,
he started to panic.
You were alone out there, in the pouring rain at midnight,
and he was the one to be blamed for that.
Harry had always praised himself on being a gentle man. The
credit went to his mother, and he was proud of himself for being able to stay
grounded despite the fame that surrounded him. As far as dating was concerned,
he had been taught to always treat a woman with love and respect. It was a no-brainer
that Harry was known for being respectful and kind.
However, as the situation became more and more pronounced,
he felt his heart sinking lower in his chest. You weren’t just any girl, you
were his girlfriend; his better half. The woman that he loved with every piece
of him, the woman whom he wanted to marry and have a family with.
He felt his own heart break at the realization of what he
had just done.
Just then, his phone began to ring. For a second, he thought
you were the one calling him, before he realized that your phone was still in
the car, something you hadn’t been able to pick up before he kicked you out of
Once again, his heart ached at the memory.
He looked down at the phone to see his sister’s name popping
up on the screen. He accepted the call before lifting the phone up to his ear.
“Did she say yes?!”
His sister’s excited voice came out of the speaker.
And for the hundredth time that night, Harry felt his heart
breaking all over again.
“Gemma, I fucked up. I
fucked up bad.”
You had managed to begin walking. However, with the pace you
had, you were sure that a tortoise could overtake you. In your defense though,
that was the fastest you could walk with an aching ankle and the heavy rain
resisting your footsteps. You didn’t exactly have a particular destination as
to where you were going, but you kept on walking anyway.
You would be lying if you said that you weren’t scared. The
roads seemed to look sketchier, darkness was everywhere, and you could barely
see anything. Occasionally, someone would pass by you and you would hold your
breath, scared out of your mind. It wasn’t until they would safely pass by that
you would calm down again.
As wrong as it was, the only thing keeping you sane right
then were Harry’s words that he had sweetly whispered to you a few months ago
when you were being taken for knee surgery.
“Be a lion, baby. Can
you do that for me? Be my little lioness and hold on for me?”
You wanted to scream. You wanted him, you wanted him so bad. But you had done him wrong, and
he had done you wrong too.
You tried to maintain a strong exterior, repeating Harry’s
words like a mantra in your mind over and over again.
At last, you reached a small park. The rain had slowed down
much now, and you were able to find shelter underneath the metal tin sheet inside
You sat there, with your arms tightly wrapped around
yourself, trying to keep warm. You had run out of tears by now, and you had no
idea what you were going to do next.
What did this mean for you and Harry?
Was he worried?
Was he trying to look for you?
You prayed that he was safe. For a second, you felt like
laughing at your thoughts.
Here you were, drenched and sitting in a park with nowhere
to go, and it was all his doing, and still you were worried for him.
It was dangerous, yes, but the day’s tiredness and the
night’s events were taking a toll on you, and soon enough you found it
impossible to keep your eyes open any longer.
After driving around for more than an hour, the park was
Harry’s last hope. He entered the park, hoping with everything in him that he
would be able to find you. He looked around, hoping to catch a glimpse of you.
He was close to ripping out his own hair out of frustration, when he saw a
The person was lying on a bench, tightly hugging them self.
He went nearer, and a gasp escaped him as he realized that it was you.
His very own girlfriend whom he had abandoned in the middle
As he took in your condition, he had never hated himself
Your arms were tightly wrapped around your own body,
desperately trying to stay warm. Your clothes were drenched, and your feet
seemed to be in a very compromising position.
He wanted to punch himself continuously until he could feel
the same pain that you were feeling. His heart twisted in his chest, and he was
almost sure that he was crying. He leaned down on his knees in front of you.
Brushing back a loose strand from your face, he contemplated on what to do.
He could sit there with you for the rest of the night, and
when you would wake up, he could talk to you.
Or he could carry you to his car and take you home right
However, given what had happened, he wasn’t sure if you
would appreciate that. But as he looked at the dark sky above and the eerie
silence surrounding the both of you, he knew that staying there wasn’t safe.
He had no choice, so he decided to wake you up. Taking a
deep breath, he leaned forward, whispering your name softly. He had no idea how
you would react. Either you would be extremely mad at him, or you would be
terribly, terribly,upset. He didn’t know which one he
preferred, but one thing he was sure of was that he couldn’t lose you.
Not now, not ever.
The both of you had made mistakes, his being the biggest, but
he hoped that you two could get past this and continue to be together. Even if
you stayed with him, he knew that it would take time for things to go back to
He was willing to wait though, he was willing to do close to
anything to stay with you.
He softly said your name once again, gently rubbing your
arm. He didn’t want to startle you,
given the situation at hand.
As your eyes gently opened, you found yourself staring back
at your favorite pair of emerald green eyes.
For a minute, you hoped that it had all been a dream. That
you could just snuggle in your boyfriend’s arms and everything could be alright
again. However, that wasn’t the case, and you knew that you had to be mature
and face your problems confidently. You sat up on the bench while rubbing your
eyes to chase away the tiredness enveloping you from the day. A silent yawn
escaped you as you looked at Harry kneeling in front of the bench you were
“Wha’ are you doing here?” You mumbled sleepily, still not
“W- Was looking around for you, love. Goin’ crazy trying to
find you.” He replied, stumbling upon his own words.
You looked around, before settling your gaze on him and
“Started caring too soon, don’t you think?”
You could practically see his face fall, head bowing down in
You felt bad for a second, before strictly reminding
yourself that he was the one to be blamed for what you had been through in the
last hour. After a couple of moments of subtle silence, his gaze lifted to meet
“I’m sorry, pet. I really am. Went mad for a couple of
minutes. Didn’t realize what I was doing. I had a couple of drinks during the
night, as well. Know that’s no excuse though, I know that.”
His words were delivered in a pleading cry, full of remorse.
You knew he was apologetic, but what had happened wasn’t something that could
be fixed by a simple apology.
All the same, you knew that being mad at Harry wasn’t the
solution. You had messed up too, and it was only fair that you gave each other
a chance to work it out and explain yourselves.
With that thought, you slowly nodded, before getting up from
the bench you were sitting on.
Harry immediately went into panic mode, unaware of what your
next move would be. He slowly rose from his previous kneeling positon, ready to
stop you from leaving him.
However, you stopped him before he could say anything.
“I’m sorry I divulged details about your solo career, but I
didn’t mean to do that. I would never hurt you on purpose, you know that. Or at
least, I thought you knew that.” You said, in a low voice.
Harry felt the pain in your voice piercing through his
heart, tearing it up in half. He didn’t know if he was supposed to talk or not,
and the last thing he needed was to dig his hole even deeper. So he stayed
silent, letting you continue before explaining things from his perspective.
“I didn’t see you throughout the dinner. I had a whole
speech prepared about how proud I was of your acting career. However, I knew
that you wouldn’t appreciate it at a time like this. So I decided to save it
for later. When I went into the car though, I could feel that your fury hadn’t
dissipated. I didn’t know what to say to make it better. Maybe there was
nothing that I could have really said at that moment that would make it better.
And then when you burst out like that, I was lost. That wasn’t something that I
expected from you.”
Harry had to bite his lip to keep from speaking up, his eyes
watering at the pain of the situation.
“But I know it was a mistake. A misapprehension, if you
will. A misstep caused by your hotheadedness. I can understand that, I suppose.
Doesn’t make it hurt any less though. You promised to protect me, to be with me
every step of the way. To be my patronage. It bewildered me as to how you could
just simply leave me there and drive away. I was scared, so scared. It made me
question if you even cared, if you were ready to leave me because I accidentally spoke about the fact that
you were working on your solo album. I didn’t know what to think, Harry, and I
still don’t. ”
You were standing a few steps away from him, but Harry felt
like the distance between the two of you was larger than the sea. He wanted
nothing more than to pull you up tight against his chest and kiss you until you
understood that his career meant nothing to him if you weren’t there with him.
Although he knew that it was his turn to speak, he couldn’t
do it while being so far away from you.
He took a few steps towards you, his arms going to wrap
around your waist until your back was flushed against his chest, holding you to
You let him do it, placing your hands on his and giving them
a tight squeeze.
“I know you would never do that to me intentionally, my
love. Of course I know that. I don’t know why I became so mad, but I’m sorry.
For everything that happened tonight. I should have stayed with you during
dinner, should have gone with you to the car. And most of all, I shouldn’t have
burst out on you like that. That was very out of line of me, and I still can’t believe
that I actually did that. When I couldn’t find you, for a second I didn’t mind
you leaving me, just wanted you to be safe. But
the thought of not having you was already becoming a nightmare. You know I’m
not usually so easily inflamed. I’m quite good at controlling my temper most of
the time. You know that, pet. I’m sorry that you had to go through that. I’m
really sorry. But Y/N, if you give me a chance, I promise you I’ll spend the
rest of my life making it up to you. I vow to never repeat that mistake again.
You’re important to me. I’ve never loved a woman before as much as I love you,
apart from my Mum and Gem, of course. Would pick you over my career any given
day, you’re my motivation in the hard times. Couldn’t be here without you,
Suddenly, you shrugged off his hands from your waist, and
his heart shuddered in fear that you hadn’t accepted his apology. However, he
was once again left in awe of your unpredictable personality when you wrapped
your arms around his neck and pressed your lips to his in a passionate kiss.
You both knew that this didn’t suddenly make everything
right. It would take some time for things to completely go back to normal.
And Harry knew that the ring in his pocket would have to
wait a couple more days.
But the two of you also knew that you’d make it. It would
take some time and patience, but together you were sure that you could survive
through this, and whatever more life had to throw your way.