The Secret Behind K-Pop Star Kahi's Amazing Skin

The world of K-pop is known for three things: killer choreo, catchy choruses, and flawless skin. Consider Kahi (Park Ji-Young) a triple threat — because she's got all of 'em.

The 35-year-old solo artist got her start as a backup dancer for BoA (a.k.a. the queen of Korean pop) before moving on to become the leader of girl group After School (billed at the time as the Pussycat Dolls of Korean pop). She took on the role of lead dancer and occasional rapper, favoring thigh-highs and plaid, apropos the group name. But after "graduating" from After School in 2012 and launching her solo career with two mini albums (an eponymous release in 2011, and Who Are You? in 2013), Kahi ditched the youthful schoolgirl look for something, well, way more badass. (Just check out her stick-straight bleached hair and pantsuit on her 2013 single "It's Me.")

"When I was singing and dancing, my makeup was usually heavy and dramatic," Kahi tells Refinery29. "Even when I wasn't on stage, I liked to wear heavier eye and face makeup — contour and all!" These days, Kahi's makeup routine is more minimal. "As I focus on acting, I prefer a natural look," she says. "Also, I'm older and I'm more comfortable in my own skin."

We asked the star to tell us all about her beauty routine — what she swears by, what she's been using for years, and what she's really into now, as she's expecting her first child. Our favorite part? Most of the products are totally accessible to us here in the States.

Click through to discover the beauty essentials Kahi can't live without.
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Facial Mist
When you're performing, you've got to keep your makeup fresh from the morning rehearsal to the evening show. "I swear by Kiehl's Cactus Flower Hydrating Facial Mist because on days I work late, it helps hydrate and cool my face. I love the light scent it has," Kahi says. Of course, it does the job just as well for those of us sitting in cubicles all day.

Kiehl's Cactus Flower & Tibetan Ginseng Hydrating Mist, $17. Shop it here.
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Blush — & A Brow Kit
Pros and beauty fans alike speak with reverence about NARS' multi-use stick in Orgasm, but Kahi prefers the flattering, sun-kissed coral of Exumas. "I'm currently obsessed," she tells us.

Her brow game is strong, too. She's almost down to the pan of Heavy Rotation's eyebrow-powder kit, but unfortunately for us, there aren't any authorized retailers for it stateside.

NARS Matte Multiple in Exumas, $39. Shop it here.
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"My skin-care routine [involves] cleansing oil, toner, eye cream, face oil, and, lastly, moisturizing cream," Kahi says. And while her favorite products have changed over time, the star swears by Shu Uemura's cleansing oil. "I haven't changed it in almost 10 years," she says.

Shu Uemura Ultime8 Sublime Beauty Cleansing Oil, $42. Shop it here.
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Kahi says Lancôme's UV Expert Shield sunscreen has been a staple in her beauty routine for 10 years. This particular version is only available abroad, but Lancôme's Bienfait UV sunscreen is a close copy.

Lanme UV Expert XL-Shield, $52.58. Shop it here.
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A Gentle Shampoo & Hair Cream
When it comes to taking care of her gorgeous hair, Kahi opts for Korean brand Ünda, created by celeb stylist Udha. "They use mostly natural ingredients," Kahi says, adding that she loves the shampoo and hair cream. "I skip traditional conditioner and use the hair cream instead after I towel-dry my hair. It leaves my hair soft and shiny."

Ünda Moisturizing Cream, $69. Shop it here.
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