Fashion Face-Off Friday: Kdrama Battle of the Guyliner

It's been a while since we had a Fashion Face-off around here, so let's start by announcing the last results.  I have to admit that I was really, really surprised by this one.  In our "Hotties in Suits" competition, Cha Ji-heon from Protect the Boss won a decisive victory over the more formal suit-wearers.  Was it the Batman t-shirt?  Because if it was, I can totally get behind that.

For this week's Fashion Face-off, I'm going to go with men wearing eyeliner--also known as "guyliner." The male characters in kdramas often wear noticeable makeup (the OBVIOUS lipliner in a few dramas being the worst example), and guyliner has become something of an immediate indicator that a character is extra broody. As someone who mostly wears makeup for weddings and Halloween, I have to admit that seeing men outdoing my efforts in the makeup category is sometimes unnerving, but I've gotten to a point where I can handle it.

There were a lot of options in the guyliner category.  I tried to choose characters who consistently rock it as an integral part of their persona.  So, in the battle of the guyliner, who wore it best?  Or, if you don't love the guyliner, who pulls it off the most convincingly?

Contender 1: Joo Byung-hee from Shut Up Flower Boy Band

There is plenty of guyliner in this series, but we have to single out Joo Byung-hee because the guyliner is part of his soul.  Just read the subtitle in the screencap below:

That's right: the man basically has a guyliner manifesto.
That's gotta be worth some credit, right?

Contender 2: Min Tae-yeon in Vampire Prosecutor

As noted in my review of this series, the vampire elements aren't always at the forefront of the show.  That being said, the amount of guyliner on everyone's favorite blood-sucking prosecutor seems to be directly proportional to how vampire-ish he is being that day.  Does this mean that when he goes home to sulk in his fancy apartment, he stops to apply eyeliner first?

Sitting in a gigantic leather chair is just about the most vampire-ish thing you can possibly do.
 That would explain the smokey eye.

Contender #3: Hwang Tae-kyung in You're Beautiful

We get it.  You're emotionally constipated because you have a mean mom.  You're also in a band.  All of this naturally leads to a guyliner addiction.  We would do the same.

We don't know what you're doing either, but it seems to be working.

Contender #4: Vick in Iris

Sometimes we have to recognize that the villains are just as stylish as the good guys.  Just because T.O.P.'s character likes to kill people shouldn't invalidate his use of guyliner, okay?  In fact, maybe it makes it more justifiable.

Maybe if those eyes are the ones shooting you, it wouldn't be so bad?
On second thought, getting shot always sucks, regardless of makeup application.
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So who wore it best?  Vote in the poll below!

Kdrama Battle of the Guyliner free polls 


  1. I wish Byung-hee was in that show longer!! Min-ki is such a great actor in it, as well as Spellbound :) Loving the guyliner!!

  2. I think Byung Hee wins this one because he has a whole philosophy behind wearing guyliner. I love T.O.P. but I have never watched IRIS so...

    1. You're not the only one! I have to give credit for in in-depth guyliner philosophy!

  3. I enjoyed reading this post. I would like to inquire what is the title of that Korean drama (the seventh picture, just below the heading, to the right of Coffee Prince)???

  4. Prosecutor Princess, one of Vivi's favorites!

  5. Thank you! I've watched all those series above except for that one. I'm gonna look it up.

  6. I think Hwang Tae-kyung's make-up in "Mary Stayed Out All Night" (not that great a show) was MUCH better! More rock star!

  7. I can't believe you forget Mr Creepy from City Hunter!! So. Much. Guyliner. lol


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