K-Pop Bare Faced: How is AOA Seolhyun Without Makeup?


AOA Seolhyun Without Makeup

Makeup is a very important thing to support the appearance of Korean idols, whether women or men, makeup must always be there to support their appearance to be more beautiful or more handsome. But what if the Korean idol does not use makeup? Do they still look the same, or do they look much different than when they are using makeup?

The visual from AOA, Seolhyun, is famous for her beautiful and glowing face.  She even once entered into the prettiest idol ranks in Korea. However, Seolhyun is often seen not using makeup on certain occasions or she even deliberately shows her face without makeup in public. Some netizens are amazed with Seolhyun’s face without makeup, but some say that Seolhyun looks strange if not using makeup. Let’s take a look at this collection of Visual AOA photos without makeup.

Seolhyun without Makeup with AOA Members


In 2016, seven-member AOA girl group stole netizens’ attention. Not because of their achievements, but because of their celebration photos, which were the center of netizen’s attention because they all took pictures without using any makeup. Even without using makeup, all AOA members feel very confident and they all smile to the camera while posing cute. See AOA’s Main Dancer, Chanmi holding a cake.

Many netizens are mesmerized by their self-confessed photos without makeup. They all look beautiful and natural and even Mina looks like an innocent girl. However, some netizens also disliked their strange looks without makeup. Seolhyun, the visual from AOA, had a direct conversation netizen.

Seolhyun’s face and skin look dark, even the eye bags under Seolhyun’s eyes look very clear. Many netizens say they can not even recognize Seolhyun with such a face. Elvis (AOA fans’ name) defends their idol. That’s because the light factor is lacking because of Seolhyun’s position in the back, that’s why Seolhyun’s face looks a little dark.

What do you think seeing them without makeup? Especially Seolhyun? Do they still look pretty?

Seolhyun without Makeup in The Law of Jungle


The Law of Jungle is one of the Korean variety shows featuring guests who must survive for several days in a forest or island rarely visited by humans. The show has been airing since 2011 and has survived until now with Kim Byung Man as the host of the show. There have been many Korean idols ranging from actors, actresses, girl groups, and boy groups who participated in The Law of Jungle show.


For example Seolhyun, the visual of AOA, has been a guest guest on the episode of The Law of Jungle in Tonga with Seo Kang-joon (5urprise), Kim Seol-hyun (AOA), Lee Sung-jong (Infinite), Hong Yoon-Hwa, Jota (Madtown) Sandeul (B1A4), Jeon Hye-bin, and Hwang Chansung (2PM).


The Law of Jungle in Tonga is the episode with the highest rating up to over 20%, that is 21.1%. Netizens concluded that Seolhyun made the episode ratings high. Before The Law of Jungle only got 15% for the highest rating.

Seolhyun stole the audience’s attention with her action of setting up a tent under the hot sun on the Tonga beach. Located in the southern Pacific Ocean, the island has temperatures around 40 degrees Celsius at 10 am local time.

Another Seolhyun action that stole the audience’s attention was when she was able to hunt snails and learn snorkeling for the first time. Seo Kang Joong also gave her comment about the involvement of the AOA member. “Is there a Korean who does not like Seolhyun?” he said.


What’s more to steal the attention of netizens is the face of Seolhyun who does not use makeup. Seolhyun’s contorted face and smooth skin did not escape the conversation of netizens. Some netizens were even jealous about Seolhyun’s makeup-free face. Some netizens also said that Seolhyun looks very cute and innocent.

But the presence of Seolhyun actually got criticism from netizens. A number of Korean media outlets discuss details about the appearance of this AOA member in the Tongan episode. Unfortunately, because it was overdiscussed, netizens even felt bored about the appearance of Seolhyun. Some netizens even considered that Seolhyun did not do  anything important other than eating. Some netizens immediately sent criticism.

“Sorry if I say this, but she did nothing but eat.”

“Is Seolhyun’s ‘Laws of the Jungle’ episode still aired? Why does Laws the Jungle continue to discuss, Seolhyun like this, Seolhyun so.”

“It’s too much to dub a girl with average appearance (Seolhyun) as a goddess.”

Seolhyun without Makeup in Bare Family


Bare Family is one of the variety shows in Korea where Seolhyun became one of the permanent members. Much happened involving Seolhyun at the Bare Family show.  Netizens especially talked about how Seolhyun never used makeup.

Seolhyun’s own face looks different when not using makeup; her face looks very round and her skin color a little dark. Netizens appreciate Seolhyun’s bravery for performing without using makeup in front of the camera but some netizens also find it strange to see Seolhyun looking that way.


On one episode, Seolhyun looks very strange. Some netizens don’t even recognize Seolhyun’s figure without makeup. During that episode, after Seolhyun wakes up and washes her face, it looks very swollen even under the eyes. Seolhyun told the media that while sleeping she was bitten by an ant, causing her face to become slightly swollen. Netizens who saw it immediately criticized that they could not recognize Seolhyun, and that she did look very strange.

Seolhyun, who knows about her face, responded immediately. Seolhyun’s response to the criticism was posted on a forum “I first got criticized for having dark skin so I decided to whiten my skin tone with make-up but they insulted me at the fact that I applied make up in white. I got criticized for this and that. I guess I just can not satisfy everyone.”

The comments rolled from there with people saying if she wants to look whiter she should be applying her makeup in a better way.


The South Korean star has now spoken in an interview on KBS 2TV about her humiliation around the face whitening criticism she received from her award ceremony photos.

“I think my insecurity is my dark skin. While trying to hide it, [my make up] became like that,” she told the TV show.

“Even before leaving for ‘Law of the Jungle’ I really worried a lot. I had bad memories from the last time I revealed [my dark skin], but I was having to [reveal my dark skin] just as they were going away.”

The stigma around skin color is rife in pop culture. Hopefully Seolhyun’s story will highlight the need for everyone to stop judging stars on the color of their skin.

Seolhyun Selfie without Makeup


Seolhyun is one of the AOA members who most often uploads selfie pictures of herself, even occasionally one without makeup. Netizens who saw her photo were mesmerized by the brightness and beauty of Seolhyun’s current face without makeup, the shining and bright skin clearly radiated on Seolhyun’s face. She was actually a visual, remarked some netizens.


One day, she uploaded her selfie photo and she wrote, “Hi everyone, this is Seolhyun, it has been a while? I really really miss all of you so much, here’s a new photo, Happy New Year and enjoy your Lunar New Year”. 

Some of netizen comment that she looks so pretty and gorgerous even without makeup, she really killed the photo with her bare face. So, do you think Seolhyun is pretty without makeup or with makeup? In fact, she really is the face of the group. Let’s give a lots of support and love for Kim Seolhyun!