How K-pop star Tiffany Young gets her glow

 pagesix.com  02/13/2019 22:01:54   Elana Fishman

If you’re at all familiar with the world of K-pop, you already know Tiffany Young.

Best known as a decade-long member of the hugely successful group Girls’ Generation, Young, 29, parted ways with her label at the end of 2017 and moved back to her native California to pursue a career as a solo artist.

Her bold move is already paying off: Within 10 minutes of dropping her most recent single “Born Again” on January 24, #TiffanyYoung was already trending worldwide on Twitter, and the accompanying music video — in which Young wades through the surf in a gorgeous gown — racked up nearly two million YouTube views in its first week out.

“Moving back to LA has definitely made me a lot more experimental and open with my style, and more importantly, made me want to embrace being a woman,” the singer told Page Six Style. “[As part of Girls’ Generation,] I was with a beautiful group of girls who are a lot taller than I am, so I never wore long dresses or pants. Now, I’m definitely gravitating toward suits and long, flowy gowns. It’s made me want to dress bolder and stronger. I loved watching ‘A Simple Favor’ with Blake Lively; it made me want to wear a suit all the time!”

As part of her solo rebirth, Young has also bleached her hair platinum blond, a process she described as “excruciating” — but, she said with a laugh, “I would happily sacrifice every strand of my hair for my art!”

“Being from K-pop, visual presentation is such a huge part of how I want to express myself, and that includes hair and makeup,” she continued. “I wanted to look the way I sounded, if that makes sense. I wanted my image to represent my sound.”

Another tip Young picked up from her time in South Korea? The importance of a good skincare regimen. “I went to the skincare [clinics] religiously when I was there — like, every seven to 10 days,” she recalled. “But going so often, I picked up on the routine: steamer, exfoliation, peel, mask. There are so many options in K-beauty, whether you want something soothing, hydrating or brightening, but it’s really about understanding and studying your skin and what it needs.”

Nowadays, the singer keeps up her glow with an arsenal of at-home practices and products. “I do a weekly exfoliation and mask, and I recently got this tool that I love — my friend recommended it to me — called the Exfora, from Vanity Planet. It’s a great replacement for a spa visit.”

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But when it comes to shopping, Young’s outlook goes beyond skin deep, and for good reason: her father, from whom she has been estranged for years, has been the subject of financial scandal and fraud allegations.

“I’ve been financially independent since I was 16 or 17, which has made me learn a lot and grow up fast,” she explained. “What I learned early on was: never spend what you don’t have. I’ve always saved more than I’ve spent. I locked into that as a habit very early, because I didn’t want to get caught up in an excessive lifestyle, like my dad did when I was growing up. And I’m thankful that, through all the turbulence, I got to learn such a valuable lesson.”

Just because Young is careful about her spending, however, doesn’t mean she can’t appreciate beautiful clothes. Case in point? The colorful Versace gown she sported at the American Music Awards back in October, when she became the first-ever female K-pop artist to walk the red carpet.

“Thinking about all the female artists — past, present and future — I was just so happy and honored to be there,” she said. “But I’ve still got a long way to go, and I hope it’s the first time of many that I get to walk the red carpet.”

In other words, don’t be surprised to spot her at another awards show soon, probably clad in a sexy suit.

Tiffany Young’s EP “Lips on Lips” is out February 22; the title track will be released on February 14.

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