Kosé and Taiwanese beauty guru Robin Niu, also known as Niu-er, homes in on the right products for Asian skin.

"Having oily skin doesn’t automatically make you prone to blemishes. In fact, pimples, acne, whiteheads and blackheads are caused by the build-up of several different factors, including hormones, bacteria and dead skin cells," says Robin.

"You’ll be surprised but a facial cleansing oil is way better at removing surface excess oil and impurities than any other kind of cleanser while protecting your skin’s delicate moisture balance.

"It is also the simplest way to clear up acne and blemishes as well as remove hardened oil plugs in pores that cause whiteheads and blackheads."

Seikisho Perfect Cleansing Oil is an improved version of the original Cleansing Oil with even greater deep-pore cleansing power.

Formulated with a slew of Chinese and Japanese herbal extracts, it gently and thoroughly dissolves all traces of the most stubborn waterproof makeup, pore-clogging impurities and white and blackheads.

Once you’re done, your skin will be clearer, brighter, smoother, suppler and more translucent.

Recover smooth, translucent and glowing skin with a few swipes of a lotion-soaked facial cotton pad.

"All the exposure to environmental aggressors like the sun and pollution depletes your skin of the oxygen it needs to stay looking fresh, young and healthy, leading to dullness," says Robin.

"Other culprits that rob your skin of natural radiance and make it dull and lifeless include stress, fatigue, smoking, drinking lots of alcohol, poor circulation, accumulated dead skin cells, dirt and oil."

Seikisho Clear Lotion is a gentle exfoliating lotion with mildly alkaline properties and herbal extracts, including Coix Seed Extract and Peach Leaf Extract. With a low pH level that minimises irritation, its liquid gel-like texture completely gets rid of dirt and dead surface cells so your skin can recover softness, translucency, brightness and smoothness.

Enlarged pores can be due to the natural ageing process or heavy sebum production. As the latter forces pores to expand in order to release the oil, they can easily become clogged and infected, leaving you with coarse skin.

"For some of us, enlarged pores are a daily cosmetic annoyance that prevents flawless makeup application and leaves our skin extra shiny," says Robin.

Seikisho Mask White is the world’s No. 1 whitening and purifying peel-off black mask. It not only prevents dark spots and freckles, but its nano-sized active ingredients dive deep into the skin to draw out sebum, dead skin cells as well as melanin-filled skin cells that clog your pores too.

"When people ask, I tell them that this mask is my secret to a clear, fair and radiant complexion. If you have oily skin, I recommend that you use this twice a week. I always apply a thick, even layer to clean skin, avoiding the hairline, and eye and lip area," advises Robin.

"I wait 20 minutes or until the mask completely dries into a contour-hugging, airtight film and then peel it off gently from the outside inwards. You will be able to see the whitehead and blackhead plugs embedded in the mask and your skin will be cleaner, clearer, brighter, radiant and more refined."

"Dry skin has nothing to do with the lack of your skin’s natural oils. It is due to genetics, diet or environment as well as moisture loss in skin," says Robin.

Infinity Vital Comfort Mask is a 2-piece sheet mask drenched with alkali hot spring water and a serum of 9 nutritious ingredients.

"Apply it to a clean face and leave it on for 10-15 minutes to work its magic," says Robin. "This increases and seals in moisture. It also refines pores, evens out skin tone and softens and re-energises your dry, stressed skin so that it’s supple, translucent, firm and soft."

Robin advises: "I recommend using this mask the night before an important event. No one would ever guess how tired your skin looked before!"

Infinity Lotion Concentrate 14 in I Moist & II Very Moist revitalizes dry, rough and lacklustre skin. Enriched with herbal extracts, it penetrates your skin’s deeper layers with high-quality, lasting moisture that leaves your skin looking so refreshed and dewy, people will think you’ve just pampered it with a facial steaming session.

Short lashes and thin lips? Robin’s favourite Kosé Cosmetics will make them pop in a jiffy!

Esprique Precious Heart Graphical Mascara adds all the length you need to make your eyes more alluring. The new curved Tail Impact Brush evenly coats lashes with a deep black formula of non-clumping waxy fibres that wrap around each lash like tubes. The flocky sphere at its tip gets into tight corners and tackles even the shortest top and bottom lashes. It also helps build and stretch the top lashes upwards at the outer corners so they look longer, curlier and fuller.

ROBIN’S TIP: Use an eyelash curler beforehand to lengthen the curling power of your lashes.

"Esprique Precious dual Lip Pencil is a first-of-its kind beauty enhancer for every woman with thin or uneven lips, or who simply wants to up her glam factor," says Robin.

STEP 1: Lip Concealer
corrects an uneven skin tone and smooths the corners of the mouth. Its powdery texture creates a firm, flexible film that prevents smudging.

STEP 2: Lip Liner
controls the form and 3-D appearance of lips with its pearlescent effect. Used on the centre of the lower lip before or after lip colour, it plumps your pout. Applied to the V of the upper lip, it makes your lips more provocative.

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Photography: Veronica Tay • Styling: Neo Lirong, assisted by Evelyn Ng • Hair: Nigel Woo/ Passion Hair Salon • Model: Xiao Xue/Mannequin • Dress: Topshop