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You’d think a seasoned makeup artist’s favourite moments on the job involve hobnobbing with celebrities and socialites. But Choi Hee Seon, national makeup artist at Lancome Korea, has a much more heart-warming tale to share. He recalls the time a burn victim approached the Lancome counter in Seoul to shop for skincare. “From our conversation, I could tell she wanted to try on the makeup, but lacked the confidence to do so,” he says. “After I gave her a makeover, she saw how beautiful she looked and was so touched that she cried – it motivated me to become a better (makeup) artist.”

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Han Chae Young from Boys Over Flowers

The makeup veteran, who has 20 years’ experience in the industry, now coaches the Lancome beauty team in South Korea. He has worked with the nation’s biggest stars, including singer actress Eugene and K-drama actresses such as Han Chae Young of Boys Over Flowers fame. To achieve the dewy complexion of these celebrities, Hee Soon advises against piling on base makeup.

“Women think that they should apply a lot of foundation and concealer for better coverage, but doing so hides their natural radiance. Instead, aim for a sheer, healthy glow with a radiance-boosting foundation.”

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For that lit-from-within glow sans a cakey finish, he recommends the new Lancome Teint Miracle liquid foundation ($66). It uses three synthetic pigments to create a “daylight effect”, giving your skin a radiance similar to what you get when you’re out in the sun.

Its ultra-lightweight texture and light diffusing fillers also ensure you feel fresh and look luminous all day – or night. Hee Seon also has makeup tricks for those with oily skin and breakouts but who still desire a flawless complexion.

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Whenever a model shows up for a shoot with irritated skin or zits, he pours Lancome Hydrazen Acti-lotion Neurocalm ($98) onto several cotton pads to create a makeshift face mask that calms redness and absorbs excess sebum. He leaves it on for five minutes, then applies Lancome La Base Pro Pore Eraser ($68), a pore-refining primer that smooths skin texture and corrects skin tone, followed by foundation.

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To complete the look, Hee Soon suggests using burgundy eyeshadow –

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“It’s been trending recently and I think it’ll be a key colour for a long time to come,” he says. Our pick? Lancome’s limited-edition Christmas palette, Hypnose Palette Drama Eyes in #DR8 Parisian Lights ($90) – its burgundy, yellow and gold hues are perfect for creating a festive look for the coming party season. 

This story was first published in Her World magazine, November 2014 issue.