A Beauty Chat With K-Star Hwang Se-on | Clozette

If you've seen Olympus, Benetton, LOVCAT, Guess, and Laneige campaigns then you know that Korean model Hwang Se-on was that pretty girl staring right back at you. That girl with luscious locks, doll-like eyes, and smooth, fair, and radiant complexion was discovered in New Zealand (where she grew up) by a friend’s aunt who worked at a local modelling agency. At first, she didn't commit full-time as she was still in school, but it definitely made it clear that modelling was the career path she wanted to pursue. 

She was recently in Singapore for the second stop of the Laneige Beauty Road with BB Cushion tour that is set to visit seven global cities in four Asian countries and we had the chance to chat with her about all things beauty. We wanted to find out if, like most Koreans, she had a 10-step beauty routine and what her #squadgoals are.

What is your secret to flawless skin?

The Laneige BB cushion is definitely one of my secrets: it’s long lasting, covers all your flaws and you don’t have to touch up during the day. Even if you’re in hot and humid weather like in Singapore, where your makeup usually melts, it stays put.

When it comes to skincare, do you follow the famous Korean 10-step skincare routine?

I don’t follow the 10-step. But I think I get in four or five steps. I use a toner, essence, eye cream and cream, and the Water Sleeping Mask. I use the Water Sleeping Mask every day before I sleep – it’s my daily ritual. I find my skin looks really refreshed the next morning.

Who are your beauty inspirations?

Korean celebrities! There are so many, but the one celebrity that I look up to in particular is Song Hye Kyo – who is also the face of Laneige. I’ve been a fan of hers for years and I love her flawless skin.

Do you do your own makeup? Which is your favourite look?

When I’m not working, I do my own makeup. I like doing makeup. When I was young I would look through my mum’s makeup pouch and try on her lipsticks, and ever since, I’ve had a thing for makeup and trying on new colours. I have heaps of makeup at home. When I’m not working I will just use the BB cushion, mascara and lipstick.

So would you choose to have your eyeliner on point or 15 minutes more of sleep?

I don’t really use eyeliner. So definitely the extra sleep! 

What is the one thing not many people know about you?

That I don’t workout a lot. I love junk food. I give myself a cheat day: once a week I will grab a big burger with fries and cheese and the different sauces.

What would your #squadgoals be?

I’ve been a fan of Kate Moss since forever. She is my style icon – I love her style. I think another one would be Cara Delevingne I think it would be cool hanging out with them.



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A signature lip colour makes you stand out, creating a lasting first impression that goes beyond your choice of clothes. After all, your favourite shade is one that not only reflects your style philosophy or complements your choice of OOTD, but also captures a hint of your personality. If you're fearless and love being out-there and heard, a bold lippie is most probably your best friend. If you're the type who prefers to be a bit more low-key, you'd probably be more comfortable with nude or pink shades.

But if you're still unsure which lipstick shade to get next time you're out makeup shopping, take our Lip Colour Personality Quiz below and find out which lip colour you should be rocking!


The Lip Colour Personality Quiz

Question #1: How would your friends describe your personality?

a) Loud, boisterous, life of the party

b) Friendly, easy to get along with, sweetheart

c) Quiet, contemplative, initially shy

d) Independent, opinionated, approachable

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Question #2: In your opinion, which of these statements best describes you?

a) All eyes on me, please!

b) I love going out and making new friends

c) People watching is my hobby

d) Being alone doesn’t scare me; in fact I treasure it!

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Question #3: What's your go-to every day style?

a) I change my style everyday, going from monochrome to sweet and girly

b) Skirts, flowy tops, and a dash of floral

c) Monochrome, or something casual and simple

d) Edgy--basically anything bold, sleek, and chic

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Question #6: You're out for drinks with your girlfriends, what do you order?

a) Wine

b) Iced Tea or Soda

c) Coffee

d) A bold cocktail

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If you answered mostly (a): Go red or go home

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Your personality is meant to rock the red lip--and you are spoilt for choice. From glossy, muted red lips to the bold matte red lip rocked by super stars Rihanna and Taylor Swift, you have the personality to carry off each red shade and lipstick finish. You turn heads whenever you walk into the room and carry yourself with confidence, chatting up anyone no matter which event you may be at.

For a red pout that is wearable without being too bold and bright, go for a berry shade like Estée Lauder's Pure Envy Lip Potion in Quiet Riot #10. Its Advanced True Vision technology creates a soft, balmy texture that glides effortlessly on the lips for a comfortable and rich lip colour that lasts through the day. 


If you answered mostly (b): Coral is the way to go

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You're all about creating a muted statement around your look. You love bright colours and have a sweet, girly attitude that makes you approachable and easy to get along with. As such, pink lips is the way to go. It's a sweet, approachable shade that is easy to wear and adds a bright pop of colour to your lips without being too bold or in-your-face. 

For this, we love Estée Lauder's Pure Colour Envy Lip Potion in Cold Fire #5. It's a sweet coral shade with a hint of pink. Its rich colour formulation adds depth and dimension to your lips in just one swipe, perfect for that sweet girl-next-door pout.


If you answered mostly (c): It's okay to go Nude

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You are down to earthy, homey, and love the simplicity of life. You don't necessarily shrink away from the crowd, but you definitely value your alone time and are okay with mingling quietly in groups. Reflect that in your look with nude shades, ranging from light nude pink to muted browns. Best thing about rocking nude shades, you get to play and experiment with your eye makeup.

For a nude lip colour with a sweet hint of pink, go for Estée Lauder's Pure Colour Envy Lip Potion in Fierce Beauty #4. The sultry, rich formulation gives your lips a bit more dimension for a wearable nude shade.


If you answered mostly (d): Don't be afraid to go bold

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You're an individual and opinionated. You're also not afraid to create a statement and aren't worried about what others may think of you. You're great with crowds but also great alone, going through life caught in your own whims and thoughts. So don't be afraid to go bold--reflect that fearless spirit in your lip colour with fun bold shades like plums, bright purples, bright pinks, bright reds, or deep vampy reds.

For a truly bold statement that pops, go for Estée Lauder's Pure Colour Envy Lip Potion in Lethal Red #6. It's a rich bright red shade for that bold, attention-getting pout.



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If you've been a K-Beauty enthusiast for a while, you'd know that the secret to nailing that K-Beauty makeup look is simplicity--barely-there foundation, lightly tinted lip, a natural flush of blush on the cheeks, and the eyes kept neutral, mostly focused on creating the illusion of bigger eyes. But with the Summer air reigning bright and happy in Korea, K-Beauty has started to lean towards bright colour subtly added on the lids--a welcome change from the usual neutral shades.

So if you want to get in on the trend and add a pop of colour to your eye makeup, here are 5 makeup items you need to add to your K-beauty collection.


Laneige Artplay Waterproof Liner

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Adding colour to your eye makeup look doesn't mean you need to blend bright pink, blue, or orange all over your lid. It could be as simple as adding a subtle hint of colour with an eyeliner. This dual waterproof eyeliner from Laneiege is perfect for creating that alluring eye makeup by adding a flick of colour to your cat-eye. 

Etude House Bling Me Prism Look At My Eyes

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If you're not quite ready to invest in a palette full of bright colours or just want to experiment with a couple of stand-alone shades, then Etude House's individual eyeshadows would make a great addition to your stash. These rich, velvety shadows come in trendsetting colours like purples, oranges, and pinks. For a wearable pop of colour in your eye makeup, blend a pink shadow all over your lid and define the crease with a matte brown shade for a bit of definition. 

Espoir Pro Eye Color Palette

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Espoir's eye colour palette is a great way to quickly incorporate more colours into your eye makeup without compromising the well-loved neutral shades. This palette features a mix of bright, glittery shades such pinks, orange, and a deep purple; and selected neutrals that range from matte to shimmering bronze.

The Face Shop Face It Artist Eyeshadow

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Quads are great for when you don't have the time to mix-and-match colours yourself. This quad from The Face Shop features 4 colours that work together for that colour-popping wide eyed effect with its pearl-finish shadows. From your lids, to your crease, to your browbone, this quad has it all.

CLIO Professional OK! Eye Powder

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If you're looking to just add a subtle pop of colour to your eye makeup, then this eye powder from CLIO is the one to get. Its pointed applicator dispenses just the right amount of intense shadow pigment, allowing you to target application to the corners of your lids for that subtle pop.