5 Minutes with Hwang Se-on

If Korean model HwangSe-on’s face looks familiar to you, it’s probably because you’ve seen her looking back at you from Olympus, Benetton, LOVCAT, Guess and Laneige campaigns. The Laneige model was discovered in New Zealand (where she grew up) by a friend’s aunt who worked at a local modelling agency. She started out as a part-time model while still in school. Since then she’s moved to Korea to pursue her career, and counts the cover of Australian Vogue’s special Chinese supplement as one of her most memorable shoots. The gorgeous girl was in Singapore recently for the second stop of the Laneige Beauty Road with BB Cushion tour that will visit seven global cities in four Asian countries. We chatted with her to find out the secret to her flawless skin and if she adhered to the famous 10-step Korean skincare routine.

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What would you say is the 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 (laughs). 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.

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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.

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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! (laughs) I use mascara, and when I’m not working I don’t use eyeliner.

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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