Park Shin Hye dishes on her beauty secrets and her upcoming feature film

Park Shin Hye dishes on her beauty secrets and her upcoming feature film

How to be K-amera ready

Text: Angelyn Kwek

In town going about her Mamonde ambassadorial duties, Korean actress Park Shin Hye shares her tips on looking flawless, as well as a teaser on her soon-to-be-released movie

Let us just put this out there: #Iwokeuplikethis skin is real. And if you've been around the beauty block for a while now, you just know this divine complexion has to belong to a Korean celebrity. Case in point, Park Shin Hye as she takes the stage in a Mamonde meet-and-greet with the press at W Sentosa. Despite being jetlagged from her red-eye flight into Singapore as she hits up our sunny shores on her Asian Tour, the actress had skin so dewy you wouldn't believe she was running on little to no sleep and willpower.

The initial skin envy and amazement from the gathered beauty journos aside (hey, we're justified), Park is an avid user of Mamonde — being the brand ambassadress and all — which explains her effortless glow. So what's the winning floral-inspired skincare and makeup combo she swears by to get that billion-dollar baby face? We've got the inside word.

Park Shin Hye Mamonde interview

First of all, your skin is flawless. How do you achieve this when you're always travelling and working long hours?
When I'm working on dramas, I really don't have time to sleep so my skin gets really parched. What I've learnt to do is a daily mask to always help keep my face well-moisturised.

What do you do to give your skin a good pamper?
During the summer season or when the weather is really hot outside, I tend to tan easily; that's when I really focus on brightening and whitening to soothe my skin. My complexion becomes drier too, so I will use more moisturiser as well.

What are your favourite Mamonde makeup products and what do you like about them?
I especially like the lip tints — the entire range, in fact! Because I don't wear a lot of makeup when I'm not working or on a shoot, I focus on my lips and make sure I wear a bright pop of colour which I feel gives your entire face a healthier appearance.

Park Shin Hye Mamonde interview

Being a Mamonde ambassador, you're really familiar with the brand's products. Out of all of them, which are your most-loved skincare goodies?
I always have my First Energy Essence with me, as well as the Rose Water toner. I constantly use these two together as my skin will get a little dry if I use them separately. After the toner, I top it up with the essence followed by my moisturiser. I also love using the mist whenever the weather gets too warm, as it's very cooling.

What are your must-do skincare or makeup steps before you leave the house?
Having well-moisturised skin is very important to me, so I'll first use the Ceramide Cream before I apply my foundation, which is the Cover Powder Cushion. Then I'll finish my look with the Creamy Lip Tint.

What beauty advice would you give your younger self if you could go back in time?
I would tell my past self to really focus on keeping my skin moisturised! And also to cleanse my face properly. As an actress, I often have to wear makeup and sometimes really heavily too, which is quite bad for my skin in the long run. So as much as wearing makeup is essential in my line of work, cleansing away the makeup is very important too. So I'll definitely tell my younger self to be diligent with moisturising and cleansing as they go hand-in-hand.

On top of your ambassadorial obligations, your schedule is also packed with movie shoots nowadays. Your next film, Heart Blackened, is coming out soon. Can you tell us more about it?
In the movie, I starred alongside one of Korea's top actors, Choi Min Sik, and it was my first time working with him. I really enjoyed myself and it was a great experience. I portray a lawyer and the plot is about the defense of a wealthy man's daughter who was suspected of murdering her father's fiancée. The storyline revolves around the legal system and it's also an exciting thriller. I haven't even watched it in its entirety myself, so I'm also curious to know how the screenplay turned out. Please look forward to it!

Mamonde is available online. Heart Blackened premieres in November in South Korea.