Beauty secrets: Dollei Seah

Beauty secrets: Dollei Seah

Dollei Seah, 40

The veteran make-up artist has more than two decades of experience. She received a Golden Horse nomination for hair and make-up in 2007 for her work on home-grown movie, 881.

These days, she is the go-to make-up artist for commercials, for brands such as Lux, Pond's and Vaseline; and movies. Recently, she did Zoe Tay's make-up for the new MediaCorp tele-movie, Recipe. She also groomed Scottish celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay when he was in town in July.

What is the one product you cannot step out of the house without?

Laneige Homme Sun Sports SPF 50+ ($33). It is formulated for men but I like it because it is not oily. The product is also tinted, waterproof and gives my skin a glow. I think it works like a BB cream.

What is the one grooming service you cannot do without?

A haircut and colour by Eunece of S.H.S Hair Studio Prestige (02-14 Forum The Shopping Mall, tel: 6836-1943). She is familiar with the shape of my head and gives me just enough volume at the right areas.

She also gives me the best hair colours to suit my skin tone. I am a control freak when it comes to my hair and she lives up to my expectations.

What, in your opinion, is the best beauty invention?

Lipsticks and lipstains. No matter how a woman looks - whether she is naturally good-looking or not, with or without make-up - a lip colour will always make her look more lively. It can also make her feel more confident, no matter her age.

My current favourite is Yves Saint Laurent Beaute Rouge Pur Couture Vernis A Levres Rebel Nudes in No. 7 Corail Antique, $43. It suits all skin tones and is long-lasting.

Which is your favourite perfume?

I never use the same perfume after I am done with a bottle because I get bored with the scent. I prefer fragrances that are musky. My current favourite is New Look 1947 ($350) from Parfums Christian Dior La Collection Privee.

On its own, it smells sweet and flowery; on me, it is musky.

What is the most ridiculous thing you have done in the name of beauty?

When I was in my teens, I really wanted a sharper nose. One night, I went to bed with a few clothes pegs clipped onto my nose bridge. I was left with bruises on my nose for a few days.

What is the best beauty tip anyone has given you?

My grandma taught me to use egg white as a mask to get rid of blackheads. Now I know that the egg white can also help to deep cleanse the skin, tighten pores and control sebum. I still apply egg white on my face on days when my skin feels too sensitive for regular skincare products.

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