Interview With Makeup Artist, PONY, Shiseido’s Regional Color Artist

Ask any beauty blogger about their favourite cosmetic brands and they will definitely mention Shiseido. The Japanese brand has built a cult following — for all the good reasons, and here’s why it is worth all the hype.

We are all out for weightless and lasting makeup. Shiseido has launched their new makeup collection on 1 Sept, featuring light textures and bold colours. With four reimagined textures – gels, dews, inks and powders – we are spoilt for choice!



Two months ago, Adele, our Editor-in-Chief, took a trip to Tokyo for Shiseido’s new line of makeup. For this launch, Shiseido got South Korea’s most famous YouTuber and makeup artist, Pony (real name: Park Hye Min), to be their Asia-Pacific ambassador. One of her clients was the iconic K-pop star, CL. The gorgeous 26-year-old has an Instagram following of 5.7 million and her very own makeup line called “Pony Effect”. Meeting this goddess in the flesh is one thing, but having her share her favourite products with us is another. Read on to find out more!

Park Hye Min AKA Pony (@ponysmakeup)

Can you describe your relationship with Shiseido?

Shiseido is a really popular brand in Korea as well, and I’ve been using Shiseido products. Recently, I’ve been in discussion with the Shiseido team. It’s our first time collaborating on a video and a show.

What is your favourite Shiseido item so far?

Synchro Skin Glow Cushion Compact

I love the Synchro Skin Glow Cushion Compact. I like it because the colour is really distinct, works well on me and adheres to my skin.

How about the new collection — which product would you recommend to beginners?

VisionAiry Gel (Scarlet Rush 204)

I would recommend the VisionAiry Gel Lipstick. It is really easy for first-timers to handle as it covers chapped lips. It is a perfect touch-up and gives off a professional vibe.


Essentialist Eye Palette (Kotto Street Vintage)

Another favourite of mine is the Eye Shadow Palette Number 5, because the variation of colours is really distinct and has a nice mixture of shades. Basic users will find it easy to handle!

What are some of the most versatile items from this new collection?


Minimalist WhippedPowder Blush
Aura Dew (Solar 02)

I’d say these two items: the WhippedPowder Blush and the Aura Dew. The WhippedPowder Blush has a cream texture, and can be applied on the lips, eyes and cheeks, so it’s a multi-use product. As for the Aura Dew, it is very shimmery, so the glitter gives a pretty sparkle after you apply it. It’s good for letting the cheeks or collarbones stand out from the rest of your body.

What else are you excited about? 

For me, the most important thing are the new textures. If a makeup product is pretty, it will stand out — that is why special textures will catch my eye. To be honest, the packaging is very important as well. Just like food, if it looks good, it will definitely catch my eye! That’s why I feel that the most important part of this new series is the texture and packaging.

What’s one challenging product to work with? 

Minimalist WhippedPowder Blush

The Minimalist WhippedPowder Blush. It may not be difficult, but you may not be used to it; this WhippedPowder blush has a brand new texture. It’s neither powder-ish, nor creamy, it’s somewhat in the middle.

What are you loving about the makeup world now? 

Taken from Pony’s Instagram

It’s hard to get inspiration from everyday looks, so you should pay attention to fashion shows and festivals. Even an ordinary person will dress up and do a creative makeup look for a festival. Observe and get creative ideas from them!

Any favourite food from Singapore? 

Chilli Crab, I love it! It’s not spicy to me.


Follow PONY on Instagram at @ponysmakeup

Follow Shiseido on Instagram at @shiseidosg