Sunday, 4 May 2008

Laneíge Make-Up Workshop

Last weekend, my sister and I did very girlie stuff on Saturday. I went to a make-up workshop while Liz went for a detox and massage session. She had to sit in a large sauna-like urn and sweated all her toxins out along with 400 calories. ;-) But we won’t be blogging about that here, as it is non-Korean related. Me on the other hand, went to Korean cosmetic brand – Laneíge’s make-up workshop.

This is not an advertorial. I paid good money (RM50 to be exact) to attend this workshop. I must say that the money was well spent as I learned a lot from the session and got to take home loads of goodies. Read on to find out…


The workshop was conducted at
Laneíge’s spanking new office at The Gardens, Mid Valley.

I was at The Gardens, Mid Valley early on a Saturday morning

When I first stepped in, I was impressed with the make-up stations and atmosphere. The room in which we were to have the workshop was bright and clean. It had white lacquered tables, loads of make-up products and brushes for each participant to experiment. A huge Song Hye Kyo lighted image and shelves of
Laneíge products are on display tastefully along one of the walls.

Training room: There are four tables with four makeup
stations on each table to accommodate
16 participants comfortably

Looks like we will be getting a serious skin care lecture

Everyone arrived on time as we were told that our session would start at 9:30am. But it actually begins at 10am. Refreshments were served right outside the room. After having our fill of mini tartlets and orange juice or coffee, the workshop started.

There were 17 participants.

Fill up your tummy - yummy finger food from Strudels, coffee and tea were provided. You are also given a bottle of water to keep yourself well hydrated.


The session began with Celine Diong,
Laneíge Malaysia Marketing Manager introducing the brand. She explained that many have difficulty and hesitate to say the brand name. Many women have ask how to pronounce “Laneíge”.

Well, I couldn’t agree more. Only the other day over dinner, one of my friends asked me this very same question.

Laneíge is pronounced “la nej” and rhymes with the word “edge”.

Laneíge means “The Snow” in French.

Our trainer for the day was
Laneíge International Trainer, Jin Lee who flew in all the way from Seoul, Korea. Oh yay! A bonafide Korean make-up artist to train us? I was happy and excited.

Jin Lee is really fluent in English and she explained about our skin function, structure of the skin and how to take care of our skin. Our mental and emotional well being is reflected on our skin. Lee advised us to lead a happy, healthy and balanced life with a nutritious diet and to get lots of exercise to promote good skin. She also explained the difference between skin type and skin concerns. Jin Lee also gave us beauty tips which I will elaborate on later.

Jin Lee, International Trainer from Seoul was our skin coach for the day


After listening to around one and a half hours of lecture on skin care and
Laneíge products, we were more than ready to try out the make-up products we had right in front of us. My fingers were itching to touch the colourful square eye-shadow palettes at the center of the table. I wanted to see how those colours would look like on my tanned skin.

Makeup and tools at our disposable

Jin Lee began to demonstrate how to apply make-up on a model but this idea was quickly abandoned because the room got too noisy and everyone was busy experimenting on their own. Each table had a dedicated make-up artist to help us out. With all the commotion, Jin decided to throw the demo out the window, and let us begin.

In retrospect, I would have liked it if she continued with the demo. It’s not everyday you get a Korean make-up artist come to show you the ropes.


Skipping the demo we were told to prep our skin (the canvas) by applying foundation, concealer and some greenish liquid onto the eye area. The greenish liquid is actually called Skin Veil Makeup Base and it comes in light green, light purple or light peach. It helps to correct your skin tone where needed.

The foundation that we tried on was the Snow Crystal Dual Foundation. The foundation comes with a matching concealer (packaging is quite cool). The concealer is a shade lighter than the foundation and helps to cover unsightly blemishes. After applying the foundation, concealer and skin veil, my face immediately appeared brighter and I believe the word is luminescence.

After applying the Snow Crystal Dual Foundation, you will
achieve glowing,
luminescence skin like Song Hye Kyo.
Unfortunately, if you have very dark skin tone,
there will be no
Laneíge foundation in your shade (at least not yet!)

Although the foundation did make my face glow, I do not think I can take long term application of it. I need a non-comedogenic foundation. This one I feel, would clog up my pores.

Next we were asked to use the eye-shadow palettes provided to create two different looks - a clean natural look for daytime using the brown palette and a dramatic night look using the pink palette.
I applied the day look on my left eye and the dramatic pink on the right.

After carefully scrutinizing my work, I decided I liked the day look better. The brownish bronze colours suited my yellowish tanned skin tone. So I removed the pink shadow and applied the day look on my right eye too. I can’t be going out in public with both eyes differently made up can I?

Despite it being a Korean brand, I noticed that the eye-shadow is made in Italy. Celine, the Marketing Manager told me that to bring its clients the best in products, the company sources from all over the world.

The brown 'daytime' palette. It consist of 4 carefully selected
eyeshadow squares.
RM60 each square.

The pink 'partay' palette to help you create drama for a night out

The custom set is created for the Malaysian market.
It comes in a pretty white magnetic cardboard box.

I really like the Long Lash Mascara and High Perm Curling Mascara they let us try out. There are two different techniques used when applying these mascaras.

First apply the Long Lash Mascara to create volume and lengthen your lashes. Start by looking down and coating some mascara on top of your lashes. Then apply to the bottom of lash with a zigzag motion. The mascara will be trapped in between your lashes creating intense volume and making it look like you have thick lush lashes. At the same time, it lengthens your lashes.

Next, apply the High Perm Curling Mascara with normal strokes (don’t use zigzag now) to the bottom of the lash. The special brush will make your lash curl up.

It’s amazing! I looked like I had fake lashes on. I want to take these products home! And lucky for me, the High Perm Curling Mascara miniature was in the workshop goodie bag.

To finish off, I applied the Snow Crystal Sheer Lip Gloss and cheek colour provided.

Oh yes, i almost forgot to mention one other product that I really like (besides the fab mascaras!)…the eye liner pencil (with sharpener) was quite good. Usually when I apply pencil eyeliner, it smudges on my oily skin towards the end of the day creating unsightly panda-like eyes. But this eyeliner pencil did not smudge. Wanna take home this too. ;-)


You not only get to listen to skin care tips and try out cool products, you get to bring some of them home with you! How cool is that?

Here are pictures of the stuff we got to take home after the workshop! =)

A white and pink Laneíge goodie
bag for each girlie participant! Yippee!

Let's see what's in the bag...

First off, we have the Perfect Renew Trial Kit
and a makeup remover.
Now what's that?
Well, Korean women don't just
tone and moisturize
after cleansing - they do all sorts of things.

The box contains the 4 items you need to apply...

Here's what's in the Perfect Renew Trial Kit.
It claims to help your skin achieve snow-like luminosity. Song Hye Kyo or Gianna Jung.
From left: Cream (protects), Refiner (purify),
Emulsion (balance), Essence (intensive care)

What else is in the bag?
CLEO - Laneíge makeup catalog, Water Bank pamphlet,
customized travel pack in a white plastic makeup bag, trial sizes for the
Sliding Pact, Snow Crystal Shimmer Lip Gloss (in Pink Glow),
High Perm Mascara
, lipstick container with mirror and magnetic
eyeshadow box to keep 4 square eyeshadow pans.

Trial size makeup (closeup shot):
The lip gloss, High Perm Mascara & Sliding Pact

6 items from the Water Bank range in the travel pack
From left: Moisturizing skin refiner, Balancing Emulsion 2, Moisturizing Essence,
Water Sleeping Pack Plus, Water Bank Cream 2 (for combination skin),
Water Bank Hydro Gel

Beauty booklet contains information on
how to care for various skin types


Anonymous said...

wow..that is alot of products in that bag! Currently i am using Laneige toner and the balancing emulsion 2. I like them, i had to order them from what about u? are you going to start using Laneige? oh, also i am a loyal follower of your blog, keep up the good work *.*

Chianz said...

I'm laneige little fans also... ^^
coz I only prefer the emulsion n water bank sleepin mask.. ;D oh ya,I 100% recommended water bank sleepin mask coz the effects was really awesome!

fraulein said...

Wow, these Koreans are aggressive marketers. Here in Singapore, Laneige is still enjoying a good run = )

Orchid said...

@anonymous hi, glad to hear from you. where are you from? I will probably get the mascara and maybe the eyeliner. Will try using the trial products first before i decide to buy them or not.

Anonymous said...

Hi orchid! Just want to ask something reg ur seminar. Do you appply the skin veil makeup base before the foundation or after the concealer? Have you tried using The Face Shop products? Which do u think is better? :)

Orchid said...


Apply the Skin Veil Makeup Base first. Then apply foundation + concealer later.

It is actually ok to apply foundation-concealer or concealer-foundation. Jin Lee demonstrated both and she said it's easier to apply foundation then cover up blemishes with the concealer. If you are a professional or got better skills, then you can apply the concealer first, then foundation, which is trickier.

I own two THE FACE SHOP products:
1) Peeling Day - Water in Pomegranate
This is a peeling gel which contains pomegranate grains that supply moisture and exfoliate your skin at the same time. It's nice to use.

2) Dewy Flower - Soothing Essence
Ahh...i tell you this has got to be the best smelling face product i have ever used. It has the sweet smell of fresh flowers. It smelled so good that at first i was worried it might cause my skin to irritate. But it seems to be okay. I bought this because it came with a discount when i purchased the pomegranate peeling gel above.

I do not use The Face Shop or Laneige products extensively enough to have any preference between the two.

Angie said...

hi orchid!!! i love reading kpopped posts everyday and i was wondering if you know where i can get laneige products if im out of the us or korea? i have actually read the whole post about your day at laneige workshop and i really want the same things you got there!!

do you think laneige products are effective?

thank you for your time !! ♥♥♥ love kpopped ^^

Anonymous said...

i use to use laneige products. i love how they smell and i really liked the facial sunscreen. but now i'm currently using a pharmaceutical skincare line that just blows everything else away.

Tofufa said...

I've been following your first facial guide; the wash, tone, serum, moisturize, and I find it very useful. But I just wanted to warn you about using whitening products, I can't remember the name of the exact ingredient but apparently it would be deadly to your health and skin. Its some sort of toxic bleach...hydro--something.
I learned it in my PR class a few years ago, we had to try to sell whitening cream even though we know it's bad. Asian women are obsessed with whitening creams, trying to be caucasians.
Maybe you could write a blog on whitening cream. I would really love to know more, I forgot everything except not to use it and I think it could be very useful to a lot of girls.
I love your blog, I check it everyday.

Orchid said...

@angie, try going to the Laneige website to check if there's a branch near your area selling the products.
Laneige website

@tofufa Glad you visit our site daily! :-) Hope to hear more from you.

Anonymous said...

^^^i think what you're referring to is "hydroquinone"...which is a potent whitening cream. i don't believe it's legal in the US to sell products with hydroquinone over-the-counter. it's a cream that requires a prescription from a physician and the maximum percentage i've seen being sold is 10% hydroquinone. there's been some controversy about hydroquinone linked to cancer but no studies have proven positive when it's applied topically. hydroquinone doesn't actually whiten the skin, however, it inhibits melanin production so it helps with hyperpigmentation and skin discoloration...which happens with age.

wawa said...

the laneige products sounds good!
herm... anyway, if you guys know the price range for the product?

Orchid said...

@wawa i guess the price range is from RM60 - RM200. Here are a couple of prices for the products. To find out more, drop by one of their counters.

Eyeshadow RM60
Snow Crystal Dual Foundation RM130
Snow Crystal Lipstick RM65

Anonymous said...

No pictures of your makeup!!! Awe!!

Orchid said...

~A : okay next time i do go for another make-up workshop..i'll post a pic. =)

Anonymous said...

Thanks :) that was a very useful beauty tips. I'm loving you blog

marcel said...

wow! you got to try a lot of fun goodies ;) there's a laneige store here in LA's koreatown.. i've bought an eyeshadow compact & star white base.. both are really good.. i like the skincare as well but have too much other stuff i need to use first.. personally, i'm obsessed with whitening not to look caucasian but to help with my freckles & sun damage.. sometimes i get too much sun living in california :(

Orchid said...

@marcel, thanks for the comment. Good to know there's a Laneige store in LA's Koreatown. =)

rachlsyee said...

Hi orchid,

Can I know how to register for the workshop? I'm interested in going too :D

Please email me (

Thanks alot gal. Find your blog is awesome ;) Keep up the good work

marcel said...

hi orchid! if you ever wanna visit LA i'd be happy to show you around K-town ;) it's a food & shopping paradise!

yongwonhi said...
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yongwonhi said...

Perfect Renew Trial Kit.

where can i buy this? im from canada.. and how much is it? is anyone willing to get one for me? lol

sthrhn said...

Hi orchid~
Laniege makeup workshop seem very interesting~~~ do you know what is the website/address/phone number that I can sign up for?


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