Korean professional beauty products dancer Leshego Mpe swears by

Leshego credits Korean skincare, retinol cream, and virgin marula oil for maintaining her “glass skin.”

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Leshego credits Korean skincare, retinol cream, and virgin marula oil for maintaining her “glass skin.”

Leshego Mpe is a dancer and choreographer who has worked with exciting local talents such as rapper JessB and singer Estère.

She’s often under hot lights and heavy makeup on set, sweating it out while still looking flawless. And when she’s not doing that, she’s studying to become a civil engineer.

Her incredible talents aside, Mpe is someone who could be described as having “glass skin” – a natural glow that no amount of makeup could achieve. This woman knows her way around a K-beauty store, listing snail serum and double cleansing as part of a routine that keeps her skin looking its best.

When we asked Mpe for her top six beauty products, we weren’t surprised to see five skincare items and just one makeup product on her list.

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Heimish All Clean Balm$27

It’s always my first step to removing all the makeup and buildup that accumulates over a long day of shooting. Typically on set, makeup is topped off and reapplied between scenes to keep it camera ready.

That’s a lot of makeup during the day. This balm melts into my skin and does the heavy lifting of removing most of the buildup from the day. Followed by a second cleaning of course.

The Inkey List Glycolic Acid Toner$20

This toner has been a godsend for my skin. It just does the job. My skin often needs a little extra TLC, especially during weeks filled with dance practice, filming, or performing.

It illuminates any dull, tired skin, bringing it back to life. Plus, it’s super cheap!

COSRX Advanced Snail Radiance Dual Essence$48

I love the dual action of snail mucin and niacinamide. This is my favorite soothing serum. It always soothes my skin and gives it an extra glow.

Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Luxury Face Oil$62

There is no substitute for the glow this oil gives my skin. It has a smooth, luminous and natural finish that is perfect for summer.

Fenty Beauty Shiny Bomb$39

Need I say more? My go-to for juicy, soft, hydrated lips for any occasion, on stage or off.

Olay Regenerist Retinol24$60

I was nervous about starting my retinol journey because of the bleed associated with the early stages. My skin is also prone to hyperpigmentation so any spots I get leave a lasting mark.

Thanks to this, I was able to introduce retinoids into my skincare regimen with no adverse effects and it made a huge difference to the clarity, elasticity and firmness of my skin.

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