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A young Van Park was studying medicine in university while working part-time at MECCA when she
became aware of the then-burgeoning world of facial aesthetics. “I love MECCA, and I
loved working with women and I also loved science. And, I really loved changing the way a client
would feel by applying makeup on them.”
At one point, Park considered walking away from her burgeoning medical career to become a makeup
artist. It was not until a makeup client at MECCA suggested to Park to consider medical
aesthetics. Back then, that industry was considered “pre-historic,” as Park herself admits.
Through some leads, she cold-called cosmetic physicians and asked to sit in on their work and
observe. “That’s when I realised I loved it. And back then, we knew so little about ageing and
about the skin – there’s so much more we’re doing about it now.”
Combined with her background, knowledge and love of makeup artistry has since made Park one of
the most revered in the industry – while her treatments target concerns, her understanding of
facial structure, makeup and deep knowledge of how the face evolves and ages over time has
ensured that her approach is particularly customised for each client, and takes into account the
entire effect of injectable treatments.
“In a consultation, concerns that a woman might raise would be so similar that you would hear as
a makeup artist,” says Park of the similarities between the two disciplines. And, added with her
artistic and personalised approach, she also considers a client’s lifestyle. An initial
consultation with Park is long and in-depth, and, one may not even realise they’re doing it.
“They’re not even aware that I’m doing a consultation, or assessing their face – that’s actually
when you can best assess them, when they’re not aware. We just have a chat – you pick up so much
non-verbally,” she says, explaining that she actually asks her clients to attend their
consultation with their makeup on. “One of the greatest assessments is how they do their makeup.
If there’s a lot of something, or where it’s placed, it can tell you what their concerns are.
And, when you give a woman a mirror, we all adjust ourselves how we want to be seen – that helps
with the consultation too.”
With Park’s careful consideration of a client’s desires versus needs, she is clear that she is
honest when she believes a client doesn’t need something they’re asking for. “If she absolutely
doesn’t need it, I’ll tell them. The trust is important.”
And, as she reminds, wrinkles are not necessarily ageing. “You don’t want to remove someone’s
charisma away that comes through from someone’s expression. Charisma never ages.”
A long-time MECCA fan and makeup artist, Dr Van Park shares her current MECCA
Westman Atelier Vital Skin
“They give a nice glow and it’s a dewy finish. I like the texture in it too – it's also filled
with soothing ingredients so I've recommended it to clients to use after they've had a
Hourglass Ambient Lighting
“Blush is the one thing that I can’t go without; it makes the biggest difference on your face
because you can contour the face and make it look more youthful. The Hourglass blush is so
Hourglass Unlocked Instant
“I’ve recently started this one and I love it. Being in the clinic all day, I’m often looking
down, so it’s important that mascaras don’t smudge. This one is a tubing formula so it doesn’t
NB: Before your appointment, you will be phoned ahead to answer any queries and to ensure that the consultation is tailored to you.
Find Dr Van Park at MECCA’s first flagship on level one, and book an appointment with her at
MECCA hereBookings are open one day per month, and released three months in advance.
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