Clarence Lee

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Clarence Lee (born 1973) is a Singaporean professional make-up artist.

Early life[edit]

Lee was born 1973 in Singapore, to a working-class family. His father was a technician, and his mother, Sai Wan (née Wong), was a cashier. The youngest of four children, Lee, in his childhood, would enjoy fiddling with his mother's make-up kits. He attended Bedok Primary School[1] and Chai Chee Secondary School.[2] Interested in the field of make-up in as early as his primary school years, he studied the subject at Cosmoprof Academy.[1]


Zhang Ziyi, a regular client of Lee's.[1]

As a primary school student, Lee was unsatisfied with how his make-up was done during performances.[1] As such, decided to do it himself. After the completion of his mandatory national service, Lee worked as a professional make-up artist at Shaw Centre's Fox Hair Salon, before breaking out after two years there. His "celebrity clients" include Zhang Ziyi, Stefanie Sun, The Spice Girls, and Chris Isaak.[1] Described as a "make-up maestro", Lee has been featured on numerous television programmes.[1] He has won many awards, including Make-up Artist of the Year at the 2001 Singapore Fashion Awards.[2] He is the owner of Oblique, a store selling perfumes, and is the co-owner of fashion boutique Hide & Seek.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Lee is reportedly friends with professional hairstylist David Gan. Lee has openly admitted to receiving plastic surgery, and applying make-up on a daily basis. He is an avid perfume collector, and has more than a hundred bottles in his collection. This interest started in his teenage years, when he had to hide the perfumes from his mother.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Sim, Melissa (June 3, 2013). "Beyond Face Value". The Straits Times. p. C4–.
  2. ^ a b Neo, Angeline; Huang, Xueling (August 9, 2007). "Make-up Maestro". AsiaOne.