Fake make-up artist paints woman's face in Beales, Bournemouth
A man pretending to work in a department store covered a woman's face with make-up in a racially-aggravated assault.
A woman in her 50s shopping in Beales was offered a free makeover by a smartly-dressed man claiming to be a make-up artist.
He roughly caked her face in white make-up, causing irritation and reddening.
It happened on 9 December in the store in Old Christchurch Road, Bournemouth.
The woman, who is of Indonesian origin, is dark-skinned.
PC Alex Knapp, of Dorset Police, said: "The victim is understandably very upset by the incident.
"We take hate crime very seriously and we are carrying out a full investigation to identify the man responsible."
The man was challenged by a member of staff and left the store.
Dorset Police have released CCTV of a man they want to speak to.