5 Essential Beauty Tips For Asian Skin Tone | Clozette

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In makeup lore, Asians are generally categorized to be of the warm undertone category by virtue of the amount of surface yellow on our skin. But in reality, putting aside the yellow surface colour, Asian skintone can also be further categorized in warm or cool shades, bringing with it its own challenges of knowing which colours would work on our skin.

On the other end of the beauty spectrum, Asian skin also presents its own unique challenges when it comes to skincare as we're known to be more skin sensitive, have oily skin, and have a higher rate of moisture loss.

But as most of the more popular beauty approaches are westernised to cater to Caucasian skin types, how do we refine and accentuate our Asian skin? Here are 5 essential beauty tips to take note of!


Colours that work well for Asian skin

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Knowing the undertone of your skin plays a vital role in determining which colours would work well on your skin to accentuate your tone and features. To find your undertone, look at your skin under natural, outdoor lighting and note whether your skin runs more towards the cool end of the spectrum (think: cool yellow with a tinge of pink) or towards the warm end of the spectrum (think: warm yellow with a tinge of red/orange). Another easy tip is to check the colour of the veins on your arm under natural light. If your veins look blue, you're cool toned; and if they look green, you're warm-toned. 

Once you're familiar with your undertone, the next thing to consider is the amount of surface yellow you have on your skin as it'll determine which colours will look best on you.

Colours that work well on cool-toned Asian skin: gray, plum, magenta, and blue-based red.

Colours that work well on warm-toned Asian skin: gold, bronze, purple, and warm, orange-tinted red.

Pick the right foundation for your tone

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Creating the illusion of perfect skin through your makeup boils down to picking the right foundation to match your skin tone. There are two things to consider when matching a foundation: your skin colour and undertone. Matching a shade to your skin colour is easy as it just take a few swatches to see if it's a direct match colour-wise. However, the next step comes in when determining whether the undertone of that colour matches your skin's cool or warm undertones.

So once you've picked your colour, look at the swatch under natural light and see if it runs too pink or too yellow/orange against your skin. If the pink or yellow/orange appears too obvious, the colour may not be a direct match for your skin. Ideally, the undertone of the foundation should blend and match seamlessly into your skin. For a long-lasting foundation that looks flawless even up close, we turn to Estée Lauder Double Wear Foundation. It has 17 shades to choose from, all formulated to blend seamlessly into the skin for a medium-to-full coverage.

Be gentle on your skin

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Asian skin tends to be more sensitive. So do ensure that no matter what your regimen may be, stick to one that caters to sensitive skin. This means no frequent, harsh exfoliation with grainy scrubs. Instead pick products that have micro-beads to gently exfoliate the skin. For skincare products, opt for those that tout natural, antioxidant ingredients. We like the Estée Lauder Nutritious Vitality8™ range as it hydrates and treats the skin with powerful antioxidants for skin that is brighter and nourished.

Don't ever leave the house without SPF

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Don't just rely on your skin's melanin to protect you from the harsh UV rays.  Whether you're fair-skinned or naturally tanned, never skip SPF. Asian skin may have more melanin, but that doesn't mean we should skip this vital layer of skin protection. Sun damage can lead to sun-spots, hyperpigmentation, dry skin, or worse: skin cancer. So even if you won't be spending much time outdoors under the sun, regularly apply at least an SPF 25 after your morning skincare routine. 

Stay hydrated, both inside and out

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Even though Asian skin may be more resistant to ageing thanks to a dense dermis that contains a higher concentration of collagen, Asian skin is also more prone to dehydration, resulting is skin that looks dull and sallow. To combat this issue, be sure that you stay hydrated, both inside and out. Drink plenty of water throughout the day and incorporate hydrating products into your skincare regimen. If you have oily skin, go for oil-free moisturisers with a gel consistency; while those with dry skin, should opt for creams. 



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When it comes to having a celebrity makeup inspiration the name Kylie Jenner is on top of our list. Despite being a teenager, she has managed to develop a signature makeup look that is ultra chic and edgy. And the best part? Her look flatters all skin tones. Thus igniting an army of Youtubers to recreate and get inspiration from her look.

To see how you can sport the Kylie Jenner makeup look, here's a step-by-step guide from a video tutorial by NikkieTutorials. Enjoy!


Kylie Jenner Inspired Makeup Tutorial

by NikkieTutorials

For a Kylie Jenner look you need to take note of 3 things: eye makeup, eyelashes, and lips. So before you follow this tutorial you need matte eyeshadows in soft brown, dusty pink, and white (with pink undertones). To secure a fine wing like Kylie does, use gel liner instead of felt or pencil. You also need a dusty pink lipstick or a light brown lipstick with pink undertones. Finally, a pair of long and wispy falsies will seal your Kylie-inspired look.  

Step 1: Keep Your Eyeshadow Look Soft

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Remember that Kylie's eye makeup is really soft, so remember to always blend the colours you apply. Start with a light brown shade on your crease with a blending brush and then with a similar shade, but using a more concentrated brush, apply the colour on the outer eye area and the bottom lash area. Then for the lid, take your white shade and dust it all over your lid. Soften everything out with a blending brush, highlight your inner corners, and then you're off to the next step! 

Step 2: Wing That Eyeliner

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According to Nikkie make it "as thin, and small, and as cute as possible with a nice wing at the end." However, we suggest that you go with the winged eyeliner of your choice, since we all have different eye shapes, go for the one that suits you best. Just make sure you use a gel eyeliner to make it easier for you to wing it out, and to stick to that all-matte finish on your eyes. To make your eyes look bigger, apply white or nude eyeliner along your lower waterline. 

Step 3: Apply Long And Wispy Falsies

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Kylie's falses eyelashes are what makes her look extra chic and glamorous. Find long and wispy eyelashes that you're comfortable and apply them as you would regular false eyelashes. But if you want to go Au Naturale, apply a lengthening and volumizing mascara to both your top and bottom eyelashes to make it look like you have falsies on. 

Step 4: Do A Little Contour 

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Do your face like you normally would but add a bit of contouring magic if you really want to have a similar face shape with Kylie. Add a blush that looks most natural to your skin tone and highlight the high points of your face. Don't go all out because her look is more focused on the eyes and lips.  

Step 5: Pucker Up With Lipstick

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Her lipstick shade is yet to be known but it really doesn't matter because the same shade of lipstick looks different on everyone. Stick to a matte lippie of a dusty pink or pink-brown shade. Mix colours and liners just like Nikkie did in the tutorial if you wish. And if you want super full lips, don't be afraid to over-line it a bit for a puckered-up look.



“Your face should look as if you cared, and your best friend is your mirror.” - Estée Lauder

This quote resonates with me and explains my diligence and take on skincare since my teens. Till now, there is not a day I would miss my skincare routine or skip the major steps. Yet, there are still days that dullness sets in. Fast-paced lifestyle, work, travels, diet, stress and many more from the multiple roles we play.

Though makeup does wonder on the outside, it all starts with a beautiful canvas powered from within. After all, beauty starts from within.  This is in sync with the Traditional Chinese Medicine philosophy where beautiful and radiant skin starts with healthy looking, well-balanced skin. And for over a decade, Estée Lauder has been unlocking the secrets of healthy, beautiful Asian skin by taking inspiration of this philosophy though the Nutritious range.

Time to Power Up

Now, Estée Lauder has intensified the power of pomegranate used in the Nutritious range with the NEW Nutritious Vitality8 collection formulated with NEW Pomegranate Complex. This collection activates 8 signs of vitality with 8 powerful ingredients in just 8 days. Here’s a little sharing on my experience the past 8 days. But before we get there, let’s take a look at the collection.

The Collection

1. Nutritious Vitality8 Radiant Overnight Detox Concentrate (S$116)

2. Nutritious Vitality8 Radiant Dual face Emulsion (S$92)

3. Nutritious Vitality8 Radiant Moisture Creme (S$92)

4. Nutritious Vitality8 Radiant Overnight Crème/Mask (S$106)

The Unique Blend

NEW Pomegranate Complex is a power up of the super fruit with more anti-oxidant ability in a unique blend of 8 powerful ingredients.

1. Pomegranate

2. Soapberry

3. Mangosteen

4. Berry Extract

5. Vitamin C

6. Vitamin E

7. Anti-oxidant Booster

8. Mineral Water

And how would this unique blend smells like, we wonder. Fruity delicious but not overly sweet. ADDICTIVE! More about it later!

8 Key Signs of Healthy-Looking Vitality

By delivering this intensive infusion of energizers, deep hydration, vitamins and minerals to skin, NEW Pomegranate Complex provides vital energy and key nutrients that support skin’s natural balance. In just 8 days, the NEW Nutritious Vitality8 collection helps to reactivate 8 key signs of radiantly healthy skin from the inside-out.  

1. Hydrated

2. Nourished

3. Energized/Vibrant

4. Calmed/Soothed

5. Radiantly Healthy

6. Supple

7. Refined

8. Smoother

Sounds like something we all need? Indeed! So, let’s take a peek at my daily notes before I go into the details of the products. Shall we?

Daily Notes

Day 1: 

Always start with a good base. So I decided to embark on this collection with a detox (Overnight Detox Concentrate and paired it with the moisturizer (Moisture Crème). Skin feels hydrated the next morning.

Day 3: 

I remember this being a hectic day, swamped with work and errands. But skin felt energized and softer even at the end of the day. It was the third day into the detox and second day of using the emulsion. That night, I started on the Overnight Crème/Mask. The cream is intensely rich and so I decided to use it more as a booster, an overnight mask.

Day 8: 

Interestingly, my skin improvement on the 8th day was observed by my facial therapist. She asked if I have been resting very well lately as my skin seems radiant and supple! Happy dance!  I have been using all four products so far and have not felt any discomfort on my skin. In fact, I seem to see improvement on my pores too and will continue to observe the condition.

What impresses me most about this collection is how versatile it is to suit the different skin tone. Here are some of my thoughts and how I integrate them respectively into my daily routine for my combi skin.

1. Nutritious Vitality8 Radiant Overnight Detox Concentrate (S$116)

Every skin needs a clean and strong base before other skincare can work its miracles. 

Thus, my pick to begin my journey of radiant, nourished skin with this intensive detox treatment. 

It is to be applied before night moisturizer as the concentrated pomegranate power works with our skin’s natural renewal cycle while we sleep. Formulated with Clay to help absorb impurities and detoxify skin, this concentrate removes toxin and help purifies accumulated damage from pollution and other aggressors.

It seems to have minimized my pores and I will continue to use this for 28 consecutive nights (as recommended at the beginning of every season) before switching it to a twice weekly booster.

2. Nutritious Vitality8 Radiant Dual face Emulsion (S$92)

This lightweight lotion can be applied before or in place of the moisturizer. 

Thus, making it a versatile pick for any skin type and condition. For my combi skin of oily t-zone and dehydrated cheeks, I prefer using it in place of moisturizer in the day and layer it with moisturizer on my cheeks in the night.

It is more than a treatment lotion, this innovative dual-phase formula strengthens skin’s internal moisture barrier and leaves skin looking dewy fresh and full of radiant vitality. It also contains Ginseng which complements the high-intensity of NEW Pomegranate Complex to recharge skin with vital energy.  Skin’s radiance is instantly revived and refreshed with an energizing burst of light hydration and nutrients.

Remember to shake well before use. 

3. Nutritious Vitality8 Radiant Moisture Creme (S$92)

A moisturizer for intense hydration.  

My skin feels smooth and the moisture lasts all day long. I am generally more careful when it comes to richer cream for my combi skin and do not use them daily. However, I gave it a try daily the past 8 nights and I am more than pleased with the results; smooth and plumped skin with lasting moisture. It also contains lasting anti-oxidant power which helps neutralize environmental aggressors. Makes a great addition to our routine for both day and night. 

4. Nutritious Vitality8 Radiant Overnight Crème/Mask (S$106)

A night moisturizer which can double up as a sleeping mask to restore skin’s balance and infuses deep hydration and nourishment.  It helps to re-activate skin’s natural moisture defenses.  A nightly dose of this intense nutrient infusion gives a renewed, radiant and well-rested skin in the morning. As for my combi skin, I will prefer to use this more as a twice weekly booster mask in place of the Moisture Crème.

Scent and Texture

The scent as mentioned earlier can get addictive. Inspired by the exquisite essences of the South Pacific, this illuminating scent enlightens the senses. Sparkling Grapefruit, Chinese Orange and Black Currant blend harmoniously with the delicate fusion of Fresh Rhubarb, Asian Pear and Cherry Blossom. The subtle whispers of Lotus Flower and Pink orchid are softened with Fruity Musk bringing a sheer finish to this natural infusion. And the texture in all the four products absorbs easily and quickly into our skin, leaving skin feeling nourished but not sticky.

Detoxify, Neutralize and Infuse

In the span of 8 short days, I’ve experienced radiance, hydration and see a smoother and healthier skin. What impresses me most about the NEW Nutritious Vitality8 collection besides the scent and speed, is how versatile it is to suit the different skintone.

I’ve asked myself what would be my top favourite out of the four in the collection but I have no answer for it at the moment as they have each delivered individually and worked so well together to bring me radiant skin. And the mirror, shall remain my best friend.

Hope you enjoyed my little sharing as I leave you with another favourite of mine from this Power of Eight… the lid, the hidden power. The white plastic lid with a flap makes it easier to open, shorten application time and simply adds a touch to the whole experience.

Truly, a classic beauty.