Ambassador Beauty Talk: Holiday Makeup | Clozette

Our Clozette Ambassadors are constantly impressing us with their expertise in all things Fashion and Beauty, clearly tuned to the pulse of the latest trends and products in the region. Since we've previously done an Ambassador Style Talk, we thought it's about time we highlight our beauty and makeup loving Ambassadors. So we sat down with 3 of our Clozette Ambassadors from Malaysia, Philippines, and Singapore for our first ever Ambassador Beauty Talk which puts the focus on our ever-beloved makeup experts from around the region.


We got Carmen (MY), Adana (PH), and Roxanne (SG) talking about what piqued their interest in all things makeup and to give us a little sneak-peek at their holiday makeup look just in time for the coming Christmas and New Year celebrations.


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Carmen Low (CarmenLayrynn)

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Tell us a little about what sparked your interest in makeup?

Back when I was a little girl, I always adored girls who have makeup on because they looked very pretty and confident. I wanted to be like them when I grew up, especially those models I would see in fashion magazines. I was always secretly hoping that I could be like them someday. 


Has your makeup taste changed over the years? 
Yes it has. I actually have seen a change in my taste and style. I used to have Avril Lavigne's eye make up when I first started seeking inspiration for my makeup look when I was a teenager. That style of makeup focuses on thick black eyeliner and thick false eye lashes. But nowadays, my everyday makeup look is more natural, with thin eyeliner and natural fake lashes, with a stronger focus on eyebrows. 

Also, when I first started really using makeup, I always went for affordable cosmetics---like the products sold in Sasa outlets because back then I didn't really have much pocket money to spend. But now, my makeup taste leans more towards quality and long lasting cosmetics. I always have events and outings to attend, so I need some products that are of better quality and last a lot longer.

Ever made a makeup mishap in your life so far?

That's a tough question for me to answer because so far I have not encountered any makeup or beauty mishap before. If I need to think of one, I think it would be drawing uneven eyeliner for both eyes when I first started wearing makeup.



What are the items in your daily makeup routine? Do you change your routine often?

I have actually filmed my daily make up routine over on my Youtube channel! I've listed all my daily makeup products and tips to create my everyday makeup. 




Do you have any tips for aspiring makeup girls out there?
There will be haters, there will be doubters, there will be non-believers and there will be YOU proving them all wrong. Shine your own way, and be confident to what you're doing. You are beautiful the way you are.


Now, we’d like to pose you a challenge. Show us your take on a holiday-makeup look and tell us about the inspiration behind the look?

I really do love this holiday make up look below and will probably be wearing that this New Year's Eve. I just can't get enough of gold eyeshadow and red lips for this holiday season.




Where can we find more of you?

Blog, ClozetteInstagram, Facebook, & Youtube.


Adana Bautista (Halfdaydreamer)

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Tell us a little about what sparked your interest in makeup?

I got inspired by the Mod makeup, the likes of Twiggy and Eddie Sedgwick. The first time I got interested in makeup artistry was in my photography class during my college years. A group of students needed a make up artist for a photoshoot and since I was the only one around who knew how to put makeup on, I volunteered. It was then that discovered I had a talent for makeup because people would ask me to do their makeup for them. After a year of teaching myself via Youtube tutorials and various magazines, I became a freelance make-up artist (MUA). Years later, it has become my sideline and now I have hopes of building my own make up empire and really excel in this craft.


Has your makeup taste changed over the years?
Yes! From the simple and basic look, to the avant garde, and now even special effects. I love makeup artistry so much that I have explored every aspect and variety of it. Like I said, I started with just the simple Mod makeup I adored, the usual big perky eyes and heavy eyeliner; and over the years, all sorts of makeup fads arose such as the Ulzzang look and the Korean dreamy look. I have tried every trend over the years to develop my skills more.


Ever made a makeup mishap in your life so far?

There was this KPop cover group that needed to look a certain way and they had to have really dark eyeliner. Every time I would try to put some, they would often tear up. This was bad because when I would repeat the process, I also giggled. I finally solved the problem by using waterproof eyeliner. Unfortunately, I have yet to perfect the art of how not to let make-up virgins cry when I put on eyeliner for them.



What are the items in your daily makeup routine? Do you change your routine often?

I sometimes use BB cream or Colorstay foundation, natural eyeshadow, gel liner, peach blush, and nude lipstick. I have tried some different approaches, but I always end up with my personal favourites in the end.


Do you have any tips for aspiring makeup girls out there?
Don’t be scared to explore. Try different looks and accept constructive criticisms. Basically, if you’re flexible in all types and techniques of makeup, you’ll eventually learn what fits your personality best. Makeup is not about hiding your imperfections, it’s all about enhancing what you have and how successful you've applied it to yourself.


Now, we’d like to pose you a challenge. Show us your take on a holiday-makeup look and tell us about the inspiration behind the look?

Here's the look I created. It's a shimmering metallic eye makeup with a bold red lip for a sophisticated holiday-ready look!




Where can we find more of you?

Clozette & Instagram


Roxanne Chia (RoxanneChia)

clozette.co/RoxanneChia




Tell us a little about what sparked your interest in beauty and makeup?

I used to have really bad skin during my teenage years and it was extremely difficult to find a good dermatologist who could solve my skin problems. Then I thought of how great it would be if I could study the field of dermatology and help others who were like me. Well, I never got into that field but the passion for beauty still exists.


Has your makeup taste changed over the years?
Of course! I used to really love dark, smouldering makeup that had a lot of depth and mystery in it. I loved a crazy smokey eye look, regardless of whether it was blue, black, or purple! Now, I'm much more subtle and prefer natural-looking makeup. Brows to me are also very important because they can make or break a look.


Ever made a makeup mishap in your life so far?

Not filling in my brows! I look really weird in my earliest Face of the Day blog posts with bare brows.



What are the items in your daily makeup routine? Do you change your routine often?

I don't have much time in the morning for makeup, so I pick the necessities: My trusty Diorskin Compact Foundation, a blush from Bobbi Brown, and my Bobbi Brown eyeshadow in Saddle 61 for my brows. This allows me to look naturally put-together; and if I ever needed a boost, all I need is to add a striking lip colour!


Do you have any tips for aspiring beauty girls out there?
Don't stop. Keep searching for something that works for you until you find it. And even when you do finally find that gem, don't stop exploring either.


Now, we’d like to pose you a challenge. Show us your take on a holiday-makeup look and tell us about the inspiration behind the look?

I love holidays, especially when December arrives. It's a great time to bring out the sparkles and smokey eyes! My holiday makeup is a wearable smokey eye using products from Urban Decay and Laneige, and pink, glossy lips using a gloss from Chanel. Add some blush to the cheeks and finally shimmer to the cheekbones, forehead and chin with Guerlain's Meteroties!




Where can we find more of you?

Blog, Clozette & Instagram


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One of the best things about Christmas is getting hold of that perfect gift for your loved ones and seeing their face light up with joy as they unwrap the gift. Sometimes though picking the perfect gift can be quite a challenge, especially when it comes to choosing a makeup set that will appeal to the taste of your makeup-obsessed friend or family member. 


So in this instalment of our Holiday Gift Guide, we've put together a list of our Top 5 makeup sets that any makeup-lover would love to receive this Christmas.


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Urban Decay: Naked On The Run


Urban Decay's range of Naked palettes are amazing and lauded all-over the Beauty Community. Their latest limited-edition 'Naked on the Run' palette is a must-have item that anyone obsessed with makeup will surely love. This travel-ready kit comes loaded with everything you need for that signature Urban Decay Naked look, featuring 6 all-new Eyeshadow shades, Bronzer. Blush, a full-size Naked Ultra Nourishing Lipgloss, a travel-size 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil (both new shades), and a travel-size Perversion Mascara.


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Charlotte Tilbury 'The Vintage Vamp' Set


If you know someone who's fan of the vintage makeup look, then this Charlotte Tilbury Vintage Vamp set is perfect. It features dark crimson colours alongside a touch of rose gold---a selection of alluring colours to recreate that vampy vintage look. The set includes: Luxury Eyeshadow Palette in The Vintage Vamp, Rock 'n' Kohl Eyeliner in Barbarella Brown, Full Fat Lashes Mascara in Glossy Black, Cheek to Chic Blush in Love is the Drug, Lip Cheat Lip Liner in Savage Rose, K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in Night Crimson, and a Lip Lustre Lip Gloss in Unleash Me---all packed in a complimentary makeup bag.


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Bobbi Brown Travel Brush Set



This is a wonderful gift for your travel-loving best friend. Bobbi Brown has some of the best brushes around and this Travel Brush Set is the perfect kit for flawless makeup application on-the-go. These high-quality brushes come packed in a sleek, faux-croc case that easily fits in your handbag, carry-on, or luggage. The set includes: a Face Blender Brush, Sheer Powder Brush, Dual-Ended Concealer Blending/Eye Blender Brush, Eyeshadow Brush, Eye Liner Brush, Ultra Fine Eye Liner Brush, and an Eye Brow Brush.


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tarte After Hours Statement Essentials Set



This is a definite fool-proof makeup gift set featuring a selection of tarte's top-selling items for the eyes, cheeks, and lips. It's incredibly sophisticated with its lush gold packaging and bold, pigments, perfect for that glamour girl in your life. The set comes with: a Lights, Camera, Lashes™ Precision Longwear Liquid Liner in Black, Lights, Camera, Flashes™ Statement Mascara in Black, Amazonian Colored Clay Bronzer Blush in Park Ave Princess™, Best in Faux Lash Extending Fibers, Lipsurgence™ Lip Tint in Moody, Limited-edition Picture Perfect™ Eyelash Curler, and a Limited-edition travel makeup bag.


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Benefit Sugarglam Fairies




We don't know about you but we just can't get enough of Benefit's adorably, quirky packaging with equally-adorable names; and this Sugarglam Fairies set is no exception. This makeup set is housed in a collectible sweet shoppe tin that will surely delight your giftee. Best thing about it: it features some of Benefit's best-sellers. The set includes: a full size they’re real! mascara, full size the POREfessional, full size hoola, and a medium sized benetint.


Buy It Here



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What better way to make the most of the season of giving than by showering dear ones with gifts and helping girls in Africa secure an education. How you ask? 

Buy any of your favourite Etude House products – Moistful Collagen Cream Jumbo, Moistful Super Collagen Cream Jumbo, Petit Bijou Cotton Snow Body Set, Precious Mineral Any Cushion, Hand Bouquet Hand Cream or the Kissful Lip Care set – from the Pink Wish Tree collection, and the K-Beauty makeup brand will donate 100 Won for every item purchased to the School Me Campaign by Save the Children. 

This campaign aims to provide educational opportunities for girls in Sierra Leone, Liberia, the Republic of Cote d’Ivoire and Uganda. In addition, Etude House will also contribute an additional 100 Won if you endorse the Pink Wish Card that comes along with every Pink Wish Tree product. Now that’s a truly special gift.
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