Editor's Corner: 5 Product Face | Clozette

Here's the thing, sometimes I feel like I use way too many makeup products on my face than necessary. That realization usually washes over me while I'm rummaging through my makeup drawer to pick out the products for the day's #MOTD. Even my no-makeup makeup look requires quite a number of items, which is ironic considering that it's supposed to make me look like I barely spent any effort or time on my face.

So after watching this 5 Product Face video from Youtuber Allison Anderson, I thought to myself: will I be able to pull-off a 5 product face?

Read on to see the items I would use for a "5 Product Face" >>

BB Cream

Dr.Jart+ Dis-A-Pore BB Cream

I usually use four items for my base: primer, foundation, concealer, and setting powder---carefully layered to create a light-to-medium coverage that more or less lasts the whole day. So, since I have to cut down and only use one product for my face that can even out my skin-tone and cover any blemishes while still being able to last all day, I've opted for this BB Cream from Dr.Jart. It has a light-to-medium matte coverage that keeps the skin looking fresh and hydrated through the day. 


Anastasia Brow Wiz

If there is one makeup item I cannot do without, it's an eyebrow product; and you really can't go wrong with this Anastasia Brow Wiz. You can create full, thick brows by creating a defined brow line, or go for something more natural-looking by just lightly filling-in any gaps. Brush through with the spoolie and you're good to go!


L'oreal Infallible Eyeshadow

Just because I can only use 5 products doesn't mean I'm going to skip adding a touch of colour to my eyes. So for something quick, easy, and pretty much fuss-free, I reach for a L'oreal Infallible Eyeshadow in Amber Rush for a shimmery, bronze colour all over the lids. Best thing about this product: it has an amazing colour pay-off and doesn't crease through the day---perfect for when you can't use an eye primer underneath.


Maybelline The Falsies

This is a drugstore favourite and has been a mainstay in my makeup collection for quite a while now. I reach for this on days when I want to bring attention to my eyes without having to apply my usual black eyeliner. For something pretty inexpensive, this product gives long, voluminous lashes without the need for falsies (hence, the name).

Lip & Cheek Stain

Benefit Benetint

I'm cheating a little here with this two-in-one product; but if you ever need that one item that looks gorgeous both on your cheeks and lips, then this is it. The light rose colour of Benefit's Benetint subtlety tints your cheeks with a sweet, pink flush. Then add a few layers of the tint on your lips for a rosy pout that looks like you've just had the best cherry popsicle around.



People are always talking about love at first sight, but the truth is, that instant connection you feel with someone has a lot to do with chemistry, literally — it has a lot to do with how you and the other person smell, and how much you like it. So, if you’re a single lady still searching for Mr Right, it helps to find and wear the perfume that’s irresistible to you, and someone out there is bound to cotton to your scent. If you’re happily involved or married, here’s a very useful trick to keeping your chemistry alive: perfume up even when you’re at home and, like Marilyn Monroe, before you go to bed. There’s nothing like the right scent to get you in the mood for love.

With Valentine’s Day ahead of us here are a few ideas of His & Her perfumes that are perfect complements to each other, and hence for you and your significant other. Perfumers have painstakingly created these matching fragrances based on ingredients from the different scent families — oriental, woody, chypre, floral, aromatic and citrus. Someone even came up with a fragrance wheel (above) that sheds light on the term “opposites attract” — apparently, all you have to do to sniff out complementary scents is identify the ingredients in your favourite fragrance and look across to the spectrum of ingredients on the opposite half of the chart. Now, if only finding Mr Right was as simple as that.


The Pairing: Dolce&Gabbana Pour Femme (chypre-floral) and Pour Homme (aromatic-fougere) 

Her Notes: Neroli, tangerine and raspberry on top; jasmine and orange blossom at the heart; and marshmallow, vanilla, heliotrope and sandalwood at the base. 

His Notes: Bergamot, tangerine and neroli on top; lavender, pepper and sage at the heart; and tobacco, cedar and tonka at the base.

Hugo Boss

The Pairing: Hugo Boss Nuit (floral-aldehyde) and Boss In Motion Black Edition (woody-aromatic)

Her Notes: Aldehydes and peach at the top; white flowers, jasmine and sensual violet at the heart; and crystalline moss and creamy sandalwood at the base.

His Notes: Bergamot, grapefruit, cardamom and kumquat on top; blue lotus, ginger, sage, tobacco and vanilla accord at the heat; and patchouli, vetyver, myrrh and sandalwood at the base.

Gucci Guilty

The Pairing: Gucci Guilty Intense for women (oriental-floral) & for men (aromatic-fougere)

Her Notes: Pink pepper on top; lilac at the heart; and patchouli and amber at the base.

His Notes: Lavender and lemon at the top; orange flower at the heart; and cedar wood and patchouli at the base.



Did you know that acclaimed Taiwanese-born Canadian actor Godfrey Gao used to wash his face with a bar of soap? And that he had oily, blemished skin? And that Lee Sinje used to have dull skin? 

If you saw the two of them at the launch of the SK-II AurActivator CC Cream held earlier this month, you wouldn’t believe it. You could see the two brand ambassadors had crystal clear, radiant skin with absolutely no blemishes as they mingled with the media.
As the event proceeded, both celebrities revealed there was a lot of pressure on them to look good, with an emphasis on clear, radiant skin. According to Lee Sinje, “Being in this industry puts a lot more pressure on me to always look my best. However, for me, taking care of my skin goes beyond just looking good for others,” she explained, adding, “It’s amazing how much better you can perform when you put in effort to look and feel your best on the inside.” 

And while you would think men are exempt from this kind of pressure, Godfrey candidly broke that notion, “When you are an actor, the first thing most people notice is your face. Contrary to popular belief, proper skin and hair care is just as important for men as it is for women. A lack of grooming not only detracts from your appearance, but it also undermines your credibility as an artiste.”

So how do the two of them manage to maintain such flawless complexions with hectic schedules? According to Lee Sinje, “I use my favourite SK-II products night and day! I start with the Facial Treatment Essence, the SK-II cleanser, the Facial Treatment Mask and my favourite Cellumination Aura Essence. I’m also excited about the new SK-II AurActivator CC Cream.” Godfrey revealed, “The Facial Treatment Essence for Men is a definite favourite of mine. It is also important to wash your face with the right skincare products and follow a proper daily skincare regimen.”

And no daily skincare regimen would be complete without the new SK-II AurActivator CC Cream. The newly launched product takes a holistic approach to skin brightening. It promises to instantly deliver a radiant complexion, go deep within the skin to reduce melanin as well as protect the skin from damage caused by UV rays with SPF50. Truly, it is your one answer to achieving an aura glow.

The NEW AurActivator CC Cream first made its global debut at Shilla Duty Free in Changi Airport in early January (retailing at SGD92), and quickly exceeded expectations, selling out within 20 days. It is now back in stock and will be launching in the rest of the local counters from March 2015 onwards.