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How To Stay Glowing, According To Actress Grace Chan

In time for the holidays

Last October 24, we got the chance to sit down with Grace Chan during her special appearance at the recently concluded Lancôme Christmas Market, which was held from 24 October to 1 November at Paragon Shopping Centre Level 1 Atrium. The actress and TV host was very bubbly, cheerful, and down-to-earth as she shared why she’s passionate and excited about the Christmas season as a new mum. She also shares how her perception of beauty and skincare has evolved as a woman juggling her tasks as a public figure with motherhood. Read on.

As an actress, TV host, former pageant titleholder, and now as a mother, what role does skincare play in your journey to womanhood?

“I think, before, I was more so inclined to use pretty or eye-catching products. Now, as I’ve gotten older, I place more of my attention to the science behind each product and its efficacy. You know what you’re getting because you know what’s in there.”

What are the top three beauty items you never leave home without?

“I never leave my home without lip gloss, an eyelash curler (which I heat with a blow dryer to make the curl last longer), and hand sanitiser, which is important in protecting the skin from contact with bacteria potentially picked up by our hands.”

How do you keep your skin young and glowing despite long days wearing makeup as an actress and TV host?

“I love putting my eye creams and serums, gels, and paper masks in the refrigerator because the cooling effect really helps calm my skin. I also appreciate paper masks for their accessibility and convenience since you can multi-task with them.”

Is there a beauty tip that you wish you knew to do earlier?

“Makeup-wise, definitely don’t pluck your eyebrows too early — go to a professional! For skincare, I used to use so many products on my face because I thought when you had sensitive skin you needed to use a lot of products to see immediate results. Now I know to look for advice from professionals. When it comes to skincare, seek recommendations and be patient about seeking and using solutions for targeted skincare issues.”

What was the best beauty advice you've ever been given?

“One of my makeup artists told me 'more is more.' Many people say that 'Less Is More' when it comes to makeup, but 'Less is Less, More is More' for me because some people are more suited for a more intense regime, others not so much. For myself, stage makeup is glamourous because there’s 'more' needed, so it depends on you as a person.”

What are you most looking forward to this upcoming Christmas season?

“It’s my son’s first Christmas, so definitely looking forward to that, looking forward to seeing how he takes it all in. It will be really fun seeing his face on Christmas morning.”

If there’s one famous individual, alive or dead, to exchange gifts with on Christmas, who would it be, what would you give them, and why?

“Jesus Christ. I would make him dinner so that I can have a conversation with Him. I would treat Him to dinner but making Him dinner would be much more meaningful.”

This interview has been edited for brevity and clarity.

(Cover photo from: @ghlchan)

Like Grace, celebrate Christmas cheer with the Lancôme Holiday sets.