Here's How To Prep Your Skin For Endless Makeup Possibilities | Clozette

Makeup can be transformative. It can also be confidence-boosting. But most of all, it can be lots of fun! And when it comes to creating looks, the limit is dependent upon one’s creativity — which is to say it’s endless. But it’s also worth noting that preparing your skin for these endless makeup possibilities is a must. Making sure you have skin that’s resilient and hydrated is the key. How do you do it? We asked credit analyst ​Joy Koh​ and beauty consultant ​Ong​ ​Wei Sing​, who are accustomed to changing up their looks a lot, about their tips and why they love incorporating the ​Hada Labo Hydrating Lotions​ into their skin prep.

Hada Labo Hydrating Lotions

Joy on enhancing features and hydrating the skin

“On a daily basis, I go for simple, light makeup but I like to turn it up for special events. I usually get inspiration from YouTube and from my friends who are also really good at makeup,” Joy shares. “I like that makeup helps me enhance my features. It gives me more confidence to face the day ahead.” Before anything else, though, Joy makes sure she takes care of her skin.

Joy using Hada Labo Hydrating Lotion Regular

“My most favourite thing to do before putting on makeup is applying the Hada Labo Hydrating Lotion (Regular),” she shares. “It keeps my skin hydrated and locks in moisture, which is important for satin-like skin that’s a great base for makeup.”

Joy adds that she likes it because it keeps her skin bouncy and helps her makeup stay intact, thanks to the four types of hyaluronic acid in its formula. The Hada Labo Hydrating Lotion is packed with the golden ratio of hyaluronic acid, which is a powerful humectant a.k.a. an ingredient that retains moisture in the skin. “Plus, I love that it is fragrance- and paraben-free so I don’t have to worry about my sensitive skin being irritated,” she adds.

Wei Sing on getting a glow before makeup

Wei Sing loves makeup not just as a part of her job as a beauty consultant but also because it helps her feel more confident. She is often inspired by looks created by makeup artists she follows on social media. But she also says having dry skin can be a bit challenging when creating many looks.

“I have really dry skin, so hydrating it is a must, especially when I’m going to put makeup on. Otherwise, dry patches will be emphasised and flakiness will appear,” Wei Sing shares. “It’s something that I need to ensure doesn’t happen, so I always apply my holy grail, Hada Labo Hydrating Lotion (Light), before I put any face colour on. It doesn’t contain alcohol, which can be drying. It also doesn’t have colourants and mineral oils that may be irritating on the skin.”

Wei Sing using the Hada Labo Hydrating Lotion Clear

She says that aside from hydrating her skin, she also loves that the lotion has antibacterial properties that protect her skin. “It’s also lightweight and non-sticky, which is perfect for any makeup base,” she adds. Wei Sing also likes that the lotion gets easily absorbed into the skin, so it cuts some time from her routine. “And it gives my skin that extra glow.” The Hada Labo Hydrating lotion also contains hyaluronic acid that traps free radicals, aiding in the improvement of various conditions including acne, redness, scarring, melasma, and dermatitis.

Get the Hada Labo Hydrating Lotions here.



Sleep, or the lack thereof, is an issue many of us encounter in our daily lives, especially during the week, and it often shows on our skin. How many times have we all had to deal with dullness and irritation after pulling an all-nighter?

Estée Lauder is ready to teach us how to tackle countless irritants and stressors that affect our skin on an everyday basis at The Night Is Yours, a two-day pop-up happening at ION Sky, Level 56 of ION Orchard this weekend.

Estee Lauder The Night Is Yours Weekend

Walk through a starlit projection tunnel that sets a night scene and pays tribute to Estée Lauder’s nighttime skincare story, before getting into ‘night repair pods’ to learn more about the brand’s newly launched Advanced Night Repair Intense Reset Concentrate — a powerful overnight treatment to be used after the iconic Advanced Night Repair Serum — while in bed. You can also take part in a simple nighttime skincare reset game challenge for a chance to win beauty treats.

Short films featuring renowned local celebrities Joanne Peh, Desmond Tan, and Oon Shu An will be presented at The Night Projectory, too. So you can sit back, enjoy, and take in the importance of nighttime skincare and the power of resetting. Take a peek below where Desmond and Shu Ann share what the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Intense Concentrate does best — reset your skin while you sleep with the help of Chronolux S.O.S. Technology and give your skin 24-hour hydration with Hyaluronic Acid.

Stand a chance to win SGD500 in prizes too, when you share your visit on your social media platforms with the hashtags #EsteeLauderSG and #TheNightIsYoursSG.

Estée Lauder’s The Night Is Yours pop-up is open to the public from 27 July, Saturday, at 11AM to 28 July, Sunday, 9PM.

Register here for priority entry and an Advanced Night Repair S.O.S welcome kit — fastest fingers first!


We were recently invited on a trip to Seoul by LG so that we could get acquainted with the brand’s pioneer line of home beauty tools, ahead of its launch in Singapore.

At the Q and A for the LG Pra.L line

LG hosted a Pra.L introduction and Q&A session for Singapore media

On our first day, we embarked on an exploration of LG corporation and their portfolio of brands and products, and this only served to build up our anticipation for the moment we’ve been waiting for: an introduction to the Pra.L series of beauty tech products.

Launched in September 2017, the LG Pra.L first debuted in Korea before making its way to Hong Kong. Singapore will mark Pra.L’s third release country as LG feels that Singaporean consumers are trendy and fashionable as a whole, thus, offering good opportunities for useful market feedback.

Left to right: Derma LED Mask, Total Lift Up Care, Galvanic Ion Booster, Dual Cleanser

The LG Pra.L series currently comprises four devices designed to solve skin concerns we commonly face as we age.

Pra.L Dual Cleanser (SGD449)

LG Pra.L Dual Cleanser

Left: Dual Cleanser with Silicon Brush; Right: Fine Fiber Brush

One of the first key skincare steps we pick up as we enter our 20s is proper cleansing, especially when we begin wearing makeup and realise how cleaning off makeup is actually more important than putting it on.

The Dual Cleanser comes with two interchangeable brush heads: a silicon brush for daily gentle cleansing, and a fine fiber brush for weekly deep pore cleansing. It’s kind of like having a Clarisonic and Foreo rolled into one handy device and enjoying the best of both worlds, with adjustable cleansing settings that you can select based on your needs, such as when you only require a light cleansing or when you have heavy makeup to remove.

The UV lamp built into the Dual Cleanser’s cradle to sanitize the brush after each use is also a very nice touch, and the delightful voice assistance feature that accompanies every LG Pra.L device is extremely useful. Each prompt reminds you when to move on to your other cheek, nose, forehead, and chin, meaning you don’t have to exert even more mental energy tracking and pacing your cleansing ritual after a long, tiring day.

Pra. L Galvanic Ion Booster (SGD529)

As more women tend to consider investing in higher-quality skincare when approaching their 30s, a device that helps boost absorption and product efficacy sometimes comes into consideration. The Galvanic Ion Booster is designed to enhance skincare product absorption, with two different settings.

In Cleansing Mode, the Galvanic Ion Booster leverages the attractive forces between ions of opposite charges to draw out fine impurities from the skin. To help ingredients penetrate more deeply into the skin, Boosting Mode is used to apply ultrasonic wave vibrations in conjunction with heat massage.

All Pra.L device heads are made of medical-grade materials typically used for surgery and implants, so you can be assured of safety during use.

The Pra.L Total Lift Up Care

The Pra.L Total Lift Up Care

Pra.L Total Lift Up Care (SGD699)

Many ladies in their mid-30s know all too well the need for skin lifting and brightening solutions as time and gravity take their toll on skin tone and elasticity.

Pra.L Total Lift Up Care can be likened to a gym for your face, stimulating muscles beneath your skin so that they can build the strength necessary to hold up against gravity through two modes. Tightening Mode delivers high-frequency currents and red LED into the skin for improved elasticity, while Lifting Mode utilizes microcurrents to stimulate skin tissues and muscles to help with facial lifting.

LG claims that users can expect a visible change in eight weeks with regular usage for six minutes, twice a week. Sounds like a workout we wouldn’t mind signing up for ASAP!

Pra.L Derma LED Mask (SGD1,349)

If you have been looking at home-based solutions for daily skincare because you feel like the occasional aesthetic appointment simply isn’t enough, LG has launched something that could just be right up your alley.

The Derma LED Mask offers the effects of a clinical skincare treatment in the comfort of your home. This is a firming and brightening skincare system built with an array of 160 strategically placed red and infrared LED lights that generate a combination of long and short-wavelength light rays, penetrating the skin at different depths for optimal improvement of skin tone and firmness. According to LG, improvements can be seen after about six weeks when the mask is used for nine minutes, twice a week.

LG Pra.L LED Mask

Left: What's inside the Pra.L Derma LED Mask; Right: The mask when worn

The mask also features an eye-shield design made of body-safe silicone to protect eyes from any glare from the LED lights and has also been fitted with proximity sensors to ensure the mask only activates when worn correctly. Unlike many beauty devices in the market that are only registered with the FDA, the Derma LED Mask has not only been registered but also FDA-cleared and certified in the United States for safety and proven effects.

Considering LG has amassed a deep knowledge in LED technology since 2000, we can safely say that they definitely know a thing or two about what they do. It is also evident that they are not content to rest on their laurels since they wish to bring their expertise and innovation in this field as well as their know-how in motoring and vibrations into daily life applications for the improved well-being of people.

The Pra.L concept began life in 2012, so it was an idea that was five years in the making before its launch in 2017, and it has been very well-received in the Korean market ever since.

We will be receiving our media set in August, and can’t wait to get our faces on Pra.L. Do look out for our full review next month. If you can’t wait, LG Pra.L launches in Singapore today at Tangs.

You can also read about our time in Seoul with LG here.