How To Stay Fresh When It's Hot And Humid, According To A Beauty Expert | Clozette


We're no strangers to starting each day with our makeup on fleek, only for our faces to turn into living, breathing oil slicks by midday no thanks to the hot, humid weather we deal with on a regular basis. With the hectic city lifestyles many of us lead these days, we also face a common problem — exhaustion. Be it as students, professionals, mums, or a combination of some or all of these roles, we often find ourselves feeling stressed, having late nights, and definitely not getting the ideal eight hours of sleep a night.


How then can we achieve that effortless, naturally flawless look that does not diminish when lunchtime comes around? Since time immemorial, beauty enthusiasts like us have tried just about every makeup and skincare trend with varying results in hopes of finding more effective solutions. Shannon Pirie Charles, Vice President of Global Education at IT Cosmetics, has been there. So she shared her very own tips and advice with us.


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Shannon Pirie Charles, Vice President of Global Education at IT Cosmetics


Living and dealing with heat and humidity


Shannon recalls the first time she came to Singapore, and how she did not know what to do back then because she'd never had to cope with warm, humid weather before. But this time around, she is much better prepared.


"You have to set your makeup," she said. However, Shannon cautioned against talc-based powders. While talc keeps the excess shine off your face, in the presence of humid air, it also wicks away moisture from your skin causing makeup to crease and crack, which can make you look older. She recommends using a talc-free powder that won’t dry out your skin — like IT Cosmetics' Bye Bye Pores, which contains skin-loving ingredients such as anti-ageing silk, hydrolysed collagen, antioxidants, and peptides.



Keeping signs of fatigue away from your face


"Undereyes," said Shannon without missing a beat, when asked about the number one giveaway that someone is exhausted. "I think eyes are windows to the soul, and the people around you will often make eye contact with you, so when your under eyes are tired and you're not using an eye cream or you've applied a mad heavy concealer, it can make you look exhausted."


To combat dark eye circles and bags, Shannon cannot stress enough the importance of staying well-moisturised by using a good eye cream. Apart from the under eyes, exhaustion usually shows up on the skin in the form of fine lines, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, and acne as a result of a weakened skin barrier. So using skincare products containing ceramides will help strengthen that barrier and help other ingredients work better on your skin. Of course, combating fatigue should not be merely a skin-deep undertaking. It's also important to drink plenty of water in order to keep skin supple and hydrated for that a lit-from-within glow.


Makeup in a hurry?


As a super busy lady who's always on the go, Shannon is no stranger to the hustle and bustle of city life. When asked about her makeup must-dos when in a hurry, she emphasised the importance of using CC cream as a base and filling in one's eyebrows. “Brows frame your face; you don't have to do a full brow, but give some definition and fill them in,” she said. “They're the only form of symmetry on your face, and symmetry is beauty." If you've had a late night or look tired, adding colour to your face with some bronzer and blush also goes a long way to making you look refreshed and awake.



Shannon personally prefers to apply concealer last and recommends the newly relaunched Bye Bye Under Eye concealer by IT Cosmetics, which can be used to cover anything from dark eye circles to hyperpigmentation to little acne spots or even on the entire face. It also contains skincare ingredients such as anti-ageing peptides, vitamins, hydrolyzed collagen, hyaluronic acid, and antioxidants to care for the delicate skin around your eyes. "It is very concentrated, so a little goes a long way. Use it sparingly," she advised.


Brushes are also key in the application of makeup, shared Shannon. "Picasso didn’t paint with his fingers — he painted with brushes." Investing in a good brush will go a long way in improving the longevity of your makeup. Shannon likes using the double-ended Heavenly Luxe™ Complexion Perfection Brush #7 by IT Cosmetics as one tip mimics the shape of a fingertip for accurate placement of concealer, while the larger end helps to blend product flawlessly.




Don't choose yourself last


For someone who has an extremely packed schedule and travels frequently, Shannon looks impeccably fresh and well-rested without a hint of jetlag, despite having flown in from Paris just the day before we met her. So we knew we had a thing or two to learn from her own personal routine.


As it turns out, it all revolves around making a conscious decision to care for yourself. "I always have my moisturizer and my eye cream next to my bed," said Shannon. Adopting this tip from Shannon ensures that even after a really long day, and you're too exhausted to do anything aside from laying in bed after you get out of the shower, you can just reach towards your nightstand and do some quick skincare before sleeping.


Speaking of which, getting a good night's sleep whenever you can and preparing for it well is also something Shannon recommends. The process of winding down takes three and a half hours, so making a conscious effort to begin clearing her mind hours before bedtime is something that she finds immensely useful to achieve a restful night. "Sleep is so important; I think it’s something we have to see as a massive part of our lives," she said. "We (tend to) choose ourselves last, and need to take care of ourselves and sleep better."


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Shannon Pirie Charles, Vice President of Global Education at IT Cosmetics with April of Team Clozette


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Every makeup junkie definitely loves opening up a shiny new eyeshadow palette. Seeing all the mesmerising new shades just tugs at our beauty-loving hearts; we just can’t wait to try them out. Want to feel that giddy love at first swatch? South Korea’s top makeup artist just collaborated with Etude House to launch two new palettes that will surely fill your heart with excitement. 


The Etude House x Pony Play Colour Eye Palettes come in two cute variations. First is the Best Loved Palette, featuring 15 shades from Etude House’s Look At My Eyes line. With its matte and shimmery shades of corals and burgundies, you can experiment with a striking new look. But if you’re in for a more subtly feminine look, try out their Rose Bomb Palette instead. Inspired by rose petals and their pinkish and earthy hues, the 15-shade palette can give you a rosy look for every day. 


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Now that we're approaching the second half of the year, it's time for some personal check-ins. Some of the questions to ask is if we're taking some time to take better care of ourselves or if we've committed to our new year goals. Whether you can affirm these or not, we're here to remind you that a little me-time wouldn't hurt anybody. 


If that convinced you to reconsider a mini mid-year break, our top recommendation is to start with some eye-care. Being the true 'windows to your soul', they show telltale signs of fatigue and stress no matter how much concealer you pack on to hide them. They're also one of the most underrated focal points when 'pampering' comes to mind, as we're often geared towards investing more on facial skincare or body rejuvenation. 


So when we were asked to try Estetica's Luminous Eye Treatment for an opportunity to give our eyes some much-needed loving, we sent our hardworking Creative Manager Laura to give it a try.


Estetica Luminous Eye Treatment Review - Before shot

Circles, bags, crows feet — Laura wants to bid them goodbye


Dealing with a lot of projects here and there is no easy task and Laura even confessed that hustling definitely caused her dark circles and bags to be "really bad." Discover if the non-invasive treatment helped her deal with them below. 


Expectations and first impressions


Laura shared that her experience with non-invasive treatments in the past made her a bit sceptical. She explained that she's tried botox and fillers previously to give herself sharper and more defined features, but while they were painless (given the numbing creams applied prior to injecting), she didn't see much of a difference and just didn't bother doing them anymore.


Estetica Luminous Eye Treatment Review - PR info

Estetica Luminous Eye Treatment claims to address and deliver on the following issues



With this, she really looked forward to trying the Estetica Luminous Eye Treatment to see if it will change her perspective about getting non-invasive procedures. Its Magic Eye Lift technology is said to use radio frequency, high-frequency vibration, and infrared light therapy to give the eyes 45 minutes of pampering and a much brighter appearance post-procedure. It also claims to help with the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles even in as quick as one session.


Estetica Luminous Eye Treatment Review - Plaza Singapura branch

Estetica Beauty Studio, Plaza Singapura branch


The ambience of the Estetica Beauty Studio in Plaza Singapura really invites you in with its refreshing, clean, and rejuvenating vibe, according to Laura. The staff were really accommodating and gave her a very comprehensive idea of what the treatment would be about and how it will help address her eye issues. She found this to be a major plus, considering that the eye area is very sensitive and should always be treated with the utmost care. Knowing what and how it will be taken care of in this procedure really helped ease her into it. After being briefed, she was off to the actual treatment. 


Simple yet eye-mazing


After having her makeup removed and her face cleansed, Laura shared that it was as easy as one, two, three from there. First, the beautician applied hydrating essence around her eyes and did a special 10-minute massage. This is said to help boost blood circulation in the area and to put the client in a state of calm prior to the actual procedure.


Laura mentioned that even with her sensitive eczema-prone skin, the essence felt gentle and non-irritating, which she appreciated. The beautician was also light-handed so there was definitely no unnecessary pressure during the massage. She also recalled that this might be her favourite part of the entire session. 


Estetica Luminous Eye Treatment Review - Procedure and Magic Eye Lift Machine

Left: 10-minute massage to increase blood circulation around the eye area; Right: The Magic Eye Lift wand moves in circular motions to aid collagen production and facilitate cell rejuvenation



Next, the beautician whipped up the Magic Eye Lift Machine. Laura said that the wand felt cool at first when it touched her skin, then eventually turned warm. Even so, both temperatures didn't feel offputting or too harsh at any point of the procedure. The machine is said to help increase collagen production and further enhance blood circulation around the area to mediate self-healing and restoration.


Estetica Luminous Eye Treatment Review - Hydrating Eye Mask

A hydrating eye mask concludes the eye-pampering session


After a couple of minutes, an eye mask was then applied to hydrate the area. Laura confessed that because of how relaxing the entire procedure was, she actually took a nap in the midst of it and woke up feeling refreshed.


Results and final thoughts



Laura was quite surprised that her under-eyes definitely looked slightly lighter and more well-rested right after the procedure. The beautician advised that the treatment should be done once a week for eight sessions to really maximise the results. 


For at-home maintenance, Laura was given the Est. Lab Optimalife A+ eye cream and eye essence. She shared that after using it for quite some time now, the products did help in keeping her eye area brighter and more moisturised.



One thing to note about it though is that each session at SGD150 can be quite steep. Still, if you're looking for a nice investment to treat yourself with after exposing your peepers to blue light (from smartphones and laptop screens), pollution, sleepless nights, and just general fatigue on the daily, this might just be thing for you. 

Find out more about Estetica's Luminous Eye Treatment here


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