I Am Her: Candy T. On Making Things Beyond Beautiful | Clozette

Our “I Am Her” series features the female movers and shakers of the industry to learn how femininity and power coincide beautifully and seamlessly together.

What, exactly, is good makeup? “To me, less is more,” says makeup artist and beauty entrepreneur, Candy Tiong. “Focus on perfecting and enhancing your best features but not to change you into another person.” With over a decade of professional experience, Candy is well-known for creating "your-skin-but-better" bridal looks that are naturally elevated by makeup.

In person, her candid and perky personality puts everyone she talks to at ease. I remember meeting the founder of a2i Makeup at her studio one day. It was seven in the morning. I was a little groggy and still waiting for energy to start kicking in eventually. The bright-eyed Candy, on the other hand, looked ever so ready to seize the day.

Her technical skills — plus her authentic, bubbly character — shine through, making her one of the most genuine veterans in the industry today. Read on as we talk to Candy about making things beautiful and her tip on staying empowered. Plus, find out more about the latest Candy T. Makeup Artistry Workshop promo below!

Fill in the blanks: I am a makeup artist, a mentor, and a __________.

Big softy at heart. I take pleasure in making things beautiful, be it brides or life in general. I immerse myself in the special moments of my clients, doing my best to make them shine. Setting up a studio and workshop is an extension of that goal — to share my experiences by passing on my skills to others with the same interest.

Outside of work, I try to do my part in bettering the lives of the less fortunate, from buying tissues from uncles and aunties in hawker centers to organising charity drives with my friends. I truly believe in living generously as happiness given away is happiness multiplied.

What propelled you to establish a2i Makeup — a studio with lashes, brows, hair and makeup services, as well as makeup workshops?

It's my passion to make people beautiful, and semi-permanent makeup is one thing we can wake up to looking beautiful. I flew to Korea to learn the skills from a renowned makeup artist with the aim of bringing back the best techniques, products, and the latest technology.

The studio space was set up to provide a cosy and relaxing environment for my clients to enjoy services. It is also a conducive environment for students to learn.

What is your least favourite makeup trend  and your most favourite one  to date, and why?

My favourite makeup trend is highlighting and contouring. In the past, contouring was only used by professionals. The technique is now more widely used to achieve a more defined look on a daily basis.

I don't have a least favourite trend. I believe all makeup concepts are artistic creations and depend on individual perspective. As a makeup artist, I see all trends as additional ideas I can use to create new looks.

Share with us five essentials in your Clozette.

The quintessential little black dress for days when I am in no mood to look through my wardrobe. A pair of good sneakers to keep my feet comfortable as my job requires long hours of standing. A good camera to capture portraits of the bride and candid moments of her wedding day.

My skincare products from cleansing to moisturising. Last but not least, my eyebrow pencil. Never underestimate the effect of well-shaped and defined brows.

You’re the definition of looking good while doing what you do. How do you stay inspired and empowered to make that happen every day?

Meeting people from all walks of life and hearing their life experiences kept me inspired. Staying empowered comes naturally as when I am doing something that I truly love and enjoy doing. Naturally, I will look forward to waking up to work and embracing new challenges.

Learn the fundamentals of skincare, makeup application and attain mastery in basic hairstyling to create daily 15-minute hairdos.

The first 10 to sign up for Candy Basic Makeup and/or Hair Workshop will enjoy $80 off and receive an additional $100 worth of products!

Ask them: [email protected] | 90044378

22 July 2017, Sunday A2i Makeup is located at 42A Joo Chiat Place, S427766



Clay masks are a tricky thing and when you try one, it's either a hit or a miss. I have tried numerous clay masks and my experience with each of them varies. Most of them made my skin breakout (or purge) and the rest made no difference to my skin. So for quite some time, I abstained from buying clay masks even though I missed the relaxing feeling when I use one... until I bought and tried the Origins Original Skin Retexturizing Mask with Rose Clay

With the pretty pink clay mask on

Admittedly, it was an impulse buy. I was browsing the beauty counters when I spotted an array of specialised masks for every skin concern. As I have oily-combination skin, the saleslady at the Origins store recommended that I try the Origins charcoal mask variant but I was particularly drawn to the Origins Rose Clay Retexturizing Mask. The reasons why I picked it over the charcoal variant was really shallow to some extent; it was because it's rose-infused and it comes in my favourite colour, pink. I know, I can be really stubborn sometimes but I'm so glad that I was that day because I found my holy grail clay mask.

It took me a few days after my purchase before I decided to give it a go. A part of me was still scared that my skin will react badly to this mask. But at the first try of using this mask, I was proven wrong. (Yay!) Now, enough with the chitchat and let me tell you the reasons why I love this mask.

Scent, Packaging, Texture & Colour

Unlike other clay masks that are packaged in a jar, this one comes in a 100ml squeeze tube. This is a good thing since any beauty product that comes in a jar can easily be infected with bacteria every time we dip our fingers into it. With this kind of packaging, you can easily control the amount of product to dispense.

The scent is a mixture of baby powder and rose petals with a little bit of herbal notes. When applied on the face, the scent is strong but not overwhelming. For me, it's very pleasant and relaxing.

When it's fresh from the tube, the texture is the right combination of creamy and grainy (because of the Jojoba beads). However, when it dries and sets into the face, the texture becomes very dry and rough. The colour is consistently blush pink even when it's already on your face.

Putting The Mask On

According to the label, the recommended time to put this mask on is 10 minutes. After that, you shouldn't thoroughly wash off the mask yet. Just splash some water on your face and gently loosen the dry mask to release the jojoba beads. Then massage the jojoba beads onto the face to exfoliate the skin. Afterwards, you can already wash it away. And, voila! The skin is renewed and refreshed. In my experience, I can instantly feel the difference in the texture of my skin; it feels so soft and plump. 

I love to use this as part of my relaxation routine whenever I just want to de-stress. This also comes in handy when I have to attend big events and my skin feels dull and needs some instant boost. Over time, I've noticed that my pores appear to be finer and my little pimple marks have more quickly. 

Final Thoughts

The verdict? Obviously, I'm giving it an A+. It gives palpable results and more importantly, it did not make my skin breakout. I'm gonna finish this review by revealing a secret: some of the glow that I get by using the Origins Clay mask comes from feeling relaxed and calm. So ladies, remember to take a break from your busy bee life and just put your hair down and put your mask on.

Loving this Origins Rose Clay mask? You may want to check out these other rose-infused beauty products.


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Pinks and purples

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