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

Be it in makeup or life


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