What was life like before cushion makeup? We honestly can’t recall. From BB cushion foundations, the cushion repertoire has since expanded to products for other parts of the face, Cleo.com.sg lists down products that are perfect for the cushion-obsessed.

Sephora Collection Wonderful Cushion Lips, SGD16



This cushion product gives you the power to layer your lip makeup just the way you like it. You can go for a natural look by lightly dabbing it on, or get a full-coverage effect by adding another layer.

First Aid Beauty Hello Fab 3 in 1 Color Correcting Cushion, SGD59



Before you put on your foundation, make sure your colour base is perfect with the help of this cushion corrector. It features three shades that target different skin woes: dullness, uneven skin tone and redness.


Estee Lauder Double Wear Nude Cushion Stick Radiant Makeup, SGD56



It’s the goodness of Estee Lauder’s iconic Double Wear foundation in cushion form. Besides its formula, what makes this different is that it comes in a stick form instead of a compact. This makes it handy to tote around and for touch-ups.


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We are often in awe of how celebrities look so good. They say it takes a village for our favourite actresses, models and TV personalities to achieve the looks we see on them, but apparently, it also takes a little weird beauty trick to get the job done for some.


If you’ve ever wondered if there are tricks celebrities do to maintain their appearance, well, you’re in luck. Here are the rituals some celebrities do. A little warning, though: they’re weird.


Gwyneth Paltrow


Paltrow is all about going natural and botanical for her product choices. She took it a step further, though, when she involved bees in the equation. Yes, bees. You may have already seen a product or two containing bee venom as it is believed to help get rid of inflammation and scarring on the skin. Paltrow, however, don’t just put a cream containing bee venom on her face —she actually gets herself stung by a bee.


Catherine Zeta-Jones


A classic beauty, Zeta-Jones is admired for just about all of her features. If you’re a fan of her luscious locks, though, you don’t need to look further than your pantry to achieve a similar look. The actress washes her hair with beer and honey to condition her hair.


Alessandra Ambrosio


We all want nice, healthy hair. So getting rid of split ends is no question. We usually go for a trim at a salon when we want to address the situation, but this Victoria’s Secret Angel does something more drastic — she sets her hair (well, her split ends) on fire. It's a treatment called Velaterapia.


Scarlett Johansson


If you’ve ever wondered how to achieve Scarlett Johansson’s clear complexion, it’s time to go to the supermarket and buy yourself a bottle of apple cider vinegar. The actress swears by using the condiment often used for salads as a facial wash.



Victoria Beckham


Beckham is known for her impeccable style, but it’s not unusual to admire her for her beauty, too. So if you wanna know how the former Spice Girl continues to look stunning, ask your facialist for placenta. The designer swears that a placenta facial is the secret to her clear, firm skin.


(Cover photo from: @alessandraambrosio by @timuremek)


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Before we achieve any type of expertise in any field, we have to start somewhere — and that "somewhere" is often a place where we have little to no knowledge of what we are doing. In most anything in life, starting from the bottom is necessary. How we perceive and translate our brand of beauty to the world is not exempted from that.


So if you're just starting to learn more about your own beauty and how you may enhance it, here are some wise words from some of our Clozetters about their beauty evolutions to keep you inspired.


Fenny

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"When I first learned how to do makeup, it was bad actually. Back then, I didn't even know the steps and all the functions and which products are of good quality. My skill wasn't good either. Slowly, I have learnt that wearing makeup should be accompanied by taking good care of the skin, so the result will be optimal. Since then, I have learned more about my skin type, which products are suitable for my skin and which are not. I also learned more techniques that suit my face shape, which colours to match to make the look suitable. Even my knowledge of the function of the products I use is also much better now. There were a lot of trials and errors, but yes — practice makes things better. I can say that I have definitely grown since I started wearing makeup."

Perin

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"I have been involved in speech and drama activities since I was very young. Being in the drama society during my teens exposed me to the world of makeup. But if I were to put a finger on when I started to wear makeup properly, it would be when I was 18 or 19. At that time, it was all about kohl-ed eyes and BB creams. I did also enjoy a fresh-look using blush. It was also a season where beauty mistakes were made, such as sporting thin brows, which were so on-trend at the time.


Over the years, so much has changed in my routine. I am a fan of colours. I love experimenting with different trends. If there has been anything that has changed, it is my knowledge of makeup and what works best on my skin. I feel that over the last 2 years, I have been embracing my features and skin, both of which used to be an insecurity.


My style of makeup has definitely changed. It used to be rather monochromatic, but now, it's dependent on my mood. Some days I feel like rocking a bold lip while in other days, a sultry eye look paired with a mauve lip is my go-to.


Beauty evolution, to me, is not just about the change in style or products used. I feel like I've evolved to appreciate beauty in so many forms. There's so much inspiration to seek from everything in life. If anything, I always stand by what I feel. Makeup is a choice, and in a society where beauty shaming is happening so much, my beauty evolution is at a stage now where I let my makeup/no makeup state speak for my feelings. If I feel like wearing makeup, I will. Also, my beauty journey has seen me take a much keen interest in skincare. After all, a good combination of both makeup and skincare go hand in hand. Six years have passed since I started wearing makeup, and I am still evolving."



*The interviews were edited for clarity.

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