Makeup has become its own craft in the past few decades. Not only does it have a strong history behind it  — shaping cultures and even being a revolutionary movement at some point — but it has also established a major role in both individuals and society as a whole. With this, we decided to let you in on major makeup secrets and stories that go beyond compacts and lipstick tubes by recommending these beauty addict must-reads. 

Face Paint: The Story of Makeup by Lisa Eldridge

Makeup was already big before, but it has now become colossal. In fact, it has only been more or less than a century since makeup has become an acceptable aspect of society. In this book, makeup artist and Lancôme creative director Lisa Eldridge brings to light the story of the significance of makeup throughout history, from Egyptian to Classical times to the elaborate industry we know today. 

Art of Makeup by Lan Nguyen-Grealis

How different is doing makeup from creating a painting? To award-winning makeup artist Lan Nguyen-Grealis, not so much. If you're fond of vivid visuals from creative legends Picasso, Warhol, and more, seeing the makeup looks in this book will be an exhilarating experience. 

The Beauty Myth: How Images Of Beauty Are Used Against Women by Naomi Wolf

The world has recently become more open when it comes to beauty standards and stereotypes. The call for inclusivity echoes through the industry and there are people rallying behind the cause. But it is worth noting that we still have a long way to go, not just as a collective but as individuals as well. This book illustrates 'the beauty myth', described as the endless search for the non-existent perfect beauty. It talks about self-consciousness and personal perceptions on various expectations on women. It's a quite insightful read if you want something a little more self-reflective. 

Classic Beauty: The History of Makeup by Gabriela Hernandez

Beauty does not have a mold, so it's quite a mystery why some people get stuck on a certain image of a perfect woman. Gabriela Hernandez perfectly showcases the representation of various beauty icons through the years. The book chronicles historic trends for the eyes, lips, and face, and offers in-depth commentary on aesthetics of past decades and today.

War Paint: Madame Helena Rubinstein and Miss Elizabeth Arden, Their Lives, Their Times, Their Rivalry by Lindy Woodhead

You're not a certified beauty addict if you haven't heard of these two queens who significantly changed the beauty industry. This riveting biography retells the story of Madame Helena Rubinstein and Miss Elizabeth Arden, revealing their bitter rivalry in New York as the head of dueling international beauty empires that innovated how we consume information about cosmetics, salons, and skin ageing. 

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If you live in a city, chances are you're already experiencing the inevitable stress that comes with choosing the fast-paced life. Aside from that, you have to deal with the dragging commute, harmful pollution, and throngs of crowds, among others. In the long run, these factors are both detrimental to our mental and physical health. And yes, this also takes a huge toll on our skin.

But no need to pack our bags just yet, ladies! Read on as we list things you can do to prevent skin damage and maintain healthy skin despite the constant hustle and bustle of city life. 

Thorough Cleansing

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This one's the most basic and obvious but we often forget or skip this step on nights we feel so tired. A surefire way to make us diligent in cleansing our skin is to remind ourselves of the dirt, grime and, a day's worth of makeup that's sitting on top of our skin at the end of the day. These nasty stuff can clog our pores, causing acne or worse, causing long-term damaging effects like premature wrinkles.

So what's a 'thorough' cleansing like for a city girl? First, you have to get rid of your makeup; so use a makeup remover that suits your skin. Then, use a water-based cleanser with a facial cleansing brush. Once a week, unclog your pores using clay masks or chemical exfoliants like AHA and BHA.

Pack On The Antioxidants

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As skincare junkies, you already know the harmful effects of free radicals in the body. Since city dwellers are more exposed to elements that aggravate the production of free radicals, we must counteract it with powerful antioxidants like vitamin E and C, niacinamide, lycopene, and others. Despite the constant temptation of fast food, strive to maintain a healthy diet of vegetables and fruits. Berries and grapes, in particular, are rich in much-needed antioxidants. 

For skin-care, include products with antioxidants like The Body Shop's Vitamin E moisture cream, The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%, and Murad’s City Skin® Overnight Detox Moisturizer, which has Vitamin C and supercharged antioxidants from Marrubium plant stem cells.

Don't Forget The Sunscreen

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Of course, this doesn't just apply to city dwellers because you need to put on sunscreen no matter where you live. But city dwellers are more likely to skip this step since we spend most of our time indoors. However, UV rays can still penetrate through light curtains and glass windows. And according to Murad, blue light from digital devices can also cause skin aging.

So it's important to choose a broad spectrum sunscreen like the Murad City Skin® Age Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 50 PA++++. It also has added Vitamin C to help combat the effects of environmental aging.

Strengthen Your Skin Barrier

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Aside from having a healthy diet, another way to strengthen your skin barrier is by using innovative products that help protect our skin from pollutants. One notable product is the Laneige All Day Anti-Pollution Defensor. It has DUST BLOCK™ Technology, which acts as barrier between your skin and dust and other pollutants.

Choose Makeup With Skincare Benefits

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The heat and humidity in the city is apparent, especially in crowded areas. So it's essential to lock in your skin's moisture or else it can quickly evaporate into the air, causing dehydrated skin. At times, the skin will try to over compromise by expelling excess sebum into the skin's surface to moisturise it, which results to oily skin and can eventually lead to clogged pores. 

To reinforce the skin's moisture, choose makeup with hydrating benefits like Clarins Fx' Make-Up Hold, Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer and SK-II Facial Treatment Foundation

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Holidays are synonymous to rest and relaxation. And since Singapore National Day is just around the corner, we’re giving you ideas on how to spend the day enjoying ultimate fun and relaxation. In celebration of Singapore’s 52nd birthday, Vaniday is offering a variety of special treats for those who want to indulge in refreshing and invigorating experiences for only SGD52. Here are just some of the things you can do.

Go to a spa

Nothing encapsulates relaxation better than a day at a spa. Calm your mind and muscles by having a full body massage at Adeva Spa. You can choose any of their signature massages such as Balinese, Deep Tissue, Triplex or Swedish.

Get a facial

The stress we experience in our daily lives can show on our faces. So make sure that you not only refresh your mind but also that your face shows just how calm and happy you are. Get the OM 100% organic facial at the Face Bistro. The facial treatment includes the use of products that are free from various chemicals and additives such as parabens, nickel, alcohol and parahydroxybenzoic acid.

Treat your hair

We sometimes forget to pay attention to our tresses. So take this time as an opportunity to give your hair a refresh. Get a different hue or go extremely bold when you get a creative colour at Leekaja Beauty Salon.

Get waxin’

Too busy to get waxed? This is your chance to finally get rid of those unwanted hairs. Head to Pink Parlour to get a combo of Brazilian and Underarm waxing to help you get ready not just for a date night but also keep you hair-free for a couple of months.

Stay nail-tastic

Don’t forget your ‘tips! Make sure you’re pampered from head to toe and root to tips by taking care of your nails, too. Enjoy a classic polish manicure and pedicure at The Nail Symphony.

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