(Cover photo from: RUTHJAELJIMENEZ)


First dates are nerve-wracking. It doesn't matter if you've known the person you're going out with for a long time or they're someone you just met, the pressure to make a good first impression is on. Before you get overwhelmed with jitters, however, take note that you only need one thing: be yourself. But we're not going to discount the fact that preparation can help in making a good impression. We're sure you'd do well in the personality department, so we'll cover the exterior instead.


If you're stressing about what look to go for on your first date, here are some sweet ones that will surely make you look blooming.



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Pink Perfection




If you're in a romantic mood, try following this makeup tutorial by Sona Gasparian. The pink and gold on her lids are definitely pretty. If you haven't perfected the winged eyeliner yet, you can forego it and this look will still be gorgeous. The pink gloss on the lips is a sweet touch, too.



Just Peachy




While pink is the colour that's often associated with romance, you can definitely veer away from it if you're more of a warm-toned kind of girl. Peach is a pretty hue to sport, too. You can even try a monochromatic peach look like this one made by Pony.

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Glowy goodness

 



For a first date, you'd want to look glowy and well-rested despite your nerves. If you missed a couple of hours of sleep or if you're just one to hit the sack later than most, take a cue from KathleenLights and glow!  



Keep it light





Don't feel like doing an elaborate look? Go simple and enhance your features. Accentuate your eyes with a bronze product on the lid and pucker up with a pink lipstick just like what Jessica Clements did in this video.  


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Go for bold
  



There are no rules for what to wear on your first date. Just be yourself. So if you're feeling bold, definitely go for it. Red is romantic and classic. Let your lips do the talking and don a simple eye look just like Teni Panosian did in the video above.  


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The makeup's covered, but do you already have something to wear? If not, here are some stunning dresses to take inspiration from.


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Acing the base is a must if you want a flawless makeup look. While your initial reaction might be to conceal imperfections, colour correcting is actually a better way to achieve picture-perfect skin through makeup.


If you didn't catch up with the colour correcting trend last year, we're here to fill you in. There are two basic rules in colour correcting: know which parts of your face you need to correct and determine what colours you need to use to address the issues. The concept behind colour correcting is you look at the colour of the thing you want to correct and use the shade opposite it in the colour wheel to correct it. Still a bit confused? Here are some colours of correctors and what they are for.



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Pink


If you have dark or bluish veins or perhaps a discolouration on your face, counteract those with a pink corrector.



Green

If your problem is redness, go for green to neutralize it.

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Lavender

Having trouble with dullness? Brighten up your face with lavender. You can also use the shade to temper the yellow on your skin.


Illuminate

Now, this is just a bonus. But if you want to have that coveted Korean glow, try highlighting your cheeks, nose line, chin and cupid's bow with an illuminating product.


There are lots of colour correcting products to choose from, but it's good to opt for something in cushion form since they're slightly lighter than the usual cream and liquid forms which correctors come in, making it easier for you to control the colours' opacity. The Etude House Any Cushion Colour Correctors line is the perfect pick. With the help of slim layering technology, the products spread thinly on the skin, so you're sure to get a natural-looking effect. The Any Cushion Colour Correctors also contain moisturising sea water from the East Sea of South Korea. Plus, they also contain multi-vitamin B3, which helps your skin get glowing.


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Etude House Any Cushion Colour Correctors will be available at all Etude House branches in Singapore starting February 3.



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(Cover photo from: elaineheng)


If you're like us, you may be spending a lot of time watching makeup tutorials and beauty product reviews on YouTube. Over time, you may have found favourites, but with how much bigger the beauty community is getting, we're sure you'll have a few more to add to your list.


With more people gaining an interest in makeup and skincare, it's no surprise that content creators have also grown in number. There are some who quit after some time, but there are also those who are passionate about the industry and will do everything to stay on top of their game. Some of those who belong to the latter group will be the faces to grace the second season of Beauty Bound, a competition that aims to name Asia's next top beauty content creator.




Contestants representing their countries — Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Japan, Indonesia, Hong Kong, South Korea and Taiwan — will battle it out for the chance to win an all-expense paid trip to a global SK-II event, SK-II products worth up to USD1,000, professional video production equipment and networking opportunities with the world's top beauty creators.


Joining the contest is only half the battle; they have to be tough to stay in the game. It's not going to be easy as the contestants will be judged by notable personalities in Asia, including Indonesian singer-songwriter Anggun, award-winning Singaporean actress Rebecca Lim, and Korean celebrity makeup artist Jung Saem Mool. International social media and fashion icon Chiara Ferragni will also serve as a global judge in the finale. 


In the end, one will be hailed as the best from the region.


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Ready to know who your next favourite beauty content creator might be? Watch the first phase of Beauty Bound Season Two on YouTube now.