If there’s one thing we took away from our chat with Estée Lauder’s International Pro Make-Up Artistes — Leo Wong from Hong Kong, Fahmi Zulkafli from Malaysia, and Justin Lien from Taiwan — it’s that these men know beauty better than us ladies.



Besides that? Read on as we uncover four things we learnt from these make-up pros — straight from the new Estée Lauder boutique at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. P.S. they all swear by one beauty product!

With great skin comes great make-up


Sure, make-up not only enhances your features, it also hides flaws. But at the end of the day, wearing make-up is just a vain attempt if you don’t take care of your skin. “I believe that beautiful make-up comes from beautiful skin,” says Fahmi. “You have to take care of your skin to have a beautiful canvas.”



Fahmi Zulkafli


“These days, make-up is about being natural with the whole “real you” look,” says Leo. “It’s about anything that suits your own personality and something that comes from within.”

So, how do you go natural? It’s simple, really, according to Justin. “My philosophy when it comes to make-up is to use the simplest method to show off the most beautiful version you. After all, everyone has a specific feature that they care about and would like to conceal or accentuate.”


Heed these tips for a quick fix


Good news: you can still look polished even if you’re always in a hurry. Leo recommends what he proclaims the best combination: “The Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair, together with the Double Wear Cushion BB, helps you achieve a nice finish in a flash.”


Justin Lien


If all else fails, reach out for a lip colour. “In my opinion, lip colour can instantly transform a look or personality,” says Justin. “Keep three to four lipsticks in your bag so you can easily change up your look anytime. With that, lip care is very important for a beautiful lip look.”

If you have a bit more time for a colour boost on your peepers, mix eye shadow with water. “Spray your brush with water before applying eye shadow to give your eye shadow a creamy texture,” recommends Fahmi. “Many people don’t know that technique, but it’s beautiful. Even without eye shadow base, the colour will appear stronger.”




Primer or setting spray or not, never forget to set your make-up


Besides using a primer or setting spray, there are other handy ways you can try to set your make-up in place. For one, opt for oil-free moisturisers. “In Hong Kong, the ladies use different types of moisturisers for different parts of the face,” shares Leo. “They use an oil-free moisturiser for the t-zone, and something more nourishing for the cheeks, which are more prone to dryness.”


Leo Wong


No matter what, skin hydration should not be neglected. “Ladies with oily skin often neglect moisturising,” says Justin. “Before applying your make-up, spritz on the Estée Lauder Micro Essence Aquaceutical Mist and pat in the product to allow absorption. Repeat these two to three times for intense hydration and lightness.”

“When touching up your caked up make-up in this weather, make sure you apply a very thin layer — layer by layer — especially on the t-zone area” stresses Justin. “And only apply your BB cushion on your cheeks. Your make-up will last you the whole day.”

If you’re one for make-up that lasts until you want it off, make sure you have your primer, setting spray, and loose powder on hand. “After primer, apply your loose powder to set it in,” says Leo. “Then put on your foundation before buffing on loose powder again. Finish with your setting spray.”




They all swear by this one product




When asked about their favourite Estée Lauder product, the answer was unanimous: the Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum. Here’s what they said:

Justin: I like everything from Estée Lauder! But if I have to choose one, it’d be the Advanced Night Repair. My skin gets sensitive, especially during the change of season in Taiwan, but the ANR improved my skin tremendously. It has a high hydration factor, and it actually makes your skin healthier and more youthful-looking.

Leo: The ANR, of course! I have been with Estée Lauder for 13 years, and I have been using the ANR since day one. I personally endorse this product for its youthful benefits.

Fahmi: The ANR is my Holy Grail product. I used to have acne-prone skin and an uneven skin tone, but the ANR really helped. You’re basically buying insurance for your skin.


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We're halfway through July. Ah, can time stop going by so swiftly? While we ponder on the things we're doing and how they relate to how time whizzes by, here are the things we are learning in between. Hot news and more coming your way.


Can you spot Gong Yoo?



It's a given that we're excited when we see our favourite K-stars, but it's even more exciting when we see them outside their turf. So you can just imagine how fast our eyes lit up when we saw Gong Yoo in this Louis Vuitton video. Can you spot him, too?


MUJI Exhibition



Muji is opening its flagship store in Plaza Singapura. To usher in the occasion, the brand will hold an exhibition titled "What is MUJI" from 21 to 30 July at Plaza Singapura Main Atrium Level 1. Admission to the exhibition is free, and guests can learn more about the brand's iconic products, such as the wall-mounted CD player and aroma diffuser.


New shops to visit

We'll never run out of fun things to do as long as exciting brands continue opening their doors for us to explore and have fun at. Here are just some of the new ones we'll pay a visit to during the weekend.


Jurlique at Plaza Singapura


Jurlique opened a new store at Plaza Singapura, and we were there, along with some of our ambassadors, to see firsthand what they have to offer.


MDreams




Melissa Shoes' largest store is in Singapore! Visit MDreams at Raffles City Shopping Centre.


The Shoppes




There are lots of new cool additions to the already vibrant roster of brands available at The Shoppes. Among those that you can watch out for are Balmain, In Good Company, Kwanpen and Nirav Modi.




Forever Against Animal Testing


Last Tuesday (July 11), we attended the launch of The Body Shop's Forever Against Animal Testing campaign. The brand continues its fight and hopes to finally end the cruelty done on cute animals in the name of beauty. If you want to support the campaign, sign up at foreveragainstanimaltesting.com.


Meet Sir and Rumi


Meanwhile, here's something to temper your spirit. Beyonce has shared the first photo of her and Jay-Z's twins. The two are now a month old. 


(Cover photo from: @beyonce)



The beginning of the week was just as packed.

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Just when you think you've heard the last of the weirdest beauty trends, there comes another one. And whether they're your cup of tea or not, there is something intriguing about what the fuss is all about. If your curiosity has finally gone off the rails, we're sharing some of the brow-raising trends we have boldly decided to take on during the weekend.


Mixing translucent powder with liquid foundation


(Photo from: Slowbrogal)


Baking and setting... these are the uses of the translucent powder — or so we thought. Recently, many beauty gurus have been mixing their powders with liquid foundation to create a more full coverage and flawless finish. Now, our makeup-loving instinct is telling us that this might lead to looking cakey throughout the rest of the day, but maybe after trying, we'll get mind-blown. 


Heating up your sheet masks


(Photo from: Jeankuah)


Sheet masks are refreshing, especially after a long and tedious day. But getting a cold and moist sheet on your face isn't exactly the most exciting thing, especially now that the weather has started to get a little colder with the rain. So if you want a new take on how you put on your masks, setting an unopened packet over warm water is the way to go, according to many beauty enthusiasts. You can also warm the sheets using your palms. This technique is said to be good in opening your pores, thus, making the essence from the sheet easily absorbed by the skin.


Lollipop lips

One of the things that beauty brands are very keen on nowadays is producing budge-proof makeup. And of course, the main product on that list are lippies. But what if we tell you that smudged-up and post-makeout looking lips are making rounds right now? Maybe it'll work on a girls' night out — but we'll skip it for office MOTD.



Cupping therapy

Okay, it's not exactly a new practice. But cupping has been making a comeback in the beauty — and sports— community as an alternative to acupuncture. In summary, it requires alcohol, cotton balls, fire, and — you guessed it — cups. Sounds crazy, but definitely worth a try since weekends are for 'relaxing', right?




Reverse Hair Washing


(Photo from: tebisha)


Conditioner first before shampoo? Not exactly the craziest, but still a little iffy. Apparently, this beauty trend results to more luscious-looking locks. But the idea of putting conditioner over your dirty hair immediately makes us think of clogged hair follicles and greasier-feeling hair. Still, for the love of a glorious-looking mane, we say 'just for the weekend, right?'


(Cover photo from: qiyunz)



Want your own share of weirdness this weekend? Give these face masks a try!

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