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Beauty School: IGK founders share tips for a good hair day

Founded by a quartet of hairstylists based in New York, Miami and LA, haircare and hairstyling label IGK is one of the latest brands to hit Sephora Singapore stores. IGK’s celebrity fans include Sophia Richie, Karolina Kurkova, David Guetta, Adele, and Vanessa Kirby. Their picks? The Beach Club Volumizing Texture Spray, and Down and Out Dirty Spray for that perfect morning-after grit and piecey separation; as well as the Mistress Hydrating Hair Balm with shea butter and coconut oil to nourish hair. IGK founders Franck Izquierdo, Chase Kusero, Aaron Grenia, and Leo Izquierdo share tips on everything from getting rid of frizziness to the latest hair trends, with The Beauty Gazette. What sets IGK products apart? Aaron: The four co-founders are based in salons in three of the most trend-setting cities in the world – New York, Los Angeles, and Miami. We see what’s trending in music, fashion, even ingredients, and work them into to our products and branding. Also, we’re in our salons every day and working with clients. We listen to what our clients want and …

Beauty School: La Prairie Complexion Artists share their tips

To mark the launch of La Prairie’s cushion compact, the Skin Caviar Essence-in-Foundation, the brand announces three “Complexion Artists”. The beauty experts share their tips. Born in Singapore and raised in Hong Kong, Alvin has worked with celebrities including Emma Watson, Kendall Jenner, Uma Thurman, Dakota Johnson, Margot Robbie, and Milla Jovovich. With two decades of experience, the self-taught artist is inspired by veterans such as Kevyn Aucoin, and Topolino. What is the most important part of a skincare routine? Cleansing, protecting, massaging, moisturising and masks. Without proper skincare, there is no way one can get a good complexion. Knowing your skin’s needs before applying the products is also crucial. How does one apply foundation correctly? Always prep the skin first. Make sure it is clean and free of dead cells, then moisturise. Never apply foundation to the skin when it is dry. I prepare my clients’ skin by cleansing it thoroughly, and then mildly exfoliating it before applying a mask. I also massage the lymphatic notes to improve blood circulation, before starting on the makeup application. How would you describe your signature …

Choi Soo Young’s beauty secrets

Girls’ Generation’s Choi Soo Young, princess of K-Pop, is now the new face of SK-II’s #OneBottleAwayFrom campaign. The 27-year-old is also an accomplished actress. She shares beauty tips with The Beauty Gazette.  What is your current skincare routine like? I focus on thorough cleansing and toning. Then I like using a lightweight and moisturising essence to pamper my skin. My current favourite is the SK-II Facial Treatment Essence, because it is easily absorbed by my skin and gives me a glow with the Pitera, amino acids and vitamins. It has become a staple in my beauty routine. How do you treat the issues you have with your skin? My skin type is dry. To soothes and moisturise my skin, I like to soak a few pieces of cotton pads with lots of SK-II Facial Treatment Oil, and leave it on my face at night; like a mask. This oil is lightweight and non-greasy. It also has a fragrant lavender scent that helps me to relax for a good sleep, so I wake up with happy skin. …

How Behati Prinsloo-Levine keeps her skin glowing

Victoria’s Secret angel/ supermodel, wife to Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine, mom to year-old Dusty Rose, and new face of SK-II. Behati Prinsloo-Levine shares how she keeps her skin healthy and dewy, with The Beauty Gazette. What is your current skincare routine like? Now that I’m a mom, I have less time on my hands. So I prefer skincare products that are easy to use, luxurious and pampering. For me, that’s the SK-II Facial Treatment Essence, which I use after gentle cleansing and toning. I love how this miracle water is packed with vitamins and amino acids and addresses all of my skincare concerns. It has really simplified my skincare routine, and is so effective in giving me a radiant and natural glow. I’m also always using the SK-II Mid-day Miracle Essence as a facial hydrating mist throughout the day to stay refreshed and hydrated. What issues do you have with your skin, and how do you deal with them? I love the beach and playing sports outdoors, so pigmentation is something that I’ve always had. I …

Actress Kelly Liao’s beauty secrets

Elegant and lithe, Taiwanese ballerina-turned model Kelly Liao (Liao Yih Suan) will be making her debut on Singapore screens in March 2018. Starring in the Mediacorp Channel 8 drama series Doppelganger, where she comes between the real-life couple Fann Wong and Christopher Lee (😱), Liao is excited about the role where she gets to show off her acting chops. “It is challenging to act as a mistress entangled in complicated relationships, but I’m so happy to be given the opportunity,” says the 33-year-old who has a Masters in Fine Arts from the National Taiwan University of Arts. In her seven-year modelling career, Liao has been the face of international brands such as Asus, Mitsubishi, Nescafe, Sapporo Beer, Hitachi, Panasonic and Uniqlo. She has also starred in various MTVs of Chinese celebrities in Taiwan and China. The former soloist at the Taipei Chamber Ballet Dance Company shares her beauty secrets with The Beauty Gazette. Sleep is very important to me. One can always tell by my face if I’ve had a good rest the night before. I …

Model-host Denise Keller’s Beauty Black Book

After almost 17 years in the industry, model-TV host-yogi (and former MTV VJ), Denise Keller definitely knows a thing or two about looking good 24/7. The 35-year-old has just returned from Los Angeles, where she hosted the Oscars Red Carpet for HBO Asia. Keller shares her beauty secrets with The Beauty Gazette. The beauty products that I cannot leave the house without are…the Sisley Nutritive Lip Balm, Sisley Sunleya Sun Care, and the Sisley Phyto-Khol Perfect eyeliner in Black. They’re simply the best products out there. The addresses in my Beauty Black Book are…Radium Medical Aesthetics for my facials, and aesthetic needs. I usually go for the Red Carpet Facial there before a big shoot the next morning. I get my locks done with freelance hairstylist Kenneth Thong; and my nails are cared by Jemima at Snails The Nail Spa. These places are special because they always have my comfort in mind. I am very loyal to the places and faces that I’m used to; and I think they have the best services in town. I …

His story: Roland Chow and Singapore’s early hairdressing scene

In the mid-1970s, when the teenaged Eugene Ong decided that he wanted to become a hairstylist, he looked to the prominent industry veteran Roland Chow as a role model.  “Then, almost all hairdressers were women. And Roland was so glamorous, all my friends’ mothers were always talking about him,” recalls Ong, the director and founder of Urbanhair.  “Women of a certain social standing all had their hair done by him.” Through serendipity, Ong’s first apprenticeship was with Christine Wah, Chow’s top assistant.  “Christine would tell me how exclusive his salon was. Roland even had a drawn curtain around each client for their privacy.” The curtains were also there for another reason. The hair maestro did not want observers to “steal” his skills; only the privileged few could watch  him in action, recalls Ong. Born into the upper crust of Shanghainese society in 1926, Chow fled to Singapore in 1949 to seek refuge from the communists.  Chow first made a name for himself as a fashion designer; he was often described as the “Mr Dior of …

Dawn Yeoh’s Beauty Secrets

Yeoh returned to Singapore earlier this year to star in sitcoms such as Peace and Prosperity, make guest appearances on variety shows like Closet Secrets, and to host the travelogue Going Miles, Spreading Smiles. The Singapore actress had left for Taiwan in 2014 to further her career. Over the last decade, the 30-year-old has worked on five movies (including one in 2017), and at least 20 dramas. In 2007, she was named as one of the seven shining stars of MediaCorp, alongside Rui En, Jeanette Aw, and Joanne Peh. In between her filming sets, Yeoh spends her time “sculpting” her body and looking youthful in the ruthless entertainment industry. She shares her beauty and fitness secrets with The Beauty Gazette. When you are in the entertainment business, it is important to look good. I hit the gym almost every other day, or I’ll work out at home with the Insanity Workout video clips. I also try to eat clean. My skincare routine is simple. My skin gets dehydrated easily, so I use moisturising serums that contain hyaluronic acid. I …

How K-Wave Superstar Song Hye Kyo styles her locks

The goddess of K-dramas, and fever-ed K-Wave dreams, actress Song Hye Kyo’s locks are always perfectly silky-shiny with just the right amount of volume and bouncy curls around her shoulders. Here, she shares how she achieves the perfect hairstyle with her Dyson Supersonic (and trusted stylist). Step 1: Use the dryer without any attachments, and turn it on high heat and high airflow settings. This speeds up the drying of the hair.   Step 2:  To give the roots of your hair some lift, snap on the diffuser. Then use it to “brush” the hair upwards towards the crown.   Step 3: When hair is half dry, snap on the smoothening nozzle, and set the dryer on medium heat and high airflow. Direct the nozzle downwards. The strong airflow will help to seal the cuticles for silky hair.   Step 4: When hair is 80 per cent dry, snap on the styling nozzle for a concentrated airflow to create loose curls. Set dryer on high heat and high airflow.   Step 5: Finally, snap on the …

Model-actor Teddy Tang’s grooming tips

A new face to watch, the 30-year-old Singaporean will be starring in more than a handful of Singaporean dramas and variety shows come the later part of this year, and in 2017. Just to name a few: Tanglin on Channel 5, as well as Closet Secrets, Dream Coders and Heroes on Channel 8. Tang, who was previously based in Taipei to further his modelling career in the last four years, will also be co-hosting the new variety show, Let’s Go Dating. In this travelogue-reality TV-dating show, he explores the dating cultures from Chennai, India, to Hong Kong and Beijing, China. Tang, who has a degree in mechanical and aerospace engineering, has walked the runway for Fendi, Issey Miyake and Dior in Singapore, Hong Kong and Taiwan. He has also appeared in the commercials and print ads of brands such as Samsung, Hyundai, Gucci and American Express in Singapore, Hong Kong, China and Taiwan. “My end goal is to be recognised as an actor in Asia. I’d like to help put Singapore on the map for …