All posts tagged: Beauty School

Pamper: Olaplex treatment for stronger hair

One of the latest haircare treatments to hit salons in Singapore, Olaplex’s secret is a straightforward three-step process to prevent hair breakage. The salon treatment is formulated with a patented active ingredient that apparently works on a molecular level to repair broken bonds in the hair caused by chemical and heat damage. Each session in the salon lasts a relatively speedy 45 to 60 minutes. First, hair is soaked in the Olaplex No.1 Bond Multiplier liquid to re-build broken disulfide bonds, so that hair strands can better bend and stretch but not break. (If you’re having your hair coloured or dyed, the Bond Multiplier can even be mixed in with the colourant or bleach, so hair is treated at the same time.) Then hair is rinsed in another Olaplex No.2 Bond Perfector that continues the bond-repairing process to add shine to the hair. Both solutions are shampoo-ed off, and hair is blow-dried. Even without being brushed, my hair looked shinier and smoother immediately. The frizzy ends looked at least 50 per cent more sleek. Afterwards, …

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 …

Skin and the Environment: An Aesop Dialogue

To mark its 30th year in the business, Aesop launches a new campaign that illustrates the dynamics between the environment  (humidity, temperature, wind conditions, air pollution levels, etc.) and the skin. The clean and stylish campaign – in typical Aesop fashion – is a reminder that the skin is a manifestation of one’s lifestyle habits.     Dr Kate Forbes, who helms products, and R&D at Aesop, breaks it down for The Beauty Gazette.   On skin dryness and dehydration…People living in cities spend so much time on the planes and in air conditioning. We want to address what is happening to the skin under those conditions. Skin dryness is caused by the lack of sebum, so it becomes flakey with irritation on the surface of the skin. That is how your skin feels in winter. Using a heavier cream will help to fix that. Dehydrated skin is caused by the loss of of water in the skin, when the barrier is weakened. This can be treated when we drink more water and use products …

An anatomy of a makeup bag

There is no need to lug around a heavy cosmetics pouch – even if you think your life depends on it – if you stick to this check list (provided you already have a full face of make-up on before you leave the house). 1) Cushion foundation For touch-ups throughout the day. Usually lightweight with light to medium coverage, they’re perfect for smoothing over liquid foundation that becomes patchy by mid-day. Plus, most give skin an added glow, so you can also blend the cushion foundation on strategic areas (nose bridge, cheek bones) to highlight them.  And if you do not have much blemishes to hide, the cushion compact works as a concealer too. 2) Blush/ bronzer compact Blush comes off easily, so touching up is essential. To keep your face looking sculpted all day, get a blush/bronzer duo for convenience.  3) Black liquid eyeliner A wing-tipped liner adds drama when you need it. And if you already have black liner on, you could always do with another layer before heading out to dinner and …

New hair, don’t care

   New year, new hair. But what styles? Not everyone has a stylist 24/7 like Ms Jenner. Eugene Ong, hair maestro of Urbanhair and industry veteran, gives you the lowdown on the 2016 hair trends. 1) Get a ‘melting’ ombre colour         Guess what? The ombre dye job is still in. But harsh lines and a stark difference in shades are out. Roots should be darker, and the ends lighter; while the shades in between meld seamlessly. Unless you are Kendall Jenner and can pull off candy floss pink hair with black roots. 2) Go for pastels, browns and blonde hues. These are the most flattering for Asian skin tones. 3) Match cool tones with warm ones for extra dimension. Chestnut brown with cool blonde. Ash with milky chocolate. Icy blue with warm pink.  4) Like the colours, the cuts should be soft with no hard lines. Texture and some weight (not too much layering) are key to the look. Soft waves (achieved with a digital perm) add body to complete the look.  …