All posts tagged: Beauty School

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 to always have good skin

You have your moods; and so does your skin. As the hormones keep your body running through the monthly cycles, the condition of your skin changes. Besides the right diet, exercise, and a calm frame of mind, suitable skincare helps too. Gloria Yuan, an aromatherapist with more than a decade of experience; and international support and trainer at Neal’s Yard Remedies, was in Singapore for the launch of the Deliciously Ella x Neal’s Yard Rose, Lime & Cucumber line (pictured). She shares tips on how to care for your skin (and body) throughout your monthly cycle. Before your period: Skin might become oily, with clogged pores that result in pimples. Legs may become swollen, and your abdomen may become bloated.    Use an oil-free and mattifying serum to control the oil. The Clarifying Mahonia Skin Gel is anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory, so it helps to calm skin. To deal with the swelling legs and bloatedness, pamper yourself with essential oils. Add 25 drops of geranium essential oil into a 100ml bottle of sweet almond oil.  Massage it into your …

Get that glow without a highlighter: Tips from Taiwanese Beauty Guru Xiao Kai

Every South Asian beauty junkie worth her salt would be familiar with the bestselling Japanese drugstore staple Hada Labo Hydrating Lotion. Its claim to fame: unscented, quality hyaluronic acid to keep skin moisturised and supple. The line has since been extended with Hada Labo’s new Essence serum. It claims to contain a higher concentration of the brand’s proprietary Super Hyaluronic Acid that can hold water up to ten times its weight. At the recent launch of the product, Taiwanese beauty expert Xiao Kai shared tips on getting that just-stepped-out-of-the-shower supple dewiness. 1. Pour a generous amount of lotion on palms and pick up with finger tips. Spread lotion on drier parts of the face first, such as the cheeks, so that they are thoroughly softened. 2. Gently pat the lotion into the rest of the skin, from the middle of the face (where it is driest, and hence, greasiest) outwards. When skin is well-hydrated, it produces less oil to overcompensate for the dehydration. 3. Once skin is softened with lotion, apply the serum, and gently …

How to wear scents

Spritz and go? A no-brainer right? Not really.     There is an art and science to wearing scents. Especially in humid weather.  Here’s what to note: 💦 Slathering on unscented body lotions first to help a perfume “stick” is one way. But in this hot and humid weather, body creams might be the last thing you want to wear.  An alternative is to let the scent “cling” elsewhere, such as your clothes and hair.  I find that scents hardly last all day on my skin – unless it is super duper expensive such as Frederic Malle’s potions.  A point to note though: spritz scents onto clothes from an arm’s length away. So only tiny droplets settle on your dress or blouse, not a direct spray that leaves behind a splotch that is inpossible to remove (from silks especially). 💦 Imagine the warm spots of your skin as “diffusers”. They are keep the scent molecules wafting towards your nose and others’. 💦 Sprtiz, dab, press; but don’t rub on perfumes. The scent molecules should settle on …

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.  …

Beauty School: How to Apply Skincare

For those confused about the functions of the multitude of skincare products, and the multi-step beauty routine, here is the lowdown. First, the steps. Note that you don’t have to follow all the steps, just what works for you. For each step, only one product is necessary (except for cleansing because you need to get skin thoroughly clean). PM routine (steps 1 to 3 are most important): 1) Cleanse and exfoliate (makeup remover, foamy cleanser; scrub/ cleansing device depending on your needs) 2) Prepare skin for absorption (pre-serum/ essence/ beauty lotion/ emulsion) 3) Nourish (serum/ treatment/oil) 4) Hydrate (moisturiser/cream/oil) 5) Protect (sleeping mask) AM routine (steps 1 to 5 important) 1) Cleanse (a gentle one, like a water cleanser or cream cleanser) 2) Prepare skin for absorption (pre-serum/ essence/ beauty lotion/ emulsion) 3) Nourish (serum/ treatment/oil) 4) Hydrate (moisturiser/cream/oil) 5) Protect (sunscreen) 6) Makeup optional — Here’re some info on what the various products are for. Cleanse The key to clearer skin. Oil cleansers: To remove waterproof make-up. Rub onto dry skin to melt away …