All posts tagged: beauty tips

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. …

Beauty routine: What I would have told my younger self

Fresh out of school, I landed my first job at Singapore’s bestselling women’s magazine. I went on to carve out a journalism career in beauty, fashion and lifestyle for a decade. In other words, I have been lucky enough to be learning from beauty experts on skincare routines and the latest beauty trends since I was in my early 20s. Still, there are beauty regime mistakes I wish I had not committed when I was younger If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it: There is no need for laser treatments when you are in your 20s. Six years ago, I tried out an Intense Pulsed Light treatment on my neck and décolletage area to “even out the skin  tone, and firm it up”. But my skin was perfectly fine to begin with. So all the treatment left me with was skin that got weakened and easily irritated. Now, the skin on my neck and décolletage is still prone to a red rash whenever the weather gets too warm, or when I wear clothing that rubs against it. Never, …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …