What camera(s) do you use?
Photos you see dated from 2010 to early 2011 are most likely taken with my very old Canon Digital IXUS 120 IS.
On Christmas 2010, I received the awesome Canon PowerShot S95 from my lovely sister and this is the camera I have been using since early 2011. Photos you see today are mostly taken with the “monster” Canon PowerShot G1X that Mak got me for my birthday.
2013 proved to be a fruitful year for cameras. Two new Olympus joined the family of Canon — Olympus Stylus XZ-10 and Olympus Stylus TG-2 (highly recommend this camera for a beach vacation, it’s an underwater camera and captures beautiful landscapes too; pictures taken in Maldives using this camera).
Which are your favourite beauty brands?
I think this is the most difficult question to answer because all brands have something I like, lust and wish for.
I have the most Chanel, Dior and NARS in my collection so I guess they are my favourite beauty brands. Brands like Illamasqua, Giorgio Armani and YSL have some of my favourite items too. I like Bobbi Brown concealers, Lunasol nail polishes, Clé de Peau BEAUTÉ foundations, Inglot eyeshadows, Burberry lipsticks, Guerlain Météorites and the list goes on.
This year, I can’t wait to explore more Tom Ford and Charlotte Tilbury.
How do you get inspired for the looks you create?
Colours and textures of the products inspires me so does the weather and my mood.
I get inspired by looks from a magazine or looks seen on a celebrity but I rarely recreate them. I believe we all have our own unique features. I tend to reinterpret them and create looks I will wear and guide you through the steps to achieving that particular look. Many of the looks I create are quick and easy, I try to add a little twist every now and then to spice things up but really, wear what makes you happy and feel good – because isn’t that what makeup suppose to do?
With the correct colours and technique, makeup can enhance our natural features – this is the beauty of makeup and it’s temporary. Explore the different ways of creating a winged eyeliner, end of the day, if you make a mistake, you can wipe it off with a remover.
“Don’t be too serious; it’s only makeup!” François Nars
Which are your favourite false eyelashes?
False eyelashes are one of the greatest invention – for me. I love them and I cannot imagine life without them. False eyelashes helped my eyes look bigger and brighter, oh my.
I am currently loving D.U.P 913 Brown Mix Edition. Ardell 120 Demi Black is also one of my favourites. Shu Uemura Partial Soft Cross and Natural Volume 01 are gorgeous too. MAC makes some really awesome, long and full on lashes as well if you are feeling adventurous.
I also like to pick up brand-less boxes of 10 false eyelashes from pushcarts – they are super affordable, works out to be about S$1-2 per pair but less durable.
Which hair salon do you visit and who is your stylist?
This is probably one of the most frequently asked questions I get and surprisingly, my hair is the least I care but no doubt it’s one of the most importantly elements to complete a look.
Kelvin Low has been taking care of all my hair issues for the past decade. He cuts, colours and treats my hair, provide styling tips and suggestions on what I should do to my hair all the time. Whenever we meet, we bounce ideas off each other and the rest became history.
I like his casual style of approach and value his honest opinions; and the fact that his cuts require very minimum styling on a daily basis.
Give him a buzz at Essensuals Hairdressing, Bugis (above Burger King).