On the last day of February 2018, up on level 55 in the heart of town at ION Sky, team Her World held a luncheon to celebrate the best in beauty, welcoming our beauty brand friends and partners for an intimate gathering. These included brand directors, managers and representatives from Chanel Beauty, Clarins, Parfums Christian Dior, and Shiseido, just to name a few. The occasion? Her World’s 17th Beauty Awards, the original and longest-running one in Singapore.

Photography: Tan Wei Te; Styling: Sherli Chong

This year's Beauty Awards honoured a total of 184 product winners, all tried, tested and carefully picked by a panel of judges comprising of Her World's editorial team, doctors, makeup artists and respected beauty bloggers. Notably, this year's cream of the crop in beauty saw a trend in the anti-pollution category, with more brands launching full skincare lines to protect skin from the effects of city living.

Photography: Tan Wei Te; Styling: Sherli Chong

Also, in the makeup category, primers were more varied than before, with expanded categories like blemish-blurring and glow-enhancing to reflect the different types available. And no surprise here but new lipsticks were abundant for the year – in a buffet of finishes, textures and formats. As always, Her World's Beauty Awards remains the most definitive simply because of the extensive legwork and many months of vigorous testing involved.

As Her World editor-in-chief, Reta Lee (above), said in her opening speech: "The beauty category (in Her World) continues to grow, year on year, with content encompassing expert reviews, tips and latest trends compiled by our experienced beauty team."

We kicked off lunch with the tossing of yusheng to usher in prosperity as it was still within the Chinese New Year period.

And this was followed by beautifully plated dishes for our meals provided by AMICI Events and Catering, course after course was savoured amidst amiable chatter.

Guests also went away with personalised leather name card holders with their initials, courtesy of leather-makers, J.Artisans.

And in case the tiramisu served for dessert wasn’t enough, there was also a box of BAKE Cheese Tarts for everyone to leave with. After all, there’s always room for desserts, just like there’s always room on our vanities and drawers for more beauty products.

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