Be the ultimate you: Self-confidence tips from Singapore writer Willabelle Ong

As part of a Her World and Shiseido special, It girls and inspiring women tell us about their approach to beauty and how they keep themselves looking fab
 
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"I’ve learned to accept and embrace compliments because it’s so important to appreciate the beauty others see in you."
– @willamazing
 
BEAUTY IS... CONFIDENCE
Willabelle Ong, writer, photographer and the creative behind lifestyle blog Pale Division, tells us why she thinks the two go hand in hand.
BE KIND TO YOURSELF
It’s a cliche, but it’s true. When you’re confident and empowered, you naturally feel beautiful! Confidence stems from having the inner strength to love, accept and trust yourself. I’m a strong believer in having a positive mindset, owning your body and being kind to yourself. We all know this: when you look good, you’ll feel good, and therefore, you’ll exude boundless confidence and a radiant glow that makes you truly beautiful. 
ACCEPT COMPLIMENTS
I’ve learned to accept and embrace compliments because it’s so important to appreciate the beauty others see in you. In the past, I would often brush them off and decline politely, but along the way, I realised that accepting genuine compliments has had a positive impact on my confidence. That said, even though beauty starts from within, it can also work the other way. Similar to having radiant skin, a gorgeous smile or a stellar outfit makes you feel happy and confident too.
DEVELOP THE RIGHT MINDSET
I wasn’t a confident girl growing up and I struggled with self-acceptance. Fortunately, confidence is something you can build up – I changed my mindset to truly begin healing, and positive change followed. Remember that you define your own beauty, so if you want to change something, go about it in a positive way and always find something to admire in yourself.
KEEP YOUR SKIN RESILIENT
I use Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate, and what I noticed on first use was how moisturised and silky my skin felt after – I love it! It’s a huge bonus that all the products in the Ultimune range are lightweight and non-greasy, and absorb quickly into the skin. After using the serum for just a couple of weeks, my skin became more supple, radiant and resilient. Having great skin definitely goes a long way in boosting confidence!
 
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