Best Special-Occasion Faces

Forget run-of-the-mill makeovers – M.A.C Cosmetics has one of the largest makeup collections in Singapore, including over 150 lip hues. The preferred brand for makeup artists does amazing makeovers for special occasions, like weddings, themed parties and theatre performances.

Price: $50-$180

Available at Level 1 Tangs at Tang Plaza, tel: 6235-7718; #B1-13/13A Ngee Ann City, tel: 6735-6622; #301-17/18 Bugis Junction, tel: 6336-6659; #01-21 313@Somerset, tel: 6509-3036.


Best Makeup Crash Course

Inspired by runway trends and backstage know-how, Dior’s Beauty One-to-One Lessons help women recreate looks they love at home. Or make an appointment for the luxe Dior Now Looks makeover, using the brand’s Prestige products, as well as the latest smoky eyeshadows, matte lipsticks and red nail polish for a couture-inspired Christmas look.

Price: $150 for Dior Now Looks, $250 for a Beauty One-to-One Lesson. Both are fully redeemable for products.

Available at #B2-44/46 Ion Orchard, tel: 6636-7232; #B2-26/26A The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, tel: 6688-7561.


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Best Long-wearing Makeup

Let an expert from Swedish brand Make Up Store show you how to achieve this. Before personalising your look with holiday musts, like smoky eyes, blusher and contouring makeup, she will prime your skin with a Skin Serum, Eye Primer and Lip Plumper. Cover All Mix to conceal imperfections goes on next and then Blotting Powder to absorb excess oil, before Aqua Cooling Powder for a long-lasting, lustrous finish. 

Price: $50

Available at #03-20 Paragon, tel: 6887-5828; Tangs at Vivocity, tel: 6252-2274.   


Best Romantic Date Look

If you love the femininity of Japanese-style makeup, Kose is your best bet. Whether you want a day or night look, its romantic, wearable and universally flattering colours are simply irresistible. What’s more, as the Japanese tend to be obsessed with fair and translucent skin, Kose’s foundations are particularly dewy and radiant, and infuse skin with a date-perfect lit-from-within glow.

Price: To enjoy this service, Kose members must spend a minimum of $60. Non-members need to spend a minimum of $80.

Available at all Kose counters. See for a full listing.


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Best For Asian Features

If you want to experiment with ombre eyes or other cutting-edge trends, book a slot with Shu Uemura. Thanks to a thorough understanding of Asian bone structures and facial contours, the Japanese brand, which has an extensive range of lip colours that flatter Asian skin tone, can effectively create a look that accentuates your best features. Your session includes a pre-makeup prep with Shu Uemura’s full range of skincare products.

Price: $45 for Shu Fanatic Club members, $55 for non-members.

Available at all Shu Uemura counters. See for a full listing.


Best Customised Makeover

Chanel has dressed the faces of Keira Knightley, Lily Rose Depp and Charlize Theron. Your options are simple: choose between a makeup specialist and a makeup artist. Both will personalise your look based on your features, skin condition and preferences. If there are shades you’d like to try from Chanel’s new Rouge Allure Ink Matte Liquid Lip Colour collection or four-colour palettes, please say so. 

Price: $120 for a makeup specialist, $180 for a makeup artist. This is fully redeemable for products.

Available at #B2-43 Ion Orchard, tel: 6634-5500; #B1-134 The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, tel: 6645-1970.


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Best Party Makeup

Exude the dizzying extravagance of The Great Gatsby with a makeover by Cle de Peau Beaute. The limited-edition Holiday Collection evokes the roaring 20s with eye colours such as glittering gold dust, titanium steel shimmer, deep sea green and glossy primrose. Another plus: You get to use some of the most luxurious and priciest makeup items ever. We particularly love the new Radiant Cream Foundation that gives full coverage and a softly lit effect.

Price: Purchase any skincare or base care product to qualify as a Gold Member, and get a free makeover. 

Available at Level 1 Takashimaya D.S., tel: 6735-2996; Level 1 Tangs at Tang Plaza, tel: 6235-6126.


Best For Novices

Besides creating empowering statement makeup, a Nars makeover will school you in simple techniques. Your makeup artist will show you, step by step, how to perfect the smoky eye and power pout, and then help you recreate the look at home with a personalised face chart. You also get to experiment with Orgasm Blush, The Multiple and other iconic products created by makeup maestro Francois Nars.

Price: $150, which is fully redeemable for products.

Available at Level 1 Tangs at Tang Plaza, tel: 6235-0967; Level 1 Robinsons The Heeren, tel: 6736-1351.


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Best Natural Look

Known for its award-winning tinted moisturiser and foundation, a Laura Mercier makeover will give you flawless skin in a flash. The latest holiday collection features dazzling shades of bronze, gold and sun-kissed pink for French Riviera radiance. You may also choose from its bestselling collection of neutral and wearable shades for effortless beauty.

Price: Minimum spend of $150 on products.

Available at Level 1 Tangs at Tang Plaza, tel: 6733-8130, and all Laura Mercier counters.