Chances are you’ve come across at least one of South Korean makeup artist PONY’s viral makeup tutorials (Including ones on cushion foundations!) on YouTube. Hailing from the land of the rising calm, the makeup artist to the stars is known for her transformative beauty looks and has garnered a following of over four million subscribers on her eponymous YouTube channel.
If you are a fan, you’re probably familiar with PONY’s makeup techniques by now, but have you ever wondered what products and makeup application techniques she would use to maintain her beauty look through the sweat, heat and humidity in Singapore?
We caught up with the beauty expert who was in town earlier this month for the official launch event of new Shiseido makeup held at ION. Below is a step-by-step makeup tutorial by the makeup maestro that will show you how to mimic that everyday natural K-beauty look that will not melt off in the searing heat. Read on for some essential beauty tips so you (and your makeup) survive in this heat.
Step 1: Prep your skin with toner
As any makeup artist knows, your makeup only looks as good as the skin underneath. Pour some hydrating toner onto a cotton pad and gently sweep toner across your face after cleansing to help rid the surface of your skin of any impurities that might still remain and brighten the appearance of your skin.
Step 2: Work the toner into your skin with a patting motion
With the same soak cotton pad, you want to pat the toner into your skin to balance the skin’s pH levels to prevent your skin from becoming dry and dehydrated. Toner further helps with the absorption of the next products you apply.
Step 3: Dab on eye cream
Next up: Eye cream. PONY recommends using an antioxidant-packed eye cream to help reduce oxidative stress due to UV rays or pollutants. The skin around your eyes is very delicate, so make sure not to tug at your skin. With your ring finger, pat a few dots of the eye cream from the outer corner of your eye to the inner corner, then gently massage into the skin.
Step 4: Smooth on moisturiser
Apply a soothing moisturiser in a light layer across the skin for long lasting all-day hydration. If you have sensitive and acne prone skin, PONY suggests steering clear of moisturisers with mineral oil in it. Mineral oil is considered “comedogenic,” which means it can clog your pores and increase the risk of acne and blackheads.
Step 5: Even out your complexion with a cushion foundation
You might be tempted to press your fingers all the way down till you hit the bottom of the cushion but if you want your base makeup to look natural, it’s best to pick up a tiny bit at a time and work in layers. To build up coverage but still get a natural-looking finish, PONY uses a press-and-roll motion to deposit the foundation.
Doing so gives you control and the most-natural looking finish. When you want to get in areas where there are dips like the sides of your nose and under your eyes, give your cushion sponge a tiny fold to get to the hard-to-reach areas and tap gently. PONY is using the Shiseido Synchro Skin Glow Cushion in Golden 3 ($55).
Step 6: Conceal any blemishes or discolouration with a concealer
For that natural barely-there makeup look, ditch your matte foundation and go with one of a light to medium finish before following up with a concealer to spot-conceal any blemishes or redness. For dark circles, pat some concealer on with a concealer brush but avoid going too close to the eye area because it can look cakey and unnatural.
Step 7: Set your foundation with loose powder
With the same press-and-roll motion, PONY sets the foundation with some loose powder and a powder puff. Next, she grabs a powder brush to dust away excess powder.
Step 8: Fill in your brows
Align your eyebrow pencil from the outer corner of your nostril to the corner of your brow to determine where your eyebrow should end. With a spoolie brush, brush your eyebrow upwards and fill them in with your pencil.
Step 9: Apply lightest beige colour in the Shiseido Essentialist Eye Palette (Kotto Street Vintage 05 ($60)) all over the eyelids
This will be your base colour. With a small fluffy brush, pop that light beige colour on your bottom lash line to brighten the eyes.
Step 10: Sweep a matte ash brown colour from the same eyeshadow quad all over your lids with a small fluffy brush, in circular motions
Step 11: Grab the shimmer neutral brown shadow and apply this colour to the outermost corner of the eye in a “V” shape with the same fluffy brush
Step 12: Define your eyes with an eyeliner
Line your upper eyelids with a pencil eyeliner and try to get as close to the lash line as possible for extra definition.
Step 13: Curl your lashes and apply mascara
Rather than using a zig zag motion, PONY recommends sweeping your lashes upwards like you would when you comb your hair so your lashes don’t stick together.
Step 14: Once your mascara is dry, curl your lashes once more with your eyelash curler
Step 15: With the same powder brush you used earlier to sweep away the excess product, pick up some blush and apply it to on the apples of your cheeks. Blend, blend, blend!
According to PONY, the powder left on the brush will help to soften the edges of the blush so it looks like a natural glow. PONY is using the Shiseido Minimalist Powder Blush in Sayoko 06 ($48).
Step 16: Add a pop of colour to your lips
Apply a cherry coloured lipstick (PONY is using the Shiseido Visionary Gel Lipstick in 210 J-Pop ($36)) and concentrate the colour in the centre of your lips. With a lip brush, blend out the colour towards the edges for that gradient lip look.
Here’s the completed look!