Fann Wong, 50, swears by this tinted moisturiser that offers "great protection but still has a light texture"
Dr Dennis Gross Advanced Retinol + Ferulic Triple Correction Eye Serum, $105
Finally, an eye skincare product that doesn’t give me milia seeds on the under-eye area. One pump of this fast-absorbing serum is all I need for the entire eye area including lids, crow’s feet and elevens (the two vertical frown lines between the brows). Gentle enough for use in the mornings (but only for day or night use), it contains retinol, bakuchiol, rambutan extract and ferulic acid. After two weeks of daily use, my eye area feels more hydrated and looks less tired.
One thing I’ve always loved about this underrated skincare brand is the amazing Sacred Lotus Flower Extract scent that each product emanates. Formulated with 97 per cent natural ingredients, this has a milky oil texture that’s quickly absorbed, making it an ideal first serum step to my extensive routine. I have dehydrated combination skin, and this agrees superbly well with my skin. After a week of day and night use, I notice that my skin looks more radiant than usual – even right after cleansing when there are no products on my face at all.
Matte. Pigmented. Soft. All music to my ears when it comes to my ideal lip colour, and I think I’ve found my dream formula in Nars’ latest Air Matte Lip Color. Just one application and its colour, despite being consistent and pigmented, has a diffused and soft-focus finish, thanks to Nars’ Color Diffusion Complex.
Tom Ford Shade and Illuminate Blush in Sundrunk, $108
True to its name, this blusher imparts a natural flush while it sculpts and illuminates. The semi-matte half defines cheekbones, while the soft-shine half highlights skin. The finish is silky smooth and stays on all day.
A new skin boosters range from local brand IDS Skincare, EOAS (abbreviation for Extra Ordinary Asian Skin) is designed specifically for Asian skin. Presented in a super fine mist bottle, this essence is ideal as a pre-serum or makeup fixer. It combines yeast extract, marine algae and ceramides to instantly hydrate and soothe skin, while improving elasticity and reducing the look of wrinkles.
Sunscreen serums have been around for a while, but I wasn’t a convert until Rationale’s. With its hydrating fluid-like texture and subtle radiance without shine, it’s hard to not fall in love with this serum. Its proprietary Zinc Fusion technology evens out skin and protects against environmental aggressors.
Maison Francis Kurkdjian Aqua Vitae Cologne Forte, from $170
I’ve long been a fan of Francis Kurkdjian so I was delighted when Dior Parfums appointed him as creative director. Before his inaugural scent with Dior, I’ll revisit his recent launch reminiscent of the sun’s warmth – thanks to fresh mandarin and citrusy bergamot that are complemented by the sensuality of sandalwood.