While she sure doesn’t look like it, but Jeanette Aw has hit the middle-aged milestone (She recently turned 39 on June 28). In honour of her 39th birthday, here’s a look back at some of her iconic beauty looks and find out how you can copy her look
A household name here in Singapore, Jeanette has played the leading lady for many local dramas like “The Little Nyonya” and “The Dream Makers”.
In 2017, she took a big step by leaving Mediacorp and her artiste management company Hype Records-Artiste Network to chart her own path. When it comes to makeup, Jeanette often sports a pared-back look that enhances rather than conceals or distorts. Let’s take a peek at some of her stunning makeup looks across the years.
Peach makeup is a hit this year. Don’t just take it from us, the veteran actress sported this fruit-inspired shade at the Spring/Summer 2018 Dior showcase in Paris, France. Peachy coral makeup may seem intimidating at first but the colour palette actually looks incredible on everyone. Regardless of how fair or deep your complexion is, peachy hues can add warmth and a skin-brightening glow to your complexion.
The trick to nailing the look is to focus on one feature and make a statement with it. For instance, if you want to make your lips the focal point of your makeup, you can use a cream or liquid peachy hue blush that is less pigmented and dramatic compared to a powder blush. Pair your makeup with a coat of deep black mascara and neutral shimmer cheek highlighter to frame and add dimension to your face.
Can’t decide between a chic updo or a dreamy ‘do? Get the best of both worlds with this glamorous yet playful hairstyle seen on the fresh faced beauty. Jeanette opted for this half-updo at the movie premiere of “Ramen Teh”, an Eric Khoo production about a young Japanese chef trying to connect with his Singapore family.
To get the look, start by sectioning your hair from ear to ear and then brushing the top section back before gathering the hair into a high ponytail. For a more polished look, hide the hair tie by grabbing a small section of hair from the bottom of the ponytail and wrapping it around the top.
Fun fact: Jeanette is actually half-Peranakan (from her father’s side). The 34-episode 2009 series stars Jeanette Aw as a long-suffering woman from a large Peranakan family in a story spanning across 70 years. This was the role that arguably catapulted the prim actress to fame. Its finale peaked with a viewership rating of 33.8 per cent, attracting about 1.7 million viewers. For the role, Jeanette sported the au naturel “no makeup” makeup look.
To perfect that barely-there yet flawless makeup look, instead of piling on foundation, start by concealing any redness, dark eye circles and blemishes. The key is not to apply too much. Next, tap some cream blusher on your cheeks and apply some bronzer underneath your cheekbones and jawline so your natural features stand out more. Keep your eyelids looking bright and wide-eyed by curling your lashes and coating them with clear mascara. Lastly, add a wash of colour to your lips with a rosy, natural pink tone tinted lip balm or lip gloss.
Another way to pull off a smokey eye? Line your top and bottom lash lines (make sure to get close to your lashes) with a chunky (black, grey or brown) pencil. Next with the corner of a makeup sponge or fluffy brush, dab, smudge and smoosh the colour. After all, that was what Jeanette did when she stepped out for an event for Fendi. And of course, no smokey eye is complete without long, lush and fluttery lashes. If you coat your lashes evenly with mascara, it will just weigh down the tip of the hairs and your lashes will look straight after a few minutes.
To make sure your curl stays in place, apply a thick coat of mascara at the root of your lashes and lighter layer towards the end. You can do so by wiggling the wand back and forth at the base (almost creating a z shape), and then lightly combing through to the tips.
To master Jeanette’s dewy “glass skin” look, you have to commit to a solid skincare routine. This doesn’t mean you need to splash out on an elaborate and involved 10-step routine.
Instead, focus on cleansing and moisturising your skin. It’s also a good idea to pamper yourself with a hydrating sheet mask once or twice a week. Once you have your skincare routine down pat, you can give your face one last glowing touch by lightly dusting your face with an illuminating powder.
Shaggy cuts starting at chin length helps to add movement and body to Jeanette’s medium length haircut. You can easily recreate the actress’s not quite wavy but definitely not straight style by twisting large sections of hair around a curling wand or iron, letting the hair slide out almost immediately.
Though a pink-toned, rosy nude is usually Jeanette’s go-to-hue, her bold pink lip packs just as much punch, and adds an unexpected, yet elegant, twist. This look transitions easily from day to night so you could go from the office to a party without having to pull out your entire makeup bag.
To achieve this look, you want to prep your lips by exfoliating your lips with a clean, small mascara wand that will slough away dead skin so the pink colour goes on smoothly. Next, grab a lip liner and outline your lips to prevent bleeding. With a small lip brush, apply a pop of colour to your lips. To really make your pout standout, line the outside of the lip colour with a cream concealer to clean up the edges of the lips.
This hairstyle seen on Jeanette is one of the most versatile styles for medium and long hair. The timeless do combines the sporty practicality of a ponytail with the elegance of an updo.
While this style works better on second day hair, even if you did wash your hair, you can still get the look with a little dry shampoo to add some texture and grip to your hair. Next, flip your hair over to brush upwards towards the crown. With a teasing comb or fine tooth comb, tease your roots to add volume and lift before gathering your hair into a ponytail.