Can you believe we are in the second last month of 2020? Most of us would probably agree that the year needs to end ASAP, and hope that 2021 has less strife and disease.
To help you end the year with a bang, we’ve rounded up beauty tips you can easily pick up from some of your celebrities who are celebrating their birthdays in November. From Song Hye-kyo to Kendall Jenner, Scarlett Johansson and Twice’s Momo, here are beauty tips to steal from them.
So you’ve finally taken the plunge and undergone hair bleaching and colouring to get your hair to a bright pink like Twice’s Jeongyeon or any other colour on the rainbow. Now comes the most important part: maintenance. If you don’t want to part with more money at the salon, try colour-depositing shampoos instead. These colour and tone the strands to ensure that your precious locks remain looking like you’ve just sat for hours on the salon chair.
We recommend: Infuse My. Colour Quartz Shampoo, $33 from Sephora
If you’re like us and you regularly try new eyeshadow looks after scrolling through Instagram or Pinterest, you’ll know how difficult it can be to replicate these looks on yourself. While the technique is important, the tools you use should not be discounted either. To ensure that your eyeshadow remains vibrant and intact, especially in Singapore’s hot and humid climate, an eyeshadow primer is necessary. After applying a thin layer of the base on your eyelids, try layering with your eyeshadow without setting the base with loose powder to allow the pigments to adhere better. This method can help you create the “pop” effect you see here on Aishwarya Rai Bachchan.
We recommend: MAC Cosmetics Pro Longwear Paint Pot – Cream Eye Shadow, $42 from Sephora
For those craving that healthy bronzed look that Kendall Jenner is sporting here, a few passes of bronzer across your forehead, cheekbones, nose bridge and chin (i.e., the high points of the face where the sun would naturally hit) would do the trick of making you look tanned. Choose a shade that is slightly deeper than your skin tone and ensure that it is warm-toned, which means it has yellow/orange/red tones to it as these tones mimic the warmth of a sun-kissed tan.
We recommend: Fenty Beauty Sun Stalk’r Instant Warmth Bronzer, $46 from Sephora
Notice how BoA’s makeup here is simple and clean while her bright red lip steals the show while providing a level of glam? You can take the same approach too, especially on tired mornings where you haven’t had much time to sleep. Start with minimal makeup and finish with a bright lip to help you appear more awake and put together. Depending on your office dress codes, you can experiment with various colours such as purples, browns and even green or black too, though a blue-toned red lip will also be classy regardless.
We recommend: Nars Powermatte Lip Pigment Lipstick, $40 from Sephora
Flushed, rosy cheeks are another sign of good health. And like Yang Zi here, your blush placement can even help you look younger. Follow her and apply a peachy blush on the apples of the cheeks where it is the fullest. This will help make your cheeks appear fuller and more youthful – a great tip to use when you’re looking and feeling tired from all those late-night binge-watching K-dramas on Netflix.
We recommend: Hourglass Cosmetics Ambient Lighting Blush, $67 from Sephora
For those with bangs like Twice’s Momo, you know how annoying it can get when your bangs start looking flat and limp as it catches the sebum from the face. Singapore’s weather too isn’t especially helpful to achieve these those wispy face-framers. The remedy, however, is something you’ll probably have in your touch-up makeup pouch already: translucent powder. Whether it is loose or pressed, dust a little powder on the roots and strands of your bangs as you’re touching up your makeup to soak up any excess oils. Just remember to brush it off completely to prevent any white cast that could be mistaken as dandruff or dust.
We recommend: Innisfree No Sebum Mineral Powder, $10 from Shopee
Did Hailey Bieber’s eyebrow highlight catch your eye too? Highlighting the brow bone underneath the brows is often a step we skip in our eyeshadow routine. However, doing this extra step can help make the eyeshadow look appear cleaner and more polished. Choose either a matter or shimmer shade that matches or is lighter than your skin tone and brush on a thin layer. You could even double up the highlighter you use on your cheekbones as eyebrow highlight.
We recommend: Pixi Glow-y Gossamer Duo Highlighter & Illuminator, $28 from Sephora
Scarlett Johansson always has her red carpet look down pat, no less thanks to her makeup artist Frankie Boyd. This look though we were particularly drawn to the choice of lipstick. The cranberry shade has a sheer to medium coverage and has a slight radiant finish, pairing nicely with her radiant and perfected complexion. In fact, such sheer, radiant lipsticks are having their moment in the beauty space right now, with many brands coming out with their own versions. If you’re worried that it would transfer onto your face mask, blot your lips with a tissue to remove the excess first.
We recommend: Gucci Beauty Rouge à Lèvres Voile Sheer Lipstick, $53 from Sephora
Another problem that we encounter because of Singapore’s weather is that our makeup can become oily and shiny. You might then tend to gravitate to mattifying, long-wearing foundations to ensure that your base makeup looks perfect for as long as possible. But if you still want to achieve the glowy mien like Song Hye-kyo has here but without the greasiness, use a radiant primer to boost the luminescence. For those who are especially cautious that the glowy primer would reduce the longevity of your foundation, ensure that it is an oil-free formulation and comes in lightweight gel texture.
We recommend: Sulwhasoo Makeup Balancer EX SPF34 PA++ in No.1 Pink, $86
Regardless of what lip colour you’re wearing, having your lip line look crisp and sharp – such as what Gemma Chan sports here – is a foolproof method to ensure that your makeup looks polished and perfected. Besides lip liners, a lip brush would be especially useful for those without a steady hand. Find one that is flat and compact and has a sharp edge to really carve out the lip lines with precision. Another tip is to perfect the perimeters before filling to lip with colour so that you can correct any mistake without excessive mess.
We recommend: Zoeva 331 Precision Lip, $17 from Sephora