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Andy Lee,
Always hydrate, hydrate and hydrate! On the day of, I’ll usually mix in one or two drops of vitamin E oil (I use Cle de Peau Beaute’s Radiant Multi Repair Oil, which really helps to smooth skin, and the effect is instant!) into my liquid foundation, and apply it on with a brush, and blend it with my fingers. I’ll then set the base by dabbing a light loose powder over. The key thing to remember: as long as you keep the foundation light, your skin will look naturally radiant!

GregO Oh,
Get plenty of rest, especially the night before the big day! Drinking plenty of water and frequent masking is also a must. I’d recommend a great hydrating mask such as Laneige’s Water Sleeping Pack EX, and a night cream like Bobbi Brown Hydrating Intensive Night Cream to load up on moisture – very important if you’ve got oily skin, or dry skin! For the former, use water-based products. If you’ve got dry skin, use both creams and serums to load up on the nutrients.

For brighter skin, use an exfoliating scrub, which helps slough away dead skin cells, and clear away dull skin surfaces.

Brides who’ve got big pores (which are more common in our climate) should consider a clay mask (like Kose’s Seikisho White Mask Black Peel Off or Innisfree’s Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask) to tighten them.

For firmer skin, Radio Frequency treatments will help give your mien a much-needed boost.

Kenneth Lee,
It really depends. I’ll usually assess each bride’s skin condition during their makeup trial. For brides with normal skin, I’d ask them to apply an exfoliating scrub, then put on a mask before their wedding day. That would take about a month or so.

If you’ve got really dry skin though, regular mask application is a must. I highly recommend any one of SK-II’s whitening or hydrating masks. It’s best if you can apply them on alternate days for about a month. If you’ve got normal skin, once a week will suffice.

Our skin needs a lot of moisture, and if you’re looking to get that dewy glow like the Korean celebrities you see on TV, lots and lots of hydration is a must.

The night before your wedding, put on a mask before you go to sleep. If you have good skin, your face will glow naturally.

Drink lots of water too, but only in the day, as drinking plenty of water at night will cause water retention. If you’re really thirsty, limit yourself to one to two sips. Eat plenty of fruits in the day too, for those will help boost moisture within your skin.

My foundation recommendation? YSL’s Le Cushion Encre de Peau Fusion Ink Cushion Foundation. It’s light, hydrating, and easy to apply. With good skin, you don’t have to cover up too much, and as you’ll be having makeup on for almost the entire day, I’d recommend a product that’s got light coverage and comes with skincare benefits.

TG Goh,
Smooth and radiant skin starts with a good skincare regime, eating healthily, drinking plenty of water, and exercising regularly.

Regular facials, which you should start as early as possible, so your therapist can help tackle any underlying issues if any. I’d recommend Shiseido’s facials (available at Tangs Orchard). You can choose from an array of treatments which include hydrating, brightening, anti-aging, brighter eyes, and an express facial.

A good daily skincare regime (proper cleansing, toning and moisturising) will help loads, too.

For exercises, I’d recommend yoga, which helps calm your pre-wedding nerves, and simple stretching will help flush out the toxins through sweat. I wouldn’t recommend super vigorous exercises to avoid any potential injuries, which might not heal in time for your wedding!

Khai Lee,
If you’ve got dull skin, achieving a clear and glowing mien will take some time. And if you have the luxury of it, try using baking soda as an exfoliating agent to remove dead cells twice a week. My recommended recipe? Mix one teaspoon of baking soda with water to make a paste, scrub lightly and leave on your face for about a minute and wash off. This will also help balance the PH level of your skin, which is essential to get clear, even skin.


If your big day’s just a week away and you don’t have much time, use (or ask your makeup artist for it) a foundation base which helps give your skin a radiant glow, like Burberry’s Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid Base. It is lightweight and made up of 55 per cent of water, so it won’t feel too heavy on your skin. You can also be creative with the base to achieve the results you want. Personally, I’ve tried applying another layer of the Fluid Base after the final makeup, and my clients looked great. Makeup lasted the entire day, too.

Sha Shamsi,
I’d recommend a mask (try Caudalie’s Moisturising Mask, Algenist’s Algae Brightening Mask, or First Aid Beauty’s Facial Radiance Overnight Mask) on the day of, just before applying makeup, or the night before. Facials (if you want), should be done at least two weeks before, so your skin can heal in time. Never ever attempt to do a facial a week (or a day) before the wedding!

On the day of, you can use illuminators (Marc Jacobs’ Spotlight Glow Stick Glistening Illuminator, Tom Ford’s Skin Illuminating Power Duo or its Shade and Illuminate Intensity One and Mac Cosmetics’ Strobe Cream are some of my faves) as a makeup base for added radiance.

Lolent Lee,
Exfoliate, and hydrate. For the former, DrGL’s Cleanser Scrub works well For the latter, I’d recommend Cosme Decorte’s Moisture Liposome Essence, followed by its Treatment Liquid to lock the product’s nutrients in. Before makeup, I’d apply Sulwhasoo’s Luminature Essential Finisher to enhance the natural glow of the skin.

Beno Lim,
I’d first prep my bride’s skin with Elizabeth Arden’s Ceramide Youth Restoring Essence to hydrate and condition the skin. I’ll then apply Elizabeth Arden’s Superstart Skin Renewal Booster, which helps boost skin’s surface layer. This is followed by Elizabeth Arden’s Ceramide Capsules Daily Youth Restoring Serum, which instantly gives the skin a firmer, smoother look. Lastly, for foundation, I like to mix a drop of Elizabeth Arden’s Eight Hour Cream All-Over Miracle Oil with its Flawless Finish Perfectly Satin 24 Hour Makeup Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 15. It’s long-lasting, lightweight, and doesn’t feel sticky or too heavy at all.

Marie Soh,
I’d recommend they use a good face mask regularly, like Glow Mask (it’s a mud mask, which does wonders to my skin). But of course, depending on their skin condition, they should find a mask type (sheet, clay or mud) which works best.

For primers, my faves are the ones from Laura Mercier and Make Up For Ever. If you’re looking to get a slight glow, I swear by Becca’s Backlight Priming Filter, which helps brides photograph beautifully.