Makeup: Benedict Choo
Everyday makeup is all well and good. Clean, even complexion, a stroke of eyeliner, some mascara and blush and a neutral lipstick. Our standard makeup SOP.
But the festivities are approaching and everyone just wants to amp up their makeup to add a little something special, don’t they?
This doesn’t have to be complicated or require expert level makeup skills. Just add three easy-to-use makeup items to your daily look and you’ll be party-ready in a jiffy.
#1. A shimmer highlighter stick
NARS Sculpting Multiple Duo Stick, $60; Marc Jacobs Beauty Glow Stick Glistening Illuminator, $64; By Terry Glow Expertduo Stick, $68.
A highlighter stick is so simple to use and yield great results. Just apply directly to the high points of the face, particularly the c-shape from the brow bone to the top of the cheekbones, as seen in the video. According to makeup artist Benedict Choo, you can also swipe it on along the nose bridge, just above the cupid’s bow of your lips, and on the tip of your chin. This will instantly give your face more dimension and make your skin look radiant.
#2. Pink lip shine
Make Up Store LED Lip Gloss in Hot Pink, $35; Burberry Kisses Gloss in Bright Rose, $42; Urban Decay Revolution High-Color Lipgloss in Scandal, $33.
Let’s face it, pink is less of a hassle than red when it comes to application. And a shiny colour instantly glams up your pout. Go for liquid lipstick in a high-shine finish or a pigmented lip gloss, which will give you more mileage than a sheer gloss. You don’t have to wipe off your usual lipstick colour if it’s a muted share like mauve or soft pink, just swipe the pink lip shine on top, press lips together and your party pout is ready.
#3. Cream eyeshadow stick
3CE Long Wear Eye Crayon, $21; Cosme Decorte AQMW Eye Crayon, $38; Laneige Two Tone Shadow Bar, $39.
The easiest eyeshadow to apply. You don’t even need an eyeshadow brush to apply and blend. Just swipe your chosen colour directly onto lids, blend with a fingertip, then add more colour and blend accordingly. The best part? You can even use it as a slightly thicker eyeliner to make your look more dramatic. The best colours to use for Asian skin tones according to Benedict are deep purples, teal green or navy blue.