1. Stay cool in the heat
Singaporean women have oilier skin compared to the Taiwanese women Kevin is used to working with because of the great contrast between the very cool and dry atmosphere indoors and the humid yet scorching environment outdoors. This constant fluctuation in body temperature wrecks havoc on our skin by causing it to secrete more oil than it normally would.
Aside from using oil-free products to combat the grease, Kevin recommends washing your face with cold water in the morning or using a cooling mist to set your makeup. Keeping your face cool prevents your sebaceous glands from being agitated and can help in keeping your face matte throughout the day.
One of Kevin’s beauty secrets is to put a dry face towel in an airtight bag and leave it in the freezer. Place the cold towel on your face for a minute before applying your makeup, and you will find that your makeup stays on longer throughout the day.
He also recommends bathing in water that is cold or around body temperature. This is because every time our body temperature goes up by one degree, our body excretes an extra 10 per cent more sebum.
2. Solid foundation techniques
“Singaporean women prefer a Western-influenced look, with neutral, matte colour palettes instead of bright colours and shimmer like in Taiwan,” observed Kevin. For a natural look with moderate coverage, use BB cream in place of foundation.
Many women make the mistake of applying it in a uniform thickness all over the face, making the contrast between your face and neck more apparent. Instead, start from centre of your face, working your way out and blending well. Gradually use less product as you near the perimeter of your face for sheerer coverage and to give the illusion of natural shading.
3. Colour your world ... but not too much
Play up your features, but take care not to overwhelm them. Asian women have less prominent facial features compared to our Western counterparts, so go easy on the heavy eyeliner, smoky eye shading, and intense lip colours as they will only overwhelm the rest of your features instead of bringing them out.
Also remember that blush should be applied to the apples of your cheeks and swept along your cheekbones instead of under, as the latter technique is only used to contour very prominent bone structures.
4. A little distance goes a long way
While every woman strives to perfect her makeup, be sure to check that it complements the rest of your outfit on the whole as well. Stand about one metre away from a full-length mirror – because that is the distance most people will view you from – and make sure the top and bottom halves of your outfit match.
5. Money doesn’t equal beauty
Kevin believes that you don’t need to spend a bomb on beauty products and makeup to look good. The secret to making the best of any product is to use the correct technique when applying it. An expensive product paired with the wrong application techniques will only defeat the purpose.
Using a variety of products on his clients that range from drugstore brands to the high-end stuff, Kevin mentioned that as long as the product is manufactured by a reputable company and is suitable for your skin type, you shouldn’t have to spend beyond your means to look good.
Try to massage your face every time you apply your face creams and serums in an upward direction and around your lymph nodes. This not only helps to prevent your skin from sagging; it also helps to loosen your facial muscles which helps your face appear smaller.
7. Bottoms up.
Kevin likes to apply his products upside down when he has the time. That means, he lies on his bed and hangs his head over the edge so it is upside down. The gravity helps to pull your face upwards as you apply your creams.
8. Lose the juice.
While fruit is good for your body and complexion, try to eat it whole instead of drinking it as juice. This is because a lot of the nutrients are lost when it is juiced, leaving you with mostly sugar.
9. White wins.
There’s a saying in Taiwan that one point for fairness can overcome three points for other flaws. Kevin believes this is true in most cases. “While some Asian girls can achieve a healthy, golden-brown tan, most Chinese girls have a yellow undertone to their skin which tends to look slightly sickly when they are too tan.”
10. Oil free.
When it comes to cleansing, Kevin recommends not using oil cleansers because many women tend not to clean it off properly, which leaves oil particles on your skin.
As a final word of advice, Kevin said: “I know Singaporean women are really busy. If you really have no time, just do these three things: Moisturise, apply sunblock and use an eye cream. I’ve been doing these things since I was 14 and that’s how I keep my skin in such good condition.”
Source : Herworld1, Herworld2