1. Don’t ever skip out on SPF. President of Supergoop! Amanda Baldwin is a big believer of applying sunscreen to protect skin from UV rays that will cause skin ageing and uneven skin tone over time.
2. Remember to top it up throughout the day. It won’t stay on your skin from dusk to dawn.
3. Removing your makeup and cleansing your skin thoroughly is so important. You need to remove all the dirt, grime and gunk to let your skin breathe and prevent congestion and clogged pores, which could lead to unwanted breakouts, dullness and an unhealthy-looking complexion otherwise.
4. Always apply a good moisturiser. It does not matter whether you have oily or dry skin — your skin needs moisture to function effectively.
5. Anti-pollution products should be your best friend if you live in the city, to prevent the damaging effects it has on skin.
6. You need an eye cream, stat. The skin around your peepers is the first to show signs of ageing, so it is crucial to apply eye cream to prevent wrinkles, lines and dark circles.
7. A good lip mask or treatment will save your dry puckers. Always apply them at night before bed.
8. Facial oils are god sent. And no, having combination or oily skin does not mean you can’t use them. They do not clog pores, and allow better absorption of other skincare products that follow.
9. Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate. Scrubs, peels or acids — you pick your poison. Removing dead skin cells not only brighten complexions but also get rid of dirt that may cause acne.
10. Remember this: apply your skincare products based on the texture. So, the most lightweight, water-based types go on first.
11. And always apply them on your neck too. You don’t want to neglect the skin on your neck which will show signs of ageing.
12. If you don’t ever use a mask (be it a sheet mask or overnight sleeping mask), it’s time you start doing so. Just like how we consume supplements and vitamins to better our overall health, our skin needs that additional boost too — and masks do just that.
13. Book yourself in for a facial treatment. Your skin needs to be examined and taken care of properly, and getting extraction done and other procedures will help improve its condition.
14. Brand manager of Hera, Youjin Choi believes that we should never skip out on applying serums. Serums are used to help combat a certain skin concern such as dark spots, fine lines and wrinkles.
15. Less might actually be more. Know and understand your skin needs before applying any skincare product to ensure your routine is as concise and effective for your complexion.
16. Use a toner to balance your skin’s pH levels. After cleansing, your skin’s pH levels are altered and it is crucial to reset that, so that your skin can work optimally.
17. Facial essences are skin savers. They are packed with a ton of skin-loving ingredients and can treat multiple concerns. Plus, they’re lightweight and absorb quickly, making it perfect for those with oilier skin types.
18. Founder of eponymous label Sunday Riley shares that you should always incorporate different key ingredients into your routine, and having a regime that is more diverse could be beneficial. So it’s not just about having just one kind of vitamin C or retinol product in your line-up — it’s good to alternate, as different products (that offer similar benefits) are made with different technology.
19. Founder of Japanese beauty brand Re:Erth reminds us not to expect immediate results when it comes to trying out new skincare products. It takes time.
20. Margaret Wu, founder of Taiwanese skincare brand For Beloved One believes that it is important to spread skincare products evenly between the palms and gently press it on the face. The pressure from the palms helps the skincare products penetrate quickly into the skin, which effectively accelerates absorption.
21. Dr. Christine Choi Kim of The Body Shop shares that sometimes it’s hard to know exactly what is making your skin flare up. Keeping a diary and writing down what foods you eat, what products you’re using, what the day’s weather is like and then seeing if there’s a pattern, is important. Being observant of your own lifestyle is helpful.
22. Benefit’s Global Brow Expert Jared Bailey emphasises on the importance of seeking professional help when it comes to your brows. They should bring balance and proportion to your face so it’s important somebody is doing them, as they can see the full picture and balance it out, making sure things are even.
23. Remember, eyebrows are sisters, not twins. You don’t need a geometrical set to draw them.
24. He also adds that it is key to work with your natural features. If you’re filling in your brows, you can use the brow mapping technique which is basically a three-step process to finding the perfect shape on any face. Take your favourite brow pencil and measure from the dimple of the nose straight up to the beginning portion of the brow and that’s where the brow should start. Then, measure from the outer portion of the nose across the centre of the iris and that’s gonna point to where the brows should arch. The third part is to measure the outer portion of the nose to the outer corner of the eye and it will show you where the brow should end.
25. Hera’s chief makeup artist Jason Lee shares that it is key to pick a foundation shade that is accurate to your skin tone. You don’t want to look unnatural.
26. He adds that when applying cushion foundations, you should always use three fingers for optimal tension on the puff. Pat the product onto your face in a circular motion, starting from the centre of your face and moving to the outside.
27. For a more natural makeup look, use a brown coloured eyeliner instead of black.
28. If you ever made a mistake while drawing your eyeliner or filling in your eyebrows, use moisturiser to clean it up. It works as good as any makeup remover.
29. Apply setting spray twice to prolong foundation wear. Once after you are done with your base makeup, and the last when you are done with your look.
30. Always apply a thin layer of foundation first and build it up to your desired look. It might look cakey if you apply too much at one go.
31. Founder of Tarte Maureen Kelly suggests using two different shades of concealer — one to cover up any spots or imperfections, and the other (in a shade lighter) to conceal dark circles and highlight your nose bridge.
32. Korean makeup artist Pony recommends using a puff when applying loose powder on areas that tend to be more oily, like your T-zone. On areas that are less oily, use a brush to dab gently and lightly instead of sweeping it across your face.
33. She also adds that to prevent clumps in your lashes after mascara application, apply your mascara in zig-zag motions (it’s the same for your lower lashes too) before brushing it upwards for maximum volume.
34. Lastly, the Korean makeup mogul feels that it is really important to practice when it comes to makeup. When you get home after a day out, you can actually practice and create different looks before removing your makeup. It’s important to try different colours and products with different textures, and change up your eye makeup look.
35. Estee Lauder’s global makeup artist Leo Wong says that the easiest way to apply eyeliner is to follow the shape of your eyes. Another tip he shares is to use a sponge as a ruler and place it at the edge of your eye. This creates the perfect wing eyeliner look.
36. When creating a fuss-free, effortless makeup look, Wong adds that is important to just pick one point of focus of the makeup. For example, if you are planning on doing a bold lip, opt for natural eye makeup.
37. Japanese beauty brand Three’s global makeup artist Yuta-Sato believes that burgundy is one of the easiest makeup colours Asian women can work with. Whether it is on your lips, cheeks or eyelids (or even as a mascara), as long as you have a hint of burgundy, it really brings out the feminine side of a woman.
38. When it comes to applying blusher, always start with a light hand and as little product as possible before building it up. You don’t want to look like a mess at the get-go.
39. Use a damp flat brush when applying glitter or shimmer eyeshadow shades for vibrant colour payoff.
40. If you are worried of fallout from your eyeshadow, start off your routine by doing your eye makeup before applying foundation.
41. Founder and director of Mi the Salon Gary Chew says that it is crucial to do a scalp cleanse regularly as it takes 28 days for our skin cells to regenerate. You should also go to the experts to get it treated, instead of just doing at home as you might get bad results like inflammation.
42. He also adds that having a healthy scalp means healthier hair. Thus, it is important to exfoliate regularly using scalp scrubs.
43. Dr Low Chai Ling of SW1 Clinic shares that using a scalp sunscreen is important to prevent it from ageing, which may damage the scalp and cause hair loss.
44. She adds that a good diet makes a big difference when it comes to the health of one’s hair. If you’re not getting a balanced diet, then you will find that it may be necessary for supplements.
45. Schwarzkopf’s global trend ambassador Armin Morbach says that the most important products are leave-in products. They are worth splurging on because you don’t wash them out and they’ll have a lasting effect. First, invest in a moisturising hair mask — a light version for fine hair, a smooth one for unruly hair, and an intensely moisturising one for dry hair — that you use once to twice a week. Secondly, get dry shampoo as it’s multifunctional, adds texture, prevents greasy strands and adds volume instantly to any hair type. Finally, a serum. This has multiple functions too. It adds shine to dull hair, prevents splitting and tames frizz.