Associate beauty editor Moh Shuying (AKA the walking beauty encyclopedia) dispenses the Dos, Don’ts and everything you should know each month.
#1 Tap on concealer with your fingertips instead of gliding or rubbing it in. You’ll get better, more natural-looking coverage this way.
#2 When you’re in a cold climate, add a few drops of facial oil (any kind is fine) to your moisturiser before applying the latter. This will boost its efficacy and keep skin more hydrated and protected.
#3 Hair conditioner and hair mask are two different things, and should not be used interchangeably. The former is formulated to hydrate strands and seal cuticles for smoother locks. The latter is a targeted treatment that penetrates more deeply, and should be used once to twice a week – any more might “overload” hair with nutrients that it won’t absorb.
#4 Yes, you can layer on several serums as they are usually made with small molecules, which means they’ll be easily absorbed. But do stick to about two or three as too many can irritate the skin.
#5 Gravity pulls down everything, so always massage/apply every type of skincare in an upward direction to prevent sagging.
#6 According to Clarins’ Dr Olivier Courtin-Clarins, you should finish your daily shower with cold water to help strengthen your tissues and stave off cellulite for longer.
#7 Toners clean and tighten pores, while softeners hydrate skin to allow it to better absorb the rest of your skincare. They each have their own purpose, so you can use both – toner before softener.
#8 Massaging the calluses on your feet with a moisturiser can help to soften them over time, and is a gentler option than simply filing them down. A combination of the two will give you the best results.
#9 Always apply a thin layer of balm before lipstick. It helps to smooth lips and allow colour pigments to go on more evenly.
#10 Oil-based makeup removers can cause puffiness around the eye area, so make sure you wash them off thoroughly.
This story first appeared in Female‘s June issue, out in newsstands now