What got you into wearing makeup?
Sonia Chew (SC): “My dark eye circles got me into wearing makeup. When I was in poly, I had no clue about makeup. I had no idea because I came out of a girls’ school and I was just clueless. Then, I realised that I had to look fresher because there were boys in my school now – for the first time after ten years. I came out of girls’ school and I was like “oh my gosh, there are attractive people around now! I need to try to look cute.” And I learned a bit from my peers as well, we taught each other a few tips and tricks and I learnt a lot from them. It really just started as going over the counter and buying drugstore brands. I had no idea how to shade match. Every time the flash came on in the club, I could see the flashback. I told myself that this has to change and I have to do something about it. So I went to get shade matched properly and in the last year of university, I joined a talent competition and I came into the industry. That was when I realised how important it is to be able to handle your own makeup in the fastest possible way while still looking and feeling confident.”
What’s your everyday makeup routine like now?
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What are three things that you wish you knew when you started wearing makeup?
SC: “Firstly, how to draw eyeliner properly – it’s really practicing and drawing it as close to your eye line as possible. Secondly, how to add definition to the eyes. Sometimes, when you change up your eye makeup a little bit, it makes your whole face pop a little more. I wish I knew how to draw my brows properly when I just started and I think learning how to put on lipstick properly and adding a pop of colour is really important as well. You should pick a tone that enhances your features. I learn a lot from makeup artists when they do my makeup. They’ll tell me that I suit pinks or reds or oranges and try not to go too dark because it may not bring out my features as much.”