BOLD and simple…

2016 October 26, Wednesday

NUYOU magazine.

Try a very simple yet bold look this time.  No complicated applications needed.  Just a little more daring on the choice of colours and stand out from the crowd!

Keep it simple with a thin layer of URBAN DECAY’s Naked Skin One & Done Hybrid Complexion Perfector.

MAKE UP STORE Microshadow in Enigma all around upper and lower lids blending off towards the brows.

Keep cheek colour soft and neutral with Dual Intensity Blush in Sexual Content from NARS.

With NYX’s Ombre Lip Duo, fill in almost all of the inside of the lips with the lipstick side (lighter shade) and line the lips thickly from outer lip inwards (other end) and blending both shades to create an ombre effect.

Full details here.





23rd September 2016.

You can learn how to easily recreate this soft yet radiant look on yourselves.

Would you like to join us at this event with Etude House Singapore and The Official Teenage Magazine?

You don’t have to be a teenager to come… 😉


go soft with pastels…

2016 July 25, Monday

In the May 2016 issue of NUYOU magazine, I demonstrated how one can try out a full face of pastel shades without looking washed out.

A pale shade of green from the lash line blended upwards and fading off and a little along lower lash line too.
Yellow eyeliner pencil along upper lash line (if more colour is desired)

Brush on a soft shade of pink over the apples of the cheeks.

Pink tinted lip gloss for that soft colour.

Click here for full details.


The Flower Petal Look…

2016 June 8, Wednesday

This look was demonstrated in the March 2016 issue of NUYOU magazine.

The feel is lengthened lashes to look like the dried stems leading to the flower which is represented by the mat red stained lips.

Have fun trying to get this look.

Full details here.MAIN-cl170316-700x467-1



Eyes on Blue…

2016 June 7, Tuesday


In the April 2016 Issue of NUYOU magazine, I demonstrated on how to use blue makeup items to dress the eyes.

Here are some very easy to follow steps for you to try.

For full details, click here.


Four Looks to Try…

2016 February 15, Monday


In the February 2016 issue of NUYOU magazine, I’ve created four looks that can bring out different parts of your face.
In this post in you can see what I did for each look.  But please pardon my not-so-fluent Mandarin.

You can watch the videos here or click here for the full story.

Hope you will find one or more of them looking nice on your faces too!





Here’s a step-by-step video on how to achieve that fresh springy look with some items from Clé de Peau Beauté’s Spring/Summer 2016 collection.

And I think the model looks a little like Cecilia Cheung after makeup, don’t you agree?

It’s Valentine’s Day in a few days and here in this quick video I have created 3 looks with ETUDE HOUSE for you to try out and see which look you may wanna wear on that special date.  😉
And if you wanna see how I bring these looks to live you can come by the ETUDE HOUSE Flagship Store at Wisma Atria, 19 February 2016 at 6:30pm.

Remember to register at with your name and contact details!

See you then!

Some months back, I received an email from an online beauty portal asking me if I’d like to be a speaker at a Beauty Forum they were having.

The event was to be held on 8th December 2012, lasting for about 4 – 5 hours.  But I would be needed for around 1 – 2 hours “at the most”.

So I agreed and told them my fee for doing the presentation which includes a chit chat session with the attendants, a makeup demonstration and be a judge in one of the segments.

I got a reply saying that they’d like to “propose a possible partnership” with myself and my company, Oblique, “in exchange for your support and presence at our event.”

“As a speaker at _______ Beauty Forum, we can also offer you media entitlements and advertising space through our website, email blasts and social media outlets. These can be used to promote any of your events, products or general features.”

I was even given the stats of their portal.  1 million visitors; 150,000 registered members; No.1 Women’s website from 2006 – 2010, etc.

I replied that I don’t do barter trades.  So I politely turned down the offer.

After which I was asked if I would “consider a special rate” as it was the first time they were holding the event.

After a few more emails and phone calls, I received an email saying that the event was confirmed and so was my appearance.  However, they did not need me to be a judge anymore so I was asked if the rate were any different since the fee I quoted was for around 2 hours of work.

I replied that my fee would remain the same as even though the judging part was out for me, I’d still end up being there for about 2 hours as I’ll need to arrive prior to the event and can’t be arriving right before I’m supposed to go onstage and leave right away after.  I mean, I get paid the same amount by several clients doing the same or less work too.

So I was told by the person who’s been contacting me that she would need to speak to her HQ and get back to me again.  Which never happened.

Besides this person contacting me, I have been contacted by another person asking me for recommendations of my fave beauty products too.  Me being kinda busy and forgetful, I only emailed her my list less like 5-6 days before the event itself.  Which i did not get a reply from her too.

So I wondered what happened, and went online to see if i could find out anything.

To my shock, I saw that another makeup artist has been confirmed for the gig and I wasn’t even informed about it.  ME ANGRYYY!!!

I saw the makeup artist at an event and found out from him that he was also approached about the same time as me for the event.  Those sneaky people at the portal…  And to my bigger shock, this makeup artist is doing it for free!!!  WTH!!!  Come on!  As it is, the market is not very strong already.  Why would anyone wanna do work for free???  He was telling me he was doing it for a certain cosmetics brand.  I didn’t quite get it.

Correct me if I’m wrong.  If he had wanted to thank the brand by doing something back for them, then I think it would be more apt to do it directly for the brand and not for an event that was not organised by the brand.  ???

People will call it “spoil market”.  Agree?

Back to the portal.  So I was not happy but it was the festive season and I thought I’d be kind enough not to dampen everyone’s festive mood.  So I waited until today to call the person who contacted me and asked her what happened.

She said that she had emailed me telling me about it which I never received.  I even asked her to look up her mail box but she couldn’t find the email that she had sent to me at all in her Outbox or Drafts Box or anywhere at all.

Seriously, I’ve never heard of emails going missing.  If they were not delivered successfully, we’d receive a mail delivery unsuccessful email.

Also, the other person I emailed to with my list of beauty faves would have found it puzzling why I was still sending her my list when I was no longer involved in the event.

Wouldn’t she have felt it weird and replied me or told her colleagues about it?  Is there no communications between them???

Actually, this is not the first time this portal has approached me for a similar kinda gig.  They have approached me couple of years back but it didn’t pull through due to the fee as well I guess.  Cuz I didn’t get a reply after I quoted my fee.

I just wanna share my displeasure on this incident as I think it is very unpro what has happened.

I have worked with so many cosmetics brands and beauty establishments and we have good relationships after so many years.  Even the ones who would tell me they don’t have enough budget for me, but the good relationship remains and till now we still work together happily.

They should have informed me even if they didn’t want to cozy up to me for a better rate.  No?

I guess I can only SIGH to this….

lips like lacquerware

2012 July 12, Thursday

The beautiful lacquerware has been a big part of the Japanese culture since some 9000 years ago when the oldest known example of it was discovered at a ruin in Hokkaido.  Over the years , it has become popular the world over, adding elegance and classicism to any room.

And now, Shiseido introducesLacquer Rouge.  12 new shades of brilliant coloured lip lacquer with great colour pay-off and staying power.  Looking like a lip gloss in a tube, it gives you the convenience of a lip gloss with the intense colour of a cream lipstick.

The lacquerware would take a few steps to come to perfection from getting the mold to adding the coloured lacquer coat to polishing the final top coat to achieve its shine.  But with Lacquer Rouge you’ll only need one steady sweep across your lips and you’ll get long-lasting, intense colour & shine without the stickiness.  How’s that?