I have a mantra or two when it comes to beauty, but you won’t find any “concealer before or after foundation” tips in this post. I’d like to think of these as a beauty philosophy rather than rules, that you can easily incorporate into your existing routine without necessarily needing to rush out and buy more product. Here are a few of my favourites, picked especially to inspire those that might have momentarily fallen out of love with their current routine.
Looking your best self doesn’t necessarily mean more make up
With so many media channels pushing beauty products, it’s easy to get caught up in believing that we need more makeup products to look our best selves. My personal mantra is that it’s much better to become familiar with your features and accentuate only the areas that need it most.
In my case, I feel my best with glowy skin-like base makeup (mostly BB cream), with flicked eyeliner and a bold lip. I can get away without wearing any eyeshadow, so I only reserve it for special occasions or if I’m going to be photographed.
For some, all you might need is to do improve your skin clarity & glow, either with skincare or illuminating products, and maybe add a pop of blush or a lip tint. Assuming that you need to emphasise every single feature on your face can make you look over done – all the time.
Apply sunscreen 365 days of the year.
Even on days you don’t leave the house.
I’m sure you’ve all heard this before, but yet I know of so many people that are slack with their sun protection. If your excuse is that you dislike the texture of sunscreen, you’re just not looking hard enough. There are so many weightless sunscreens that are non-greasy, with a choice of textures from primer, milk, mousse even watery. My current favourite is Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence Face Sunblock, a water-based sunscreen recommended by Ponikuta.
For many of us, different zones of our face have different skincare needs
I use as many as 4 serums before moisturiser at night time, targeted at different facial zones (some overlapping). I focus my whitening serum on where the sun hits the face most & acne scarring, followed by Clinique Repairwear Laser Focus Wrinkle & UV Damage Corrector on areas I’m concerned with fine lines and my sub-orbital eye area, as it’s one of the few serums that are safe to use around the eyes. To maintain elasticity, I focus the firming and collagen stimulating serums on my cheeks & nasal labial folds. Lastly if my cheeks have been feeling dry from heating or the winter chill, I finish off with face oil formulated for dehydrated skin – one drop per cheek, using my palms to press it into the skin.
Anyone can have better skin. You just have to want it enough.
I get asked a lot about products & beauty routines I recommend to get skin like mine (that’s still procedure free). And yet I see so many cringe at the thought of all the effort and time involved (interestingly, not money). As with staying in shape, simply dreaming of a slimmer body and yet being reluctant exercise is going to get you nowhere. The same goes with looking after your skin.
Do you have a mantra or two when it comes to beauty rituals?
What’s your beauty philosophy?