18 June 2014

[Surprise!] The Most Beautiful People In Singapore


If you are expecting a list of the names of stick-thin models, beauty brand ambassadors, picture perfect celebrities or beauty queens, this blogpost is going to come as a pleasant surprise.

On the list are the names of people you and I both know; people we might even meet every single day.

Does that sound strange to you? Well...

YOU are more beautiful than you think

How many of us actually look into the mirror every day and go “Hey, gorgeous!”?

But the truth is, we are all more beautiful than we give ourselves credit for! Here’s a thought:
Imagine for a moment that you have gone back to the time you were a baby. You are being cradled in the arms of a woman whose name you don’t know (yet), who makes sounds that you have yet to understand are words, and who always looks down at your face with her most adoring eyes.

Who’s that woman? Is she not the most beautiful woman in the world? Do you think she knows that?

And as women, we go through certain phases in life when people think we are at our most beautiful - as a child when we are the most precious thing our parents have ever laid eyes upon, when we utter our first word, when we wobble and take our first step, at our preschool graduation, and (fast-forward to) when we are dating men who can’t take their eyes off us, when we are well and truly “in love”, when we don that bridal veil, when we get that pregnancy glow, when we gaze upon our first child… And the list goes on.

And yet most people have come to a consensus that a woman is most beautiful… on her wedding day, isn’t that right?

I like to believe that it is because that bride is in love! She’s excited about marrying the man of her dreams, feeling blessed that friends and family are gathered to offer their best wishes. She’s filled with anticipation about what the future holds, and assured at the same time that she has someone to share the rest of her years with.

Now, that’s beautiful!

Add to that a magical makeup wand and a pretty gown, and you’ll have a beautiful, blushing bride ready to be the center of attention in every wedding photo.

“Do I love you because you're beautiful,
Or are you beautiful because I love you?”
- Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, Cinderella

Let’s now consider how brides look their best on their wedding day.

Wedding Makeup of The Main Ethnic Groups in Singapore

In Singapore, the wedding makeup of the 4 main races, namely, Chinese, Malay, Indian and Eurasian reflect the individual characteristics of each ethnic group.  Each race has their own unique wedding makeup look. That is why I have decided to showcase the various wedding makeup looks of the 4 major races in Singapore, and experimenting with these looks on myself:

“Marry Me?” :D


Before I go on to the wedding make-up looks of the 4 ethnic groups, here is a little tip for you:  Before applying any makeup, please remember to pluck your eyebrows for a more defined look.  


The Chinese


The Chinese view red as a color symbolizing good fortune and we use red liberally during joyous occasions such as weddings. Therefore, a bright red lipstick is normally used in Chinese wedding makeup to accentuate the fair skin of Chinese girls. This also makes the bride look radiant and virtuous.

In comparison, the blusher used in modern Chinese bridal makeup look will be of a lighter shade than the one used for the lipstick. This is so that the bride will not look like a Chinese opera singer with dramatic makeup. Thus, it is important to keep the modern Chinese wedding makeup simple, with emphasis mainly on the red lipstick. 


A tip for everyone else: If you use red lipstick, it helps make your teeth appear whiter. Most whitening toothpaste ads have the model or celebrity donning red lipstick. *wink* To prevent lipstick stains on your teeth, wrap tissue around a finger, form an ‘O’ with your mouth around the finger with the tissue and gently slide your finger out of your mouth. Any lip color that was on your inner lips is now on the tissue. Lip colors on the inner lips will transfer onto teeth once you've left the mirror, so watch out!

How to get this look: Apply eyeshadow in two tones, with the darker tone on the outer corner of eyes. Apply dark brown eyeshadow on lower corner (1/3) of the eye. Highlight inner corner of eyes with a slightly shimmery pearl powder. Blend the liner with a darker brown eyeshadow to soften the look. Line the upper eye water line with black pencil liner. Attach false eyelashes. Use your favorite lenses, and have your blush and lip color match your outfit. 

Products Used: 

Primer: RMK Foundation Primer
Foundation: RMK Liquid Foundation
Powder: Mac Mineral Skin Finish
Shading: Mac Mineral Skin Finish
Eyebrow Pencil: Shu Uemura Eyebrown Pencil Hard 9 Formula in Seal Brown
Eyeshadow Base: Lime Crime Eyeshadow base
Eyeshadow :Urban Decay Naked Platte 2
Eyeliner: Heavy Rotation Brush Pen Liner
Pencil Eyeliner: MILANI pencil liner in black
Mascara: Maybelline Cat Eye in Black
Blusher: Shu Umera glow on 345 Soft Coral & 326 Soft Pink
Lipstick: Mac Lady Danger

The Malays


The Malay wedding makeup look is all about being dramatic and almost looking like a movie star.Contouring and shading around the nose creates an illusion of a sharper and higher nose bridge.

Unlike the Chinese, the focus is on the eyes with liberal usage of eyeliner. Malay ladies usually have long eyelashes and simply adding on a layer of false eye lashes and many coats of eyeliner will do. For a good contrast, the lip color is not too bright.

A tip for everyone else: Highlight your best feature.Your eyes are the windows to your soul and are relatively easy to “prettify”. If you are not used to wearing false eyelashes, I would suggest that you try using a pair for about 3 to 5 days before your wedding day. It does take some time getting used to.

How to get this look: Enhance the eye socket area with brown eyeshadow. Apply lighter shades like gold or copper on the eyelids. Blend eyeliner with dark brown to the lighter eyelid shade. Use dark brown liner for the entire lower eye. Highlight lower waterline with a silver eyeliner pencil while lining the upper waterline in black. The eyelashes used can be thicker and more dramatic-looking. Nose shading is slightly stronger.

Products Used:

Primer: RMK Foundation Primer
Foundation: RMK Liquid Foundation
Powder: Mac Mineral Skin Finish
Shading: Mac Mineral Skin Finish
Eyebrow Pencil: Shu Uemura Eyebrown Pencil Hard 9 Formula in Seal Brown
Eyeshadow Base: Lime Crime Eyeshadow base
Eyeshadow: Urban Decay Naked 2
Eyeliner: Heavy Rotation Brush Pen Liner
Pencil Eyeliner: Milani silver eyeliner pencil.
Mascara: Maybelline Cat Eye in Black
Blusher: Shu Umera glow on 345 Soft Coral & 326 Soft Pink
Eyes: Lime Crime Eyeshadow base
Lip: Mac See Sheer

The Indians


The Indians like dramatic-looking wedding makeup - better if they resemble Bollywood stars. They tend to use bold and glamorous colours for contouring the face while the lip and cheek colours are often more subtle.

Indian eyes tend to look very attractive - big, long-lashed and deep-set. To make their eyes ‘pop’, eyeliner is imperative and an outfit-matching eyeshadow color enhances the look.

A tip for everyone else: For a dramatic eye makeup look, extend (upwards) your eyeliner from the outer corners of your eyes, till just before where your eyebrow ends.

Technique: Colour eyelid with Kesalan Patharan Turquoise Eyeshadow.Enhance socket with Brown Eyeshadow from Urban Decay. Define and line top and bottom liner with liquid pen brush liner in a clean cat eyeliner style.For upper end corners of the eye and inner corner of the eye, define and clean up lines with a concealer brush with foundation.Dramatic but define false lashes. Nose shading with Mac mineralise skin finish. Upper and lower waterline Milani pencil eyeliner black.

Makeup Products Used

Primer: RMK Foundation Primer
Foundation: RMK Liquid Foundation
Powder: Mac Mineral Skin Finish
Shading: Mac Mineral Skin Finish
Eyebrow Pencil: Shu Uemura Eyebrown Pencil Hard 9 Formula in Seal Brown
Eyeshadow Base: Lime Crime Eyeshadow base
Eyeshadow: Urban Decay Platte 2 and Kesalan Patharan Moisturising Eye Color F01
Eyeliner: Heavy Rotation Brush Pen Liner
Pencil Eyeliner:  Milani pencil eyeliner black
Mascara: Maybelline Cat Eye in Black
Blusher: Shu Umera Medium Peach 560
Lip: Mac Media

The Eurasians


The Eurasian wedding makeup look is all about elegance. Even though eyeliner and mascara are still being applied, the eye makeup is less glamorous; an understated sort of beauty. Think ‘effortless elegance’.

Coupled with pinkish to nude-colored lipstick and a hint of blusher, the bride will look sweet and demure. Since Eurasians have fairer complexions, pastel eye shadow colours are often used in wedding makeup to bring out the clarity of their translucent skin tone.

A tip for everyone else: If you have fair, porcelain skin, avoid harsher colors as they will be in stark contrast to your skin tone. If you already have glowing skin, don’t hide it under all that makeup. Just remember to conceal any blemishes.

Technique: Blend eyeliner with dark brown to soften liner. Natural liner which stops at the outer corner of the eyes. Use light brown for the lower outer corner of 1/3 of the eyes.Blend out slightly.Natural false eyelash style.

Makeup Products Used

Primer: RMK Foundation Primer
Foundation: RMK Liquid Foundation
Powder: Mac Mineral Skin Finish
Shading: Mac Mineral Skin Finish
Eyeshadow Base: Lime Crime Eyeshadow base
Eyeshadow: Etude House Color Café Latte
Eyebrow Pencil: Shu Uemura Eyebrown Pencil Hard 9 Formula in Seal Brown
Eyeliner: Heavy Rotation Brush Pen Liner
Mascara: Maybelline Cat Eye in Black
Blusher: Shu Umera Soft Pink 327
Lip: Mac Blankety

And there you have it - the wedding makeup looks of the 4 ethnic groups in Singapore. Who looks the prettiest? :D

My favourite wedding makeup look is definitely the Eurasian one as I have fair skin. Soft and pastel colors suit me the most by complementing my complexion. Which look is for you?

~

Even if you are not thinking of marriage at this moment, I’d like to share one of my favorite quotes with you.

“Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart.” - Kahlil Gibran

If you face each day with anticipation of good things that will happen, excited about the opportunities each day brings, and you are loving, generous and kind to the people you meet, you will feel beautiful and look beautiful. And you will definitely make it to my list of ‘The Most Beautiful People in Singapore’. So make every day a beautiful one.

PS: Makeup by Mavis Chan www.knipface.com

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