Former nurse-turned-makeup artist Marie Soh of 27A shares some essential advice every woman should know about makeup and skincare.
Top three makeup items every woman should have
Lipstick. The fastest way to perk up your look is by smacking on some lipstick! To busy women, I always advise that a little bit of makeup goes a long way. It doesn’t take much to look presentable, and lipstick really changes your look and makes you look dolled up in the shortest amount of time.
Loose powder. Loose face powder helps to combat shine, especially in our humid weather.
Eyebrow pencil or pomade. Since eyebrows frame the face, a good set of brows keeps women looking professional and groomed. A brow pencil or a touch of pomade can help keep brows neat and in check.
Top skincare tips
First, it’s important to establish a good skincare routine that is suitable for your skin type. Don’t just follow what “everyone is using” or what might be trendy, as the product may not work for your skin.
Use sunblock daily. At least SPF50+++ keeps fine lines, sunspots and other pigmentation away.
Get a good makeup remover and cleanser that will remove all dirt and residue to prevent your pores from clogging.
Wash your makeup brushes – ideally once a week. They can harbour lots of bacteria, so clean them thoroughly with cleanser and water to keep them squeaky clean. Remember you’re using them on your face.
Tricks on taking care of your makeup
Never keep makeup in your car. Heat kills makeup products.
Keep lipsticks in the refrigerator. Putting them in the fridge can prolong their shelf life. Refrigerating them also helps to keep soft creamy formulas firm, and lipsticks are less likely to melt.
Watch out for expiration dates. Avoid using expired makeup, as bacteria and other germs might have started to grow. Expired makeup, especially anything used around the eyes, can cause irritation. Other products such as blusher or face powders might become crumbly or difficult to apply if they get too old.