Fashion at Work

Beauty secrets working women should know

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MAC Prep +Prime BB Cream

Looking great is vital to each and every woman, but looking your best does not have to be complicated, expensive or exhausting. It all comes down to taking extra care of yourself, and being aware of what’s new to constantly keep yourself updated on the current trends and technological innovations.

What’s great about this time and age is that we have a lot of tools within our reach that will keep us looking radiant and at our prettiest at all times.

I recently discovered this great, reasonably priced brand. After doing a little bit of research, I found that the brand is actually quite popular, and has taken the makeup experts all over Asia by storm.

One favorite seems to be the K-Palette Real Lasting 1 Day Tattoo Eyebrow Liner. Great eyebrows are key in framing your face, and this item has the ability to make you look youthful. What sets this liner apart from the typical eyebrow liner are the two tips that guarantee perfectly lined eyebrows.

Another favorite is the K-Palette Real Lasting Eyeliner, which is smudge- and waterproof. Finding a good eyeliner for everyday use is important because the right one will give you a bright-eyed look that will look effortless. Its unique conditioning formula keeps the eyeliner intact all day, and guarantees the ability to withstand melting due to humidity and punishing dryness inside our offices.

K-Palette products are available in all Beauty Bar stores.

What is a BB Cream? The BB Cream, short for beauty balm, or what some would call the blemish balm cream, is similar to a tinted moisturizer. The BB Cream is loaded with antioxidants and SPF. It is now widely available in Western markets through different brands like Estee Lauder, MAC, Diorskin Nude, Shu Uemura and the like. Find one that suits your skin type, and looking effortlessly beautiful will never be as easy.

NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in TenderNight

Tinted lips

While red lips were the great beauty trend of 2012, wearable pastel lavender lips will be huge for 2013. Lavender looks great with any skin tone, and instantly brightens up one’s look. Don’t be deceived or intimidated by the  color. The intention is not an unapproachable violet but more a pastel purple, which is a pleasant change from the usual pinks, peaches and reds. The color, if worn properly, is neither bold nor brazen, and actually looks feminine and sweet. Current favorites are Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Tender Night, and MAC Lavender Whip Lipstick.

Nars and MAC are available in all Rustan’s Department Stores.

Rosy cheeks

Wearing a great blush can give you a natural glow. Avoid overly rosy cheeks as overdoing it will make you look, and feel, like a clown. Start with your blush line two fingers away from your nose, and apply slowly and sparingly on the apples of your cheeks. Find the right blush for your skin tone by understanding your color. Blush is meant to look natural, but with all these dazzling shades to choose from, it’s certainly confusing.

For the fair-skinned, Nars Orgasm is always a safe and sure bet. For medium skin tones, a pale gold or a warm gold is striking and would accentuate your features. You can try using a bronzer lightly on your cheeks in lieu of a blush. Tanned or dark-skinned girls would look stunning with colors in rose or deep oranges.

Clarisonic

A huge cause of skin aging is the buildup of toxins and dead skin on your face. It’s vital to cleanse your skin of accumulated dirt and leftover makeup at night, so your skin can breathe well as you sleep. This will also help skincare products be better absorbed. Clarisonic is a skin brush cleanser that claims to cleanse six times better than your hands. The brand has different brushes to suit one’s skin type, and is gentle enough for use twice a day.  Cleansing your skin properly is the fundamental first step to healthy, radiant and clear skin.

Clarisonic is available in Sephora and at  Amazon.com.

Sunscreen

I can’t reiterate enough the importance of wearing sunscreen. For women like us who are constantly on the go, the daily commute keeps us regularly under the sun. A sunscreen is more like a long-term investment. Having great, flawless skin as you get older will be an advantage, and it will always be an enviable asset. A good sunscreen is usually a moisturizer with SPF, more than just a “sunscreen.” Look for oil-free ones which have an SPF higher than 30.

There are great reviews on Philosophy’s Hope Oil-Free SPF30 Moisturizer and Clarins UV Plus Day Screen SPF40.  My tried and tested SPF is Shiseido’s Urban Environment UV Protection Cream Plus SPF 50. It feels light on my skin and its high SPF offers me adequate protection against aging.

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