Marie Antoinette (played by a younger Kirsten Dunst here) wasn’t a model of innocence, but her kind of beauty – delicately flushed cheeks, first-kiss lips, barely made-up eyes – and the likes of forest fairies and princesses are the inspirations for three made-in-Japan brands.
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WHAT: Created by Eleanor Kwok, vicechairman of Sa Sa and wife of the beauty chain’s founder and CEO Simon Kwok, it has a wide range of makeup (94 items), and also has skincare (eight items).
WHAT MAKES IT UNIQUE: “Dreamy” makeup with tools that look like they were inspired by The Lord of the Rings, and the colours – neutral, sheer, soft and matte – also look like they could have been used by elves Galadriel and Arwen for that princess/fairy look.
PRICES & WHERE: $10-$80, Sa Sa
Jill Stuart Beauty WHAT: American fashion designer Jill Stuart’s first-in-Japan makeup line, which she started in 2005.
WHAT MAKES IT UNIQUE: “Innocent sexy” blushers – the kind that replicate the flush a woman gets when she meets someone she likes. Signature ingredients of the brand’s products include antioxidant rosemary extract, lavender oil for its anti-inflammatory properties, rosehip oil for its essential fatty acids, and wild rose extract to calm and hydrate skin. And their diamond-meetssilver cases boast detailed carvings.
PRICES & WHERE: $30-$65, Sephora Les Merveilleuses Laduree
WHAT: This is the cosmetics line from the famous French patisserie with the hard-to-pronounce name (say Lay Mer-veh-yous ladurerey). It first opened in Tokyo’s Ginza Mitsukoshi department store in 2012. Inspired by the women of the French ruling class prior to the Revolution – in particular Josephine de Beauharnais, wife of Napoleon Bonaparte – who beautified themselves with crushed rose petals mixed with powder.
WHAT MAKES IT UNIQUE: The 18th-century “I’m a lady” blushers – in variations from petal-light and travelfriendly to cream and pressed. Choose from an astounding 38 shades. All the products are designed to resemble 18thcentury artefacts.
PRICES & WHERE: $30-$120, #B1-37A Ngee Ann City, tel: 6732-1183. – KT
The Miracle Key Glowing Blusher in #02 Spring Field, for the sweetest flush. $55
The Miracle Key Attractive Eyes in #04 Coffee Cream, for a soft smoky eye. $60
The Miracle Key Silk-touch Foundation SPF25/PA++ is a liquid foundation that brightens. $80
The Miracle Key Sheer Lip Gloss, for barely-there colour. $35
This foldable mirror, which bends at the handle, is silverplated and intricately carved. $60
Forever Juicy Oil Rouge Tint is a sheer lip tint. $38
Lip Blossom Lipstick also moisturises like a balm. $38
Loose Blush is a loose powder blusher. The lollipop-shaped puff dusts on colour for an effortless, sheer flush. $54
You can use all nine shades of Mix Blush Compact N, or just the top half for a lighter flush, or the bottom half for more intensity. It comes with a retractable brush. $59
Face Color Rose is the brand’s key blusher in an egg-shaped holder with 23 “rose petals”. Use a large brush to swirl the petals for cheek colour. $105 for refill; $45 for the pot.
Cream Cheek Base can be a base for either powder or cream blushers. $62
Pressed Cheek Color, in a cameo-like compact, comes in 20 shades. $78
Mini Pressed Cheek Color is the portable version of the blusher at far left. In 10 shades, $37 each.