I’m Craving Chocolate

Nude lipsticks sometimes give lips a grey cast.

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Nude lipsticks sometimes give lips a grey cast. The alternative is this caramel to-deep chocolate, which is the colour of the moment. Makeup artist Sha Shamsi says it’s a neutral shade that suits all skin tones, undertones, and occasions. “It’s more glamorous, yet less attention-grabbing than red and coral.” – KT

1 Innisfree Vivid Cotton Ink Nude in #10 Brownish Tea Tulip, $15.

2 Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited in Caramel Toffy, $36.

3 Lipstick Queen Method In The Madness in Chaotic Cocoa, $37.
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4 Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint Longwear Fluid Lip Color in Unveil, $36.

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Q: My makeup is perfect in the morning but flakes off over the day, especially in my dry air conditioned office. What’s the best way to do a touch-up?

A: Makeup that flakes off, especially in chunks or pieces, is a sign that your skin is extremely dry, says Fernando Cadavid, global makeup artist at French beauty brand Chantecaille.

To touch up a bald foundation spot, don’t apply more product on it – especially if you’ve powdered your face, he says. It will cause your foundation to look patchy. “Mist your face with rose water first, which is extremely hydrating. Tissue off excess oil, then touch up with powder makeup.”

Cadavid also suggests using a water-based foundation to keep skin hydrated, such as Chantecaille’s Future Skin Foundation ($43, shown below), which is 60 per cent water. If your skin is extremely dry, mix a few drops of Rose de Mai Face Oil ($310) into the foundation for a further moisture boost. Then set everything with rose water mist, like the Pure Rosewater face mist ($126). – CT
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The Professional Haircare Range You Can Use at Home

Trichologist Leonica Kei took 10 years to develop her Leonica K Trichology range for home use. Her team tried the products and adjusted the formulas until they were satisfied.

The result is five shampoos, a shampoo and body wash, a restoring conditioner, a moisturising hair mask and three hair tonics. Each draws on the benefits of botanicals, such as peppermint for hair follicles, tea tree leaf for a sensitive scalp, juniperus for scalp inflammation, and activated charcoal to balance oiliness.

Kei says the collection is for mild hair and scalp concerns which don’t need intensive trichological treatments. Use the hair mask first, then shampoo off so it doesn’t weigh hair down. Follow with conditioner, rinse off, and finish with a leave-on hair tonic. Available at www.hair.sg or Leonica K Trichology at #03-08 Palais Renaissance for $38-$98. – LZY 

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