How one working mum and former beauty queen does it all.

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How one working mum and former beauty queen does it all.

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Makeup artist, yoga instructor, part-time model, single mum, skincare advocate and holistic nutrition coach. These are just some of the many hats that 36-year-old Mona Gill wears. But though her schedule is usually jam-packed, you won’t catch the Mrs Singapore 2015 runner-up and Miss Universe Singapore judge looking wan or tired. Here are her secrets to boundless energy and a radiant complexion!

● What does a typical day look like?

I’m usually up by 5.30am or 6am, and I’ll start my morning with coffee, supplements and a quick 20-minute workout.

I’m currently taking the Astavita Healthy Living Antioxidants ($61), a supplement that has a high concentration of astaxanthin. It gives me an energy boost and strengthens my immunity as it is one of the most powerful antioxidants there is. It’s 800 times stronger than coenzyme Q10 and 6,000 times stronger than vitamin C! Astavita products contain extracts of high-quality concentrated natural astaxanthin from a sustainable Swedish algae (Haematococcus pluvialis).

After my morning routine, I’ll send my daughter to school before heading to the yoga studio to teach. This is followed by a quick lunch and meetings. As a makeup artist, I also usually have clients booked for makeovers or workshops.

In the evening, I’ll pick up my daughter and have dinner. Once I’ve put her to bed, I’m back to working on projects and scheduling my week.

● How do you manage your appointments?

I have a “let’s do it and get it done” mindset. My daughter is my biggest motivation. I want to be the best version of myself so that I can be a better mother to her. I make sure I take care of myself through nutrition and exercise.

● What are your other secrets to looking gorgeous?

Never go to bed before removing your makeup. I also never leave home without applying moisturiser, sunscreen and the Astarism Facial Serum ($53). It helps to renew my skin and gives my complexion a healthy glow. 

● How has your experience as a beauty pageant contestant and Miss Universe Singapore judge impacted your life?

The experience honed my self-confidence. As a parent, it’s important that I cultivate these traits in my daughter. I want her to know that she can be whatever she wants to be. 

When it comes to career and work, I’ve learnt that those who believe in themselves will gain the confidence of others.