Make up for TV dramas

A few months ago I had the opportunity of doing make up for two episodes of a Channel 5 TV series called ‘In Cold Blood’. And boy is there a world of difference on set for photoshoots and drama TV!

For TV, the fans and air-conditioning is often turned off and temperatures soar when crammed into a tiny room with intense emotions or when standing in our crazy afternoon sun. So out comes the tissue and powder ever so often to ward off sweat and shine!

Furthermore, everything needs to be dead quiet and still during filming which leads to a whole bunch of people trying to stay out of the way and not cast shadows, but keeping close enough on standby in case anything else is needed when the director yells “cut!”

Scene changes are fast and furious and hair and makeup have to change equally quickly to match the character and script. This and the shoot often lasts way more than 12 hours at a go (and filming for these episodes was two days in a row). Talk about intense!

The fun thing though is that you get to see the story unravel before your eyes so it’s like watching a play live (in disjointed parts. and on repeat). It’s also great to build different dimensions of a character with hair and makeup compared to beauty or fashion looks for photo shoots.

Sharing the end-credits here and kudos to the great team that made this show awesome!

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Nails get festive!

Some time ago I wrote about Deborah Lippman’s amazing glitter nail polishes. If you’re based in Singapore, Luxola is giving a 35% storewide discount on all items over the next four days. This makes the nail polishes about the same price compared to ordering in the States! Yay for sales! :)

This Christmas season, OPI has teamed up with Muppets for a super fun collection!

For now, my absolute favourite festive nail “colour” would be Rainbow Connection. How can you not smile when you think of the name and look at all the different sparkly colours!

Plus with so many colours represented, it’s hard for your nails not to match your outfit according to the traditional “if-there’s-a-similar-colour-somewhere-it-matches” theory lol.

Three other advantages of using glitter nail polish is that it’s:

  • more forgiving when painting
  • resistant to scratches and scuffs
  • great for covering gelish manicures that are growing out if you have no time to get a soak-off or prefer not to put your fingers through the harsh removal too often

Enjoy and have a wonderful Christmas coming up!! :)

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Cleaning up for Christmas

With the year drawing to a close, it’s good to get organised so you can enjoy get-togethers with peace of mind.

If you often find your small make up items sprawled all over your dresser or even your room like me, I’ve found a nifty storage solution from MUJI that doesn’t take up much space!

This plastic unit comes with six drawers and are the perfect size for all your small cosmetic and beauty items. I filled my drawers starting with items that I use commonly at the top such as creams and blotters, followed by concealer/ foundation/ eye shadows/ primers in the next drawer. Below that would be the blushers, followed by lip colours. Essentially, all in the order in which I use them from top to bottom.

I probably don’t have enough many personal items to fill each drawer, but for size reference, here are some photos:

Each drawer comes with one removable divider and even fits the thick tarte cheek stain perfectly!

Many lip colours with plenty of space to spare! And the more amazing thing is that should you not have so much vertical space, you can rearrange the drawers to sit horizontally:

In Singapore, the MUJI set of drawers are priced at S$39. Just nice for a Christmas gift for someone or even yourself :)

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Foldable flats

Nowadays I value convenience over many things and one example would be having a pair of foldable flats in my bag to swap out with heels.

I’ve found that these are especially useful when:

  1. You’re late and running from one event to another and doing so in heels just slows you down
  2. You decide to be thrifty by saving on carpark fees which results in a much longer walk to the actual venue (technically this is a healthier option too!)
  3. Your new heels haven’t been broken in yet and give you blisters – you will only bear with the pain at the event and once you’ve left, you want out of them heels.
  4. You’re just too tired to stand in heels any longer

There have been foldable, rollable flats selling everywhere, including local brand Rollies which they sell out of a vending machine at Zouk Singapore.

However what I’ve noticed is that a lot of these flats:

  1. Tend to bite at your heel due to the gathered elastic
  2. Sometimes look and feel like flimsy disposable slip-ons which you would rather walk barefoot than be seen in
  3. Don’t come with adequate sole support so you feel the full impact of the hard ground when you’re rushing around

But recently, I came across Tieks and my hope in foldable flats have been renewed!

Call it effective marketing, but they’ve created all the solutions to the problems I’ve had with foldable flats. Padded insole, cushioned instep and back heel, 100% premium leather, non-skid rubber patches. Each pair comes with a pouch for folded Tieks, a reusable tote for heels and pant clips to adjust your pant length when changing shoes.

AND they come in so many colours and textures! Check out a small sampling:

Ranging from 155 to 265 USD, these are on the expensive side. But if they’re comfy, look good and you can squeeze many uses out of them, I think they would be well worth it! The signature Tiek blue stripe and rubber patches are fun too although I wish they had more subtle versions for the classic pieces. Nevertheless, these are definitely a WANT in the near future! They provide international shipping too, which is awesome.

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Painting at arteastiq

Things have been crazy for the past few weeks and when they do get crazy, it’s always useful to have a different creative outlet to refresh yourself.

Thanks to Groupon, my friend and I got a session at Art Jam at Arteastiq for only $28 (the usual price is $48 though they have different packages such as two-for-one romantic Mondays). This includes one drink, a 50 x 50 cm canvas and brushes to take home as well as free flow acrylic paint.

They provide books and pictures if you want to pick a reference. Alternatively, you could email them a picture for them to print out on the spot.

Admittedly, this was the first time I have painted on a cotton canvas (or painted properly at all) so the experience was a teeny bit more stressful at the start. Or at least until my favourite whiskey hot chocolate drink was served.

So here’s my first attempt at painting some flowers. The purple didn’t come out as bright as I’d liked cos clearly navy blue + red doesn’t equal to bright happy purple…

Just a quick tip – it’ll definitely be useful to think about where your light source is. Or rather, you should definitely plan how you paint things in advance rather than dab on random gradients which I did! :X

And of course, plan your background before you start! I only decided to paint it a lighter colour on a whim and that resulted in much pain in filling everything in carefully. Love the seafoam green though!

Would have painted the sides of the canvas a different colour if I had more time. When asking my friend if I should paint them in the first place, she quoted her AEP teacher in Secondary School telling her that it should look beautiful on all sides. That definitely applies to many other things in life!

When done, the peeps at Arteastiq staple your canvas frame into a handy box that allows it to dry without touching anything. (The photo actually shows me holding it altogether afterwards cos I got too excited in ripping it open and forgot to take a photo!)

So there we go, my very first canvas painting experience. :) Would recommend everyone to try it out whether you think you’ll be good at it or not just because it’s fun, relatively affordable and a great opportunity to try something new!

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