Side projects: Sad Girls Club

Since my pregnancy, I pretty much stopped doing freelance make-up gigs due to doctor’s orders. While things are back to normal now, I’ve been focusing more on my bag business and only take up some random gigs in my free time.

This comes slightly delayed but I’m excited to share a collaboration with one of my favourite photographers, Lenne Chai, and a talented artist, Teresa Lim.

sad girls club - ellie embroidery … 

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Make a PVC makeup brush holder

Combining the love of sewing and make-up? What more could we ask for!

While there are often makeup brush holders in stores, they often come in black faux leather. I’m not a huge fan of those as the dark colors make it hard for me to see my brushes and the material disintegrates over time. Plus, they often don’t come in the exact specifications I want – I have a usual set of brushes that I tend to carry around for travel or touch-ups for others on set.

There have been some DIY tutorials I’ve come across, but they often feature ones made of cloth and require a lot more sewing than I’d bother to do for this (oops!). In addition, cloth brush holders can’t be wiped easily and you’d have to wash them frequently to ensure it’s hygienic enough.

So… in comes a custom PVC makeup brush holder!!

DIY tutorial - PVC makeup brush holder

Customize this to hold your usual set of brushes (and even your sponges/ powder puffs). No need for hems since PVC doesn’t fray like most woven fabrics. Plus, see exactly what you’re carrying and clean it easily when it gets dirty! The list of benefits goes on and on… :)

Here’s how you can make your own:

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Behind-the-scenes: French jewelry spread

It’s been some time since I updated my online portfolio for make-up. A lot of the time it’s easy to just do gigs without keeping track of the photos!

Here’s sharing some photos of a female magazine shoot which I did make up for. The jewelry was so beautiful! No wonder each brand’s PR rep had a security personnel with them… Definitely tempting to just grab something and run for it ;)

Behind-the-scenes shots with my trusty phone camera (the final shots are further down):

French jewelry nuyou magazine shoot | make up

After the wig was scrunched up for more character:

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Bally showcase with Dior 1 Couleur

Apologies for not posting as often recently! Things have been a bit hectic (excited to announce a new collection soon) but I’d like to share a highlight from last week and a new make up fave!

I got the opportunity to work with Sam Ong, a celebrity make up artist in Singapore, on a Bally fashion showcase! For everyone who thinks it’s all glitz and glamor, check out the storeroom in which we had to do the makeup and dressing in! (It was still awesome nonetheless – imagine being so close to many Bally goodies!).

Bally fashion make up autumn winter showcase

One of the products I discovered through Sam is the 1 Couleur Eye Gloss by Dior (okay I know I’m a teeny bit slow on trying all new products upon launch immediately – I guess this means I’m happy with the ones I’ve been using so far?).

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Makeup expiration date cheat sheet

In my interaction with friends and various talents, it occurred to me that many people don’t watch out for their make up expiration dates even though they know they should. While I do that for the make up I use on professional gigs, I realized I’ve been quite slack with my personal items too.

As a visual person, I realised I do really badly with lists. I also realized that if the list of relevant shelf lives aren’t nearby, most people wouldn’t bother marking it down after purchasing new makeup.

And so… Here’s introducing a new makeup expiration date cheatsheet for your use! Now on how to use it:

free printable make up expiry date cheat sheet guide

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