For a year that experts dubbed all about “NeuroGlow“, a philosophy that’s all about the link between mind, body and beauty, the first two weeks of the year have been a washout. For most, Singapore’s wet and gloomy climes have required an added boost of motivation in conquering new year’s intentions.
As increasing health correlations are drawn between the states of one’s gut, brain and skin, it’s time to let your mental, physical and emotional wellbeing shine for itself. Even so, achieving that incandescent neuro-body connection is ultimately a process that requires consistent, mindful wellness practices. For example, nurturing healthy gut flora through stress management and superfoods is linked to boosted skin health and drops in inflammatory issues. This in turn raises self-confidence and psychological well-being, repeating the positive cycle consequently. All this, of course, requires time and consistency.
For those of you wanting to glow-up on demand, reach for poppy, psychedelic make-up shades that inject instant dopamine to any look. Good nutrition and quality sleep aside, sometimes improving your mood and radiating from within calls for unexpected, psychedelic make-up hues. Think: optimistic tones of orange, fuchsia, and magenta positively vibrating on naturally luminous skin. Not only is colour confined to the eyes and lips: experiment with placing these hues across the temples and ‘C’ curve of cheeks for an artful touch. To bask in pigmented pink hues of health, unlock our secrets to hydrated skin and unleash the mood-boosting effects of soul-soothing oils. The expert-approved products and pointers on achieving a sunbeam-showered glow, below.
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Soft. Sinister. Siren-like. Here, unexpected shades of coral and green appear to bloom from within. To achieve this ever-luminous look, make-up artist Giulia Carini focused on hydration, massaging Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré onto freshly exfoliated skin.
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Pigment and perception
Bathe the skin in a psychedelic, James Turrell-esque spectrum of hues with futuristic magentas and purples in contrast with silvers. Colour outside the (eye) lines with Huda Beauty’s dreamy Rose Quartz Eyeshadow Palette, keeping lids clear and high-shine with Anastasia Beverly Hills Crystal Lip Gloss in Glass.
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Hydrate and nourish the body with Nimbus Co’s Body Oil. The blend envelops the body in revitalising jojoba, shea and sea buckthorn oils, while its medley of therapeutic essential oils (think labdanum, vetiver, sandalwood and bergamot) grounds and comforts the senses.
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Cheat out-of-the-pool glamour by building up dabs of creamy, pigmented Fenty Beauty Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Blush on dewy skin.
“To get the blush looking lit-from-within, I applied an oil on the skin and then layered a transparent gloss on it,” shares Carini who then added the blush before sealing it with Make Up For Ever’s Aqua Seal on top.
Her secret for creating a seamless, well-blended flush? Fingers.
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Slick side parts
“To achieve the wet look style, work on slightly damp hair and shape it with a strong hold gel,” recommends hair stylist, Christvian Wu.
“After getting your desired shape, dry it with a diffuser and use hairspray for extra shine and as a quick dry top coat.”
Photographer: Zantz Han
Beauty director: Alli Sim
Make-up: Giulia Carini
Hair: Christvian Wu
Associate beauty editor: Emily Heng
Manicure: Felicia Widjaya
Photographer’s assistants: Artania Raharso and Alexander Titus Ng
Model: Zhou Yao/Mannequin