In Singapore’s hot and humid weather, how can you best prepare your skin days leading up to your big day, pre-wedding shoot or even on your actual day? Makeup can no doubt help to enhance your looks but it will not be long-lasting if your skin condition is not good. I’m not saying that you only do these steps leading up to your wedding, in fact, this should be something you do daily (for some steps) but it will help you achieve that natural glow from within if you take care of your skin properly before your big day.
In order to achieve that flawless makeup, especially those ‘glass-skin’ makeup, you need to start with a clean canvas. Always double-cleanse even if you only put on sun-block. I like to use my Bioderma Micellar Water on a cotton pad to clean off any makeup or sun-block. Usually, if I put on makeup, I will use another gel makeup remover in the shower to make sure I get everything off before using my usual facial cleanser. Excessive? Don’t think so.
Ever since I became obsessed with skincare earlier this year because my skin went through a hell period after I came back from Europe, I’ve done a lot of research online on the different types of exfoliant. I used to use physical exfoliant thinking that I can just scrub all the dirty stuff away from my skin but little did I know that I was actually hurting my skin and making it more sensitive.
I found out about chemical exfoliant last year but didn’t find out how I can use them properly to get the best results. I just bought one blindly. If you use chemical exfoliant such as CNP Peeling Booster, you have to leave it on for 20mins before piling on the other skincare products in order for it to be effective. However, I found out the ugly way that my skin cannot ta-han all these chemical exfoliant on a daily basis. So, I’ve been using Son & Park Beauty Water as a pH balancing toner and micro-exfoliant. What it does is it resets your skin’s pH back to 5 if you used any actives, acids or low pH cleanser.
I’ve been using SK-II Facial Treatment Essence for some time now and I love it! However, it can be quite expensive to use it too often. Furthermore, I read online that the effectiveness decreases if you use it too often. I recently bought Estee Lauder Micro Essence to try after I finish my bottle of SK-II. The essence will help prepare your skin to absorb the other skincare that you’re going to layer on later.
4. Korean 7 Skin Method
I’m now a korean skincare convert and do the 7 skin method religiously every night unless unless unless I am freaking tired. haha. So it is not as complicated as it sounds, you basically just layer toner on your face 7 times. WAH! Sounds crazy right? But it’s actually really simple, I usually pour a few drops of toner on my palm, spread them evenly on both my hands and pat it on my face until all of it is absorbed. Toners are usually very lightweight so they absorb quite quickly. Before you know it, you’re done and can move on to the next step. If you find that layering 7 times is too excessive, start from 2 and work your way up. Your skin will thank you.
I just purchased Estee Lauder ANR on my TW trip after my makeup teacher raved about it. She actually use it on her bridal clients before makeup together with an extensive series of skincare products. We have a different practice in Singapore whereby MUA will just apply a layer of ampoules and make you pay extra for it.
I don’t! I feel like it’s cheating people’s money because the ampoules don’t actually cost as much as what they quote you. Ok, they can’t possible quote you at cost price but I still think it’s overpriced. Furthermore, it seems like many people are actually able to get their own ampoules these days.
The concept of ampoules is similar to serums since ampoules are just supercharged serum with higher concentration of active ingredients in a vial. I, myself, is a regular user of ampoules so I’m not saying it is not useful but it can be quite expensive if you use it daily. However, there are many different ampoules in the market, they have targeted ones for makeup or whitening or hydration and the list goes on. If you’re thinking of saving money on your big day, though it’s not a lot, you can ask your MUA if you can skip this if it’s chargeable separately. I personally think if you have a set of skincare routine that already works on you and you know it actually helps your makeup stay on longer, go ahead to do it. You know your skin best since you’re the one taking care of it everyday, I hope. HAHA!
6. Sheet Mask
I don’t think there’s any need to introduce this step since it is actually very widely used by almost everyone. I used to mask everyday leading up to my own wedding last year and I could really see the effects. However, no matter how cheap the masks are, it can still burn a hole if you use the better quality masks. I personally stopped using My Beauty Diary because I don’t think it does anything significant to my skin. I bought quite a few boxes back from TW in April and they’re going to last till my next trip to Korea, the motherland of masks, where I’m going to buy crazy amount to last me a lifetime. (unless I decide to go back again) #justsaying
7. Eye cream
After doing everything for your face, how can we forget about your eyes? To be honest, I don’t use my eye cream everyday because lazy is my middle name. I’ve been trying to finish my 2nd tub of Origins GinZing Eye cream since forever. I’m waiting to finish it before I purchase a new one. Still in search of one that doesn’t give me milia seeds under my eyes. Any recommendations?
I’ve been using Estee Lauder Revitalizing Supreme+ Global Anti-Aging Cell Power Creme every since I got it in TW because of their Mother’s day sale in the departmental store. I got a good deal. In the past, I usually skip this step because I have oily-combi skin and moisturiser just feels too heavy on my face. When I was at the counter, the sales lady introduced this creme and ensured me that I won’t feel that it’s too think. True enough, it is quite a light weight moisturiser that I don’t mind wearing it in the day now. The website says that
“In just 4 weeks, 96% of women said their skin felt firmer.”
however, I haven’t used it for a month yet. In addition, my face is not sagging and don’t have that many wrinkles (bless oily skin! lol). I only have fine lines under my eyes because of my sinus since young, I always rub my eyes in my sleep. Can’t help it. Don’t think anything is going to help unless I go for surgery and cure this stupid sinus.
9. Sleeping Mask
What is this sorcery? Mask again? haha. I don’t do this step every single night. But I do try to do it at least 3 times a week since I still have 2.5 tubs of Laneige sleeping mask to finish. OMG, how many face do I need to finish those 2.5 tubs. Goodness.
I found another type of sleeping mask last year that works better than the usual one from Laneige.
The White Dew Vita Capsule Sleeping Mask is a whitening sleeping mask with the synergy effect of vita powder containing vitamin C and Bear-shaped sleeping mask for a clearer and brighter skin the next morning.
The above is the improved version of what I was using last year. You’re only supposed to use this max 2 times per week.
Photo credit: Laneige
I think the formula is too ‘gao’ (thick) for our climate so I usually leave some for my husband to use. Haha. He doesn’t like any moisturiser or leave on mask that has a thick consistency so leaving some for him is better than him not putting anything on his face. Otherwise, you can also apply it to your neck. I know they said to apply everything on your face but in Sg’s weather, it doesn’t get absorbed in until maybe 3am in the morning. I used it when I was in Europe where the climate is so much drier than Sg and the mask just gets sucked into my face within minutes. So, I think it’s really up to you how much you want to apply on your face/neck/husband’s face.
10. Sun block
What!? We are finally at the last step. As the name suggests, you only need to use this in the day when there’s Sun, duh. I use a variety of sun block depending on my mood because beauty shopaholic is me. I’ve been loving the make p:rem UV defense me. Blue ray sun fluid. It has SPF 50+ PA++++ which means you have protection for 500 mins or around 8.5 hours.
Protection of UVA is essentially PPD converted to a grade system. Used commonly in Japan and Korea, the more +, the higher the protections.
PA ++ = PPD 4 to 8, PA+++ = PA 8 to 16, and PA++++ = PPD 16+.
If you want to find out more about how sun screen works, go to the link above. They break down all the different types of sun screen ratings for you. It’s a very comprehensive blog post.
Sometimes, I also use UV spray when I conveniently forgot to apply sun block before makeup even though my foundation has some SPF. Did you know that you have to apply 1/4 teaspoon of sun screen on your face? I obviously don’t if it’s just the foundation or I’ll look like I baked a cake on my face. So, having that extra layer of spray makes me feel safer from the sun.
Oh, if you’re going to countries like New Zealand where they literally have a hole in their sky, ozone hole!!! You have to reapply your sun screen regularly. I forgot to bring my sun screen along for my prewedding shoot and my skin was burning like nobody’s business in the tube gown. It doesn’t feel like it’s so strong until your skin starts to burn because the wind was cold. I learnt it the hard way. Don’t be like me.
I hope you find this blog post helpful and also find a set of skincare routine that suits your skin.