Back when MAC first released its cleansing oil, a lot of people were skeptical about it. How do you wash makeup off with oil? Doesn’t oil make your face all greasy and cause breakouts?
The truth is, cleansing oils have been a staple in the Asian skincare regime for a very long time. They break down and melt away your makeup like no other and most of them contain emulsifiers so when they are in contact with water, they turn into this milky white liquid which can be easily rinsed off.
Literally every makeup artist and model in Asia owns a bottle of RMK Liquid Foundation ($45).
The foundation comes in 8 shades that are all yellow-based and perfect for Asian skintones. I use 102 for my NC30 skin.
The texture is thin and runny yet the coverage is medium and buildable. It blends effortlessly and sinks right into my skin. I never look like I have makeup on whenever I wear this. The foundation also comes with SPF 14 which is a great plus.
My only complaint is the huge glass bottle and limited availability (the foundation is only available in Asia). Other than that, this is a great foundation and I will definitely repurchase when I get a chance.
A lot of you wanted to know if there are ways to make eyes with monolids, i.e. no crease, bigger. So here are a few ways that I know of. Feel free to leave a comment if you can offer more tips =)
I strongly believe in using the right makeup to enhance what you are born with. A really good example to show this is Taiwanese singer Elva Xiao (蕭亞軒). Below is a picture of Elva when she first started out and a recent picture of her. As you can see, makeup can make a *huge* difference in altering the size of your eyes.
I was totally sucked into Majolica Majorca Automatic Liner by its pretty commericals and cute packaging.
While the promo pictures show a great selection of gorgeous, metallic colors, the liner comes in softer colors and is not as pigmented as shown. I have BK999, which is supposedly a rich black but it shows up a dark gray at most on my NC30 skin. To get a solid black line, you really need to layer it on.
The formula is also a little runnier than my favorite Inoui Liner, making it harder to draw a fine line.
I do like the brush a lot though – the bristles are very soft and do not tug at my skin.
For ~$20, there are definitely better options out there. I will not repurchase.
If you have lived in Asia, you might be familiar with Kesalan Patharan Under Tone Light-Up Concealer (~$30), a set of liquid concealers that come in two colors, a peach and a yellow.
The first thing I noticed is how tiny the 10g tubes are! The two colors can be mixed together to create the perfect shade or used separately. I like to start with the orange on my undereye area followed by a thin layer of the yellow on top. The liquid texture gives it great blendability and the coverage is surprisingly good yet natural.
The only thing I do not like is the packaging. The tubes leak easily and if you squeeze too hard, a LOT of product will come out so it can get really messy.
Other than that, I really liked the product and would definitely repurchase if it was not so expensive.
Click here to see me wearing the Kesalan Patharan Under Tone Light-Up Concealer!
I first discovered Inoui The Enhancer (~$45) when I was still a teenager living in Hong Kong. Back in the days, this concealer was dubbed a must-have by all the models, celebrities and makeup pros in Asia.