Raja Azureen Eleena, TV Host & Makeup Artist


Technically my interest in makeup started when I was 14 because of Youtube, but if we’re talking about my entire makeup journey I guess it started from when I graduated from Ohio State University. I did psychology, and the reason I was doing it was because someone told me how they were looking for people to provide counselling for patients before they go to surgery and stuff. So I was interested and was like “yeah, I want to do that” but by my final year I felt like it was making me crazy so I ended up deciding that I wouldn’t do psychology after all. My first job after graduation was in PR and Branding for Marina Capital which is a private investment firm. I left after three months and that’s when I started Youtube since I wasn’t doing anything and had so much free time. My friends were all telling me that I should try doing tutorials since I practically spent half my day watching them— my favourite was Kandee Johnson, I loved how she was always smiling and how inspiring she was— so I thought I’d try it out.

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What’s In My Bag: Dayang Souraya


” My bag is from DKNY, which my parents got for me for my 19th birthday. It’s small and dandy, and the size doesn’t lend a lot of space to carry lots of things but it’s good and easy for just going around anywhere. Inside, I have this Yadah Powder Compact. I like this powder because it’s really cute and it actually covers really well! But it’s not the most long-lasting so I have to bring it with me to reapply for when I get oily… Speaking of being oily, I always carry around tissues with me so that I can blot my face with it before re-applying powder. I don’t want to get dirt and oil all over my powder puff, that’s disgusting!

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Jun Yong, Shiseido White Lucent Ambassador


My name is Jun, and I’m a TV presenter and also a model. Often when I show up on television or for shoots, I’ll have my makeup done by a pro— of which I feel very blessed, since I’ve been able to pick up some tricks from them. Like if there’s an event, more often than not I do my own makeup so yeah, very lucky to have someplace to learn from.

Even then, I’ll still need about an hour to do my own ‘special event’ makeup. It’s just that I make such a mess of my eye makeup! I keep having to clean it up and do it again. For everything else, I can do it myself. Like eyeliner… I use the Shu Uemura Calligraphy Ink liquid liner. It’s so precise, you can easily get a thick or thin line just by adjusting how you hold the pen. Perfect for someone who doesn’t have steady hands, like me. For contouring, I like the NARS contour sticks. I use the sticks instead of powders since it’s easier to blend. I use liquid foundation, so it’s better to blend creams on top of liquids, then top it off with a powder— I use a Chanel powder, but to be honest you can use any brand. I’ve never found a bad powder. However, if I’m going to be on TV, I’ll have to use a powder bronzer, since the NARS one is too shiny for the cameras and I’ll end up looking like a lightbulb.

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Tasha Manshahar, Singer

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To be honest, I’m not really good with makeup at all! I just don’t really have the skills for applying it… any good makeup looks I might have are all thanks to my makeup artist. But there are times when I have to do my own makeup— for events and such— so when those times come I try to keep my makeup as fresh and simple as possible so that I don’t mess it up. I try my best!

Makeup for your complexion can be a bit tough. I’ve got oily skin, so it can be a challenge on days when I have to wear more makeup than usual… Especially when I’m on the go non-stop, from events to shoots to more events and the makeup needs to keep getting refreshed. So you’ve got the makeup artists touching up over and over and adding more and more layers until… well, you can imagine it.

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Iman Tanita, Le Tapièr


I’ve recently joined BNYV, which is a volunteer platform meant to help people get to know government policies. We also do free legal clinics and carry out charity programmes for the poor. Another project I’ve got going is Sunkissed Society, of which I’m the founder.

Sunkissed Society was born out of when I was doing modelling casting calls and I noticed how there was a huge prejudice against darker skinned girls. I would go to events and makeup artists would never have the right makeup for me, they’d always make me look ashy. It got me thinking about how I know so many pretty girls who hate themselves because they’re more tanned or because they are darker compared to others. It’s a shame because as Asian women, we come in so many shades and that should be something we celebrate, not something we’re ashamed of. So that’s what Sunkissed Society is all about, the aim is to empower Asian women to feel confident in their own skin regardless of the colour of their skin. It’s sort of the first, tiny step towards change but then I’m all about changing the world fabulously.

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Zaira Mazlee, Masscomm Student

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My name is Zaira and I’m a 20 year old mass communications student. I like playing video games— Tekken and Grand Theft Auto are my favourites!— and I adore anything that involves makeup. I am a feline lover and am literally obsessed with my own cat.

When it comes to makeup, I’ve been interested ever since I was a baby. I think it came from watching my aunt apply makeup before work. I was just mesmerised by it, especially by lipstick. I used to sneak into her room when she wasn’t around to try on her lipstick without her knowledge. She ended up giving me my first lipstick— a sample lipstick from AVON— when I was three years old. I used to think that it was lipstick made just for kids since it was so small!

Makeup was an easy hobby for me to develop since I’m surrounded by women who love it as well. My sister, for instance, is just as much a makeup lover as I am and she’s always stealing stuff from me. I don’t mind it at all, though! Since we both wear makeup, we steal from each other. I steal her concealer palette from her all the time— I mean, I bought it for her so I feel like I have the right to use it. Other than that, my friend Khadijah is also really good at makeup— her makeup is always on point! We have similar tastes so we’re always exchanging makeup reviews and giving advice to each other. She’s basically my makeup guru, and was the one to teach me how to get my brows on fleek. So shoutout to my homegirl!

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What’s In My Bag: Sherr Jasmine


What’s in my bag? First of all, I have my Furla purse, and a small umbrella from Espirit, useful because I’m always walking around. Of course there’s my iPhone. It’s currently in this red casing that I don’t really like, to be honest… I need something cuter. Since this is my college bag, I have my pencil case, but I don’t know where it’s from!

Next is my pouch, from Victoria’s Secret… Inside there I keep my lip balm, which is the Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment. The original one. It’s the only lip product I wear, usually. I recently got my first ever lipstick, which is MAC Kinda Sexy. I like it a lot but I never wear it! Oh, and I have pepper spray! Just in case something happens.

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Ellia Raini, Astro Arena News Anchor


Skincare and hydration has always been a thing in my family. If I think back on my childhood, I can just picture my grandma and her old school Oil of Olay moisturiser. Even in her sixties and seventies, she would always be sure to moisturise her face then after solat Zuhur, she’d put on some bedak sejuk. Her makeup remover was cold cream. Skincare products back then were different, it was more about natural stuff like bedak sejuk. Anyway, it obviously worked for grandma since, in her eighties, people would always mistake her for being in her sixties.

My parents started putting moisturiser on me when I was about three. That was more about battling the cold weather in the UK, where we lived. The one we used was The Body Shop Carrot Moisture Cream (discontinued). We all used it, even my sister who was a year old. For me it was a bit of a necessity because I have eczema and asthma and so my parents always made sure to slap on the Carrot Cream before heading me off to school. This practice actually helped my current belief when it comes to skincare which is that hydration fixes everything. Acne, aging, whatever… the root of the problem always turns out to be a lack of moisture so if you just moisturise well then everything should fix itself.

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Dayang Nea, Law Student & Founder


On paper I’m a college student, but I’m mostly a self-indulgent slacker with a stunning obsession with maintaining an ‘aesthetic’. My interest in beauty started early— although the aim wasn’t to become beautiful. It was 2005 and I was a tween who wanted to be punk rock like the bands I listened to, so I decided the first step to that was asking my mom to buy me a black kohl eyeliner from Avon, which I then proceeded to wear only on the lower rims of my eyes. And with black thick-rimmed spectacles, of course!

Since then, I’ve given up on any ideas of being any sort of makeup artist. I generally do the same beauty looks everyday— even for special occasions, because I hate change since it messes up my ‘aesthetic’— which is dewey skin with a brown smokey eye, or dewey skin with a bold lip. For the bold lip, my favourite is currently MAC Lady Danger. I used to think orangey lipsticks were hideous and should never be entertained, but I am into them now and am currently considering getting more. The other bold lipstick I like to turn to is Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Mrs. Mia Wallace, from their Pulp Fiction line… it’s a completely ordinary matte red, but it’s Mia Wallace so…

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Mirella Pandjaitan, Style Blogger


Fashion has always appealed to me because it doesn’t have any limitations. As an art form, it’s not one that can be easily interpreted— it could mean one thing to me but something completely different to you, and that’s a good thing because it gives us freedom. Freedom towards our appearance, as well as to our creativity. I must have realised this when I was about 14, when I would go to the mall a lot— Pavillion was like my third home— and people watch, paying particular attention to the clothes. Not only the clothes that the mannequins wore, but also what tourists from different countries wore. They all dressed to battle the same crazy Malaysian heat, but somehow it all came out differently. So going to the mall as a teenager really developed my interest in fashion, but it was also around this time that I would help my mom to get dressed for her many outings. Through helping her, I discovered my love of colourful, uniquely shaped accessories and elegant handbags.

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