Nadia Nash, TV Host

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I’ve been asked a lot on why I always have short hair – well, why wouldn’t I? Every other girl in the world seems to have long hair! I’m kidding, it’s simply because short hair is so much easier to manage especially when you’re always travelling like me. With short hair, I don’t have to worry about it too much – none of those time consuming routines that I honestly would be too lazy to do! I like to think of myself as a very practical girl. The simpler the better, and that’s exactly how my approach for beauty and skincare is as well.

I keep it as basic as I could with my skincare regime. When I’m taking my makeup off after work or after a shoot, I first take it off with the Cleansing Facial Wipes by Simple. I love this product, it takes everything off so easily and gently. After everything is all off, I wash my face with the Purity One-Step Facial Cleanser by Philosophy. This facial cleanser does the job perfectly – it cleanses well and doesn’t sting my face or make it feel tegang which I don’t like.

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Raja Azureen Eleena, TV Host & Makeup Artist

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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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Jun Yong, Shiseido White Lucent Ambassador

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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

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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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Ellia Raini, Astro Arena News Anchor

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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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