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16th December 2015 / Beauty / by Chia Sihan

Beauty Class – Master Your Selfie Basics

Ever wonder how in the age of baguette-size smart phone screens with crystal-clear HD resolution, some folks just consistently managed to outshine everyone else in Instagram, with impossibly dewy skin brought to full colour glory with good photography, editing and lighting.

Here’s the good news: even if you don’t belong in that 3% genetically blessed pool, there is still hope of looking outstanding with a little help.

We’ve put together the blocks of a solid selfie foundation for that million dollar close-up (or 10):

The Look: Natural and radiant

Get it this way: Brush on some cream blusher before applying a light layer of liquid foundation to achieve a lasting natural blush. Create a slight shimmer with a nice bronzer on the cheekbone and nose.

A light-as-air coverM.A.C. Studio Waterweight Foundation

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This lightweight foundation has a watery texture that glides and stays on easily, making it the ideal choice for our humid weather. You could top it up with some loose powder without the foundation caking.

Get your lips onNars Audacious

This punchy colour deserves a spot on your lips because it’s 1) super hydrating and 2) the strong vibrant hue simply makes your lips come alive like a sensuous siren.

Hydrate and tone your skin from inside outBlack Tea Age-Delay Instant Infusion Treatment Toner


If you work in an air-conditioned environment, this is the 24/7 antidote to keep your skin from drying up. This paraben-free treatment toner contains a proprietary complex derived from a potent blend of black tea, blackberry leaf extract, and lychee seed extract to protect your skin from free radicals and improve skin elasticity while polysaccharides smooth the skin.

Killing ’em softlyUrban Decay Vice 4

The key focal point in selfies, your eyes are usually the first place people tend to focus on. This latest addition to the Vice family lets you play with 20 rich, deep jewel tones. From buttery-smooth mattes and shimmering metallics to shades laced with micro-glitter, any shade you choose will stay on no matter how long your day is, thanks to their Pigment Infusion System™.

At first blushNars Matte Multiple

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The multipurpose makeup stick is what you need to bring around to look fresh and rosy when you simply has no space for a makeup bag. Good to use wet or dry, the effect is naturally matte without compromising on vibrant lasting colour that gently imbues your complexion with a healthy flush.

About the Writer

Chia Sihan

A story junkie by nature, this TFCS scribe thrives on uncovering the backstories of her interview subjects, whether they are heads of corporations or a working Mum caring for a child with a developmental disorder. She finds it a privilege to be privy to these personal experiences. Some of the publications she has written for include the Singapore Women’s Weekly, L’Officiel Singapore, and Harper’s Bazaar Junior. It is this genuine love for storytelling and collaboration that led her to kickstart her journey as a co-founder of The Fashion Collective Singapore. Now the chief storyteller at TFCS, she is particularly inspired by the personal journeys of TFCS Mentors, not to mention their dedication towards the refinement of their craft.

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