Human Resources Magazine Feb 2012 Cover

I wanted to share one of my latest photos from the cover of Human Resources magazine in Singapore February 2012. This image was shot by Brendan Zhang with Shahrom K in art direction. Low Peck Kem is a divisional director for the Singapore Ministry of Manpower National Human Resources – she is an executive and her makeup is soft and classic. (I used Illamasqua Skin Base and Urban Decay Naked Palette).

Mrs. Low Peck Kem and I had lots in common (both have fond memories of the San Francisco Bay Area and travel). Thank you Human Resources for having me!


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Portrait Makeup That Adds Pizzaz

Just wanted to share a gorgeous series I recently did hair and makeup for. My client’s name is Sian and she hails from South Africa. Photos were shot by super talented photographer Jasmine Vincent. This series is meant to be a gift for Sian’s parents, how cool is that? A portrait shoot is a memory that lasts forever. I loved every second of it, used some of my Armani and MUFE pigments and a lots of highlighting around the upper cheekbones.

Creative test inspired makeup by Lady Gaga

This week, I got some time to indulge in some creative work with Razin, Antonio, Hasina and Cassidy.  Cassidy is a Resorts World Singapore performer with a fabulous wardrobe.  All photos were shot at Pixelwave studios in Arab Street.  The makeup was inspired by the Lady Gaga Papparazi video, dark shadows, a bit of Kryolan white foundation and lots of blusher by MAC.  The eye makeup was a combination of cream and powder shadow, topped with my favourite NARS dark grey glitter pigment.

It’s been quiet (but I’ve been busy)

Sorry for the pause, it is not very like me to go M.I.A. Between shooting tests, new work, assisting gigs, a MAC presentation day by Romero Jennings from New York, Zumba, taking care of my health -blogging kind of took a backseat.  One of my highlights this week was doing makeup/ hair for a Yahoo! Asia anti-bullying campaign, it was a new experience for me as I had Vietnamese, Indonesian and Singaporean Chinese “real” girls I made up for this psa, lots of fun.

Today I am doing a creative test with uber experienced and detailed photographer Razor from Pixelwave, Antonio doing hair and Jeannie King modelling. Very exciting for all of us involved. Last week I had the pleasure of working with Eulyn from Apricot Gallery doing a beauty test, using Spring 11′ colors, all close ups.

Photo credit Johannah Fong, makeup Norah and hair Ash Loi


This gorgeous image is a collaboration with visiting Filipino photographer Paul Frederick, the fabulous designer/stylist Rachel Lutz and the very lovely, impossibly photogenic model Jeannie King.  For this effort we were outdoors at Fort Canning park in Singapore.  I had a full day of work and needed to make sure the makeup stayed because (at least tried to).

Lip stains are a heaven send for situations like the one I described, here Bourjois Rouge Hi-Tech was applied. How does a lip stain work? It is a gloss free water tint on your lips. It feels as if you don’t have lipstick!

PS. If you want to try a home-made lip stain, go to your kitchen and grab some gelatin or Jell-O as it is called in the USA. Best to use is either a strawberry or cherry flavour, grab a cotton bud to avoid staining your fingers and if you want a bit of gloss, blend with some lip balm.

Amorsoloesque Makeup

This photo by Candy Yam is part of the Amorsoloesque photography workshop I did makeup for on Saturday Dec 4th. It was conducted by Filipino photographer Maricris Carlos – she is an expert in this field of whimsical post-production. Putting makeup on model Alexia Giessen was great fun, I used very bold eye colours mixing Yaby pearl eyeshadows, a small touch of Face Atelier foundation with some Yaby concealer.  Another secret weapon was the Shadow Shields – they are an amazing little tool to help avoid messy racoon eyes. I spent a while working on Alexa’s eyes, they needed to stand out for the studio lighting. This workshop was fast paced and the participants like myself, live for the moment of getting the right angles. Thank you Xilver Claire Events for booking me! I loved every second of it.

Daily Inspiration

I love old Hollywood. Give me Elizabeth Taylor, Sophia Loren, Lucille Ball, Marlene Dietrich, all timeless and unique!

“I am not funny. My writers were funny. My directors were funny. The situations were funny…What I am is brave. I have never been scared. Not when I did movies, certainly not when I was a model, and not when I did I Love Lucy.”

Lucille Ball (Rolling Stone, June 23, 1983) (photo by Walt Sanders for LIFE, click to enlarge)



Bridal Makeup

BridalLast Friday afternoon, I was asked to do bridal makeup for a Profoto/ Shriro Singapore gathering. There weren’t too many details revealed, alas all I knew is that it was a lighting seminar with top Australian wedding photographer Marcus Bell. No big deal, right? My model was running an hour late, did the best I could under time pressure. Once we were ready with makeup, I noticed a large crowd and buzzing interest in the latest gadgets and lighting.

This look was achieved using a combination of products, Makeup Forever HD Foundation, Yaby concealer, and eyes using L’oreal mascara, MAC pigments and paint pot.