This shoot represents escapism.

Wanderlust consumes me.

I admit, I’m an escapist. I’m always escaping from reality, daydreaming and fantasising about far away lands that stay engrained in my mind.

There’s an escapist & adventurer in all of us. I blog to create and share beautiful memories.

A glorious echo of summer gone by (illustrated summer 2009). I name this editorial, quite simply, Vintage. There’re so many reasons why I love this set, but I’ll let you decide for yourself.

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Location: Sheffield

MAC Prep and Prime | M·A·C FOUNDATION | M.A.C Powder | MAC Eyeshadow in All That Glitters, Bronze, Brule and Copper | Plate | M.A.C Liquid Liner | Lancome Mascara | M.A.C EYE BROWS | MAC Blush in Animal Instincts | MAC Lip Pencil | MAC Lipstick in Crosswires and Dark Side |

Styling and props: Natalie Armin
Photographer: Craig Flemming
Make Up: Laura Gingell


Sorry, I have to show you these attractive behind the scenes pics, It looks like I’m having a nap…

How to do a dramatic make up look The Wong Blog

How to do a dramatic make up look The Wong Blog

So attractive, NHATTT!

How to do a dramatic make up look The Wong Blog

How to do a dramatic make up look The Wong Blog

As a follow up from my natural beauty post — this is, ‘A Beauty Series – Part 2’! [*Insert drum roll sound*].

It’s time to get your brushes out. Ladies, I’m going to expose what Giselle (my lovely make-up artist) taught me for the day.

Dramatic Make-Up Look

1. Define. If you haven’t set your brows earlier that day, darken them up a bit more than usual with Benefit Brow Zings, it will show up more in photos.

2. Apply your favourite primer along on the eyelids — this will make your eyeshadow last longer and prevent creasing.

3. Use a whiteish-beige ish eyeshadow onto the inner thirds of your eyes, this will bring more light to the eyes. I use the beige shadow called ‘Strange’ from my Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette (this palette is fantastic by the way).

4. Apply a neutral eyeshadow like the shade ‘Trick’ from the same palette. Apply at the outer corners. You want to create subtle shadows — this will add more definition to the eyes.

5. Load up your brush with a black eyeshadow (UD Palette: Blackheart) and fill in your lids. Photos will take away the intensity of makeup, so I usually pack on the colour. Fill in the top of your eye sockets with a grey eyeshadow like the one from this palette. Now darken the lower lash line using the same eyeshadow.

6. Using a liquid liner, line your waterline. Apply Mascara on the top and bottom lashes.

7. Highlight and contour: Apply your powder with a blush brush on the bridge of your nose and apples of your cheeks. Apply brown blush along the cheekbones, jawline and sides of the nose. I use NARS Eyeshadow in Nepal — made for the eyes, but I use it for cheeks too.

8. Outline the lips – if you have a pink lipliner lying around otherwise just finish off with lipstick/lipgloss in a flirty pink colour.

Hope you’re made up with your look. Do show me piccies if you have a go!

Location: George Samuel Studios

Lancome Eau Micellaire Douceur | Lancôme Génifique Eye Cream | NARSskin Aqua Gel | Garnier Caffeine Roll-On | NARS Stick concealer in Ginger | NARS Sheer Matte Foundation | M.A.C Eyeliner | Benefit Brow Zings | Primer |  NARS eyeshadow in Napal | Grey EyeshadowUrban Decay Naked 3 Palette | Shiseido Eye Curlers |  Yves Saint Laurent | Burt’s Bees | Pink Lipliner |  Pink Lipstick


Photographer: George Samuel

Make Up: Giselle Fryatt


Monica Wong Model The Wong Blog Everyday Natural Make UpMonica Wong Model The Wong Blog Everyday Natural Make Up

Monica Wong Model The Wong Blog Everyday Natural Make Up

I name this project: ‘A Beauty Series’.

The video shows a timeline starting with my bare naked face. The video ends with more dramatic looks: black lipstick, darkened eyebrows and smokier eyes.

I asked my lovely Makeup Artist Giselle for some tips on how to do a natural look and then to top up for an exciting event for the night. Right, let’s start with natural. She told me it’s important to have a fresh face before you apply makeup.

Natural Everyday Make-Up Look

1. Cleanse. I soak a cotton pad with Lancome Eau Micellaire Douceur: the great thing about this toner is that you can use it on your whole face including your lips. Start from the forehead and make your way to the jawline, isn’t it so satisfying to see the removed excess oil and dirt from your skin?

2. Rehydrate. I have awful dark circles. I’m yet to find an eye cream that works well for me, but for now, Lancôme Génifique Eye Cream does the trick. Squeeze a 5p amount with your fingers and pat it on the inner corners and outer eye. Try not to pull your lines, this could stretch your eye elasticity and that area is super sensitive.

3. Moisturise. I use NARSskin Aqua Gel; it makes my skin soo’ soft and it’s perfect for pre-make up wear. Rub and massage onto face.

4. Dark circles begone. I have a few favourite concealers, my favourite ‘save’ one is Garnier Caffeine Roll-On in fair (it comes in four shades) this one is ideal for everyday wear. My favourite ‘splurge’ one is NARS Stick Concealer in Ginger, omigawd, I love this concealer, it hides those bad boys bags away. Use your ring finger (because the eye area is sensitive) and blend in a circular motion.

5. Lightly apply foundation onto face, I use NARS Sheer Matte Foundation in Ceylan, it matches my skin colour perfectly. Squeeze a bit onto your hand and use a stippling brush — apply it to the areas that need it most: the redness around the nose, chin and a little on the forehead.

6. Tight-line your eyes (known as sneaky invisible lining). Using your usual eyeliner, I use M.A.C Eyeliner and draw the top lash line, this makes your lashes look fuller and thicker. Optional: fill in your eyebrows with M·A·C EYE BROWS.

7. Curl lashes — the best one I’ve used is Shiseido. Apply mascara — I use Yves Saint Laurent because even though they’re thickening and lengthening, I have tiny and thin lashes and this mascara doesn’t make them look chavtastically unnatural. It’s my favourite mascara, like, ever.

8. Use a rose shimmering blush Dior Blush in Rose Cherie and highlight the high points and the apples of your cheeks. Smile when you do it to highlight the main areas.

9. Finish off with your favourite lip balm. I use either Vaseline or Burt’s Bees. Chapstick does the trick too.

Let me know if any of my favourite natural beauty goodies make it into your Christmas stocking this year.

Location: George Samuel Studios

Lancome Eau Micellaire Douceur | Lancôme Génifique Eye Cream | NARSskin Aqua Gel | Garnier Caffeine Roll-On | NARS Stick concealer in Ginger | NARS Sheer Matte Foundation | M.A.C Eyeliner | M·A·C EYE BROWS | Shiseido Eyelash Curler | Yves Saint Laurent | Dior Blush | Vaseline | Burt’s Bees

Photographer: George Samuel
Make Up Artist: Giselle Fryatt


How to wear purple lipstick

1. MAC Lipstick in Heroine 2. Dior Lipstick 3. NARS Lipstick (Scarlett Empress) 4. YSL Lipstick (N°39 Pourpre Divin) 5. Topshop Lipstick (Inhibition). 6. Tom Ford Lipstick (Bruised Plum)

How to wear purple lipstick The Wong Blog

How to wear purple lipstick is a question I’ve explored.

I mean, hey, that’s purple lipstick we’re talking about – super sexy, super edgy, super chic yet, unfortunately, super difficult to wear. Dark lipstick can make it seem like you’re trying to be Rihanna or just confused about when Halloween is. A lot of dark and vampy looking lips have been floating around in the AW14 fashion press. Without having any tenancies to start my Twilight vampire story — I’ve always been obsessed with the smoky Gothic look. There’s something sexy about bright, but mysterious eyes and oxblood lips. With the right makeup, anyone can rock this look (even though it’s more appropriate to wear in cold seasons or you’ll end up looking like a confused Emo).

To make it work for you: warm skin tones will suit a reddish to purple lipstick whereas cool skin tones will suit more cooling lipsticks. Keep your eye makeup natural, it’ll work to your advantage. In this shoot, Neon, my lovely Makeup Artist, didn’t build dark layers in the eyes. Opt for sexy, nicely lined cat eyes, or give a natural looking smoky eye a try. Lastly, flawless skin makes the perfect finish, you kind of want to keep the rest of your face neutral and shine-free, so grab your fave matte foundation and aim for full coverage, it’ll polish your skin up to that porcelain-like perfection. I’ve listed my favourite plum lipsticks and some of my other favourite gothic treats. Happy lipping!

Location: South London

1. MAC Lipstick in Heroine 2. Dior Lipstick 3. NARS Lipstick (Scarlett Empress) 4. YSL Lipstick (N°39 Pourpre Divin) 5. Topshop Lipstick (Inhibition). 6. Tom Ford Lipstick (Bruised Plum)


Photographer: Jon Reid

Make-Up Artist: Neon Velvet


black gothic dress




She’s one of my favourite dresses, meet the Jolie Maxi. I name her Jolie because it’s similar to the piece that caught press attention at the Oscars (2012) by Angelina Jolie. I could be the only weirdo that names her dresses (correct me if I’m wrong). This one is a thigh-high split, fitted band, lightly textured with intricate hand-crafted vertical stitch lines.

A feminine, effortless and timeless dress by Alice by Temperley. The timelessness and sophistication of black are welcome to any wardrobe.

And where do you capture the elegance of an independent British luxury brand? At The Tate of course!

After the rain had stopped (hello British weather) we took my lovely dress for a spin in the park by the blossom trees, quiet pathways and a serene of London. Paired with a pinky red lip, we went for a makeup look of a hybrid of natural & glam; the products that the lovely Rachel used are below this post.

Location: Tate Britain, London

Alice by Temperley Dress | Jimmy Choo Heels

MMAC Prep and Prime | M·A·C FOUNDATION | M.A.C Powder | NARS Blush | Lancome MascaraM.A.C Liquid Liner | MAC Lip Liner | M.A.C EYE BROWS | MAC Lipstick in Pink Nouveau |


Photographer: Ella H

Makeup Artist: Rachel Williamson

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