Porcelain

Let’s face it, contrary to the bold claims and vague promises that appear in the skincare world, there is one universal truth that dermatologists and consumers agree upon: moisturiser does work. But, there’s an endless range. The skincare TV adverts always blast: “the latest, most innovative formula yet”. So, where do you even start?

You need to look for three properties, anti-ageing protection, SPF and antioxidants. There’s three moisturisers with all of these, Estee Lauder Daywear, Clinique Moisturiser and Olay Essentials Day Cream. Aside from the smell and the childhood Déjà vu (my mother used to wear it), It’s the only moisturiser that I found that has: hydration, antioxidants, UVA/UVB protection, doesn’t clog pores and one doesn’t leave a hole in your purse.

Wrinkle prone already? If you’re 35+, I would recommend Elemis Marine Cream for collagen production and it’s got raving reviews. Throughout the years, I’ve collated a list of my beauty discoveries, the ones that I feel, work on my skin. I’ve tested a lot of products, on the supple road to finding my staple collection. Time to time, you’ll discover them on my blog.

I use La Roche-Posay Redermi Anti-Aging every three months. If there’s one ingredient that could be considered the fountain of youth, it’s Retinol. It increase cell cycle turnover, helps promote collagen and in doing that, it decreases pore size.

Lastly, for blemish prevention, La Roche Posay Anti Blemish is perfect for your handbag and great for preventing breakouts and skin damage from spots. Most of us have a good record when it comes to the consistent application of the peripheral skincare (eye cream, serums, masks, toners and so on).

Life just gets in the way. But with the right products, we’re making a big difference. Above is my picks of the big multitasking hitters to invest in now. Come on, spill. What unbeatable beauty buys have you got for me to try?

Location: Studio, East London

 Estee Lauder Daywear | Clinique Moisturiser | Olay Essentials Day Cream | Elemis Marine Cream | La Roche-Posay Redermi Anti-Aging | La Roche Posay Anti Blemish| Brightening Products

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Photographer: Dmitry Pahomov

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Drama

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

Credits:

Photographer: George Samuel

Make Up: Giselle Fryatt

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Natural

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’.

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

Credits:
Photographer: George Samuel
Make Up Artist: Giselle Fryatt

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Plum

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, 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)

Credits:

Photographer: Jon Reid

Make-Up Artist: Neon Velvet

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Marble

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 |

Credits:

Photographer: Ella H

Makeup Artist: Rachel Williamson

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