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    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

    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, 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



    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

    Published in:

    Flawless Magazine

    Pro Photo Mag




    Once upon a time, I wanted to start a Blog.

    A place where I could log my experiences and create a scrapbook to look back on my life — while hoping that at least one poor sod would read it (that person most likely being myself).

    With a full-time job, I have limited time to dedicate to my love of blogging. I’m thrilled to announce that as of today, I’m free as a bird. I quit my job to travel the world. They say your dreams. I’ll let you know if it was the right decision.

    Today I relaunch this Blog with an editorial called Fire, shot by super talented Photographer: Ella H and creative Makeup Artist: Rachel at the Tate in London. A wonderful way to say goodbye to my beautiful city where I have lived for five years.

    I name this post, Fire because red is the colour of energy, passion, and action; it’s also a symbol of luck in Chinese which I’ll be needing when embarking on my new journey. This ASOS billowing red chiffon maxi dress could quickly breathe new life into anyone.

    ProjectM is a style, travel, beauty, and lifestyle Blog.

    I will be launching my travel and foodie posts early 2015.

    You’re welcome to join me in my adventure.

    Monica x

    Location: Tate Britain, London

     ASOS Red Maxi Dress | Jimmy Choo Heels

    MAC 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 | YSL Red Lipstick |


    Photographer: Ella H

    Makeup: Rachel Williamson

    Published in:

    Flawless Magazine

    Pro Photo Mag




    Hi, I’m Monica: Wanderluster & Dreamer. I fill these pages with my life & adventures.

    What are you like if I met you in person?:

    Weird. I’m the girl who always looks lost and has her shirt on back to front. I’m that girl.

    What’s your blog about?:

    It’s a lifestyle, style, travel and food blog — all of my favourite things, across various chapters of my life, under one roof. My aim is to be different from the other bloggers. I want to give you more than pictures of my face and outfits in various angles. I want to pass on my life-learnings to you. I want us to build a life we love, life in colour.

    What is ProjectM?:

    In 2014, I decided to quit my job to live my dream of travelling around the world, which I can wholeheartedly say was the best decision of my life. Subsequently, throughout my blog, I encourage you to run for your dreams. My blog originally launched as a style diary. During my backpacking adventure, I released a travel category. I named my experience ‘ProjectM’. In 2016, I changed my blog name to The Wong Blog, but I kept the name of my travels.

     Are you also a model?:

    Yes. I’m a commercial model (the non-catwalk kind). I occasionally appear in adverts and films. My portfolio is here.

    How do you stay so slim when you eat so much?:

    You can read about that here

    What camera do you use?:

    I use my iPhone 6S – as a big camera is a faff to carry around. I’ve recently brought this DSLR camera to take get better at photography — tips would be much appreciated.

    Can I contact you?: 

    Yes, of course! If you have a burning question, please get in touch via my social media channels.

    Lots of love Monica x

    Disclaimer: some of the links I post contain cookies, they’re delicious and taste great with a cup of tea. If I’m sponsored or commissioned by a brand, I’ll share the deets with you.

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