SINGAPORE - If there are two things we've learnt about Kevin Chou, it is 1. the "lao shi" loathes liner, and; 2. he thinks of faces in terms of food.
Not in a Hannibal Lecter way, of course, and not all eyeliners. The Taiwanese makeup maestro, who was in Singapore for Etude House's Pink Play Party along with an A-team of K-Pop performers - the beautiful boys of SHINee and sultry Sulli from f(x) - tells herworldPLUS that thick eyeliner is terribly aging for Asian eyes with smaller eyelid folds.
"Chunky liner will inevitably smudge onto your narrow crease. I also find that from a distance, the dark tracing around your lids can make your eyes look mean-spirited," explains Kevin.
The celebrity grooming guru, whose deft fingers have gilded the faces of superstars like Zhang Ziyi and Maggie Q, was clearly in his element during our interview, personally swiping swatches of an Etude House lip stain on our hands to demonstrate its non-sticky finish.
Kevin was also strikingly and deliciously evocative, dispensing makeup tips with metaphors so vivid, they made us pang for pudding.
To wit, here is Kevin's description of the colours we should try this season: "Go for chocolate shadow! Or pretty up your puckers with a milky pink shade - think strawberry liqueur swirled into clotted cream." Talk about guilt-free dessert on our lips!
Here are some other beauty bon mots he shared with us. Enjoy:
K-Pop eyebrows are good for fat faces
Kevin approves of the bushy brow trend in South Korea, especially for square-jawed ladies: "I think women with larger, boxy faces suit this trend very well - the thicker brows direct attention towards your features and away from the width of your jaw."
For the uninitiated, he recommends growing your brows out, then going to an eyebrow specialist to ask them to give you a blunt, slightly tapered shape. Maintain your K-Pop brows by filling them in with a good eyebrow pencil and setting powder.