The fashion grand dame Coco Chanel once said: "You can be gorgeous at 30, charming at 40 and irresistible for the rest of your life."
In this first issue of Style, the team tapped seven experts to show you how to look your best, whether you are in your nubile 20s or golden 60s.
The experts are stylists Keith Png, Daniel Boey and Audrey Ong; make-up artists Clarence Lee and Dollei Seah; and hairstylists Eugene Ong and Ken Hong.
In her 50s
Teo Cheng Hiang, 55, contracts analyst
Body shape: Rectangular. Her shoulders, waist and hips are of the same width
"I work in a corporate environment so I'm usually in dark or neutral colour shift dresses. Now that I'm in my 50s, my skin has started to sag, while my eye bags and dark circles are more prominent. I also have marionette lines, an uneven skin tone and pigmentation on my face. I'd like to learn how to use make-up to enhance my features.
I don't wear too much make-up. I just use tinted sunblock and loose powder. I darken my brows and put on some lipstick. And I think my hair is limp and thin."
Outfit: Dress, Karen Millen; bangles, Forever21; necklace and shoes, stylist's own
Stylist Keith Png: "It is easy to turn Cheng Hiang's rectangular body shape into one that looks like an hourglass. She just has to emphasise her waist with an accessory such as a belt, or strategic prints. I picked this dress as the contrasting stripes make her waist look smaller. We completed the look with her own statement necklace."
Make-up artist Clarence Lee: "Cheng Hiang thinks she has dark circles and eye bags, but she does not. She has eyes that bulge a little. All I did was add a little grey-blue eyeshadow close to her lash line and on the outer corners of her eyes. I also used liner and mascara to make her eyes look wider, brighter, and more lifted. The light eyeshadow colour complements her skin tone. Brown or black will look too harsh. A sheer or dusky beige blush suits her.
She has a nice nose and good cheekbones, so I focused on disguising the areas she is not happy with. I prepared her skin with serum, moisturiser and an anti-ageing make-up base to tighten her skin and even out its texture. She has a small jaw, so the loose skin around it and the jowls are more visible.
I blended a contouring stick under her cheekbones and jaw line to make her face look sharper. I also applied a highlighter on her cheeks and around marionette lines sparingly to further lift her face."
Hairstylist Eugene Ong: "Her hair is layered and textured, and she is not willing to go shorter. So I took out the loose ends to give her hair a rounded shape to add softness. Her hair is not as thin as she thinks. It's just that her natural hairline is high and that makes the locks near her temples look thin. So I layered the hair at her crown and swept them towards the front to create the illusion of fuller hair."
Cheng Hiang On Her New Look
"The dress is not something I would usually wear, but I like it as it suits me. My hair looks better now and I've also learnt to fix the problem areas on my face with make-up. My daughter, who accompanied me to the makeover, says I look five years younger, more elegant and polished."
This article was first published on July 02, 2015.
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