Star Gaz­ing

When ac­tress Ca­rina Lau joined forces with FIF founder Michelle Ong for our July cover, we knew it would be a shoot to re­mem­ber

Hong Kong Tatler - - Behind The Scenes -

As one of the most fa­mous ac­tresses in Hong Kong, Ca­rina Lau might be ex­pected to be­have like a bit of a diva. We’ve all heard tales about A-list stars mak­ing out­landish de­mands. Would Ca­rina be any dif­fer­ent?

Well, no­body from the Tatler team could raise an eye­brow on this shoot, as Ca­rina’s com­port­ment was im­mac­u­late from start to fin­ish. She ar­rived on set 10 min­utes be­fore we ex­pected her, greeted each mem­ber of the crew with a warm hand­shake and then slipped off to the dress­ing room to do her own make-up—nearly un­heard of among mod­ern celebri­ties. “I’ve al­ways pre­ferred do­ing my own make-up. I learned how to do it years ago and I know my face bet­ter than any­one else does, so it would just be lazy not to,” she said with a smile.

Ca­rina took a keen in­ter­est in the clothes se­lected by fash­ion editor Justine Lee, which all suited her sleek, min­i­mal­ist style. Michelle Ong, the founder and chair­man of the First Ini­tia­tive Foun­da­tion (FIF), was also on set and swapped her de­mure Sun­day sling­backs for a pair of sky-high Jimmy Choo heels. She was al­most as com­fort­able in front of the cam­era as Ca­rina—although she still took some tips on how to pose from the pro­fes­sional in our midst. Af­ter all the work was done, Michelle brought out boxes of egg tarts for the hard-work­ing crew and ev­ery­one toasted a won­der­ful day with steam­ing cups of cof­fee.

“I’VE AL­WAYS PRE­FERRED DO­ING MY OWN MAKE-UP. I LEARNED HOW TO DO IT YEARS AGO AND I KNOW MY FACE BET­TER THAN ANY­ONE ELSE DOES”

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