BEAUTY TALK

Work­ing on big fash­ion spreads and cin­e­matic sets while run­ning her very own Face Art Acad­emy, Malaysia’s hottest make-up artist makes time to talk Li Ying Lim through her beauty se­crets and rou­tine.

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Mon­ica Lee shares the se­cret be­hind her trade­mark curls

As one of the na­tion’s most ac­com­plished fig­ures in the beauty in­dus­try, which make-up tools can’t you live with­out? Def­i­nitely MUD Cos­met­ics Foun­da­tion n and Make Up For­ever black eye­liner, as well as MAC lip gloss and mas­cara from L’Oréal Paris – it’s the best. What do you use to make sure your can­vas is per­fectly prepped for a photo-ready com­plex­ion? I like SK-II and La Mer. My rou­tines dif­fer de­pend­ing on where I am. When I fly, I make sure I pile on a lot of face cream, keep hy­drated, and wear com­fort­able cloth­ing. Travel is a big part of your work and life. Fave lo­ca­tions? Lon­don is like a sec­ond home to me, and I love LA be­cause it is so re­lax­ing. If f I have the time I love to go to an is­land to un­wind. Just some­where nearby is al­ways good. There is noth­ing like Pangkor Laut Re­sort, Pu­lau Redang, or Langkawi for a quick get­away. Hav­ing lived for years in the UK do you have a dif­fer­ent rou­tine for r Malaysian weather? I nor­mally avoid us­ing rich creams here so that my make-up will last longer er in the hu­mid­ity. Theree is a cream called E45 that I have been us­ing for twenty y years now. It is clin­i­cally proven to treat and soothe dry, flak­ing, chapped skin. En­quir­ing minds want to know: ow: How do you keep those fab­u­lous ous curls in good form? Th­ese are nat­u­ral curls, and they do get frizzy some­times! I usu­ally tame them with a sculpt­ing lo­tion af­ter sham­poo­ing, but on bad hair days, I sim­ply twist my un­ruly locks into a sim­ple updo. Are there any salons you visit quite fre­quently? There are many salons that I like but I also love my L’Oréal Pro­fes­sion­nel treat­ments for some at-home TLC. Tell us your se­cret for gor­geous, glow­ing skin. I drink a glass of fruit juice ev­ery day. Tomato juice is my favourite. Scents you absolutely love? I like An­nick Goutal. Jo Mal­one is re­ally great, too, be­cause I get to mix what­ever fra­grances I want. Which Au­tumn/ Win­ter ’13 beauty trends do you feel are par­tic­u­larly rel­e­vantr to our cul­ture? As sea­sons change, make-up looks tend to get stronger. I am ac­tu­ally re­ally loving SaintS Lau­rent this sea­son. What are your fu­ture plans? Well, I love a chal­lenge. I think the next step is to work more on my mould­ing and sculpt­ing tech­niques and ex­plore spe­cial make-up and pros­thet­ics for film, beauty, and fash­ion pho­to­shoots.

La Mer The Oil Ab­sorb­ing Tonic, RM300 L’Oréal Paris False Lash Ar­chi­tect Mas­cara, RM54.90

L’Oréal Pro­fes­sion­nel Steam Pod Hair Re­pair Treat­ment

MAC Trop­i­cal Ta­boo Cremesheen Glass in Fever Isle, RM80

An­nick Goutal Le Chèvrefeuille EDT, RM488 (100ml)

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