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.
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)