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Indonesia Tatler Weddings - - BIG DAY BEAUTY -

Philips Kwok started his ca­reer as a makeup artist in the late 90s, and has worked with the big­gest names in fash­ion - from DIOR In­done­sia to Ver­sace. In­done­sia Tatler Wed­dings sat him down to talk about trends, tricks and tips for the big day

Please share with us your in­spi­ra­tion on en­hanc­ing the beauty of the women in In­done­sia?

All women in In­done­sia have some­thing unique about them. Each province, from Sa­bang to Mer­auke, has their own ex­oti­cism of cul­ture and as a makeup artist I merely en­hance what is al­ready there - their cul­ture and tra­di­tions in­spire me to re­veal their in­ner and outer beauty.

What would you con­sider to be your big­gest achieve­ment? For me be­ing a part of some­one’s spe­cial day, and be­ing a part of their un­for­get­table mo­ments in their life, is my big­gest achieve­ment.

What are the makeup trends in the wed­ding in­dus­try for 2015?

I think bold and wing eye­liner are still in, com­bined with fresh colours such as soft blue, pink, ma­genta, or­ange and peach. The trend is def­i­nitely colour state­ments.

What is the se­cret to cre­at­ing the per­fect bridal makeup?

Healthy skin is def­i­nitely the se­cret to flaw­less beauty, and the per­fect makeup hap­pens be­cause a bride has a healthy skin, that makes the look more nat­u­ral and ef­fort­less.

Do you do tra­di­tional bridal makeup, such as the tra­di­tional Ja­vanese “paes”, and what de­fines it from the norm?

Yes I do. Tra­di­tional bridal makeup is a lit­tle bit more dra­matic than the norm. It can be seen from how the makeup gets ap­plied from the eyes to the lips, and usu­ally ‘paes’ is based on the bride’s fa­cial pro­por­tion.

What are the es­sen­tial dos and don’ts for a bride in or­der to main­tain her make-up so that it will be flaw­less and long last­ing for her spe­cial day?

I al­ways sug­gest that brides-to-be have enough rest and drink enough min­eral wa­ter, and do not be stressed about their wed­ding. This is eas­ier said than done, as usu­ally the bride be­comes bridezilla on her wed­ding day. (Laughs) But se­ri­ously stress af­fects the bride’s skin. Spa treat­ments are very help­ful for re­lax­ation. For face treat­ments, I for­bid my brides to have any chem­i­cal treat­ments, be­cause it may cause their makeup to be less long last­ing on their spe­cial day.

What is beauty?

Be­ing beau­ti­ful is not be­ing some­one else, but be­ing YOU and be­ing com­fort­able with it.

Be­sides the bride, in our ever-evolv­ing met­ro­sex­ual world, can a groom also wear makeup?

I do not fore­see any prob­lems if the groom wants to wear makeup, as long as it is light and matches his skin tone for a very nat­u­ral look.

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