Get ready to take notes. K-pop mega groups SHINee and Red Velvet were in town last Friday for the Shilla Beauty Concert, and at an earlier media conference held at Changi Airport Terminal 4, they shared some super handy beauty tips on how to look fabulous. So, let’s dive in! 

Being a K-pop idol involves demanding work schedules, dealing with the media, and being there for their loyal fans. Yet amidst all the craziness, every single one of them emerges on and off screen in that perfectly polished and flawless appearance that inspires serious obsession (and envy) among fans. Really, no one knows how to look better than a K-pop star. So, if you’re wondering how they pull it off, we caught up with SHINee and Red Velvet at the media conference for Shilla Beauty Concert. Here’s what they shared about their everyday skincare routine and the must-have items in their makeup bags.

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On the beauty product they never travel without

SHINee’s Jonghyun: “I believe that cosmetics are really important, especially the skincare products.”

SHINee’s Key: “And health supplements, like vitamins and omega-3, too.”

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On the gift they would pick for a female family member

SHINee’s Jonghyun: “I’ll buy the most expensive product in the store.”

SHINee’s Taemin: “I’ll get the cheapest one. It depends on the person who I’m buying the gift for. Probably cosmetics or wallets.”

SHINee’s Minho: “I’ll ask what the person wants, and I’ll get that for her.”

On what they would love to receive as a Christmas gift

SHINee’s Jonghyun: “I want the most expensive item. Anything that’s pricey.”

Red Velvet’s Wendy: “I think anything is perfect because it’s Christmas. Christmas gifts are always perfect, no matter what.”

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On maintaining beautiful skin

Red Velvet’s Joy: “I wear a mask every morning. It should be chilled to help with the swelling of my face in the morning.”

Red Velvet’s Seulgi: “We wear heavy makeup on stage, so I think the most important part of the skincare routine is cleansing. I take a lot of care in choosing my cleanser.”

Red Velvet’s Yeri: “You need to eat a lot of good food. I love meat.”

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On the beauty items they have at home

Red Velvet’s Joy: “I’ve a lot of moisturising creams. If I apply a thick layer of moisturising cream at night, my skin becomes better in the morning.”

On a must-have beauty item for men

SHINee’s Key: “Nowadays it’s not uncommon to see men wearing not just skincare products, but also BB and CC creams.”

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On how to stay fresh during a long flight

SHINee’s Key: “I always carry a comfortable set of pyjamas with me. Of course, I can’t give up on looking good at the airport, so I’ll change into my pyjamas after getting on the plane.”

SHINee’s Taemin: “If I sleep throughout the flight, I think I can better handle jet-lag.”

Featured image: The Shilla Duty Free Singapore | Text and additional images: Priscilla Wu 

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Your hunt for a trusty eyeliner stops here. As part of our Teenage Beauty Awards 2017, we’ve sieved out 11 long-wearing drugstore and high-end eyeliners that’ll bring your look from day to night. 

ETUDE HOUSE Super Slim Proof Pencil Liner, $14.90

etude house PROWhile most might prefer a liquid eyeliner, the ETUDE HOUSE Super Slim Proof Pencil Liner has a soft formula that slides on easily without tugging on the skin. At only 1.5mm thin, this pencil eyeliner will allow you the precision to achieve intricate eyeliner looks – it is waterproof and holds up well when in contact with oil too. This affordable eyeliner comes in a range of colours and they are perfect for days where want an extra oomph.

essence Super Precise Eyeliner, $4.90

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We were pleasantly surprised when this ultra budget-friendly eyeliner snagged the top spot against the other heavyweights on this list. A drugstore eyeliner that ticks off all the boxes, this essence Super Precise eyeliner lives up to its name; ideal for drawing both thick and thin lines to close precision with its fine brush tip. And its formula absolutely doesn’t budge nor flake throughout the day, making it our go-to eyeliner for when we need our eye makeup to really hold up.

Kate Super Sharp Liner, $17

kate PROCost-effective and high performance, the Kate Super Sharp Liner comes in three shades, BK-1, BK, and BR-1 where BK-1 is jet black. The eyeliner is pretty solid – it is well-pigmented and waterproof. However, it is not smudge- and oil-proof and may flake when worn for long hours. Patting on eye primer before applying your liner can help it stay on better throughout the day. 

Catrice Eye’Matic Dip Liner Deep Black, $5.50

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The Catrice Eye’Matic Dip Liner is a little different from your usual eyeliner. While its glossy formula definitely does the job, its felt brush applicator is the highlight worth shouting about. Sturdy and curved slightly to give you a good grip and full control, beginners will find it easier to create their desired eyeliner looks with this product.  

Marc Jacobs Highliner Matte Gel Eyeliner, $38

MBMJ PROWant an pop of colour to spice up your look? The Marc Jacobs Highliner Matte Gel Eyeliner will do the trick. Whether its lining your waterline for an unexpected edge or lining it on your lids, its highly pigmented gel formula glides on effortlessly and delivers extreme hues in a single stroke. Available in a wide range of colours, this eyeliner dries quickly in 20 seconds and results in a resilient flick that won’t wear off midday. 

shu uemura Lasting Soft Gel Pencil, $37

shu uemura PROshu uemura has proved to be a solid brand that whizzes out quality products, including this Lasting Soft Gel Pencil. Like the other eyeliners we’ve recommended, this pencil eyeliner is easy to manoeuvre and delivers precise application. However, while its buttery soft texture is great for creating a soft, smoky effect, those with oiler lids might experience more smudging at the end of a long day. 

Browhaus Precision Waterproof Eyeliner, $19.90

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Dubbed as an extremely easy-to-use eyeliner, the specially designed felt tip of this liner gives you full control in order to create precise and thin lines. Long-lasting and smudge-proof, it does not take mad skills to learn the art of perfecting the eyeliner with Browhaus’s Waterproof eyeliner. It can do anything from natural to dramatic, depending on how you work it. 

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil, $12

nyx PROThe NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil is said to last even when you’ve got oily eyelids. Coming in a wide variety of shades, this multi-tasker can be used as a flattering eyeliner, double up as an eyeshadow or even used as an eyeshadow base – simply layer over your eyeshadow and watch the colours pop! 

Make Up Store Glitter Eyeliner, $35

makeup store PROWant a sheen of glitter on your lids? Reach for the Make Up Store Glitter Eyeliner. While its formula isn’t as opaque as we’d like it to be, you can build up the layers from subtle to head-turner in a few strokes – which makes it good for beginners. And it dries pretty quickly, so you won’t have to be afraid of smudging it up with glitter residue.

Maybelline Hypersharp 0.01mm Liner, $19.90

Maybelline PROAt a highest laser-sharp precision ever of 0.01mm, this Maybelline liner allows ultra-fine lines on your lids. The colour is intense, and it defines your eyes beautifully. You’d be stoked to know that although the tip is super fine, it still offers a steady give, which allows you to draw really close to your lash line to achieve the feline flick of your dreams.

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner, $32

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Raved about in the beauty community, Kar Von D’s Tattoo Liner lives up to its name. Even without an eyelid primer, this product adheres on well on the lids without budging, putting your worries of raccoon eyes to rest. The brush is well-designed, making it easy to control the lines. However, the colour is not as dark and intense as most eyeliners, so you might have to go over it a couple times. 

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The first product you should reach for if you’d like to achieve a dewy Korean-inspired complexion, check out our top Teenage Beauty Awards 2017 cushion foundation recommendations for an effortlessly radiant glow. 

IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream, $62

it proClinically proven to give wearers a whopping 179% of skin hydration while being able to camouflage any skin imperfections, this all-in-one product also contains SPF 50+ sunscreen to protect skin from UV rays.

ETUDE HOUSE Any Cushion All Day Perfect,$32 

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Need more coverage? The ETUDE HOUSE Any Cushion All Day Perfect features a new roll-spread technology that allows product to adhere better onto skin, allowing you to build on layers without caking up. It also provides a sweat-proof effect that lasts up to 24 hours to further reinforce the sustaining power of the cushion. Coming in six shades, the formula is created to look natural on your skin. 

THEFACESHOP Anti-Darkening Cushion V203, $33

thefaceshop proThe hero that’ll save us from humid weather, THEFACESHOP’s Anti-Darkening Cushion is formulated to withstand humid and high-temperature environments, whilst ensuring no oxidation takes place (turning the formula into a dull orange shade). It’s also lightweight, which allows breathability for your pores, and brightens your skintone for a radiant finish. 

First Aid Beauty Hello FAB 3 in 1 Superfruit Colour Correcting Cushion, $59

FAB proIncorporated with colour-correcting pigments – green to neutralise redness, pink to even out your skin tone and purple to reduce dullness and brighten your skin – the FAB 3 in 1 CC Cushion helps erase common complexion concerns. It is also great as a radiant base before your foundation. It blends into a pale pastel pink formula with a dewy finish that will add a radiant glow to your skin. 

M.A.C. Lightful C Quick Finish Cushion Compact, $63

mac proLightweight and fuss-free, the M.A.C. Lightful Cushion Compact releases liquid foundation in a superfine layer to achieve a natural satin finish and the coverage you desire. This way, you can wear it out for the entire day and still touch up without having to worry if the formula will cake up on your face. It has a matte finish, with medium to high coverage and still manages to brighten up your skin so you’ll look fresh for the day. 

Hada Labo Air BB, $19.90

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A lightweight, creamy formula that dries to a matte finish, the Hada Labo Air BB a great drugstore option. Able to be used as a standalone makeup base, or built up to full coverage, you won’t have to worry about it oxidising nor drying out your skin. With that being said, this product only comes in two shades, so those who require a more versatile colour range should give this a miss. 

Urban Decay Naked Skin Glow Cushion Compact, $59 

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Glowing skin is particularly trendy right now, and Urban Decay is one of the many cult-brands that is joining the hype. It’s latest Naked Skin Glow Cushion Compact leaves your skin with a beautiful glow that lasts all day. Moreover, it contains nourishing ingredients such as rose centifolia flower extract, which has toning and firming properties, gentian root extract that provides skin-soothing and antioxidant benefits and peppermint extract that conditions the skin.

su:m37 Water-full CC Cushion Perfect Finish, $67

sum37 proThis CC Cushion is extremely hydrating, but you’ll be surprised to know it works really well on oily skin types too. It contains ingredients to control sebum, as well as a multi-veil technology that keeps your makeup on for a long time, making it an ideal formula for the hot and humid weather. It contains a blooming powder that helps cover redness like charm too. 

The Body Shop Fresh Nude Cushion Foundation, $39.90

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Coming in five different shades, this 100% vegan liquid foundation comes in a nice cushion compact that aids the application process, giving it a smoother finish. It is suitable for sensitive skin users, and does not clog your pores like most foundations will. Infused with aloe vera extract, this helps to soothe your skin and any redness on your face. 

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The one step of your skincare routine you should never skip, finding the right moisturiser for your skin type can be quite tricky. For example, getting one that’s overly hydrating can cause breakouts, while a moisturiser that doesn’t do enough will lead to dry and cracking skin. While not all moisturisers are created equal, here are the top Teenage Beauty Award 2017 recommendations ranging from high-end to drugstore brands to serve your different needs. 

The Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Protection Emulsion, $36.90thebodyshop moisturizer PROHydrate and protect your skin in one easy application with The Body Shop’s Moisture Protection emulsion. A lightweight multitasker that boasts antioxidant wheatgerm oil and hyaluronic acid that leaves your complexion feeling supple all day, it also contains SPF30/PA+++ to shield skin from harmful UV rays. 

For Beloved One Hyaluronic Acid GHK-Cu Moisturising Lotion, $57

for beloved one moisturizer PROThe moisturising lotion from Taiwanese brand For Beloved One is an all-in-one serum that serves to replenish moisture and protect your skin. It is suitable for all skin types, especially for dry and sensitive skin. Containing GHK-Cu, the serum claims to help to slow down the aging process and improve skin elasticity. It is also scent-free, which is a plus point for those who are more sensitive to perfumed products.

Garnier Light Complete Yoghurt Sleeping Mask, $19.90garnier moisturizer PROAimed to brighten up your skin, Garnier’s Yoghurt Sleeping Mask contains important skin-restoring niacinamide and brightening ascorbyl glucoside to work its magic. This works well on dry skin types, but not on sensitive skin users because it contains Lemon Fruit extract which may be excessively acidic. It is both sulfate- and alcohol-free too. Leave it on your face overnight, and wake up to brighter skin!

IDS Oil-Free Moisturiser, $89

IDS moisturizer PROHaving difficulty finding the right moisturiser for your troubled skin? This trooper might be the one for you. The IDS Oil-Free Moisturizer is specially formulated with ingredients that will regulate sebum, control acne, minimise shine and lighten blemish marks. It is packed with retinyl palmitate, a gentle Vitamin A derivate that aids in clearing up complexion by speeding up the recovery rate of cells. 

Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream Hydrating Moisturiser, $96

peter thomas PROCominng in a gel-like texture, the Peter Thomas Roth Cloud Cream lives up to its name as an extremely lightweight moisturiser that absorbs quickly and easily into your skin. It leaves skin feeling perfectly hydrated and exceptionally smooth, and it contains a very good mix of skin-repairing ingredients. What’s more, the mineral Mica is included to give your complexion an extra glow. 

Auolive Day Glower, $118 

auolive-moisturizer--PROA new name on the market, Auolive is founded by Claire Au, a Singaporean who knows the struggle of maintaining a proper skincare routine while juggling a busy schedule. Enter the Auolive Day Glower, an all-in-one moisturiser that’s created to bridge the gap for those with little time for their complexions. An antioxidant moisturiser, this local offering also provides sun protection of SPF30, and works well as a makeup base, making your routine a lot simpler and faster so that you can get to school just in time. 

Curel Moisture Face Milk, $32.80 curel PROWorks best on all skin types, this drugstore moisturiser is dermatologically-developed, ensuring that even sensitive-skin users can use it. The face milk contains pseudo-ceramide, an ingredient that is crucial in retaining the moisture in your skin, and eucalyptus extract, for its anti-inflammatory properties, ensuring that your face is protected and well-hydrated at all times of the day. Because it is so gentle on the skin, you do not have to worry about any potential breakouts when using this. 

su:m37 Water-full Timeless Water Gel Cream, $108

sum37 moisturizer PROA premium Korean brand that recently landed onto local shores, su:m37’s Water-full Timeless Water Gel Cream is amazingly lightweight and yet delivers rich hydration that absorbs easily and quickly into skin. It’s formulated with Fermented Rose of Jericho and ceramide cream to enhance and firm of skin’s texture. 

belif The True Cream Water Bomb, $58

belief-moisturizer-PRODesigned for combination to oily skin types, this is the third addition to Belif’s The True Cream line and the lightest in consistency. It is said to be able to cool your skin of about -2.8°C when tested at 35°C, which is caused by the bursting of water droplets upon contact with your skin, and it feels nothing short of refreshing. It hydrates and plumps up your skin without causing any sticky residue, and we can see why this is the Readers’ Choice for the year. 

Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Premium Hydrating Cream, $35.90

hada labo moisturizer PROThe Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Cream is infused with four types of Hyaluronic Acid which deeply penetrates the skin to hydrate and help restore skin’s moisture barrier to prevent moisture loss. Its richness and intensity make it a perfect night-time moisturiser that works well on all skin types. It is fragrance-, alcohol-, oil- and colourant-free, making it a preferred choice for sensitive-skin users too. 

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Proper makeup removal is an essential step of any skincare routine; getting that gunk and product off is important to keeping skin fresh, prevent breakouts and get rid of dirt buildup after a long day out. From oil cleansers to micellar water makeup removers to cleansing gels, here are all the heavy lifters from our Teenage Beauty Awards 2017! 

Browhaus Erase Make-up Remover, $18.90browhaus proHaving trouble finding a makeup remover that’s gentle enough for sensitive skin and powerful enough to melt away stubborn makeup, the fragrance- and paraben-free Browhaus Eraser Make-up Remover does the job effectively. This oil-based makeup remover is easy to use too – simply emulsify three to four pumps of the formula with water, massage all over your face and rinse thoroughly – no tugging required!

Curél Makeup Cleansing Gel, $19.80curel proCurel’s Makeup Cleansing Gel thoroughly removes makeup from deep within your pores, including long-wearing makeup. Suited for all skin types, this gentle yet effective makeup remover helps to soothe your complexion without drying it out. 

Senka Perfect Water Cleansing, $17.90

senka proThe oil-free, dermatologist-tested and colorant-free Perfect Water Cleansing contains Natural Silk Essence Complex and Double Hyaluronic Acids that rejuvenates and nourishes the skin with essential nutrients. This water-based cleanser makes the removal of makeup an easy task by dissolving impurities and excess sebum, while cleaning up any residual dirt and oil along the way. Best part? There’s no need for an extra step of rinsing.

Estelle & Thild BioCleanse Micellar Cleansing Water, $38

estelle proAn organic micellar water that’s infused with aloe vera and coconuts, this lightweight no-rinse cleanser effectively lifts away impurities and gives skin a healthy glow. To refresh skin, simply saturate a cotton pad and gently wipe away all traces of makeup and dirt, then pat dry with a towel. 

ASTALIFT Lunamer AC Cleansing Oil, $35

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The formula of ASTALIFT’s Lunamer Cleansing Oil is far lighter than most oils, and it does not clog up your skin over time whilst still removing your eye makeup thoroughly. It eliminates pore-clogging sebum and any clogged gunk too. Infused with orange oil, this helps to purify and tighten your skin at the same time. This way, you can say bye to enlarged pores and say hi to clearer skin!

Biore Acne Care Micellar Cleansing Water, $18.90 

biore-PROThe Biore Micellar Cleansing Water contains an ultra gentle yet effective makeup removal formula – natural mineral water from Japanese Alps with Micellar Watery Technology for the thorough removal of makeup. Micellar water contains micelle molecules that latch onto dirt, make-up and other impurities sitting on your skin for effortless removal. On top of that, it contains an anti-bacterial formula that prevents further pimples and outbreaks, and minimizes pores for a clearer and more refined complexion.

Eucerin Acne and Makeup Cleansing Water, $39.90

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A micellar water that’s perfectly suited for acne-prone skin,  all products under the Eucerin DermoPURIFYER range are compatible with commonly used acne medication and suitable for all needs (minor blemishes, combination skin, oily skin, blemished skin, acne). They have been scientifically proven; people who’ve used it demonstrated a significant improvement in their acne symptoms, which means you can trust Eucerin to help manage any of your existing and potential outbreaks. 

NIVEA White Oil Control Make Up Clear Micellar Water, $18.90nivea proIn the NIVEA Make Up Clear Micellar Water, it is incorporated with Superior Micellar Cleansing Technology that easily removes oil, dirt and heavy makeup without stripping the skin of moisture and that is thanks to the Oxygen Boost technology, which hydrates the skin while cleansing. You’ll be happy to know its free from alcohol, parabens, fragrances and silicones too. 

Sephora Micellar Cleansing Gel, $9

faceshop proTravel- and wallet-friendly, this Micellar Cleansing Gel is part of Sephora’s skincare line that’s sounds good enough to be eaten. Massage the gel directly onto your face and you will notice how it melts into your skin to remove your makeup. Sephora’s new skincare line features other cleansing creams and micellar cleansing water too that can help cater to your skin’s different needs. 

Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil, $55 

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A clear winner amongst many makeup removers is Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Cleansing Oil. The lightweight and slippery elixir is enriched with an aromatic blend of pure botanical oils, including squalane – a plant-derived lipid with a natural affinity for skin – evening primrose oil – rich in Omega-6 and Omega-3 fatty acids – and lavender essential oil. These oils leave your skin feeling replenished and rejuvenated and yet it’s non-comedogenic, which means it does not clog your pores too. The natural formula of this cleansing oil is what makes it so attractive because you know what’s exactly going onto your face without a ton of other foreign ingredients. 

Garnier Oil-Infused Micellar Water, $19.90 

garnier proFor the first time, Garnier’s Micellar Water is formulated with oils. This helps you cleanse your face thoroughly because it attracts all your makeup like a magnet, while the oil in the formula strips off even the toughest of water-proof mascaras and eyeliners easily. The bottle of Micellar Oil-infused Cleansing Water claims there are 200 uses, which makes this an excellent beauty buy without the hefty price tag. This affordable, drugstore makeup is easily one of your skincare staples. 

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