Queen Rihanna ain’t the only one who’s been dipping her fabulous toes into the beauty game. Ahead, we list 8 coveted beauty brands founded by celebrities and influencers alike.

Fenty Beauty by Rihanna

Hot on the heels of her Fenty fashion line, Rihanna has finally launched her very own beauty brand! Inspired to create Fenty Beauty after realising the gap for products that would work across skin types and tones, Riri set out to create a dynamic and inclusive range of quality cosmetics. Think 40 shades of Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation ($50) that’ll cater to even traditionally hard-to-match skin tones, one universal shade of lip gloss suitable across all skin tones, 30 magnetic Match Stix Skinsticks that serve to contour, correct, conceal, highlight and blush for everyday women on the go. And with affordable prices at lux quality and aesthetics, it’s little wonder Fenty has already built up a worldwide fan following in the days since its launch – much like it’s Queen Rihanna herself! 

Fenty Beauty is available at Sephora, from $31 onwards

KKW Beauty by Kim Kardashian

 

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With millions following her every move (and contour), dipping the Kim Kardashian brand into the beauty game seems like a natural turn to take for this reality TV mogul. Launching Kim Kardashian West Beauty (KKW Beauty) back in 21 June, no one was surprised when her first sell-out collection of contour and highlight kits raked in over USD$14.4 million with Kim selling a whopping 300,000 units in just under five minutes. And it may not just be the hype of the Kardashian brand that’s helping these kits fly off the virtual shelves as soon as they’re restocked; KKW Beauty products have received mostly positive reviews from YouTube beauty gurus. With that being said, at USD$48 a pop (excluding shipping)  Kim’s products aren’t exactly as affordable compared to the other beauty brands on this list. 

KKW Beauty is available for international shipping, from USD$45 onwards. 

Kylie Cosmetics by Kylie Jenner  

 

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You know her name and her lip kits. The younger sister of the aforementioned Kim Kardashian, Kylie Jenner first made her foray into beauty back in 2015 with her three shade Kylie Lip Kits that sold out within seconds. Since then, her coveted lip kits have turned into an unstoppable phenomenon, with the brand reportedly being on track to earn its first billion by 2022. Kylie Cosmetics has since branched out from simple lip kits to lust-worthy eye and cheek palettes, proving this young mogul to be an unstoppable beauty powerhouse. 

Kylie Cosmetics are available for international shipping, from USD$14 onwards

Kat Von D

 

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Celebrity tattoo artist turned beauty mogul, Kat Von D’s namesake cosmetic brand has constantly left us wondering how our makeup routines survived without her classic lip kits, foundations and eyeshadow palettes. Launched in 2008, this near decade-old brand has been on the cutting edge of beauty – Kat brought the world her iconic Everlasting Liquid Lipstick back when the liquid lippie trend was just a concept – and built a strong cult following with her fun yet high quality makeup. 

Kat Von D is available at Sephora, from $19 onwards

Michelle Phan 

 

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The true pioneer of YouTube beauty gurus, Michelle Phan has been in the beauty game longer than any other celebrity/influencer on this list. Starting out with cosmetic collaborations with makeup giants like L’Oréal and Lancome early on in her career, Michelle launched ‘EM Cosmetics’ under the L’Oréal umbrella back in 2013. Barely three years later, that venture was deemed a failure thanks to narrow market demographics and high product price points – Michelle subsequently bought Em back in 2015 and took a year-long digital hiatus while working hard to improve on her brainchild. In early 2017, Michelle boldly announced EM (and her) comeback with a collection that featured innovative liquid eyeliners and cream lipsticks which not only looked good on social media, but wowed consumers as well. And the rest is history. 

EM Cosmetics is currently only available in the US, from USD$15 onwards

Jeffree Star Cosmetics

Cultivating a unique following since his Myspace/musician days, Jeffree Star has gone from being a notorious name on the Internet to a successful beauty brand in his own right (albeit still being pretty controversial). With his eponymous brand turning 3 this year and showing no signs of slowing, it’s evident that Jeffree’s strategy to “deliver only products that worked and did exactly what they say” while being totally fun and creative, is working. If you want out of the norm, quality makeup (Jeffree Star Cosmetics carries neon yellow and lime green liquid lipsticks!), you know just the brand to head to.

Jeffree Star Cosmetics are available for international shipping from Jeffree’s website, Beauty Bay and Beautylish, from USD$12 onwards. 

Huda Beauty by Huda Kattan

 

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Making a leap from a career in finance to the cosmetics industry, beauty YouTuber and influencer Huda Kattan’s first beauty product – false eyelashes which were first sold in Sephora Dubai and eventually becoming a smash hit with the likes of Kim K. – was unconventional to say the least. In the four years since the official launch of Huda Beauty, this Iraqi-American beauty has branched out highly coveted lip, highlighter and eyeshadow products. And added millions to her already substantial beauty community while doing so. 

Huda Beauty is available for international shipping, from USD$20 onwards

Zoella Beauty by Zoe Sugg

 

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 Gotta say, Zoella Beauty’s products are a total embodiment of English beauty and lifestyle v-logger Zoe Sugg herself: whimsical, bubbly and all-round IG-worthy. “When life catches up with us, we all need space to dream and indulge,” explained Zoe in a brand bio, “so I’ve created my own special range of bath and beauty loveliness to help you find your happy place.” Consisting of bathroom and beauty staples like creamy body lotions, sugar scrubs, fruity perfumes and more, Zoella Beauty has been continuously well-received by her almost 12-million strong subscriber base and beyond. 

Zoella Beauty is available for international shipping on Feel Unique, from £5 onwards.

Which of these brands would you like to have in your makeup kit? Sound off in the comment section and share your top picks!

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Whether it’s prepping for Teenage Dance Challenge’s K-pop dance cover category or simply ’cause you’re in the mood to stroll down the streets looking like your favourite K-pop star, these fun makeup tutorials will have you looking totally fly in no time! 

Baekhyun (EXO) – Ko Ko Bop

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Get ready to shimmie shimmie Ko Ko Bop looking totally like Baekhyun while at it. It might be a little tricky getting this reddish hue down without looking like someone punched you in the eye, but just keep calm and blend blend blend away. 

Jennie (BLACKPINK) – As If It’s Your Last

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Thinking of sporting Jennie’s fresh and dewy look for a dance competition? We’d recommend amping up on the lip colour for an extra fierce touch! 

Jimin (BTS) – You Never Walk Alone 

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G-Dragon (BIGBANG) – Fxxk It 

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Not only is G-dragon the king of K-pop, he’s the ruler of guy liner too. Now that you’ve got his makeup on point, its time to practice that GD swagger! 

 

Tzuyu (TWICE) – Cheer Up

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Hani (EXID) – Hot Pink

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Wonho (MONSTA X) – Stuck

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Ravi (VIXX) – Voodoo Doll

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The most intense makeup tutorial of the lot, this getup will definitely impress (and maybe even scare) anyone you meet. And if you can’t get those ‘X marks the spot’ contact lens, you could even add in your own creepy touches with special effects makeup.

Kang Daniel – Open Up

Kyulkyung (I.O.I) – Very Very Very

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If you’re glitter fanatics like us, then Kyulkyung’s sparkly look will be totally up your alley. Make sure to use the same shade of pink throughout for that cutesy monochromatic effect! 

Now that you’ve gotten some K-beauty tips, how ’bout putting your new inspiration to action by joining Teenage Dance Challenge 2017’s K-pop Dance Cover category? Round up your fellow K-dancers and sign up now! 

More related stories: Slay Onstage With These Fierce Outfit Inspirations8 Electrifying K-pop Dance Covers To Get You Movin’11 Pro-Looking Moves For People Who Can’t Dance

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How Many Skincare Myths Can You Debunk?

19 Jun 2017 by Johanna Teo

Should you pop your pimples? Is using toner really necessary? What kind of sunblock should you use? There are tons of super believable skincare myths out there that may be stopping your complexion from reach its best potential. In collaboration with THEFACESHOP, our Teenage Gorgeous You! 2017 finalists clear the air and debunk these myths once and for all! 

Myth: Popping pimples will get rid of acne 

Answer: False

Chloe: If you’re a fan of Dr. Sandra Lee, better known as Dr. Pimple Popper, like me, then you may be strongly tempted to get rid of your pimples by popping them. Don’t – its one of the worst things you can do to your skin. Popping your pimples results in more inflammation, causes your pimples to spread and could potentially leave you with facial scarring. You could also be introducing your skin to new bacteria. And you still run the risk of spreading bacteria from your fingers onto your face, even if you’ve washed your hands prior to popping those zits.

Myth: Moisturiser is redundant because the face already produces natural oils

 

Answer: False

Amyn: “You can still benefit from the use of a daily moisturiser even if you have oily skin. Moisturisers are used to improve skin’s hydration (think water-content of the skin, not the oil-content) and reduce moisture – it also helps to form a protective barrier on the skin’s surface to help it stay soft, smooth and hydrated. Moisturisers don’t have to leave skin feeling greasy and shiny. The trick is in finding the right product for your skin.” 

Myth: Toner is not necessary for dry skin

Answer: False

Joyce:I’ve believed for years that toner would be bad for my skin as past products I had bought had dried my already-dry skin even further, to the extent that it looked like I had wrinkles on my nose and cheeks because my skin was so dry. However, a friend had me realise that we should instead use alcohol-free toners instead of skipping out on toner entirely. Toner is the next essential step to take after cleansing as it helps to remove any remaining impurities – I used toner from THEFACESHOP’s Dr Belmeur skincare range and when I wiped my face, there was brownish residue even after I cleansed my face. I’ve learned my lesson and will diligently apply toner from now on!” 

Myth: The more you wash your face, the cleaner it is! 

Answer: False

Tyler: This is not true – it is not a ‘practice makes perfect’ situation. Instead, the more you wash your face, the more you may cause irritation to your skin, especially for those with acne-prone complexions. In fact, research has shown that it is good to wash your face twice a day, in the morning and at night.

Myth: The higher the SPF rating, the better the protection! 

Answer: False

Joanna: SPF isn’t an indication of how long you can stay in the sun. Instead, it measures how well a sunscreen can block UVB rays (which causes sunburn and skin cancer). For example, SPF 15, blocks 94% of UVB rays, SPF 30% blocks 97% of uvb rays, and SPF 45 blocks up to 98% of UVB rays – which isn’t a huge jump in protection. The real trick of protecting your skin is to reapply your sunscreen as many times as you can. 

Myth: Daily exfoliation ensures that your skin stays squeaky clean

 

Answer: Maybe

Don: This is not entirely true. Over-exfoliating will cause excessive dryness and redness to your skin, causing it to be quite painful at the end of the day.

Teenage: In recent years, some experts have advised that exfoliating every day can be good for your skin; but it really depends on your skin’s reaction, and on the products used. A general rule of thumb would be to exfoliate 2 – 3 times a week with a gentle scrub and monitor your skin from there. Over-exfoliation will leave skin tender and sensitive, while too little exfoliation might see your complexion looking dull and rough. It might also prevent your topical skincare from absorbing properly. 

Myth: Makeup Causes Acne?

Answer: False

Teenage: To be honest, this question is a difficult one. While makeup technically doesn’t cause acne, it can aggravate and make acne worse, especially if it isn’t removed properly. That’s not to say you should totally lay off makeup – apart from having a thorough skin cleansing routine, make sure that your products are noncomedogenic – which means it won’t clog pores or cause breakouts – and opt for formulas that are free of fragrance and acne-causing ingredients like isopropyl myristate, sodium lauryl sulfate and butyl stearate. 

Myth: What you apply to your hair does not affect your skin

Answer: False

Vivien: Well, it does! With our hair constantly touching our face, always ensure that you are well aware of the possible effects your hair products have on your skin. 

Teenage: There are two main reasons why hair products can cause acne breakouts. Product buildup that causes clogged pores over time, or having certain ingredients that cause skin irritation and inflammation. For example, oil-based products that contain petroleum, jojoba oil and shea butter (ingredients commonly found in products for dry and damaged hair) can encourage bacteria buildup. Similarly, ingredients like sodium lauryl sulfate (basically anything that contains sulfate) can cause skin irritation especially for those with sensitive skin. Pay attention to where your breakouts normally happen – apart from the usual hairline and forehead breakouts, body acne on the chest area and the upper back are common indicators that your hair products could be the culprit. 

Dr. Belmeur by THEFACESHOP is a gentle derma cosmetic line recommended by skin experts. Consisting of two skincare lines, Daily Repair (for dry and sensitive skin) and Clarifying (sebum care and oil and moisture balance),that covers your skincare routine from start to finish, the Dr. Belmeur range ensures that your skin is well taken care of no matter your complexion type. 

Finalists’ answers have been edited for clarity.

Do you have any skincare myths you’d like us to debunk? Share it with us in the comment section below! 

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Cool Summer Hairstyles To Beat The Heat

12 Jun 2017 by Johanna Teo

Forget sweaty, frizzled tresses that look like a hot mess when the heat and humidity sets in. We’ve got you covered with a list of cool summer hairstyles to help you beat the heat while looking très chic! 

Low slung braided bun

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A complicated-looking yet easy ‘do that lazy girls will love, recreate this low slung braided bun by simply gathering your hair into a low ponytail at the nape of your neck. Then, plait it 3/4 down and wind the ends of your braid around the top portion and secure with either a clear elastic or some bobby pins.

Bobby Pins & Hair Slides 
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Give your elastic hair tie a break and let your bobby pins come out to play! Not only do they do great job at keeping hair off your face, they also double up as a cool hair accessory. For a minimalistic look, opt for a chic hair slider instead. 

Half-Bun ‘Do
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This easy hair do literally takes two minutes to achieve. Simply sweep part of your hair up and either twist it around to form a semi-neat bun. Alternatively, leaving it in a loop gives you that messy carefree look that’ll look great with wavy hair – this hairdo works well with second-day hair too! 

Braided Ponytail 

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You’ll be surprised at how polished a normal ponytail will be just by throwing a random braid into the mix. Depending on your preferences, hair length and braiding skills, you could do accent plaits, mini fishtail braids, etc. to easily spice up your look. 

Get Twisted

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Whether it’s doing a subtle twist at the side or gathering your hair into an elegant half-do, hair twists are a handy alternative for those who can’t be bothered with braids. For an extra volumnised look, apply some product into your tresses before beginning this 5-minute hairstyle. 

Braided Partings

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Ideal for those adept at braiding hair, these hairstyles take a bit more skill but are definitely worth the hassle. To achieve sleek braids, tame your tresses with a comb and keep your plaits taut throughout.

Insert Hair Bling 

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As hairstyles get more adventurous, so do the accessories! Be it hair rings, ponytail cuffs, intricately designed sliders and more, investing in a couple of interesting pieces can go a long way in making your look effortlessly unique. 

Images: Pinterest

What are some of your favourite summer hairstyles? Let us know in the comments section! 

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If you haven’t gotten into the habit of applying sunscreen daily, now’s the best time to start. Here are 8 affordable sunscreens that’ll help you weather through the heat and humidity in Singapore! 

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1. Kiehl’s Dermatologist Solutions Super Fluid UV Mineral Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 50+, $72

Formulated with titanium dioxide to deliver powerful UVA and UVB protection, this mineral-based sunscreen is infused with antioxidant-powered vitamin E to combat pre-mature skin aging caused by free radical and sun damage. Suitable for sensitive and acne-prone skin, it has a light tint that will help even out your overall skin tone and provide a lightweight base for the rest of your makeup routine. It’s the priciest on the list, but definitely worth shelling out the big bucks for. 

2. Anessa Perfect UV Sunscreen Aqua Booster SPF 50+/PA++++, $39.90

Recently launched in Singapore, Anessa prides itself on being Japan’s top UV brand – a mean feat considering its stiff competition. The Perfect UV Sunscreen Aqua Booster has a very water-resistant formula that holds up well throughout the day sans any stickiness, and its blend of beauty essences (Bulgarian Rose Essence, Hyaluronic Acid, Angelica, Turmeric and Vitamin C) helps to improve skin’s moisture levels for a plump and bright complexion. 

Available exclusively at Watsons.

3. Bioré UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence SPF 50+/PA++++, $18.90

Saving you the hassle of reapplying sunscreen every few hours, the new and improved Bioré UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence is a highly absorbent, long-wearing sunscreen that is ideal for doubling up as a makeup base thanks to its hydrating properties that’ll brighten up skin without leaving a white cast. 

4. Orbis UV Cut Sunscreen On Face Light SPF 34/PA+++, $18 

Another tinted sunscreen that’s suitable for Asian skin tones, the newly repackaged Orbis UV Cut Sunscreen On Face Light boasts “triple threat protection” – a Damage Block Veil that shields skin from not only harmful UV rays, but also infrared rays and air pollutants. And it’s further formulated with Hybrid Airy Powder, which helps to resist water and perspiration while providing light and soft coverage. 

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5. NIVEA Sun Protect & Moisture Sun Lotion SPF 50/PA++, $22.60

Wanna stay protected while still keeping your skin hydrated under the glaring sun? Reach for NIVEA Sun Protect & Moisture Sun Lotion – this sunscreen has hydrating ingredients that support the skin’s protective barrier like vitamin B5, glycerin and advanced collagen protect to ensures skin stays deeply moisturised for up to 24 hours! 

6. DHC Suncut Q10 EX Milk SPF50+/PA++++, 29.90

An underrated gem that does the job of shielding your skin from the sun while boosting skin nutrients, the DHC Suncut Q1o EX Milk contains coenzyme Q10, virgin olive oil and hyaluronic acid to keep skin hydrated and protected against sun damage. And you won’t have to worry about it leaving a sticky feeling after application as its serum-like texture absorbs pretty quickly and leaves a powdery finish to keep you fresh throughout the day. 

Available for purchase at Watsons.

7. Neutrogena Sheer Zinc Dry Touch SPF50+/PA++++, $31.90 

The first of Neutrogena sunscreens to be tested and proven to be suitable for those with eczema or sensitive skin, the Sheer Zinc Dry Touch has a hypoallergenic, PABA and oil-free formula that effectively shields skin from damaging UVA-UVB rays. If you have an acne-prone complexion, this is a sunscreen to consider as its formula doesn’t clog pores with prolonged usage. 

8. Sunplay Skin Aqua Sarafit UV Essence SPF 50+/PA ++++, $16.90

A multitasking sunscreen that provides 16 times the protection against UVA rays, this lightweight sun trooper can be used as a makeup primer as it has a non-sticky, matte finish thanks to its Double Silky Powder Technology. You’ll feel comfy and well-protected all day long! 

Most of you already know the importance of putting on sunscreen to shield skin from sun damage, but do you really know why you’re doing so? Here’s our comprehensive 2-part guide on all you need to know about sunscreen! Click here to decode the confusing sunscreen jargon (UVA, UVB, SPF, PA?????) and here for a better understanding of which sunscreens are better for your skin type. 

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