Forget the pain of having bad brow days – we’re here to the rescue with the arch-raising products that scored at our Teenage Beauty Awards 2017! From pomades and powders to pencils and gels, these babies will have your #BrowGameStrong in no time. 

Sephora Retractable Brow Pencil, $18

SEPHORA BROW PROA dual-ended retractable brow pencil that contains a unique wing-shaped brow comb to tidy your brow hairs, this product has a fine pencil tip that’ll help you achieve natural, full-looking arches that won’t smudge out throughout the day thanks to its long-wearing and waterproof formula. 

ZA Brow Liner, $12.50


A quick and easy-to-use brow pencil, it may be slightly tough to use when it’s brand new. But that is no biggie, just run it over your skin a couple times to warm up and soften its edges, making it a whole lot easier to apply. The spooley that’s attached on the other end helps sheer out the colour and smoothen out any hard strokes, giving you a more natural look. Thanks to its affordable price and easy-to-use nature, the ZA Brow Liner is perfect for beginners. 

Maybelline Brow Tattoo Gel Tint, $19.90

MAYBELLINE BROW PROThe first of its kind in Maybelline’s extensive brow lineup, using a brow tint might seem intimidating to some but it’s actually surprisingly easy to use. Using its applicator, which is shaped like a lipstick brush, simply paint on a thin layer of product according to your natural brow shape. We recommend having an oil-based makeup remover and cotton tips handy incase you make a mistake. Then leave it to dry depending on how dark you’d like it to be – 20 minutes at least and two hours at most – and gently peel off afterwards. The gel tint stains your brow hairs and the skin underneath but you don’t have to worry about looking like Crayon Shin Chan; the brow tint lends a pretty stain that’ll gradually wear off and gives the “your brows but better” effect. 

Benefit Cosmetics ka-BROW! Eyebrow Cream Gel, $42 


A tinted brow pomade, this cream-gel tint comes in a pot with a built-in brush that allows you to either keep your arches natural or sculpt out an intense brow look. A little goes a long way with this waterproof formula, so you can definitely count on it to last forever – and through impossibly hot days. While Benefit already has a great track record with their brow products thus far, our Teenage Beauty Awards 2017 Judge’s Choice is definitely one to have in any makeup kit! 

NYX Micro Brow Pencil, $16nyx brow PRONeed ultimate control over thick unruly brows? NYX Micro Brow Pencil will do the job despite its unassuming packaging. It has a waxier formula than the other brands on the list, and its fine tip will allow you to fill in your arches with fine brow-like strokes. 

Skinfood Mineral 3-in-1 Hard Formula, $18.90SKINFOOD BROW PROThis Skinfood 3-in-1 Hard Formula is unique because on one end, it features an oil-resistant, long wearing brow pencil on one end, and the creamy powder cushion applicator on the other. The former is shaped like a triangle which will allow you even greater precision to fill in all the angles, while the cushion end helps fill in sparse areas effortlessly. It also includes a third function – a screw brush that’s handy for brushing out harsh lines for a natural finish. Compact and functional, no brow is the limit with this multi-purpose product.

Billion Dollar Brows Brows on Point Micro Pencil, $25

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As explained in its name, the Billion Dollar Micro Pencil features a thin tip that does not need to be sharpened to create super fine, hair-like strokes that’ll have you rocking great brows in no time. And it’s waterproof and it does not smudge like how powders or pomades do, which means your brows are guaranteed to be on point all the time. 

Catrice Slim’Matic Ultra Precise Brow Pencil Waterproof, $5.50CATRICE BROW PROThose with sparse brows will love this product. It’s creamier texture glides on smoothly while delivering strong colour in one stroke. You won’t have to worry about your brows disappearing mid-day, because this baby will last all the way! 

Kate Designing Eyebrow 3D, $20.50 KATE-BROW-PROThe fan favourite of the lot, this eyebrow palette offers three varying shades to help you contour and design your perfect brow. Its powder formulas impart a softer appearance that can be easily turned into something more defined and contoured by building up more product, and its lightest shade is great for blending out any harsh edges. 

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14 Lipsticks For The Pout Of Your Dreams

16 Nov 2017 by Teenage

 Liquid lippies, creams and stains, lipsticks with matte finishes, glossy shimmers, metallic hues and more – we want them all! It’s time to pucker up ’cause we’ve selected the top 14 lipsticks that’ll bring out the best in your pout. 

NYX Professional Makeup Matte Lipstick, $15nyx lip PROWith a highly pigmented, creamy formula that gives you the perfect pucker in just one swipe, the NYX Professional Makeup Matte Lipstick feels extremely comfortable and non-drying on the lips despite having a matte finish. While they’re touted to be extremely long-wearing, you’ll have to keep it handy for after meal touch-ups. 

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick, $31kat-von-d-lip-PROLike the rest of the world, we fell in love with Kat Von D’s highly pigmented Everlasting Liquid Lipstick at first swipe. A matte finish liquid lippie, this cult favourite packs a punch with its long-wearing, non-drying formula which contains vitamin E and Sunflower Seed Wax to keep our pout comfortably well-moisturised. And no matter what you’re doing throughout the day, this best-seller will stay smudge-proof, flawless through it all!

Catrice Ombre Two Tone Lipstick, $9.50catrice lip PROFans of the ombre lip trend should take Catrice’s version for a spin. While it has a considerably shorter wear as compared to the others on this list, this lippie makes up for it with a creamy, Argan oil-infused formula that leaves the lips feeling super moisturised. It also applies pretty smoothly, with application made easier thanks to its diamond-shaped tip that traces the contours of the lip easily. 

LANEIGE Silk Intense Lipstick, $36

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One of the most hydrating lipsticks in the market, the LANEIGE Silk Intense lipstick features a newly-revamped formula that glides onto your lips perfectly. It is also one of the longer wearing lippies from LANEIGE’s lip collection thanks to the brand’s ultra-micronised pigment technology that packs pigments densely to ensure vibrant staying power.

Urban Decay Vice Lipstick, $29

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Coming in a whopping 120 shades, the Urban Decay Vice lipstick collection guarantees there’s a colour for everyone. The lipsticks are formulated with Aloe vera, jojoba, avocado and abassu oils to soften lips and Illipe butter to provide long-lasting moisture as well as Vitamin C and vitamin E. True enough, the formulas provide a smooth finish along with awesome pigmentation. 

essence Sheer & Shine Lipstick, $3.50

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More on the sheer and glossy side, essence’s lipstick is a great translucent topper above your normal lipstick for the extra shine. Low in colour transfer, it also acts like a tinted balm that gives you a pop of colour for days where you do not want to wear anything too heavy. Definitely an affordable thrill for lovers of sheer, lightweight lipsticks!

Sephora Rouge Cream Lipstick, $22sephora lip PROSephora often dishes out products that are surprisingly impressive and their Rouge Cream lipstick collection is no different. Aside from the affordable price (and its sleek packaging), the formula is the best part of these lipsticks. As the name suggests, they’re ultra creamy, insanely pigmented and very long lasting. The semi-matte cream product sits comfortably on your lips too, making them easy to wear on long days. 

M.A.C. Liptensity, $39

mac lip PROIf you love the rich pigment and saturated color of matte lipsticks or liquid lipsticks but abhor the dried out matte look, the Liptensity lip colors will give you that full coverage without causing your lips to become flaky. One thing to note, they do transfer, so it is advisable to use a lip primer before applying the lipsticks and you’ll be good to go!

THEFACESHOP Moisture Touch Lipstick, $19.90

thefaceshop lip PROHugged by a sleek gunmetal grey packaging, THEFACESHOP’s Moisture Touch Lipstick are moisturising and creamy enough to not place any emphasis on any dry patches of your pucker. It lasts up to four hours and is very concentrated, holding up the colour well. However, it does have a slight floral scent to it and if you are generally uncomfortable with scents in your makeup products, this may be a little off-putting for you. 

shu uemura Rogue Unlimited Supreme Matte, $38 –> Reader’s Choice

shu-uemura-lip-PROAs much as we love matte formulas, matte lipsticks often can go very wrong when the formula starts to dry out and tug at your lips. That is not the case when you use shu uemura’s Supreme Matte formula that’s infused with Jojoba oil. It gives the extreme matte effect without wicking away moisture, leaving you with superb comfort all day. 

ETUDE HOUSE Dear My Glass Tinting Lips-Talk, $15.90

etude house lip PROLightweight and glossy, this lipstick from ETUDE HOUSE feels more like a lip balm-tint than anything else. High-shine with low concentration of colour, you can build up your hue easily. And ETUDE HOUSE nailed their packaging too because you can now customise your lip casing, and then replace the lipstick with another refill when you’re done – an ingenious idea that’s environmentally-friendly at the same time! 

Maybelline Colour Jolt Intense Lip Paint, $9.90

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The formula of this Maybelline Colour Jolt is perfect – it applies smoothly, evenly, and flawlessly with the slanted sponge applicator. The color is pigmented on a single stroke and only gets bolder with each application without the fear of the product going sticky, tacky, or flaking up. The color remains smooth and weightless with a very creamy, lightly hydrating consistency that’s pleasant and comfortable to wear.

Marc Jacobs Enamoured Hi-Shine Lip Lacquer Lipgloss, $42


Glossy lips are in trend right now and the Marc Jacobs lipgloss could not be more apt now than before. Coming in a wide range of 18 shades, you are sure to find a gloss that fits your everyday lip colour. Although these glosses are sheer, you’d be comforted to know that they have a relatively long staying power when untouched for hours. The metallic shimmer shades have better coverage with slightly more pigment. These are sure to give you the extra boost you need for the day. 

The Body Shop Matte Lip Liquid, $18

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The formula for these Lip Liquids are amazing, because they are all pretty lightweight. The formula varies for all five shades in the collection, with the darker colours being more patchy and uneven compared to the nude shades. Lining your lips before applying the product can help fix this problem and otherwise, it is a reliable lippie that delivers the matte effect without drying out your lips. 

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Prep For Prom With These 8 Beauty Hacks

15 Nov 2017 by Gladys Lee

Prom season is here! Getting ready for the big night can be overwhelming with so many things to look out for, so we have compiled a list of essential beauty hacks (though not exhaustive) to prep you for the best night ever. 

1. Get your curls to last longer by letting it cool while coiled up

You really don’t want to spend a considerable amount of time curling your hair to have it fall flat minutes into prom night. To make your curls last longer, pin each freshly-curled strand to your head so that it cools in that curled position, allowing the cuticle to close and set in place. Your curls would then last for a longer duration.

2. Second day hair works better for intricate hairstyles

It might be difficult to style squeaky clean hair to the Pinterest-worthy hairstyle you’ve decided on for prom as it’s often slippery, thus requiring extra product to create your desired hair-do. In contrast, second day hair is way easier to style as it has a lot more texture and grip. If you’re worried about having oily looking hair, reach for a dry shampoo to keep your look fuss-free!

3. Try sticky bobby pins for stronger hold

And if all else fails, sticky bobby pins are your lifesavers. For extra reinforcement on that one pesky hair strand that defies the normal bobby pin, spritz your bobby pin with hairspray. The hairspray allows the pin to have stronger hold on your hair, clamping down on all the flyaways. 

 4. Nix zits fast with eyedrops

It’s prom night D-1! You leap out of bed excited, only to find a zit that somehow popped up overnight even when you’ve been following your skin care regime to a T. For a quick fix, stick a cotton tip soaked in eye drop solution in the freezer for an hour, then hold it against your pimple. The freezing temperature coupled with the eye drop will banish redness and bring down inflammation enough that you’ll barely notice it. 

 005. Bake your makeup for a natural look.

Yes baking. The word ‘baking’ might bring the aroma of imaginary freshly-baked cookies wafting under your nose, but we are talking about a simple beauty trick here. Baking your makeup means to let your translucent powder ‘bake’ or sit for about 10 minutes to allow your natural body heat to set your base foundation and concealer before dusting the powder off your face. This yields a flawless finish that’ll amp up your makeup like you wouldn’t believe. 


6. Use Vaseline to have a lasting scent.

Retain your perfume for the longest time possible with this simple hack. Rub some Vaseline onto your pulse points before spritzing on your perfume. Vaseline holds the scent longer than dry skin does, allowing your fragrance to linger all night long. 

7. Dust translucent powder for lasting lipstick

Even the most heavy-duty of lipsticks fade away after a hearty dinner. But with this hack, you can set your lippie to last the entire evening of socialising and dancing. After applying the first layer of your desired lip colour, lightly hold a tissue over your lips and dust a little translucent powder over the tissue before applying a second coat. This helps to blot away excess oils and sets your lipstick to fade into a lip stain which lasts longer.

10. Break your heels in with socks and a little bit of stomping

Taking a spankin’ new pair of heels out of the box and slipping them on minutes before heading for prom night can be the most satisfying feeling, but that might come with an extremely painful price as well because new shows tend to cause blisters and you really don’t want to ditch your heels even before getting to the venue. Stretch your new shoes by wearing socks in them and practice walking around weeks before the big night. Tip: Create extra traction by rubbing the smooth soles of your heels with sandpaper. Say yay for extra grip and less chances of falling! 

Now, sashay to your prom with the utmost of confidence. Then, come back and share your experiences with us!

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Whether it’s to conceal dark circles, blotchiness, large pores or blemishes visible on the skin, concealers are serious life-savers that’ll give your complexion an extra flawless finish. Here’s what made it onto our Teenage Beauty Awards 2017 list! 

Benefit Cosmetics Boi-ing Airbrush Concealer, $35 

benefit concealer PROA sheer to medium coverage concealer with a creamy texture that’s great for camouflaging dark circles and softening mild discolouration and uneven texture sans any creasing, this crowd favourite simply melts on and can last up to 10 hours without budging thanks to its waterproof formula. For light makeup days, you can even go foundation-free – simply blend it on areas that require a little coverage and that airbrush finish it delivers will have you good to go! 

essence Stay All Day 16h Long-lasting Concealer, $4.50
Essence concealer PROA lightweight concealer that helps to brighten the complexion, essence’s Stay All Day Concealer blends well into skin and works best on the under-eyes and small blemishes. While those looking for heavier duty concealers should look elsewhere on our list, this handy product measures up well considering its affordable price point. 

NYX HD Photogenic Concealer Wand, $12

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Likened by fans as the more affordable version of the NARS Radiant Concealer, this gem has a highly pigmented formula that applies on smoothly and dries to a semi-matte finish. Available in 11 different shades, including three colour-correcting hues, this medium to heavy coverage concealer effectively conceals blemishes and under eye circles. One thing to note: this concealer may crease and look cakey when skin is overly dry, so be sure to moisturise well beforehand! 

Catrice Liquid Camouflage, $5.90

catrice concealer PROAnother fan favourite, this cruelty-free liquid concealer offers optimal coverage that’ll last throughout the day no matter your skin situation. And even though it is very pigmented, the formula doesn’t settle into the fine lines around the under eye so those looking to conceal their dark circles can rest easy. When working with this concealer, it is advised to start with thin layers, because it dries up quickly, then slowly build up to your desired coverage. 

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Redness Correcting Cream, $52

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True to its name, this IT Cosmetics concealer covers redness like a charm. And a little product goes a long way – the cream picks up your skin colour and takes away any discolouration while covering up blemishes. The formula dries to a satin to matte finish that works for any skin combination. Layer on a thin layer of foundation and it’s bye bye redness and hello perfection! 

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser, $19.90 
maybelline concealer PROCover up any evidence of late nights with the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser! Touted as a holy grail product by many, this drugstore concealer helps to conceal dark under eye circles and treat them with active ingredients like Goji berry extract, a natural antioxidant and anti-aging ingredient, and haloxyl, which absorbs and eliminates blood pigments in the skin that cause dark circles – thus diminishing signs of puffiness and fatigue. We like its micro-corrector applicator, which distributes the product smoothly and evenly. 

Nudestix Concealer Pencil, $37

 nudestix PROThe only pencil concealer on this list, the NUDESTIX Concealer Pencil is infused with moisturising and skin conditioning ingredients such as shea butter and vitamin E, which helps these highly-pigmented troopers stay on all day without becoming cakey. The product works well as a spot concealer that blends well with your foundation to prepare for a flawless camera-ready face anytime. Another bonus of these fun makeup sticks? Apart from the usual concealing of blemishes and the like, you’re also able to clean up or create extra definition around your brows and lips! It also comes with a reusable black tin that has sharpener and mirrored lid for easier application on the go. 

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Need a good eyeshadow palette to bring you from day to night (at the very least)? Scroll through our list of top Teenage Beauty Awards 2017 contenders.

NYX Perfect Filter Shadow Palette, $32

nyx eyeshadow PROA mixture of shimmery and matte shades, the colours on the NYX palette are super pigmented and provide a brilliant intensity of colour on your eyes. And it’s easy to blend out as well. But while this palette is quite portable, note that it doesn’t come with a mirror or eyeshadow brush – mild inconveniences in exchange for an affordable, high quality palette. 

IT Cosmetics Superhero Eye Palette, $68

IT cosmetics eyeshadow PROPacked with creamy hues that’s suitable for all skintones, this IT Cosmetics Superhero palette is an everyday essentials-type of palette. And the formula is infused hydrolyzed collagen, peptides and antioxidants, plus innovative Superhero Pigment Power Technology to not only give an anti-ageing boost, but also velvety-smooth pigments that’ll stay on all day. 

essence All About Toffee Eyeshadow, $7.50

essence eyeshadow PROThis eyeshadow palette has garnered polarising reviews due to it having relatively similar shades – which might make branching out into different looks a tad difficult. That is not to say that it does not have its fair share of fans because people love it for its easy-to-blend formula as well as the fool-proof colour choices that are great for first timers. At an extremely affordable price tag (the cheapest in our list!), this palette definitely gives you plenty of bang for your buck. 

The Body Shop Down To Earth Quad Eyeshadow, $36

TBS Eyeshadow PROArmed with rich, earthy shades that take you from a neutral day look to a gorgeous smoky eye at night, The Body Shop’s Down To Earth eyeshadow palette certainly lives up to its name. Enriched with skin-friendly babassu and sesame oils, colour payoff is beautiful and easily buildable. But because the pigments are super rich and concentrated, make sure you apply it with a light hand. 

Catrice The Modern Matt Collection Eyeshadow Palette, $9.50catrice eyeshadow PROWhile the hues on the Catrice eyeshadow palette isn’t as pigmented as the others on this list, that ironically makes it great for beginners as it allows you to layer on and build your eyeshadow gradually instead of messing around with strong colours. Not only that, the palette consists of neutral, matte shades that’ll fit right in with an everyday look. 

Marc Jacobs Eye-Conic Multi-finish Eyeshadow Palette, $69

mj-eyeshadow-PROEach of Marc Jacobs’ eyeshadow palettes are absolutely versatile, with each rich shade taking you from day to night; casual to glam; subtle to sultry, in one swipe. There are four finishes included in this slim eyeshadow palette: buttery matte velvet, shimmering satin, sparkling silk and metallic lamé. To achieve the best effect, use it along with Marc Jacobs’ Coconut Eye Primer that is sure to make the colours on your eyes pop. Also, we’re a sucker for beautiful packaging, and Marc Jacobs definitely has that on point!

Urban Decay Naked Heat Eyeshadow Palette, $83 –> Reader’s choice

naked-heat-PROThe Urban Decay Naked Heat Eyeshadow Palette won’t leave your eyelids bare, because it contains an intensely bold selection of smoking browns, reddish oranges, and sizzling hot Sienna shades that’ll making you feel like you’re on fire, literally. While strong colour-payoff is guaranteed, you might want to use an eyelid primer to help the shades exhibit their colours better and prevent patchiness and creasing. Urban Decay never fails to impress with their gorgeous palettes.

ZOEVA The Basic Moment Eyeshadow Palette, $42

zoeva eyeshadow PROWith colours from innocent white to basic hues of beige and grey to glorious gold, the new Zoeva eyeshadow palette unveils a selection of nostalgic yet modern shades to achieve a range of timeless looks. The palette contains a great mix of matte, satin and metallic finishes that can easily create any look you desire. As with all Zoeva palettes, the quality is impressive. The shadows are soft, buttery, pigmented, and practically easy-to-blend. They last all day on the lids, even without primer!

Tarte Tarteist PRO Amazonian Clay Palette, $82

tarte eyeshadow PROUsually, matte eyeshadows would run the risk of being chalky but not for Tarte. The Tarte Tarteist PRO Amazonian Clay Palette nails their matte formulas, resulting it to be buttery and pigmented, setting nicely on the lids. The metallic shades are beautiful too, buttery and smooth- to-touch, with super impressive pigments. It is easy to see why people are smitten with Tarte’s eyeshadows because they are seriously worth the hype. 

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