About face: summer colours

About face: summer colours

Fashion-forward reporters learn what's hot and what's not in the world of make-up this season - and how to make it work for them

Last week, 10 lucky junior reporters took part in a cosmetics workshop with make-up artists from top Japanese brand Shu Uemura. They learned about basic skincare, make-up application and translating their own personalities into everyday looks. They all went home with a bag filled with Shu Uemura goodies so they could recreate their looks at home.

Kobe Lee Wai-ling

I learned a lot during this workshop. One of the most important things was how to achieve a natural flush with powder blush. The make-up artist also taught us how to match our skin tone to the appropriate blush colour.

Yanise Ho Yick-yan

It was the first time I ever tried putting make-up on my face. I learned that make-up starts with basic skincare to give a good canvas for the pigments that you later add onto your face.

I was amazed by the power of concealer - it can be used to cover up pimples and scars, as well as dark shadows around the nose and corners of the mouth. It greatly improved my complexion.

Chloe Lam

I learned that make-up, as a part of daily life, is a form of art - the "pop of colour" that brightens up our day, as the make-up artist put it. The workshop taught us how to make good use of colours to express our individuality.

It was important to start with a small amount of make-up and build the colour, instead of packing too much on all at once. Make-up is meant to enhance your features, not conceal them completely.

Tara Lee

Colour is associated with summer, so we celebrated the season with bright eyeshadows. Each participant picked out two shades: a lighter and a darker one. I chose a fun, shimmering blue in line with the summer's trends.

Although I thought I looked fabulous, I know it wouldn't have happened without the help of the two Shu Uemura make-up artists.

Bertha Chui

In my opinion, autumn/winter 2011 trends will tend towards a more natural make-up, especially because I believe there is beauty in simplicity.

This includes a light brown lip, beige eye shadow and an untamed eyebrow.

Rachel Cheng Hiu-tan

The workshop emphasised creative eye make-up. Eyeshadow colours can be roughly divided into two - base colours, and "define" or "accent" colours. The two work together to neutralise the eyelid's natural colour.

As a teenager, I love metallic eyeshadows because they are elegant and exciting. This workshop has opened my eyes to a new make-up brand which has since become a staple of my personal make-up collection.

Lily Tong

I took away lots of useful skincare and make-up tips after the workshop which I will incorporate into my daily skincare routine. I was amazed by all the colourful beauty products on display.

Ivy Angelie P. Gurung

Some very useful tips I learned include applying lip gloss only to my lower lip, and using just the tip of the brush to apply mascara to my bottom eyelashes. I'm really glad I had the opportunity to learn from Shu Uemura make-up artists - it means I look like a pro in front of my friends!

Compiled by Jocelyn Wong



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