These days, it is all about achieving that “nonchalant and effortless beauty” look—overtly made-up miens are so passé. These simple steps may take you more than five minutes, but the effect will last you through the day.

Lunamer Basic Care range SK-II CC Cream

1. Divine prep

A good canvas is key to any good looking piece of artwork. Similarly, for our faces, the base starts from healthy glowing skin. Makeup artist Larry Yeo recommends Astalift’s Lunamer range for adequate hydration in our climate. Without that, regardless of makeup, our face will always look parched, he says. Then, start your skin off with SK II’s Auractivator CC Cream ($109) for a radiant and smooth finish.

Urban Decay Naked Concealer

  1. 2. Conceal, wherever necessary

Blend Urban Decay’s Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer ($40) over dark circles, redness and imperfections. However, do keep concealer minimal on eyelids to avoid looking caked-up.

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  1. 3. Seal the base

Makeup artist Lolent Lee suggests trading your foundation in for NARS’ Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer ($66) for that soft, dewy finish.

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  1. 4. Exercise brow control

Yeo’s go-to is Erabelle’s Long Lasting Brow Pencil in Dark Brown ($34.24) that comes with a side brush and sharpener. He advises filling in the spaces gently to create a natural look, instead of playing the Strong Eyebrow Game on social media.

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  2. 5. Hint of colour

Choose tints like Tarte’s Cheek Stain in Blushing Bride ($47), which creates a natural glow. For your lips, Lee suggests opting for a balm over a glossy plumped-up pout—Sisley’s Phyto-Lip Twist ($58) moisturises and leaves lips with a natural light shade of pink.

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