Emily Loke Beauty Diaries
Photo: Instagram/@paper_tigress

While the positively radiant Emily Loke isn’t running Paper Tiger Press, the 31-year-old also styles, photographs, designs floral arrangements and is an editorial art director. No wonder her Instagram, @paper_tigress, and her website are visual spectacles peppered with beautiful shots of bits and pieces of her life. With so much on her plate, how does she keep her face looking on fleek all the time? Read our interview to find out what beauty products this regal beauty counts on.


Cleanser: DHC Oil Cleanser to remove my makeup, followed by Cetaphil in the evenings. In the morning I just use warm water so I don’t strip my skin.
Toner: Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Facial Toner
Moisturiser: Hada Labo Gokujyun Hyaluronic Acid Lotion in the morning, SK-II R.N.A. Power Cream at night
Eye cream: SUQQU Dual Eye Balm
Serums: B-Skin V3 Intense PAF Concentrate, Vintner’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum
Masks: Fresh Rose Mask
Sunscreen: Cle de Peau UV Protective Cream (Tinted)
Mists: Allies of Skin Molecular Saviour Toner Mist
Go-to Facials/treatments/procedures: Allies of Skin Bright Future Overnight Facial (two nights a week)
Any other beauty products you swear by? I also use SK-II Facial Treatment Essence and Sunday Riley Good Genes daily.

Emily Loke Beauty Diaries
From left: Clé de Peau UV Protective Cream (Tinted), SK-II Facial Treatment Essence, FRESH Rose Mask, Allies of Skin Bright Future Overnight Facial. Photo: Courtesy


Primer: Biore UV Perfect Face Milk (face), Urban Decay Primer Potion (eyelids)
Foundation: Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Foundation. I love the stick version for travel.
Concealer: Clé de Peau concealer – forever and always.
Highlighter: Rouge Bunny Rouge Sea of Clouds
Bronzer: NARS Laguna
Powders: Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Powder
Manicures: I’ve been going to Deborah at Sage & Sole for over a decade and she’s just amazing. I’m not a nail art person; I like short nails and classic manicures.
Makeup or skincare brand you wish we had in Singapore: Sunday Riley, Kevyn Aucoin, Anastasia Beverly Hills, Viseart.

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Emily Loke Beauty Diaries
From left: Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Foundation, NARS bronzer (Laguna), Clé de Peau Concealer. Photo: Courtesy


Hair styling tricks: Hot rollers are such a life hack. I just put them in before I start my makeup, and by the time I’m done I have perfectly curled hair.
Hair colour: I go to Chantal at Blow+Bar for my balayage highlights. She’s also great at cutting my hair in a way that enhances my natural waves.
Hair treatments: Olaplex. If you’re bleaching your hair, you need this in your life.
Leave-in treatments: Living Proof Perfect Hair Day 5-in-1 Styling Treatment. It smooths out frizz but feels super lightweight.

Emily Loke Beauty Diaries
From left: Living Proof Perfect Hair Day 5-in-1 Styling Treatment, Olaplex Hair Perfector. Photo: Courtesy

Fragrance & Body

Signature scent: I don’t have one! I pick based on season and mood.
How do you wear your perfume: I spritz it onto my belly and behind my ears so it warms up with me and wafts up through my hair and clothes.
What smell brings back good memories? Frangipani. I associate the smell with being at a beach resort.
What flower or perfume note makes you feel sexy? Rose. It’s so classically feminine.
Favourite body wash: Malin + Goetz Bergamot Body Wash
Exfoliant: Malin + Goetz Peppermint Body Scrub. I like that it’s in a tube – jars are so messy.
Lotion: Bliss Lemon + Sage Body Butter
Oils: Inoue Seikoen Beauty Olive Oil
Favourite massage to get/spa to visit: Anything strong. I’m hyper ticklish, so if a massage isn’t firm I’ll just end up giggling my way through it.

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Emily Loke Beauty Diaries
From left: Malin + Goetz Bergamot Body Wash, Bliss Lemon + Sage Body Butter, Malin + Goetz Peppermint Body Scrub. Photo: Courtesy

Diet & Fitness

Diet and fitness tips and tricks and what they do for you: I mainly stick to a Ketogenic diet, which means eating foods that are high in fat but avoiding all carbs and sugar. It gives me tons of energy, clear skin, mental clarity, and helps exponentially with stress and anxiety. I also make sure I drink lots of water everyday. I set an alarm in my phone to remind me to drink a glass every 2 hours.
Supplements: Probiotics. They’ve improved my digestion and overall health so much.
Health beverages: Green Vitality smoothies, made with almond milk and some frozen blackberries or unsweetened açai. Also, coconut kefir – our fridge is always full of Kevita.
Favourite desserts: Lemon tarts, dark chocolate anything.
Food you avoid: Dairy and soy
Cheat day indulgence: Kaya toast, if I’m in Singapore. Bruxie for chicken & waffles if I’m in LA.
Favourite workout: Exploring new cities on foot.
Favourite part of your body: My eyes

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Emily Loke Beauty Diaries
Emily traipsing around the city glamorously by foot on one of her travels, healthy treats to keep her going. Photo: Instagram/@paper_tigress


Favourite vacation memory and why? On my husband’s first trip to Kyoto, we were randomly invited to dinner by a friend’s boss (whom we’d never met before). What we thought was going to be a casual meal turned out to be an exquisite Kaiseki dinner in a private room of a historical restaurant…with two Geisha he’d engaged to entertain just the four of us all evening. It was just over-the-top and something so few people ever get to experience, I still have to pinch myself when I think back to that night.
Which is your dream vacation spot that you’ve always wanted to go but haven’t? Norway, to see the northern lights.
How do you relax and unwind: I go to the beach and listen to the waves. I feel most at peace when I’m near the ocean, and very out of sorts when I’m too far from it.
Flat lay secret: Use a light foam board as a background (instead of a table) so you can move your set-up to wherever the light is best.
What is your favourite TV show? Archer. It’s not the most dignified answer, but it’s true!

Emily Loke Beauty Diaries
Nothing beats travelling with the love of her life, one of Emily’s amazing flat lay shots. Photo: Instagram/@paper_tigress

By Syed Zulfadlhi