Execs brush up on grooming
A RECENT local study claimed that good looks can help one land a job or even a promotion.
But for many busy executives in Singapore, grooming is not often high on their list of priorities. So the time-saving tips that the 20 My Paper Executive search finalists received during a two-hour skincare and make-up workshop last week - held separately over two sessions, one for the men and the other for the women - were most welcome.
But saving time does not necessarily mean skipping certain basic steps. The bare minimum women should put on is loose powder and lipstick, said Doreen Yong, business development and training manager for Make Up Store.
"Your lipstick should match the clothes you are wearing," she said, adding that it is an accessory, like jewellery.
She also told the 10 female contestants that they should spend time on the make-up base, particularly on concealer, foundation and loose powder.
"You need a beautiful canvas before doing your make-up," she said. However, she said that time need not be spent on blending concealer.
Another way to save time is to use the right tools for your make-up, said Ms Yong.
"Like a painter, you can create a miracle with the right brushes," she said, adding that good make-up brushes are a lifetime investment.
For female executives, highlighting their best features would make them more approachable and feminine, said Ms Yong at the workshop, which was held at Make Up Store's Paragon outlet.
"Always enhance your best features and play down your imperfections," she said.
While men are excused from using make-up, that does not mean that they should neglect their skincare.
Using a moisturiser daily as well as a scrub and mask weekly should be de rigueur for men, she said, adding that using a tinted day cream for the face would give male executives additional polish.
Trimming the eyebrows in addition to using a gel to neaten and thicken them can also give a cleaner and more masculine look, she said.
Timothy Neo, 27, division office associate at OCBC Bank, said his initial apprehension about the workshop was offset by the skills he learnt.
"Beauty comes at a price, certainly, with the time and effort you have to spend on skincare. But certainly I'll take on board the tips, in terms of products and skills," he said.
Andrea Lim, 37, corporate relations manager at CityCare Limited, who does her make-up in the car on the way to work, said: "The lesson was really helpful but I'll have to adapt what I learnt to my own (facial) features and lifestyle.
"I can't possibly lug around all the brushes. My make-up kit is already so heavy."