THUY HOANG, 24 YEARS OLD, EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATOR
ON HER BEAUTY GRASSROOTS
“I always had a major interest in beauty and makeup as a young child, but I would say that interest peaked around the age of 10-11 years old. I think it stemmed from the fact that I wasn’t allowed to wear makeup until my senior year of high school. Going through my school years surrounded by girlfriends who wore makeup every day also fed my curiosity. I remember any chance I got to be alone with my mom’s makeup bag, I would practice application and try to teach myself what colors worked together and worked on me. YouTube was relatively new at that time and I recall looking for videos that could help me perfect the skills I otherwise would never have obtained. All of this seemed to be useless at the time as I always ended up washing my face afterward, but I definitely credit all that makeup I wasted down the drain to my current beauty knowledge.
ON HER BIGGEST BEAUTY REGRET
I recently looked at some pictures from 6 to 7 years ago and realized that I apparently had no idea what eyeliner was! Being Asian with short lashes – ones basically non-existent even with mascara, and somewhat almond-shaped eyes, there was no break between my sclera and eyelids. This made my eye makeup look odd. Unfortunately, I continued with this makeup trend for a couple years until Lauren Conrad convinced me that eyeliner could, in fact, be an Asian girl’s best friend.
TOP 5 BEAUTY PRODUCTS
I love the formula of Lise Watier’s Baiser Velours. It’s rare to find a matte lip product that dries smooth without being chalky. This velour blends very well with all lip liners and the colour is very pigmented. I like that I don’t have to put a ton of it on for the colour to show. Before I put any lipstick on, I always make sure that my lips are smooth by scrubbing it with a mixture of honey, raw sugar, lemon and coconut oil. After exfoliating my lips, I’ll take my Annabelle lipliner – which I never wear this lip velour without since it has the ability to give you Kylie Jenner lips on a $10.00 budget, and draw around my lip line while carefully overdrawing the tiniest bit to achieve the illusion of slightly fuller lips. I then continue to fill in my lips but leave the middle bare. After that is complete I take my velour and place a little bit of the liquid color onto the bare part of my lips and use my middle finger to dab the colour outwards and blend it in with the liner. To finish, I go back with my lip liner and draw a vertical line in the middle of my top and bottom lip with another two lines beside it. I would be lying if I said it didn’t dry out my lips a little bit; it is a matte product after all. It can feel dry after a long wear but amazingly it will never appear so. It minimally transfers as well. Regardless of what I’m doing or how long I’ve been out, I have to reapply twice at the very most. I only own this velour in the shade ‘nude’. Although I love Lise Watier’s lip formula, I haven’t yet ventured off and tried other shades. I really should, though.
My Milani Brow Fix Kit is the only product I have to use every single day. This is a must for me before I leave the house. There is something about having your eyebrows done that screams you have your life together, with or without makeup. I know that there are many other great eyebrow products out there that people rave over; I’ve tried many of them but find that I always end up getting an overly perfect or artificial looking brow. Some people can pull that look off but personally, I don’t like it. With the Milani Brow Kit, I get effortlessly full and defined eyebrows with minimal effort. It comes in at around $7.00 and each kit lasts me about a year and a half. I just started my second kit. You can buy this online or at any drugstore.
An aunt of mine who lives in California works at a beauty counter in Nordstrom and will occasionally send me makeup goodies. Luckily for me, she sent me Laura Mercier’s Foundation Primer. I instantly fell in love with it and have been using it religiously ever since. I use this product anytime I’m out of the house. I’m one to choose an extra 5 minutes of sleep in the mornings over putting on makeup or even eating breakfast. I usually only wear a full face of makeup on a night out or if I have an important event to go to. Having something like this primer really helps me even out my complexion and look awake easily on those low maintenance days. It has a subtle shimmer in its formula to brighten up the skin and a pea size amount usually will cover my entire face. I love how light the formula is and the fact it doesn’t clog my pores. This primer allows my skin to breathe all the while giving me a significant amount of coverage. I’m almost finished my first bottle and it has been about a year since I started using it.
My skin has a mind of its own. Sometimes it’s oily and then there are times it is extremely dry. Since I started using La Mer’s The Renewal Oil a year and a half ago, my skin has found balance. I love, love, love, this! I apply two drops of oil directly to my face in the morning on days when I feel my skin is looking tired, dry or those days where I want nothing to do with makeup but still want a dewy look. The thing I love the most about this oil is how lightweight it is and how it absorbs into my skin so effortlessly. I also love the fact that it serves multiple purposes. You can use it on your cuticles, your hair, or even add it to your moisturizer. It’s hard to officially say whether or not this product is worth the price. The reason I say that is because there a few other products of theirs I would recommend someone trying before this if they were totally new to La Mer. If you are interested in their line, I would suggest starting with their Moisturizing Soft Cream. Once you get a better idea of what their products entail and determine it is something you are willing to splurge on, I would then recommend exploring the other products they have to offer. Personally, I don’t mind paying the price for this product as it has benefited me greatly.
The name of this product says it all. Becca’s Under Eye Brightening Corrector makes a huge difference in hiding dark circles and brightening up the eyes. If it hasn’t been evident already, I tend to gravitate towards products that help me look alive and like I’ve gotten plenty of sleep. I use this product at the end of my makeup application. I find the consistency of this brightener to be a little thick so what I do is take my finger, dip it in the container and then warm it up and thin it out by rubbing it on the back of my left hand. If I directly put the corrector from the pot to under my eyes, it would be way too thick and shimmery and cause creasing. I actually didn’t really like it at first because of its thick consistency, but once I figured out a hack to using it, it’s become a daily essential for me. I started using this product about two months ago, but it seems to be lasting me pretty well so far. I’ve barely put a dent in it.”