Powerful Women & Their Eyeliners – By KATE Tokyo

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(Why do I look so bloated here LOL)

I’ve been wanting to create an eyeliner tutorial for a long time and I’m happy to finally DO IT!

In this post, I will talk about three powerful women, with different stories to tell, and how to achieve their eye makeup looks.

Powerful Woman 1: Cheon Song-Yi

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ANNYEONGHASEYO! Any female who watched the supernatural romantic comedy My Love from the Star must have fallen in love with Cheon Song-yi’s bright lip shades. Besides that and looking dressed to kill every moment – even in her pyjamas – do you know why the runway-approved mega star always looks so put together?

It’s all about balance. To let her glowing skin and bright lips shine, her makeup artist keeps her eye makeup subtle. Here’s my Cheon Song-yi inspired eye makeup tutorial.



Begin by prepping the lids with a nude primer. Dust peach/coral/light orange or warm brown eyeshadow over the lid. CSY never sports any obvious eyeshadow, it’s usually a light wash of a warm tone or nothing at all.

CSY doesn’t have extremely well-defined brows, sometimes even with gaps and stray hairs to portray naturalness. My brows are pretty thick on their own so I didn’t do much either. She made brown hair+black brows look perfectly acceptable.

Tightlining is the trick to making lashes look fuller and eyes more awake. Lightly pull up the lid and fill in the gaps between the lashes with KATE Slim Gel Pencil.

Next, line the upper lash line with KATE Super Sharp Liner. If you notice, even the thickest eyeline CSY wears is still pretty thin compared to most. In order to achieve a very thin and clean line, an eyeliner that provides great control, agility, and precision is essential.

Stop just about at the end of the eye. She seldom wears a wing – once in a while it’s pulled out straight a little, like in that episode where Do Min-Joon acts as her lawyer to negotiate with her ex-agency. But with CSY, the eyeliner is never the lead, it exists simply to enhance, while allowing her glowing skin and bright lips to take centre stage. And that I think that in itself is beautiful!

Lastly, add a bit of dark brown eyeshadow on the lower lash line to complete the look. Coat lashes with mascara, but skip the bottom lashes. I skipped mascara entirely.

This look is extremely simple and is what I wear to work on most days.

Powerful Woman 2: Wu Ze Tian

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The 2014 Chinese television drama – Empress of China – based on events in 7th and 8th-century Tang dynasty cost US$49.53 million to produce, making it the most expensive TV series in Chinese history. I mean, look at the sets, jewelry and fabulous gowns and robes worn in the drama! =O

Wu Zetian, played by the beautiful Fan Bing Bing, was the only female in Chinese history to rule as emperor. She rose from concubine to nun to Empress of the Tang dynasty.

Her eye makeup was not simple at all. LOL. I took super long to study and replicate it! Of course, our eye shapes are very different too – hers are more almond-shaped while mine are rounder. And she emotes so well, one stare speaks volumes of anguish, sadness, fear, worries. My stare looks blank. BAHAHA.

Well, afterall, she is Bing Bing and I’m only Bun Bun. 😆

Here we go!


MAC Spring 2015 Collections: Cinderella, Bao Bao Wan, Julia Petit, Miley Cirus, Toledo And More


Since its founding in the mid-80s, MAC has been the go-to cosmetics line for professionals and color-loving amateurs alike. But what keeps people coming back?

Besides being known for having every makeup color in the rainbow, my other favorite thing about MAC is its amazing collaborations – from working with top designers to fictional characters. I’d love to see a Powerpuff Girls or Pentatonix collaboration happen some day! =D

Here are the MAC Spring 2015 Collections:

MAC X Cinderella Collection

I attended the premiere of Cinderella at MBS MasterCard Theatres last night and it was a truly a visual and aural delight! The story is simply and safely told, with not much deviation from the original storyline, just bringing to life characters from a childhood fairytale we all grew up with. Cate Blanchett did a great hamming it up as the villainous stepmother. I thought the stepsisters could afford to be more mean and destructive though. And I remembered them to be really fat from storybooks; they weren’t fat enough in the film. LOL.


M.A.C. has teamed up with Disney’s Cinderella to launch the sparkliest, dreamiest makeup collection.



M.A.C. Cinderella Eyeshadow x 6 palette in Stroke of Midnight (SGD80.00)

Shades include Vapour – light peachy-pink; Phloof! – frosty off-white; Omega – beige-taupe; Quarry – plum-brown; Satin Taupe – silvery taupe, and Stroke of Midnight – black sparkly plum.


M.A.C. Cinderella Fluidline in Macroviolet (SGD33.00): A shimmery, smoky violet cream eyeliner.

M.A.C. Cinderella Lipstick in Free as a Butterfly (SGD33.00): A sheer golden nude lipstick.

MAC X Cinderella Collection is limited edition and available from 26 February 2015.

MAC x Julia Petit Collection

Julia Petit is a hugely influential beauty/lifestyle blogger, TV presenter andmodel Brazil’s super cool IT girl, so cool that our favorite makeup brand MAC has deemed her worthy of having her own collection. How cool is that! Imagine you started blogging for fun and then one day the world’s coolest brand comes knocking on your door and wants your name on their products. That’s what dreams are made of.


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Get Completely Naked With Urban Decay Naked On The Run



Every time Urban Decay launches a new NAKED palette, fans around the world go wild.

I love all the NAKED palettes from Urban Decay. They stunned us with NAKED, continued to wow us with NAKED 2, and sealed their legacy with NAKED 3. I mean, they’ve got a VAULT to hold these three NAKED’s, for goodness sake!

I own NAKED, NAKED 2, and NAKED 2 Basics, and love all of them. (I also own the Vices, Shadows, Ammos, but we’re talking nudity here. Heh.)

For the first time, a NAKED palette contains more than only eyeshadows. Naked on the Run is pretty much a one-stop shop for people who want to go for that naked, sultry, or smouldering look – depending how one perceives the degree of naked-ness.

Naked on the Run contains 6 brand new neutral eyeshadow shades (Dive, Fix, Resist, Dare, Stun, 5050), a travel-sized Perversion mascara and a travel-sized 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Stag (a smokey brown). There’s also a full-sized Naked lipgloss in Sesso and a bronzer and blush.




Packing in a punch, this one! 😀

Everything has a place, which makes this makeup palette relatively compact. It takes the guessing and planning on what to match or pack, especially when you’re pressed for time in the morning or when you have little space in your travel suitcase.


Nivea Fragrance-Free Facial Cleansing Wipes For Sensitive Skin: A Backstage Necessity

Have you been to a fashion show before?

These are the things that people are most excited about:

Hair and makeup




Models getting ready to go on stage


They strut their stuff


They do the final walk out together


The esteemed designer takes the walk of honor


(Karl Lagerfeld’s 2014 Spring-Summer Haute Couture collection for CHANEL, held January 21st at the Grand Palais in Paris. Don’t think I don’t keep up with fashion trends just because I’m a beauty blogger hor. Hahaha. I absolutely LOVE this collection for its clean lines, fitted cuts, feminine lines, and eclectic embellishments.)


Everyone claps and leaves.

What happens then?

Have you ever wondered?


What happens backstage,

To the models?

Away from the blinding stage lights, down the flight of stairs lit by florescent bulbs, navigating through a maze of laminated corridors, into a sea of garment, sequins, hair sprays and stilettos, the model charges towards her seat and into her bag reaches for the one thing that puts a stop to the day’s work.

Ah, found it! In her hand, a pack of FACIAL CLEANSING WIPES.

At the end of the day, it’s another show over. Models want to remove their wigs and makeup quickly and retire for the day.

I haven’t been to a Chanel Fashion Show, but I guess this is what happens backstage.


We’re not all models and celebrities, but we do still wear makeup, don’t we?

There’s nothing more satisfying than a splash of water, but when we don’t have the time or tools to properly wash our faces with cleanser and water, cleansing wipes save the day!

NIVEA Facial Cleansing Wipes


For over 100 years, NIVEA has constantly provided high quality products at affordable prices. I’m sure every household has a little NIVEA-something. :)

NIVEA Facial Cleansing Wipes are perfect for those of us who are too tired/lazy/drunk/don’t have access to clean water to clean our faces before bed. For people who are traveling, hitting the gym or those with oily, acne-prone, or sensitive skin, using a wipe to remove grime on the skin is better than doing nothing.

Seriously, it’s the ONE STEP that decides if you are going to have clogged pores and dirty pillow cases or not!


Biore Micellar Cleansing Water Review: Cleanse Away Your Day For Great Skin



But before I start, who is guilty of not removing makeup before bed? I most certainly am not.

No matter how tired I am at the end of the day, I ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS make it a point to remove all traces of makeup before I hit the sack. A shower is negotiable, but makeup removal I’ll never skip!

Imagine tossing and turning, and having one-day-old makeup wiping on your pillow case. Unless you stay in a hotel with room service, you don’t change your sheets every day, do you? So the next time you go to bed with clean skin, you’ll be sleeping on a pillow case that’s been dirtied with old makeup stains. Ew!

That’s just how the OCD side of me views it, but if that’s not enough to scare you, here are more negative effects of sleeping with makeup:


  1. Makeup can clog pores while you sleep, resulting in the development of ACNE
  2. Overnight makeup prevents the skin from recovering itself naturally at night, causing BLACKHEADS, ACNE, DULLNESS
  3. Environmental pollutants stick to the make-up, causing what is known as oxidative stress, where skin is attacked by harmful free radicals. This decreases the production of collagen and promotes WRINKLES
  4. Moisturizer cannot be absorbed into the skin, resulting in DEHYDRATED SKIN and ENLARGED PORES

For every one night you don’t bother, your skin AGES by more than 2 nights. Is it worth skipping one night for?

I know, I know, it can be a real pain sometimes. Reaching home late, exhausted, and the last — the last — thing you want to do is wash your face.

I also know we’ve all had experiences with makeup removers that leave a sticky residue, don’t clean all that properly which translates to more hassle to triple cleanse, or oil-based removers that don’t sit too well with oily and sensitive skin.

All these make makeup removal the last of our priorities. But think of it this way, you spend at least 30 minutes dolling yourself up, surely a couple of minutes isn’t too much to ask for to remove it all, yeah? :)

Let me introduce to you my new best friend – Bioré Micellar Cleansing Water.


I have oily skin that is high in sensitivity so it’s not easy finding a makeup remover that is mild yet effective enough.

So glad to have found in Biore Micellar Cleansing Water a perfect way to quickly and effectively remove ALL my makeup!

Micellar Water has been a long-time favorite of makeup artists for its efficiency in cleansing skin since they need to quickly remove and create a new look on a fresh canvas. ‘Micellar Water’ is not a household term yet, but I know for sure it’s gonna change! 😀

What Is Micellar Water?

Oh, how silly of me. All that chatter about Micellar and not having to rinse your face afterwards, and you probably don’t know what it is in the first place!

Micellar water originated in France and gained its name because of the micelles molecules in its water-like formula. When applied to the skin, these molecules latch onto the dirt, make-up and other impurities sitting on your skin, removing them in an effective and gentle manner.

The Biore Micellar Cleansing Water contains an ultra gentle yet effective makeup removal formula – natural mineral water from Japanese Alps with Micellar Watery Technology, to be exact, for the thorough removal of makeup.

On top of effectively removing makeup, it contains an anti-bacterial formula that helps prevent pimples and outbreaks, and minimizes pores for a clearer and more refined complexion.

Biore Micellar Cleansing Water VS Brand X

Let’s get down to comparing the Biore Micellar Cleansing Water and Brand X!


As per the instructions, place soaked cotton pad onto closed eyes for 5 seconds before wiping off gently.


La Fatte Bridal Studio 法蝶婚紗會館 – Taiwan Pre-Wedding Photography + FAQ






I’m Mrs Mode. Teeheehee.

After posting some pictures on my Instagram of our pre-wedding photos shot in Taiwan by 法蝶婚紗會館 La Fatte Bridal Studio (pronounced as la-feet), I’ve been receiving more enquiries from you guys asking anything from the price of the package, to accommodation, to destinations.

I hope to be able to answer most of your questions in this post! :)

We Went To Get A Pillow

I’d like to say we did a lot of homework – thronged forums for reviews, met up with many photographers, compared prices, looked at samples, discussed what we wanted, and the sort.

Truth is, we happened to have dinner at a neighborhood mall and wanted to buy a pillow. While we usually avoided those enthusiastic people from bridal studio booths, it was quite a coincidence that both Mr Mode and I were interested to listen to a guy from La Fatte who approached us.

La Fatte is entirely Taiwan-based, meaning they do not have a physical presence here in Singapore. The photos looked great, the service staff were friendly, and at the spur of the moment, we signed the contract. I know, totally impulsive.

Shortly after that, I suffered from buyer’s remorse. For many months following, I was worried that we had been scammed coz it was way more expensive than what people in forums paid for other Taiwan photography packages. I was even MORE terrified after reading horror stories about couple having to pay thousand of dollars in addition due to hidden costs.

Odd thing was, there weren’t many reviews on La Fatte Bridal Studio. A few good ones, zero bad ones. I didn’t know what to expect! But when I looked through the photos posted on their Facebook page, my suspicions and worries were kinda eased coz most people wrote their Thank You’s in Chinese. I reckoned they were really popular in Taiwan, but not so much in Singapore. I guess it’s also coz they don’t have a physical presence here.

So away we put our fears and flew to Taiwan early this year! Right before Chinese New Year, in fact. We hoped to catch the beautiful cherry blossoms, yet wanted to be back here in Singapore to celebrate CNY, so we couldn’t stay too long in Taiwan.

If you have the time, it would be better to be over and done with the photoshoot first, then stay on to party. We had a hard time resisting temptation from all the Taiwanese street food!

We stayed in Taipei for 2 nights, traveled to Taichung for the photoshoot, then returned to Taipei for 1 night.


Woman To Man Makeup Tutorial For Nuffnang 007 Birthday Bash


The long weekend has arrived! WOOHOO! Was just lying on my bed reflecting on what has happened the past 7 months and I’m truly grateful for the many opportunities that have come my way.

Then I realized that I haven’t wrote about the fun we had at Nuffnang Birthday Bash 007 which was in FEBRUARY. Bahahaha!!

I always love dressing up for occasions, and better UN-pretty than pretty, because you know, it’s hard to beat pretty. Lol.



Got the old school red plastic piggybank from a neighborhood shop, they’re so rare these days! And the pirated nerf gun was specially chosen by Mr Mode. After the event he brought it home to play.

Woman -> Man Makeup Tutorial

Smirk It

First, practise the smirk. HAHAHA! The middle one was the one I used the most for the night. I don’t know why, but that’s how I’d smirk if I were a guy~. Heh.


Sideburns, The More The Merrier


The sideburns were the hardest to get right! >.<

I set the base with black/grey eyeshadow first, but it looked one dimensional and too gentle, so I used crayon eyeliner. It was tough finding the right eyeliner coz if it’s too creamy, it would smudge too well and look too soft. If it’s too dry, it would be impossible to smudge at all, and the strokes would look too harsh.

I even resorted to using mascara to replicate hair in the last picture. But that idea was scraped coz it didn’t work out quite as expected.


Bausch + Lomb Biotrue ONEday Lenses Let You See The World In A Whole New Way


It’s a little ridiculous how I became myopic. I was in my graduating year in secondary school and one day the classroom light above me became dim. They didn’t fix that so after 2 weeks I moved to another spot with better lighting, but the irreversible damage had been done and so from then on I was myopic. VERY SAD RIGHT!! It’s not as though I used the computer for hours, or sat too close to the TV, or read books lying down; all I wanted to do was study, but one stupid classroom light took my perfect eyesight away forever. :(

Fortunately my myopia isn’t too serious. I can do without spectacles or contact lenses, but I prefer to have crystal clear vision. It’s not a good feeling to be asked why I don’t respond when people wave at me.

The problem with most contact lenses is that they tend to feel very DRY and UNCOMFORTABLE after extended periods of time of wear. There was once when I removed my contact lens from my eye and saw that the LENS WAS TORN. It was so dry I think it tore in my eye. Where did the missing bit go??!?! =O

We all know Bausch + Lomb for their contact lens and solutions, but did you know that they are also one of the world’s largest suppliers of eye health products like medicines and implants for eye diseases? #learntsomethingnewtoday

Bausch + Lomb introduces their latest line of contact lenses called Biotrue ONEday lenses, which evidently from the name, are daily disposable contact lenses.


16 Hours Of Comfortable Wear

Optometrists always advise that contact lens should be worn for no more than 8 hours, but HELLO?, who is out for only 8 hours these days??

Work already takes up at least one-third of every 24 hours. Add to that traveling to and from work, going out after work, and other things we do like having:

  • Stairs to walk down from……



  • Social media to attend to……



  • Makeup to retouch……



AB Automatic Beauty Eyelid Tapes Review + Step-By-Step Tutorial On How To Apply


You know what they say – ‘No two eyes look the same’, as with most features like eyebrows, ears, and boobies. Lol. Studies show that more symmetric faces are preferred because symmetry is a possible honest sign of superior genetic quality and developmental stability.

In short, the quest for SYMMETRY is deep-rooted in our human instincts. :)

Let me share with you today how, with the help of a simple double-sided eyelid tape called AB Mezical Fiber 2, I transformed my fickle-minded left hooded eyelid to not only be of symmetry to the right, but also created a higher crease!

(You stand a chance to win cash and products too! More in a bit!)




How To Get A Higher Crease & More Permanent Double Eyelids

Step 1:

Use the shaping stick that comes with every pack to mark out your desired crease. Go over several times to strengthen the line so that it’s obvious enough for you to know where to paste the Mezical Fiber 2 eyelid sticker.

Tip: I like to mark it higher to cushion the effect of gravitational pull.


(Sigh, that’s the scar from my recent eye accident. :( SO UGLY. )

Step 2:

Bun Bun shall take the stage for a while. Hoho.



Step-By-Step Makeup Tutorial: How To Conceal Bruise With Makeup


On my Dayre Day 108 – 18 Apr 2014 (bruise more obvious here: Day 112) , I shared with you guys how I woke up in the middle of the night, suffered a brutal knock on my left eye against the concrete window ledge, bled like mad, suffered a major headache, thought nothing much of it and went back to sleep. LOL.

For the next few days I had a swollen eye and bruise, the next few weeks I still had the bruise, and now…… there’s a scar. :(

It didn’t look serious enough to me, but my nurse friend saw it and told me to quickly go to the hospital. Apparently, it was quite a deep cut and the doctors told me because of the delay, there would be SCARRING. It sucks to have to deal with an unsightly scar, bu I’m grateful it was the eyelid and not the EYEBALL. That’s why I’m giving back by making this tutorial. Lol.

This was how I looked probably one week after the incident. You can see the yellow-brown circling the socket of the injured left eye.


I’ll do my best to include links to where to find the products so that you don’t have to do the hunting. :)


The Lioele Dollish Veil Vita BB is my super favorite makeup base that I use almost everyday, except when I’m testing out a new product or just switching things up for a bit.

For bases, I prefer to apply with duo fiber brushes. Seen here is the Hakuhodo J544.




If you use powder foundation, apply concealer BEFORE. If you use liquid foundation, apply concealer AFTER.

I’m a liquid foundation kind of girl, so it’s always foundation first, then concealer. The Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation gives amazing coverage and has great lasting power, but it’s precisely because it gives such a flawless finish that I don’t use it too often.

Foundations that I like:





This is the Make Up Store Cover All Mix Concealer which I like to use to cover very dark eye circles, or in this case, a bad bruise. Note that it is very dry and can be difficult to blend with the fingers. Not a top choice when you are in a rush.

I much prefer to use brushes and the Sigma F70 has been a longtime favorite and workhorse.


Apply the salmon shade on the blue/purple areas.


Other concealers with good coverage that I like:


Then use a more emollient concealer on the centre to ‘move’ the drier concealer, best if it has a brightening effect as well. I used Benefit Fake Up Concealer in 01 Light here.