What's in my makeup bag - Daytime look

July 25, 2014
It's only been four days since I last blogged, but whoa, does it feel like an eternity. 'Tis apparent that blogging is very much a muscle that must be consistently and frequently exercised to stay on form. I am ashamed of my own negligence, being busy and having a life is no excuse, it's a tough world out there. Anyway...! I offer by way of repentance a much requested (and possibly even helpful) blog post and a bribe, both in the form of a makeup blog post and yet another Malaysia Tatler feature...!

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This is it. All of my 'Society Secrets', as Malaysia Tatler puts it, and the entirety of my makeup bag. 

You may have seen my feature on the beauty section of Malaysia Tatler.com where I shared my makeup must-haves, how I create looks for different occasions, and my personal tips and tricks. 

"Frequently spotted with her trademark bold red lips at society events, we were very surprised to learn she doesn’t need foundation to achieve that porcelain-smooth and blemish-free complexion.
Oh staaaap it, you're making me blush. No, not really, do go on.
It seems great skin is just another trait she is blessed with on top of her gift for the written word, art, illustration and design. 
I think foundation is overrated. All you need is a good sunblock and at the very most a tinted moisturiser.
“My daily makeup style is simple and natural-looking,” she shares. “My key looks are flawless skin with my freckles showing through, filled in and defined eyebrows, a flick of liquid eyeliner, long eyelashes and just a lick of dusty rose lipstick.""
What’s the one makeup product you cannot leave the house without?Sunblock! Sunblock is an absolute must. Even when I’m at home and can’t be bothered with makeup, I must wear at least SPF30 on my face. When I’m out and about, I wear SPF 50."
As every girl from a respectable Chinese family knows 'takut gelap' (fear of darkening/being tanned) is well and truly instilled from a young age. Who else here remembers coming home from the club flushed and sun kissed, only to have a horrified maid slather Hazeline Snow all over your face lest freckles, or heaven forbid, a tan develops? Yes, I see you. There, there, it's going to be okay, I survived the freckle police and I'm alright, so you will be too. Funnily enough the trend now is to draw freckles on (?!) which has helped toward me finally embracing my natural 'sun-kisses'.

Here are the contents of my makeup drawers. It doesn't look like much in the pictures but I swear it looks like a lot in real life.


Laneige BB Cushion SPF 50, No. 21 Natural Beige
CHANEL Poudre Universelle Compacte, 20 Clair Translucent
Christian Dior Night Diamond Allover Diamond Dust


Shu Uemura Karl for Shu Smoky Velvet Palette
CHANEL Les 4 Ombres, 93 Smoky Eyes
Bobbi Brown Ultra Fine Eyeliner Brush (for filling in my eyebrows)


Vaseline Lip Therapy, Pink Bubbly
CHANEL Rouge Allure, 28 Romantic
CHANEL Rouge Allure Velvet, 38 La Fascinante
MAC Amplified, Dark Side

You can read my Malaysia Tatler feature in its entirety here.

But since so many (read: about two people haha) have asked me to share how I do my 'day makeup', here's a paragraph from the article and some pictures to aid your understanding.

"Share with us how you do your makeup for: Sunday brunch with friends
I start with a flawless base and dab on some NARS 'Orgasm' blush... 
(Obviously my face isn't actually flawless, right now my skin is having quite a hard time thanks to stress and travelling. See for yourself in the close ups, and don't say I didn't warn you)

...I accentuate my eyes with dusky rose eyeshadow from (Urban Decay) Naked Palette 3...

..., add a subtle flick of eyeliner and of course, my signature long lashes.
(I swear by Heroine Make mascaras, nobody but the Japanese can make my poker-straight lashes hold a curl!)

(I apologize for the whiteheads and less-than-perfect skin texture. It's been a while since I've done anything more intricate than wipe my face clean with a flannel cloth)

...I refuse to suffer the indignity of having red lipstick on my chin (inevitable when I eat anything that doesn’t fit on a fork or chopsticks) so I wear Chanel’s ‘Romantic’, a natural blush lipstick which if smeared all over my face, could well be mistaken for a champagne flush."

I also share how I do my makeup for 'Meeting with an important client in the afternoon' and 'Gala dinner'. One can read all about it at Malaysia Tatler.com: Society Secrets: Jasiminne Yip's personal beauty tips and tricks to always looking good.

I hope you find it somewhat useful, instructive, or even vaguely amusing. Now if you will excuse me, I need to find a dermatologist brave enough to take on my frightful face. x


  1. Great post Jasiminne! I'd love to see more on beauty from you. Being of Asian descent and living in London, I rarely (read: never) get to see what other Oriental girls do to their faces! Love that you've embraced the tan and freckles - my grandma always tuts at mine, but I actually kind of like my little sunspots. Don't even need to invest in a freckle pencil!

    Tamsin xx | A Certain Adventure