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All-out glam for New Year's Eve
by Jill Alphonso and Joy Fang

Beauty report: Last-minute party looks 



L'oreal Paris Open Eyes Pro Palette


What: Intense is the word for this collection of eyeshadows. These palettes contain creamy powders that dry into a soft- touch texture once applied. The best thing is that you'll get stunning, light-reflecting colours.

The palettes come with four shadows that can be used as a base, for layering and highlighting. Your eyes will look as though they'd been made up by a professional.

Buy at: Guardian and Watsons stores, and at major hypermarkets.


Wong Kar Wai for Shu Uemura False Eyelashes Premium


What: A collaboration between Wong Kar Wai, the auteur known for the vivid imagery in his films, and Shu Uemura can never be disappointing. So, if you really want to look like the queen of the party, try the collection's premium false eyelashes.

The falsies are layered with thick silver glitter and slope diagonally from the lids, making you look like a sultry and mysterious superstar.

Not into falsies but still want glittered-up lids? Try the Glitter Mascara ($45), which gives your lashes a golden, sparkly finish.

Buy at: Department stores such as Metro Paragon, Tangs Orchard and BHG.




L'oreal Paris Colour Riche Made for Me Intense


What: Bright lips paired with a flick of eyeliner on your lids make for a bold, 1940s look. Try shades for lips called Burning Rose (a bold, slightly glittery red-pink) or Sensual Rose (a stronger, true-red shade with glitter and shine) from this L'Oreal collection. There's even a nail varnish in the same shade to match.

The formula is smooth and lasts through dinner and drinks - perfect for the party season.

Buy at: Guardian and Watsons stores, and at major hypermarkets.




Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Nail Polish


What: Feelin' festive? Paint your nails in metallic colours from this Sally Hansen collection, which boasts a fantastic, smooth application that dries quickly.

Pedal To The Metal is a gorgeous, frosty pewter grey with lavender undertones. Go with two coats to get a deeper, gun- metal shade. If you're looking for something gold to match a glitzy dress, opt for Guilty Pleasure, a dark gold colour with a lot of fine gold shimmer.

The flat, wide brushes with these polishes carry a lot of polish, making application super easy and quick. Just two sweeps can coat an entire nail.

Buy at: Watsons stores.




The Body Shop, The Sparkler


What: What a way to shine! This retro-styled bottle, looking very much like an old-fashioned perfume bottle, is filled with an all-over shimmer powder that, once sprayed on, gives you a soft, dewy glow.

The pearlescent powder is finely milled, so you won't end up looking like a glitter bomb. Spread it evenly over the decolletage, arms, and even your face and hair.

Buy at: The Body Shop outlets.




Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Wild Ginger's Hydrocream Whip


Hydromist Blow-out Spray


What: Give your mane extra volume with this duo. The HydroCream Whip hydrates the hair and gives it a silky finish, while the HydroMist Blow-Out Spray gives a weightless, long-lasting hold. Both contain awapuhi (Hawaiian ginger) extract, which significantly eliminates frizz.

Buy at: J Michael Hair Color- Works (35 Selegie Road, Park Lane Shopping Mall 01-19, tel: 6337-0298).




Shills Disco B.B Flawless Foundation


What: How perfect that a found- ation has the word "disco" in it. This B.B cream foundation from Taiwan has whitening and moisturising effects that help improve your complexion and lighten dark spots.

The formula is waterproof, so make-up stays on for the entire day, or at least until the end of a sweaty dance-floor session.

Buy at: John Little, BHG, OG, SaSa and


Dior Capture Totale One Essential Ultra-detox Treatment Mask


What: Partied out? Drag yourself out of bed and hit the shops to get yourself a bottle of this gel mask, perfect for a post-party detox for your skin, and a great complexion booster for the new year.

The mask contains an amazing 10 times more Detoxinyl than the One Essential serum, Dior's No. 1 skincare product. Better yet, it's being released on Sunday. What a New Year treat!

Buy at: Dior counters at department stores like Tangs and Takashimaya.


Bobbi Brown Extra SPF 25
Tinted Moisturizing Balm

What: This little tinted moisturiser is a must-have for one of those hangover days. It's an ultra-rich balm ideal for dry, dehydrated skin. The creamy balm blends easily and provides a dewy look with light skin coverage. SPF 25 helps protect skin from the sun's harmful rays.

Buy at: Bobbi Brown counters at Robinsons and Isetan.

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