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Learn to dress like a celebrity
by Joy Fang

Marcus AC knows how to make people look glamorous.

After all, he has worked with the likes of international celebrities, such as Spice Girl's Mel C and model-host Lisa Selesner, as well as home-grown actresses Fann Wong and Rebecca Lim.

With more than 15 years' experience in the industry, the Singapore make-up artist and fashion stylist is the best person from whom to get tips on how to look as stunning and catwalk-ready as any Hollywood star.

Marcus will be one of two speakers at the upcoming my paper The Metropolitan Workshop, a three-hour-long session happening at Jurong Point 2 on Saturday.

He, along with Ms Monica Tan, director of Kimage Salon, will be dishing out valuable tips on how to style outfits and tresses appropriately.

Marcus, who owns a styling and production company called Style Etc, told my paper that his focus will be on dressing well.

"I personally dislike labelling women's shapes and dressing them according to those labels," said the first brand ambassador in Asia for Shiseido's Majolica Majorca in 2009 and 2010.

Instead, he will offer advice on how to enhance one's body shape, rather than on ways to hide supposed flaws, he said.

He will also be showcasing what he feels are "classic looks", and contrast those with examples of looks that are trendy.

Expect racks of clothes of different styles, which he will use to demonstrate how to translate runway looks into wearable fashion.

And, if you find that your work outfits are getting monotonous and snooze-worthy, Marcus says the trick is in accessorising.

Playing with jewellery, or even shoes and bags, can help you recreate the everyday work look and keep you from having a style that's uniform.

As for Ms Tan, expect gems on how to style your mane into silky straightness or glossy waves with just a flat or curling iron.

Expect tips, too, on how to bring out one's best features with the right cut and colour.

Generally, working executives should not wear colours that are too bright, noted Ms Tan. But, as Asian hair is naturally dark, it has a tendency to look flat.

"Highlights, in the form of streaks, can be used to create contrast and will reduce the overall heaviness of the hair. It will also (give) some depth to hair," she added.

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