Xiao Kai Lao Shi critiques local stars’ red carpet looks

Taiwan’s “Prince of Makeup” tells us how he feels about our local stars’ red carpet looks

Taiwan’s “Prince of Makeup” tells us how he feels about our local stars’ red carpet looks
Taiwan’s “Prince of Makeup” tells us how he feels about our local stars’ red carpet looks
10 May 2016

Taiwan’s “Prince of Makeup” tells us how he feels about our local stars’ red carpet looks

Xiao Kai Lao Shi is the most polite makeup guru we’ve ever met. When we presented Taiwan’s so-called “Prince of Makeup” with some of the more outrageous (or, okay, “adventurous”) red carpet looks from our local stars, the celebrity beauty guru had something good to say about everyone – even if it was shrouded in a thin veil of sass.

The “Ladies First” star, who was in town for a Hada Labo event, told us at the beginning of our interview that when it comes to makeup, “there’s no good or bad.” (Really? Not even green lipstick is bad?)

“Even if the makeup looks bad or doesn't meet the profession’s standard, as long as he or she feels confident in wearing the makeup, and he or she feels happy with it. I don’t think I have the right to judge ones’ makeup is good or bad.”

Judgment is one thing, but having an opinion is another. Keep reading to see Xiao Kai’s feedback about our local stars’ most recent red carpet looks, and see if you can interpret how he actually felt. 


Julie Tan’s burgundy lipstick
Julie Tan’s burgundy lipstick
10 May 2016

Julie Tan’s burgundy lipstick

What we said: She looks like a zombie

What Xiao Kai said: “She has courage.”

“I think she’s not bad. She’s very daring to use red wine lipstick colour that normal girls don’t usually use, she has the courage to use this kind of deep colour. And the rest of the makeup is clean, which brings out the uniqueness of the lipstick. All girls can use a deep lipstick colour. Don’t bother with other people’s opinions, or else you will only have a ‘safe’ look forever.” 

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Julie Tan’s Star Awards Part 2 lipstick swap
Julie Tan’s Star Awards Part 2 lipstick swap
10 May 2016

Julie Tan’s Star Awards Part 2 lipstick swap

He was, however, visibly disappointed to find out that she’d switched to a lighter look halfway through the show.

“This look is just pretty. But the previous look is memorable. I look at this and I think, ‘Oh, another beautiful actress’, but the previous one makes you think, ‘Wow! She’s so cool and special.’ You would not forget her. But this look is the one that almost 99 per cent of girls would use.” 

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Liu Ling Ling’s entire getup
Liu Ling Ling’s entire getup
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Liu Ling Ling’s entire getup

What we said: No. Just no.

What Xiao Kai said: “That’s dedication.”

“Wow….hmmm. Hmm. I think the problem isn’t with her makeup, but with her hair. She looks happy, though? It’s a very refreshing change.”

“It’s quite amusing to see this look, it’s like she’s going to a party, and she is the Christmas tree, with a lot of ornaments, and when she comes out you think, ‘Wow, that’s dedication [to her work].’” 

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Felicia Chin’s eye makeup
Felicia Chin’s eye makeup
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Felicia Chin’s eye makeup

What we said: The red eye shadow made Felicia, who was already tired from travelling, look hungover.

What Xiao Kai said: “It’s not ugly.”

“There is such a trend now, adding redness around the eyes, but people will say that it looks like allergies. That you’re suffering from ill health, and whatnot.

“But I think she did quite well for this -- she looked gentle and lovely, with a sad and innocent look that make people want to take care of her. Or maybe ask her if she’s sick. But I don’t find it ugly!”

As far as whether everyone could wear this, Xiao Kai said that it can make you look more feminine, but that you should wield a light hand when applying. 

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Tay Kewei: Strong makeup versus toned down makeup
Tay Kewei: Strong makeup versus toned down makeup
10 May 2016

Tay Kewei: Strong makeup versus toned down makeup

What we said: Kewei was spared from our Hot or Not features, but we decided to ask Xiao Kai which style suits her better, since she almost looks like two different people.

What Xiao Kai said: “The thick eyelashes cover her soul.”

“Hmm. Hmm, hmm, hmm, hmmm, hmmm. The second makeup look seems cleaner.”

“For the first look, her eye makeup is strong. Her blusher is strong. Her hair is strong. Her lips are also strong. I don’t know what to focus on.

“The second look clearly focuses on her lipstick colour, and she looks more comfortable to me. The first look - she must be somewhere outdoors? As Singapore is a hot country, this look makes her face look oily and dirty.

So what could Kewei have done better for the first look? “I suggest that she not wear the thick eyelashes, she’s pretty, with a pointed chin (‘V’ shape chin). The thick eyelashes cover her soul, her expressions. It’s very simple. I would have taken off the falsies.” 

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Carrie Wong: Hair extensions versus natural hair
Carrie Wong: Hair extensions versus natural hair
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Carrie Wong: Hair extensions versus natural hair

What we said: The raggedy hair extensions and runny eye makeup made her look like she’d just taken a dip in the pool.

What Xiao Kai said: “Shorter hair brings out her star quality.”

“The problem is the eye makeup colour. Asians have to be careful in using blue-coloured makeup, it will make you look washed-out, and not bright and glowing in person. I recommend that she use Earth-toned colours.”

“Her short hair makes her look brighter in person. A lot of girls might think that long hair can help to cover part of their face, which makes them feel more secure, but conversely, clean-cut short hair will make your facial features more distinctive – it will bring out the star quality.”

“You don’t need [long hair], you can match the makeup with the hair colour, hair length doesn’t matter much.”

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Xiao Kai’s advice to local celebs
Xiao Kai’s advice to local celebs
10 May 2016

Xiao Kai’s advice to local celebs

If you’ve truly got star power, you can get away with wearing lighter makeup 

“The looks that really stand out and that people like come from celebs who wear light makeup. Light makeup actually brings out confidence in the celebrities -- this is where you tell they have real star power and it stands out. Sometimes when a person wears heavy makeup, it tends to overshadow their star aura. You'll notice that a lot of the big celebs actually wear very light makeup at red carpet events. Actually, beauty is not defined by how heavy your makeup is or how long your falsies are. The lighter the makeup, the more confidence you convey. Not everyone can pull off the ‘light makeup’ look though. But you can’t blame them or say their heavy makeup looks are ‘wrong’.”  

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