Celebrities reveal their beauty #firstworldproblems

From too little hair to too much hair, 12 stars show us that they’re real people too.

Beauty issues are just some of the setbacks to stardom
Beauty issues are just some of the setbacks to stardom
25 Jan 2019

Beauty issues are just some of the setbacks to stardom

Late nights, overseas trips, long shoot days, thick makeup … the life of a celebrity is far from glamorous. A hectic lifestyle such as theirs can lead to massive breakouts, dryness, pigmentation, hair breakage, moisture imbalances and more. So before you think these folks are a charmed lot, their beauty issues tell us otherwise. That they have dog days, just like everyone else.

Andie Chen
Andie Chen
25 Jan 2019

Andie Chen

“I have been suffering from an auto immune disorder almost all my life, where one of the main symptoms is rashes on my face. It’s usually a sign that your immunity is low. Most people try and solve it from the exterior, but you should fix the problem from the inside first. That’s why I work so hard to stay healthy by changing my diet to a more natural one and avoid inflammatory food like dairy, wheat and sugar. Managing stress and good quality sleep also help. If I can do without makeup, I don’t put on any, but if I have to, I use an oil-based makeup remover and a gentle facial cleanser.”

Photo: Instagram/@andiechen

Cheryl Wee
Cheryl Wee
25 Jan 2019

Cheryl Wee

“My skin is dry and hypersensitive, especially when I come back from a trip – it flares up with redness and dry patches. The pregnancy glow that everyone talks about – perfect skin and hair – it’s real. After having a baby, I suffer from hair loss, eye bags, dull skin … the list goes on!”

Photo: Instagram/@weecheryl

Desmond Tan
Desmond Tan
25 Jan 2019

Desmond Tan

“I bleached my hair for a Japan work trip (last December), and being the perfectionist that I am, I retouched the roots shortly after for another photoshoot. While my hairstylist was blowdrying my hair, we both saw the strands just snapping off like twigs! Over the next few days, more strands broke off especially while in the shower. I felt so emo, because out of sheer vanity, I damaged my hair. Lucky for me, I could chop most of it off and dye it black for my new role in All Is Well. I’m going for that sharp and clean Heavenly King look a la Aaron Kwok or Tony Leung!”

Photo: Instagram/@thedesmondtan

Elvin Ng
Elvin Ng
25 Jan 2019

Elvin Ng

In a recent interview with 8 DAYS, Elvin revealed that he’s worried about the fine lines on his face. He’s been diligently applying more moisturiser and midnight recovery oil, but finds it hard to put in the work to include more steps into his daily regimen. “I should really start using those hydrating sheet masks but the stickiness is a tad off-putting,” he added.

Photo: Instagram/@elvinngchoongsiong 

Fann Wong
Fann Wong
25 Jan 2019

Fann Wong

“My biggest issue is freckles. I used to hate it, but I realise you can’t really get rid of it, so you have to just accept it. Otherwise, you have to be diligent with sun protection and stay out of the sun as much as possible, but that’s very hard in my line of work.

I used to do weekly facial treatments, mask diligently and had over 10 skincare steps! But being a busy mum means I have to skip some steps like toner. Five minutes is the most I’ll ever take because I worry (my son) Zed might be up to something! To me, cleansing is the most basic and important step of them all, followed by a good moisturiser.”

Photo: Instagram/@fannaiaiwong

Felicia Chin
Felicia Chin
25 Jan 2019

Felicia Chin

“I tend to sleep late at night which results in bad eye bags and tired skin. So I have to do more treatments, drink more water, sleep more (tough!) and use better products like Skin Ceuticals, which works like magic on me. My beauty secret is masking. If I have time, I will wear a mask for the eyes, a clay mask for the nose, a hydrating mask for the face, and finish off with a cold towel to calm my pores.

I don’t have luscious locks and feel that my roots are pretty weak, and my scalp can get quite oily. That’s why I’ve been paying a bit more attention to my tresses these days, going for scalp treatments and putting on hair tonics. Even David (Gan) has dropped many hints that I should take better care of my hair. I quite like products from PHS Hairscience which was recommended to me by Sharon Au.”

Photo: Instagram/@iamfeliciachin

Jean Danker
Jean Danker
25 Jan 2019

Jean Danker

“My beauty issue is with my hair. I always wear my hair straight but it doesn't look that way in the mornings. I've got natural waves and it curls and twirls in about 5,000 directions! So I first have to spray on a hair volumiser, then flat iron it, followed by hair spray to set it. This is only for days I have to host shows or be on camera. Otherwise, I'll just half tie my hair up in a mini ponytail and am ready for my radio show.”

Photo: Instagram/@jeandanker

Kym Ng
Kym Ng
25 Jan 2019

Kym Ng

“For nine years, I dyed my hair in all kinds of colours and had to endure continuous breakage from too much bleaching. Instead of conditioner, I would use a hair mask almost daily. But it’s my face that I invest more time on actually, because I have dry, sensitive skin with pigmentation that worsens when I jog outdoors too much. I need to apply pigment cream which can be very drying. I have a 10-step skincare routine which takes 15 mins on average: Cleanser, toner, treatment cream, serum, eye, face moisturiser, face oil, neck cream, neck oil and sunblock. That’s why I’m so pretty mah!”

Photo: Instagram/@kym_ng

Pierre Png
Pierre Png
25 Jan 2019

Pierre Png

“I have a medical condition where my eyes are drier than the average person. I have to use a prescribed eye lubricant whenever I need to stare longingly into the eyes of my co-star, or do a fake-cry. When I’m especially tired, one of my eyes gets a bit droopy, so I have to put down my devices and rest my eyes as much as possible.

I’ve never really cared much about my skin but sleeping with the air-con has made my skin drier and fine lines are starting to show, so I have to moisturise now. The wife has to drag me by the ear for facial treatments!  

I’m a little bit hairier than most Asian men, so I always have tweezers and a shaver among my basic grooming items.”

Photo: Instagram/@pierrepng

Sheila Sim
Sheila Sim
25 Jan 2019

Sheila Sim

“I’m deathly afraid of freckles, especially on my arms, because it’s a larger area that needs to be treated. So I wear loads of sunscreen if I can, or just cover my arms with those ugly pull-up sleeves when I drive. Eeks!

When it comes to makeup, I feel less is definitely more. I only carry on average three makeup items in my makeup pouch: concealer, blusher and mascara.”

Photo: Instagram/@sheila_sim

Yasminne Cheng
Yasminne Cheng
25 Jan 2019

Yasminne Cheng

“I have quite a bit of pigmentation from my love affair with the sun and all my beach vacations, plus as I get older my skin gets drier. So I have to slather on lots of hydrating and brightening creams and serums like Cle de Peau's La Crème and La Serum.

I also have oily nose syndrome, where I have dry skin everywhere but an oily nose! So after hours, the foundation seems to melt away on the nose, which is most frustrating. I find Smashbox’s Photo Finish Foundation Primer Pore Minimizing does wonders.

I always kena water retention (maybe from all the wine you drink, Yas!). To rid the bloat on the face, I use a metal massager for five minutes to depuff my cheeks and jowls.”

Photo: Instagram/@yasminnecheng

Chen Yixi
Chen Yixi
25 Jan 2019

Chen Yixi

“My skin’s more prone to dryness, so I’ve been using a basic moisturiser from Kiehl’s. The retail assistant also told me I need to put other stuff like sunscreen since I spend a lot of my time outdoors sketching architecture, a favourite pastime of mine. I should really get some beauty tips from my sister (Chen Yixin) – she takes like 20 mins to put on her face every morning!”

Photo: Instagram/@chxnyixi

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