By Laetitia Wong Wai Yi, TODAY
SINGAPORE — We’d be lying if we said we didn’t feel a little hair envy towards Michelle Chia’s gorgeous mane.
But she gives a hearty laugh and assures us to think twice.
“My hair grows like crazy! It’s naturally thick and wavy, so the longer my hair is, the curlier it is. That’s why I can’t have short hair ... I just look like a mushroom,” said Chia, who is the local ambassador of Japanese skincare brand Hada Labo. “I’m not the kind of person who would religiously blow and crimp my hair. I remember my school days when I had a little fringe — once upon a time, that was the ‘in’ thing — so my bangs were both fluffy and curly. Now when I look at those pictures, I want to faint! They were horrible!”
Michelle Chia swears by her ‘fishball’ patting routine to maintain a beautiful face.
Q: We heard you have a really bizarre beauty secret. What’s that?
A: You know how fishballs are made? They are beaten! The fish meat is thrown repeatedly onto the table and that’s how it gets its springiness. It’s the same thing with the face. I pat my face 300 times and it makes my skin really nice and taut. My mum does it, and when Michelle Chong saw my mum’s skin, she immediately said: “I’m going to start patting my face too!” You don’t have to slap yourself so hard — just give it gentle pats. If you do it very quickly, it’ll be over in no time!
Q: You mentioned you have very problematic skin ...
A: Yeah, not only do I have combination skin, but I also sweat a lot on my face, including around my eyes. It’s fun to apply foundation, but I can’t do it because it gets streaky. The moment I step out and start sweating, you’ll see patches of uneven makeup on my face. I always have to wipe it off and do my make-up all over again. Compact powder and loose powder work fine for me.
Q: What are your top beauty tips for achieving a flawless face?
A: Use illuminators. I use an illuminator on areas where it’s necessary. Again, if I use it on too many areas and start sweating, the same thing with the foundation is going to happen. Also, use loose powder and blusher, which are very important — they brighten up the face. I use Estee Lauder’s illuminator and a special loose powder called Deletia from Face Bistro at Holland Village.
Q: You suffer from eczema, so how do you manage your skin?
A: I have asthma and allergies, which come with the eczema and sensitive skin. I’m even allergic to my tears! It’s terrible because, if I cry or get a stuffy nose and start tearing, I start to get eczema around my eyes. I use Hada Labo moisturisers for the face. It’s water-based and moisturises without giving me pimples. I even use it on my legs ... It’s embarrassing, because I have a class picture of myself in kindergarten, where my neck was completely white! My mother would always put a lot of Talcum powder on my neck, where I had eczema.
Q: What are your top five must-haves?
Hada Labo is available at Watsons stores. Silence! premieres on Oct 21 on Starhub on E City (Channel 825) and SuperSports Arena (Channel 205) at 8pm.A: I use the Super Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Light Lotion (S$22.90) or the Arbutin Whitening Lotion (S$23.90) from Hada Labo, my illuminator, eyelash curler and Benefit’s Benetint. I also believe beauty comes from within, so I have berry shakes, because they’re full of antioxidants. Every morning, I would put different frozen berries into the blender, along with yogurt and milk.
Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizing Lotion
Hada Labo is available at Watsons stores. Silence! premieres on Oct 21 on Starhub on E City (Channel 825) and SuperSports Arena (Channel 205) at 8pm.