Beauty myths abound. Sometimes, we come across myths that parade as facts and end up believing them. Here are some of the most common ones.
Myth: Your brow colour should exactly match your hair colour
While experts recommend matching the shades, you don’t have to find a brow pencil that perfectly matches your hair colour. In fact, going a shade lighter can give you a fresh look, as seen on various celebrities! The Excel Powder & Pencil EX, $25.90, which took the Number One spot in the best eyebrow products category for Cosme Japan‘s The Best Cosmetics Awards for three consecutive years, comes in eight different shades to match any Asian skin tone. Its three-in-one function – pencil, powder and brush – allows you to create the perfect natural brows for any occasion!
Myth: You can’t wear a mask every day
Countless of celebs have sworn by wearing facial masks every day – Chinese actress Fan Bing Bing even wears two! – so it’s perfectly all right to pamper your face with a mask daily. Afraid it might be too rich for your skin? Try the Lululun Hydrating Daily Mask, $29.90, a Daily Toner mask that replaces your toner while providing ample hydration. Compared to your usual serum-infused mask, it has a thinner thickness of 0.6mm, which makes it not too rich and perfect for those with sensitive skin. Late for work and no time to wear a mask? This thin mask adheres well to your skin, so you can even go about doing your morning chores – or have breakfast – with it on!
Myth: You don’t need SPF for your lips
You need sun protection not only for your face, but also lips, which are just as exposed to harmful UV rays. If you can’t bear the thought of skipping your lipstick for SPF, use a lip colour that offers sun protection, like the Excel Lip Suit, $22.90, which contains SPF 21 PA ++. Apart from protecting your puckers, it contains three types of beauty oils (squalane, olive fruit and jojoba seed oil) to moisturise your lips. Say goodbye to blunt lipsticks with this 10°angled rectangular shape that we all love!
Myth: Oil in skincare products will clog your pores and make your skin oilier
This depends on what kind of oil the product contains. Some oils can clog your pores, but others have great benefits for your skin. For example, the micro oil in Lululun ONE Premium Mask, $29.90, is actually a serum made from a new technology that infuses water and concentrated essence to improve absorption into the skin. Of course, this type of mask is not suitable for daily use – use it once or twice weekly for best results. With its rich essence, it’s perfect for healing skin damaged by UV rays and ageing!
Myth: Eyeshadows have no skincare benefits
Some eyeshadows offer skincare benefits. Excel Skinny Rich Shadow, $25.90, is infused with pearl particles – which stimulates collagen production – and moisturising ingredient squalane to hydrate your eye area. This also means your eye makeup is likely to last longer, as moisturised skin serves as a great base for makeup. Achieve the perfect eyeshadow gradient using all four silky earth tones in each palette.
Myth: Blackhead removal packs are bad for your skin
Blackheads are the bane of our existence, which is why we’re always in search of the perfect blackhead remover. Some people opt to shy away from packs because they’re afraid they will enlarge their pores. But not all packs are created equal – some are less harsh than those that simply yank the gunk out of your pores. The Gabaiyoka Horse Oil Removing Pack Charcoal, $24.90, contains charcoal that absorbs impurities, clay that dissolves them, and mannan, which helps impurities rise to the surface for easier removal. It also contains witch hazel and grape leaf extracts to tighten pores.
Myth: A luminiser is the same as a highlighter
Fact: It’s not. A luminiser gives a more subtle all-over glow, as opposed to a highlighter that emphasises the area it’s applied on. Excel Glow Luminizer UV, $29.90, comes in two colours (pink and beige) and can be used as a primer, subtle cream highlighter, or mixed in with your foundation for a dewy finish. Blended with a mix of pink, gold, white and blue pearl powder, and nourishing beauty oils, this luminiser corrects your skin tone, leaving it glossy and luminous-looking. It also has SPF 28 PA++ to protect your skin from harmful ultraviolet rays.
Myth: All face creams will clog your pores
Most people avoid face creams because they’re afraid they’re too rich for their skin, especially in Singapore’s hot weather. But here’s the thing: if you have dry skin, no amount of oil-free moisturiser can help you because you need oil more than water – this means you need a face cream to restore your oil-water balance. The key is to choose the right moisturiser for your skin type and environment. The Lululun Moist Gel Cream, $29.90, is a non-sticky gel that has a light, fluffy texture that will retain moisture in your skin sans the oiliness.
Myth: Burgundy eyeliner makes your eyes look swollen
Burgundy eyeliner can be flattering on Asian skin tones when paired with the right eyeshadow. We recommend pairing with Excel Colour Lasting Gel Liner CG04 Cranberry, $20.90, with a pink-toned eyeshadow like Skinny Rich in SR06 Sensual Brown. Achieve the perfect wing with this waterproof, sweat-proof and smudge-proof eyeliner that comes with a fine 2mm tip!
Myth: You shouldn’t use clay-based products unless you have oily skin
Clay products are known to have great deep-cleansing properties, but at the same time, it also absorbs excess oil, making it ideal for those with oily skin. Be sure to choose the right type of clay suitable for your skin type. Sea clay is less drying compared to other forms of clay and is suitable for normal to oily skin. Rosette Sea Clay Facial Wash, $9.90, pairs the ingredients with rosehip extract to remove dead skin while improving the skin’s moisture levels.