CLEO launches our first digital issue and our first theme is something close to our hearts and in conjunction with Beauty Hall of Fame: CLEO Best of Beauty. Watch this space because we will be updating it daily with new articles, tips, product recommendations and more, so bookmark it—and don’t add to cart without consulting it first!

Note from the Beauty Editor


Last year, I was challenged to go without makeup for an entire week. As someone who tries and writes about makeup for a living, it was incredibly difficult. I remember being really grumpy the entire time. And when the challenge finally ended after 70 days (I kid, it was seven days), I celebrated by wearing glitter eyeliner and deep plum lipstick.

Makeup makes me happy. Discovering new brands, testing their products and sharing my thoughts with you gives me immense joy. Which is why the annual CLEO Beauty Hall of Fame is such a special project for me. It allows me to suss out some of the best makeup products out there and share them with you.

This time around, we’ve compiled them all in our first digital issue, CLEO’s Best of Beauty. We’ve also included pro tips to help you make the most of our winning beauty products, whether it’s the best way to get your foundation to look natural or the right way to apply highlighter so your skin looks glowy, not greasy.

Of course, it’s not just about the best makeup products available right now. We also looked for moisturisers that won’t clog your pores, and the most effective zit zappers and hydrating masks. Along with these product recommendations, you’ll also find helpful nuggets of information, like the real difference between a toner and an essence and how you can layer sunscreen under your makeup without looking ashy. New to the world of makeup and skincare? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered too.

And if it’s hair woes you’re looking to solve, we’ve got something for you too. Our award-winning products will help you care for coloured hair, tame frizz and keep your scalp healthy. 

But none of this would be possible without judges Sahur Saleim, Mong Chin Yeoh, Alex T and Sean Ang, as well as the CLEO team who, together with me, spent months trying and testing over 200 products to bring you the ones that actually work. Consider these our best recommendations for makeup, skincare and hair and body care products.

BHOF19 Judges

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