All four Material World founders are big animal lovers. Once a month, we drag ourselves to Denise’s place, which is at a very faraway location in Kembangan, for an all-day work thing not because we want to make life easy for our beloved business partner, but because we adore her two dogs. And when The Body Shop organised a volunteer day to Madam Wong’s shelter for abandoned animals about a month ago, Vanessa, Lili and Denise leapt at the opportunity to help out.
The values of The Body Shop brand is one that resonates very strongly with me. Its community-trade programmes along with its insistence on producing cruelty-free products makes it a difficult brand to not support. My first set of makeup brushes were from The Body Shop and I have been using its hairbrushes for more than 10 years now.
When Material World was invited to give its new BFF Makeover Service a shot, Vanessa (though not really my BFF, YET) and I decided to treat ourselves to a beauty outing. We met Ching Yan of The Body Shop at its store at Chinatown Point and were introduced to our makeup artist of the day, Goldie.
It costs $45 for a full makeover and $20, for an express makeover. This is fully redeemable when you purchase makeup from The Body Shop. For those who are not quite sure how this works … say, you pay $20 for the express makeover. Later on, when you buy makeup and your bill is $25, you pay just $5. Geddit?
There is a number of looks you can choose from. For this makeover, I chose Fresh-faced Beauty – a look created using The Body Shop All-In-One BB Cream, the new Colour Crush lipstick that I wrote about previously, and a trio of Colour Crush eyeshadows along with a liquid eyeliner and the Big & Curvy Mascara. I felt very at ease during the entire session – Goldie’s experienced hands made it felt like I was having a mini face massage at the same time so it was very relaxing.
Here are 3 tips to getting the most of your makeover session:
1. Voice out your preferences even if it’s not the “prescribed” look
Before the session, I mentioned that I wasn’t very comfortable wearing brown eyeshadows, as I have brown-pigmented shadows around my eye area. Goldie recommended other colours for my eyes and replaced the dark brown with a blue-grey shade.
2. Ask questions
You are not getting your makeup done. You are learning more about makeup. Feel free to ask stuff like, “How do I know which part of my eyelid to colour blue?”, “How can I make my face look slimmer?” etc. Even if you are curious about the tools she’s using, ask away. The point of a makeover is to help you better master the art of applying makeup or look at it in a different way.
3. Get a friend to take pictures of the process
That way, you can easily refer to the pictures later for a step-by-step guide. In this case, I was lucky to have Vanessa play camerawoman, and I took her pictures for her when it’s her turn to get her makeover done.
After my makeover was done, Vanessa got an express makeover where she chose the “Eyes On Me” service. She wanted to learn how to use eyeshadows on her small eyes and how to use a liquid eyeliner. Here’s what she has to say about her session:
“When it comes to eyeliners and eyeshadows, I hardly stray very far from the safe palette of blacks and browns. Reason being, I used to experiment with all kinds of colours and ended up looking rather strange. I think it was probably due to a lack of blending know-how. For this eye makeover, I decided to step out of my comfort zone with an electric blue eyeshadow. I was surprised how great it looked. It added a real zing to my overall appearance, and made me look fresher and more awake. Love it!”
The Body Shop BFF Makeover Service is available at all The Body Shop’s stores. By appointment only so drop by the nearest The Body Shop store to lock down a session for yourself and a friend! Remember to bring the camera!!!!
Material World was invited to try this session for a review, all opinions are our own.
About The Author: Deborah Tan is a founder of Material World. After 10 years of working in magazines Cleo and Cosmopolitan Singapore, she is now a freelance writer/editor who works on this website full-time. She likes liquid eyeliners, bright red lipsticks, tattoos, rock & roll, Mad Men, Suits and is making it her personal mission to get Vanessa to make the switch to liquid liners permanent. Follow her on Twitter @DebTanTweets.
[If you love this story, you’ll like]