TWO STYLES, TWO CITIES
Two Styles, Two Cities is a beauty guide that spotlights distinct beauty looks and styles in different cities. Follow us on three different dates: coffee, brunch, and dinner as we put together different looks for each occasion.
This is what a Second Date looks like: gourmet burgers, craft cocktails, and an Andy Warhol vibe. The perfect spot in the city is Three Buns in Chinatown, Singapore. A venture by Bali based Potato Head Folk, this is the place to be for the perfect weekend hideaway. Discerningly, the establishment describes itself as a “creative space with a restaurant at the core”, and rightfully so as it resides in a refurbished heritage shophouse, while maintaining its original architecture. Sunday brunch at Three Buns is filled with interesting artwork and people, yet the interior allows for enough privacy to each table. Also, what boy would say no to burgers and craft?
While I went with something pretty, soft, and natural for the First Date, I like to showcase a more playful and casual vibe, with a hint of whimsy for the follow up. Be sure to check out Terri of BLACK+GREY’s Second Date look for our Two Styles, Two Cities collaboration.
The inspiration behind my Second Date look is Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s Le Petit Prince. I contemplated how to translate the poetic tale into a beauty date look. This resulted in curating an assemblage of products that create glowy and tactile skin—a texture that reflects the author’s watercolor illustration, and playing with hues of gold and navy. The star of the show is the latest from AMOREPACIFIC’s darling, Sulwhasoo, but first, the most important step: skin prep. I start by prepping the skin with Tatcha Radiant Deep Brightening Serum. Pairing this luxurious, milk-textured serum with Tatcha Moisture Rich Silk Cream creates a radiant and glowing complexion. The gel-cream texture of the moisturizer helps the skin to stay hydrated and fresh in the midsummer heat.
For my base makeup, I wanted lightweight layers that would feel weightless on the skin. I was inspired by the technique of mixing different paints and mediums in Saint-Exupéry’s watercolor illustrations. In a similar fashion to how I layer my skincare, one of my best kept secrets is layering cushion foundations. For a sophisticated sheen, the Sulwhasoo Evenfair Perfecting Cushion No. 13 is my go-to (I’ve featured this product numereous times here and here). I apply this cushion foundation using a patting technique, focusing on the outer contours of the face. It also performs triple duty as an undereye concealor and eyeshadow primer, it has a gorgeous texture and finish, in the same school of highlighting pens such as YSL Touch Éclat.
FRONT ROW BEAUTY
For a look that’s simultaneously intentional, yet insouciant, I apply the Sulwhasoo Evenfair Brightening Cushion onto the inner areas of the face. When in doubt, apply the lighter shade as you would a highlighter: center of the forehead, nosebridge, cheeks, cupid’s bow, and chin. As opposed to complicated contouring techniques, this creates an effortless sculpted look without bronzer. I own No. 13 in both the original and brightening versions of the Sulwhasoo, and find that the brightening version does produce a highlighting effect and sufficient contrast (it’s a half-tone lighter than the Perfecting Cushion No. 13). However, if you want a more defined contour, feel free to go a shade down in your foundation hue.
Marc Jacobs is a brand that needs no introduction. Whenever a fashion house forays into beauty, the end result is always received with mixed reviews. Marc Jacobs Beauty, however, does not fail to please. In its quintessential Marc Jacobs fashion, the line boasts seamless, quality products that are imbued with a hint of wit and playfulness, perfect for a Second Date look. Though the entire line-up is noteworthy, the Marc Jacobs eyeshadow palettes are the pièce de résistance of the collection (as a testament, I unashamedly own three).
A hint of navy is a fresh way to update your liner wardrobe. I did my usual winged liner look with a fuss-free felt-tipped Dolly Wink Liquid Eyeliner in Deep Black (which Terri featured in her First Date look), and defined my lower lashline with the Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Crayon in Th(ink) No. 44. I chose the penultimate coral shades in Marc Jacobs Eye-Con No. 7 Plush Eyeshadow The Dreamer 212 to reflect the dreamy skyline in Saint-Exupéry’s Saharan cosmos, and employed the middle matte brown for some brow definition. To see this duo in action, check out Marc Jacob Beauty’s video here. Softy dust a lilac highlight onto the cheeks, paired with a bright lip—these are the ultimate finishing touches.
Although I wanted to photograph my products against the backdrop of Three Buns, I decided that bringing a makeup wardrobe to brunch is simply not practical. Instead, I decided to focus on a few essentials for touch-ups. I’ve featured my Laniege Lip Primer and IOPE Water Fit Lipstick endlessly because it’s that amazing. It’s been my go-to lip duo and even if I apply a different combination at home, I end up touching up with this pairing after a meal. In keeping with the art-inspired makeup, this lipstick also doubles up as a cream blush to enhance the dreamy, tactile skin we’re going for. I find that if I prep my skin with a mist, I don’t need to fix my base makeup throughout the day. The Sulwhasoo Hydra-aid Moisturizing Lifting Mist is always in my purse because it helps to refresh the skin mid-day and keep my complexion cool in the sweltering heat.
For those who are curious, check out the Three Buns menu here. We ordered the aptly named Naughty Fries to start, and burgers to follow. I ordered the Baby Huey: prime beef patty, cheese, lettuce, ‘Notorious T.O.M. sauce’, pickles and spiced mayo in a demi brioche bun, while my date ordered The Rambo: superior lamb patty, feta, aubergine pickle and cumin aioli in a wholemeal bun. It’s hard to find a good burger in Singapore, and it’s even harder to find an eating establishment that leaves you charmed, yet craving a second visit. FYI the 1920s themed cocktail bar and rooftop garden—which served as the backdrop for Christian Louboutin’s after party when he was in Singapore last year—opens at 5.00pm. Needless to say, I highly recommend Potato Head Folk, it’s also the perfect locale for non-date settings such as catching up with out of town guests, or girlfriends on a lazy Sunday. Not to mention the whimsical artwork by David Bromley which creates the perfect backdrop to the house’s gourmet burgers—a definite crowd-pleaser. I have a penchant for al fresco dining (and fairy lights), so we might even go back for our Third Date and try a little New York Times 36 questions on that rooftop bar over bespoke cocktails.
TWO STYLES, TWO CITIES
PS. So your date doesn’t feel left out, here’s his pre-date grooming ritual.