ELLE’s Guide to the Everyday Morning Beauty Routine

It’s very easy to simply go through your morning regime in a zombie-like state. But if we are to believe that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, then we should also start paying more attention and investing the time needed in a proper morning beauty routine.

Looking and feeling good would give you the confidence needed to start each day with a spring in your step and a joie de vivre — be it back-to-back meetings or champagne brunch with your girlfriends.

If your schedule is anything like fashion influencer and creative Mae Tan, then finding the time to indulge in beauty is a luxury.

To Tan, however, it is essential to identify and understand the best products and, more importantly, to take pleasure in using them. “Having to meet new and different people all the time, it’s always important for me to feel confident,” she says. “And one way to feel that way is knowing that my skin and makeup is on point.”

Thankfully, we’ve teamed up with UOB Cards and Sephora to pick out the best products in the market for the ultimate morning beauty routine.


From left: ReFa Carat Face Massager, Sunday Riley Juno Antioxidant + Superfood Face Oil, Tatcha The Water Cream, Peter Thomas Roth 24K Gold Pure Hydra Eye Patch

Skin health comes from within. In addition to eating healthily and exercising regularly, there are products that will give your skin and complexion that extra glow and zest.

Kick off your morning routine with Refa’s face massager. In addition to tightening and lifting the skin, reducing wrinkles and water retention, and shaping your face, it pampers you with a soothing lymphatic massage. For brighter and younger looking skin, be sure to use Sunday Riley Jun Antioxidant + Superfood Face Oil and Tatcha The Water Cream, before topping it off with the 24K Gold Pure Hydra Eye Patch from Peter Thomas Roth.

Base Makeup

From: left: Hourglass No. 28 Primer Serum, Dior Diorskin Forever Cushion Foundation, Tom Ford Beauty Sheer Cheek Duo

Now that your skin is properly prepped and moisturised, it’s time to prime your face for flawless makeup application. Hourglass No. 28 Primer Serum creates a refined and re-texturised surface for makeup by softening fine lines and wrinkles. It is perfectly complemented by Dior’s Diorskin Forever Cushion Foundation that delivers a light yet durable matte veil of correction. Finally, add a flush a colour with Tom Ford Beauty Sheer Cheek Duo’s rose and papaya shades that elevates the skin for that extra glow.

Finishing Touches

From: left: Benefit Cosmetics Precisely, My Brow Eyebrow Pencil, NARS Velvet Lip Glide, NARS Skin Deep Eyeshadow Palette, Maison Margiela REPLICA Lazy Sunday Morning EDT

Shaping of the eyebrows is a step that many women often overlook, but it is essential in framing your face. Benefit Cosmetics Precisely, My Brow Eyebrow Pencil, as its name suggests, has become the holy grail of eyebrow pencils because of its ultra-fine tip that fills and defines your brows. Rather than a high-pigment lipstick, opt for NARS Velvet Lip Glide for a healthier-looking, hydrated sheen to your lips. NARS Skin Deep Eyeshadow Palette, with its variety of nude shadows, is the ultimate palette for all Asian skin tones. Finally, Maison Margiela’s REPLICA Lazy Sunday Morning perfume combines heady scents of patchouli, white musk with the floral notes of rose Iris Accord and the citris finishes of orange blossom to give you the extra bit of freshness.

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