Since last season, the lob hairstyle has become very popular in the West. Jessica Alba, Miranda Kerr, Jennifer Lawrence, Natalie Portman, Kim Kardashian, all of them have tried a shorter haircut. Even I wanted to have a go at it – and I haven’t cut my hair short for more than 10 years! When Alvin invited me as a guest, my first reaction was: will he cut my hair? And he did! Well, almost … he used a lace front wig and pasted it into my hairline and the hairstylist cut it short. The effect is so natural – unlike most wigs that I’ve tried, this lace front wig effect is extremely realistic.
It was surprising that he would know short hair suits me; I always keep my hair long because of my job. Long hair makes me look more mature, and less like a teenager.
Alvin’s make-up technique is just perfect, never overdone. Some simple eyeliner then mascara, even without false eyelashes, it’s already full of spirit. A little bit of concealer makes me look natural, without the feeling of heavy make-up. And it’s so amazing that he doesn’t even use foundation! This collaboration with Alvin Goh was really a great experience; it was completely transforming, the effect was unexpectedly good! Thanks to Alvin’s professional advice and with such a different look, shooting was very smooth and very enjoyable. I felt like a model when we were shooting! This was a very fun and exciting collaboration – I’m looking forward to the next time.
A mutual friend of ours wanted to link us up and was enquiring if I would like to do make-up for Michelle. I was explaining to my friend that I thought it would be more fun to do a total image makeover instead of simply make- up for a dinner party. So, when I was invited to start this new makeover column for Prestige, the first person I thought of inviting was none other than Michelle.
Michelle is not just a business guru but also a columnist and a jewellery designer. Googling her images gave me the impression that she was a very feminine and soft lady. Indeed, my instincts proved me right!
Michelle is just like a teenage girl, very sweet and always giggling and smiling away. Throughout the whole shooting process, all I could hear was laughter from this sweet lady and seeing her having so much fun made my day!
I wanted her to look sophisticated yet chic – after all, this is a lady of many talents, so why not make her a bit “fierce” instead of her usual girl- next-door look?
Michelle wanted references before this shoot but I told her I don’t really work with references. References to me are just a waste of time … my technique to creating great images is to trust my instincts, to fundamentally “feel” a person and encourage her personality to come out when I shoot her. There’s no point creating an image that she does not embody. I believe I created a character that is in Michelle, a confident and stylish role she’s portraying in these images.