Today's the D-day. 'D' stands for decision day. Today's the day the students put everything together and demonstrate their competence in all the various modules that they have learnt over the last four days, ranging from body shapes, colour analysis, skincare, makeup and social etiquette skills. 

From all my past workshops, I know the students will do well because grooming is more of an art and not a science. Combing the various elements and coming up with a fresh, new look is perhaps what excites me most. As their trainer, it is my pride and joy to see all transformed (the girls especially with their use of makeup). My efforts of accompanying some of them for after class shopping trips and personal consultations have paid off handsomely.

Many a times it's not how hard one attempts to revamp one's image. But rather, it's more about accepting yourself and how best you can enhance your assets and camouflage your flaws.

Giving all students only 45 minutes to complete their transformation before they come for their mock job interview, I certainly wasn't surprised to see potential models, movie stars and emcees in the making. 

Thanks 3T1 of East Spring Secondary School for the memories...I'll remember each and every one of you :)
Still in their school uniform (before pic)

In their new attire - makeover is complete (after pic)

When boys become men...

When girls become ladies...

There's a saying that a lady is incomplete without makeup. This is true to a large extent. In a society which emphasises the importance of grooming and the need to look one's best always, makeup is one of the most important, if not essential skills a lady should possess. 

A well made up face allows one's best features to be accentuated. It could be one's soulful eyes or kissable lips. Best of all, makeup allows one to hide one's flaws. Even if you have a pock-marked face or some blemishes, it can be hidden away with concealers and foundation.  

The art of makeup is not difficult. All it requires is patience and lots of practice. If a guy like me can hone my makeup skills, so too can all you ladies out there! Have faith and trust yourself...

I kick-started Day 3 of the five-day grooming workshop for East Spring Secondary School by introducing the female students to the art of makeup. As for the boys, while some stared in wonder at how a plain face could be transformed into a pretty one; others started to practise styling their own hair.

It has become the hallmark for all my workshops and programmes to ask for volunteers to step forward to be my models. Initially the girls were hesitant. But once they saw how fortunate their classmate was under my skilful hands, two actually bemoaned the fact that they should have volunteered.

Before starting the application of any makeup, it is vital to cleanse the face of any impurities, grease and the like. This also helps the makeup to be better absorbed by the skin. 'Tis been said that my face cleansing regime is akin to a facial as it's really relaxing.

After preparing the face for what's to come with facial care steps 1, 2 and 3, it's time to pluck her eyebrows and remove any stray hairs. If you pluck it the right way, she won't feel any pain so there's really nothing to be worried about :)

Thereafter, you can commence dolling up your face with makeup following the right procedure. Remember, the aim of makeup is to enhance and brighten up the entire face, not to scare others away. As what I taught the girls was day makeup, naturally the eye shadow colours chosen were lighter than what would normally be used for the night.

It's a really good feeling to be able to help others bring out the best in them. Besides the normal grooming in terms of clothes, here's another intricate part that cannot be ignored. Welcome to the world of makeup!

Having her eyebrows plucked

Drawing her eyebrows

Using kohl pencil eyeliner

Applying mascara

The trainer & his muse

The girls having a go at doing makeup for each other

The girls having a go at doing makeup for each other

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