Welcome to You Look Moist, a regular column wherein Man Repeller asks cool people with glowing visages how they achieved their supreme hydration (amongst other things). Today’s installment features professional makeup artist Regard Tang.
How would you describe your skin?
I’ve had some acne pop up here and there, but in general my skin is pretty clear, especially since I changed my diet (more on that later). I don’t have wrinkles yet even though I’m 39 years old. No one believes my age when I tell them! It’s probably genetic (Asian don’t raisin, as the saying goes).
How would you describe your skincare approach in general?
In my 20s, I spent hundreds and hundreds on my skincare routine, but after I became a makeup artist in my 30s and was able to try out more products I had a better sense of what worked for me and simplified things. Now I maintain very basic morning and night routines with cleanser, lip balm, eye cream, toner, serum, and moisturizer.
Which skincare products are integral to your routine for achieving your ideal, glowing, well-moisturized complexion, and how/when do you use each of them?
I believe that nice skin starts with how you clean it. My favorite face wash is Mary Kay Time Wise Repair Volu-Firm Foaming Cleanser. I work with Mary Kay’s ambassador program a lot for shows and TV, which is how I first tried it. I love how clean it makes my skin feel.
Bobbi Brown Hydrating Eye Cream is another go-to product for me. I started using eye cream when I was 20 years old. I inherited my dark eye circles from my dad, but when I was young I didn’t know it was a genetic thing and spent so much money tried to remove them (silly me). Now that I’m older, I’m more accepting of my body.
I use a lightweight gel moisturizer from a Korean brand called Beauty Queen. My esthetician in San Francisco introduced me to it, and I’ve been in love ever since. I’ve been using it for over five years, day and night, and it still takes care of my skin, even during New York’s brutal winters.
What about makeup products?
My makeup philosophy tends to be “less is more.” Usually I spend no more than 15 minutes on a full face for myself. For foundation, I’ve been loving Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear foundation #240 It lasts all day.
For concealer, I use Clé De Peau in Ocher. It’s the best–I’ve lost count of how many containers I’ve emptied. It’s also a staple in my makeup kit as well. The pigment is very concentrated so I like to use a couple drops of Olivella Moisturizer Oil to thin out the consistency, which makes it easier to apply without any cakey-ness. The only downside is the shade range–it only covers light to medium skin tones because it’s part of Shiseido (a Japanese brand). My favorite concealer to use on darker skin tones is Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer because–true to its name–it’s creamy and therefore easy to blend. I recommend blending it with clean ring finger or clean fluffy brush. A little goes a long way.
After I apply foundation and concealer, I dust lightly with Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Power to set everything. Voilà, perfect base is done!
Other than fresh-looking skin, good eyebrows are everything to me. I use Senna Sketch-A-Brow in Ash Brown. It makes my brows fuller without looking too harsh. Pro Tips: If your brows are already full and you just need to fill in some patches, I highly recommend Glossier Brow Flick. Draw it stroke by stroke–it looks like real hair.
Last but not least, blush. I use IT Cosmetics Ombre Radiance Blush in Je Ne Sais Quoi. I personally don’t like too much shimmer on myself–this one reflects the right amount of light without making your cheeks look like a shiny disco ball.
A lot of my clients ask me why they have raccoon eyes by mid- to late-afternoon. I tell them to use waterproof mascara and eyeliner–my favorites are Jill Stuart Beauty Lasting Curl Blossom Waterproof Mascara in Black and Bobbi Brown Long Wear Waterproof Liner in Hazy Brown. A lot of people avoid waterproof makeup because they think it’s harder to remove, but Bobbi Brown Instant Long-Wear Makeup Remover will get rid of anything stubborn. I like to follow up with a Neutrogena Ultra Soft Makeup Remover Wipe.
What’s the cheapest product you use regularly and love?
I’m obsessed with Nivea lip care. Milk and Honey is my favorite. I’m fanatical about making sure my lips are moisturized all day long, so I apply every morning, night, and after meals–and any time of the day in between when needed.
Is there anything you try to avoid, skincare- or makeup-wise?
I’m personally not into heavy/cakey makeup (perhaps because I work in fashion industry and most makeup looks I do are fresh, clean, and dewy). I strongly believe in the importance of taking care of your skin rather than putting on lots of makeup.
Any next-level tips, tricks, or services that you swear by to help you look “lit from within”?
I sleep at least eight hours a night, if not more. I also eat lots of veggies and fruits and drink lots of water each day. I’ve heard that the amount of water you should drink every day is your weight divided by two (e.g. 120 lbs / 2 = 60 oz water), so I try to target that number for myself. A few months ago, I reduced most of the dairy, coffee, red meat, alcohol, and added sugar in my diet, and though my skin has always been pretty stable and smooth, I definitely notice a difference. It’s next-level glowy now.
What’s your go-to product or trick for fixing a skin disaster?
Tea tree oil is the best whenever I have acne. It kills bacteria and helps the skin heal faster. If you have a concentrated version, you can mix one part tea tree oil with nine parts of water and apply with cotton swab on the targeted area, twice a day.
Do you do anything differently skincare-wise when you travel?
Sometimes changes in weather can shock the skin, so I try to keep my routine the same no matter where I am in order to cut down on too much adjustment.
What’s something you wish your teenage self knew about taking care of your skin?
Start moisturizing your body and hands, girlfriend! Your 39-year-old self will thank you.