Every year, #TeamCLEO along with noteworthy industry pros band together to suss out the best of the best in beauty from showstopping make-up and glow-to-the-Gods skincare to cant-live-without bodycare and memorable fragrances. We’ve swatched, sniffed and tested masses of products to make it that much easier for you to navigate the beauty aisles. It’s a rigorous process, but we’ve managed to round-up the groundbreaking beauty must-haves that outperformed their comrades. Click on to the categories below, and get ready to give your top shelf an overhaul!
Lina Esa, Editor, CLEO Malaysia, @leanbeans
“The best thing about our industry? Seeing hot beauty before they hit the shelves. This year, #TeamCLEO and I tested, swatched and judged the products for the top picks. They scored big, so you stay looking 100%!”
Cat Yong, Make-Up Artist, @catyongmeow
With over thirteen years of experience, Cat Yong is the name to know when it comes to breathtaking editorial make-up. You’ve seen her work on local and international celebs, print mags and on screen. Constantly reinventing herself, her passion for make-up translates into her work.
Fun Fact! “I worked on-set for Crazy Rich Asians when they filmed in KL!” – Cat
Marcus Chuah, Hairstylist and Make-Up Artist, @marcus_c_makeupnhair
Fifteen years in the industry and Marcus is still as driven as ever. An expert in both hair and make-up, Marcus believes everyone can look good if you’ve got the confidence and put in a little effort in grooming. Marcus has worked with various mags and celebs, including Idris Elba!
Fun Fact! “Before getting into beauty, I was actually in accounting!” – Marcus
Noriana, Make-Up Artist and Beauty Influencer, @norianathefacedesigner
Noriana is the hot beauty name to follow right now (her 59K followers agree!). She has painted the faces of local stars such as Elfira Loy and Kayda alongside working with the biggest beauty brands.
Fun Fact! “I’m a huge fan of Rihanna, and started the hashtag #RihannaxRiana in hopes of one day meeting and chatting about beauty with my hero!” – Noriana
Dr Kimberly Yap, Consultant Aesthetic Practitioner at MAC Clinic
Dr Kimberly Yap received her Doctor of Medicine from Kursk State Medical University Russia, before pursuing a postgraduate study in Aesthetic Medicine. With more than eight years experience as a medical doctor and four years as a Consultant Aesthetic Practitioner, she’s your go-to girl for healthy skin.
Fun Fact! Her personal experience with eczema and adult acne drove her to find the best solution for glowing skin.
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