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by Alexandra Nicole Nuralam

Social Media Creative Tiara Dusqie on Coping with Acne & Her Holy Grail Face Oil

Tiara Dusqie’s passion for social media is undeniable. A social media manager by day and a content creator by night, Tiara has been creating content for Instagram and Youtube (think makeup tutorials and product reviews!) since 2012. Makeup aside, Tiara also shares skincare tips, fashion advice and travel vlogs. The Singaporean native also runs a podcast with her husband called Teh Talk.

We caught up with Tiara as she dishes out career advice, her experience coping with acne breakouts and the holy grail beauty products that work best for her skin.

What keeps you busy every day?

I wish I had a more exciting answer but work keeps me busy every day. Social media is constantly evolving and there is so much that goes behind putting content out there. My days can be hectic at times, but I’m grateful for this role that I’m in, along with the team that I work with on a day to day basis. 

If it’s not work, I’ll spend my extra time creating content for my Instagram, YouTube, or recording podcasts with my husband! 

What was your first job?

My first proper full-time job was at a non-profit organisation as an executive officer in the youth division. It was a good stepping stone for me, being a safe space with amazing people. It was also where I realised that wasn’t what I wanted to do for a living. 

What is the best career advice you can offer to someone who wants to pursue their dream job?

View the opportunities presented as stepping stones and not barriers. Just because you don’t land your dream job immediately doesn’t mean you’re not going to get there. Focus on expanding your expertise and capabilities. Learn as much as you can, and connect with as many people as you can. Leave a good impression wherever you go because you don’t know who will remember you, and could potentially refer you to someplace better. 

And lastly, I always believe in the concept of timing. If it is meant to be for you, then it will be. Until then, trust the process and learn as much as you can!

What is a typical skincare routine for you?

My skincare routine is pretty simple: cleanse, toner, serum, eye cream, moisturiser and sunscreen in the daytime!

For cleanser, I like Senka’s Perfect Whip face wash. It’s affordable and works for my skin. And then, I’ll go in with Laneige’s Essential Power Skin Refiner Moisture. My eye cream of choice is the IT Cosmetics Confidence in an Eye Cream. I love eye creams that are rich in texture because my under eye area is quite dry, and this is just perfect. During the day, I will follow up with Kiehl’s Iris Extract Activating Treatment Essence. I’ve been using this product for years and it’s a definite must-have in my routine. It’s lightweight and makes my skin look fresh, healthy and plump. 

And of course—sunscreen! I never skip this, even when I’m working from home. I’m currently using Supergoop’s Unseen Sunscreen, but my absolute favourite is the Shiseido The Perfect Protector Sunscreen. 

At night, I use face oil to replace my serum and it’s the Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate. Another holy grail of mine—I cannot live without this product. When travelling was still a thing (good times!), I would bring the whole bottle with me everywhere because it helps with managing skin texture, especially in colder, drier climates. I even add it into my foundation when travelling in winter! 

You suffered acne growing up—how did you cope with the breakouts? Any advice to those struggling with acne? 

I actually took acne medication to stop the breakouts from happening. But it wasn’t a viable option for me because I was quite young at the time, and I was afraid of being reliant on medication. My mother took me to get facials done and the aestheticians recommended simple, easy products that a 13-year-old could remember to do daily—face wash, toner, moisturiser and sunscreen. 

The thing about acne is that it affects your self-esteem. Being in school and coping with pimples affected the way I thought about how others perceived me, so I just tried being my authentic self and telling myself that I am more than what people see on the outside.

Of course, everyone copes differently and it’s never easy to battle with insecurities, especially when it comes to acne. The great news is that there are so many ways to help treat it now—through dermatologists and aestheticians. Don’t feel shy to seek professional help and advice! 

It also can be very tempting to pop that pimple but you need to hold back! Refrain from touching your face too often as the bacteria from your hands might get transferred to your face. Find products that are suited to your skin type and drink lots of water! Water intake can affect your skin tremendously. I realised this when I was sick and was drinking lots of water. I still felt sick but my skin looked so good (laughs)!

Most of us feel most confident when our skin is healthy. What else helps you feel your best?

A good makeup day! It’s always great when your makeup look turns out the way you imagine it to be. And it’s the same with outfits too! I also feel my best when I get to do things that I love and that can be anything, from watching Netflix all day, working on my bullet journal, to spending quality time with my loved ones

What is your signature beauty look? 

Dewy skin, good brows and a neutral lip!

Can you share some tips that have really changed the way you do makeup?

1. Hold your breath when doing your eyeliner.
2. Don’t panic when your mascara smudges on your eyelid, or other parts of your face! Let it dry completely, and use a clean spoolie to gently flake the mascara off. Works like magic every time! 
3. Aim to enhance your natural beauty, not cover it. This was the advice given to me by a makeup artist at a photoshoot. I still do enjoy applying layers of makeup when I’m feeling fancy, but now that I’m reaching my 30s, I much prefer to keep it light and fresh

Any holy-grail makeup products that you can’t live without?

My top favourites are: the Too Faced Multi Sculpting Concealer, Hourglass’ Ambient Lighting Face Palette, Browit by Nongchat’s Eyebrow Pencil, Tatcha’s Silk Canvas Primer, Syedewa’s Liquid Lipstick and lipgloss from Kuby Beauty.

Where do you see yourself in the next five years? 

I hope to continue adding value in whatever I do professionally and in my passion projects. To give more, to learn more and lead a life with purpose—hopefully with a little one in tow! 

Tiara’s Beauty Picks

Too Faced Born This Way Super Coverage Multi-Use Concealer, SGD48
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Face Palette, SGD106
Browit by Nongchat Eyebrow Pencil, SGD14.90
Tatcha The Silk Canvas Protective Primer, SGD78
Syedewa Lip Lacquer, SGD25
Kuby Beauty Liquid Gleam Lip Vinyl, SGD26
Senka Perfect Whip Facial Cleansing Foam, SGD7.90
Laneige Essential Power Skin Refiner Moisture, SGD43
IT Cosmetics Confidence in An Eye Cream, SGD62
Kiehl’s Iris Extract Activating Treatment Essence, SGD68
Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream, SGD54
Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 40 PA+++, SGD52
Shiseido Perfect UV Protector SPF50+ PA++++, SGD65
Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate, SGD80

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