Tools and Tricks of the Trade


With NYFW officially wrapped, it's time to take a deep breath,  put on a face mask, and get back to my blog.

After a week of nonstop makeup at shows, I felt the need to do a roundup of the top backstage secrets in the industry.


Bioderma is the absolute, without a doubt, number one make up remover used by makeup artists and models alike. As a model, I go through multiple make up looks per day(as many as 7 on some beauty shoots). Clearly, a good makeup remover is essential. Bioderma gets the job done effortlessly without irritating my skin or getting into my eyes. In fact, after fashion week, even water feels harsh on my eyelids; magically Bioderma does not. I'd go so far as to say that it actually refreshes and rejuvenates my skin, which makes sense as it boasts cucumber extract and a neutral pH.

This past Friday, I had a shoot that involved a  blue eyeshadow look before a "fresh face" look. The make up artist used Bioderma to remove the strong blue to seamlessly transition to the next look. 

My makeup artist this past Friday,  Toru Sakanishi , transitioned from a heavy blue eyeshadow look to a mascara only look in a matter of minutes.

My makeup artist this past Friday, Toru Sakanishi, transitioned from a heavy blue eyeshadow look to a mascara only look in a matter of minutes.

A photo of the next look, as taken by  Danny LIm .

A photo of the next look, as taken by Danny LIm.

As a model, I never know if the make up artist is going to have time to remove my makeup before I leave a set. So, to avoid commuting home via subway looking like a blue panda, I always carry a travel sized bottle (which seems to last forever) in my bag. Despite being the perfect product, Bioderma isn't widely used by consumers. It seems to be kept under lock and key by the fashion industry. Not any more!

So say good bye to those nasty make up wipes that don't even remove your eyeliner and those oily removers that get into your eyes, and try my favorite industry secret: Bioderma.



I was sixteen when I had my first ever job as a model.  A department store called Belk flew me to Savannah, Georgia (my mom came too!) to shoot their new Junior's catalogue. I'll always remember that job and what I learned on it. One of the tips that I still see at shoots is the use of clear mascara to shape (and in my case, tame) eyebrows. The makeup artist used Maybelline's Great Lash Clear Mascara on my lashes and on my brows. And they looked great while still feeling natural. You can purchase Great Lash in most drug stores, but just in case, here's a link to buy online below:



The aforementioned "snail under eyes" may seem a bit taboo to some Western consumers, but the practice has been popular for years in Korea. Although it sounds gross at first, the science behind snail secretion filtrate is there. It has the same basic ingredients (ie. glycolic acid, hyuloronic acid and proteoglycans) that are found in high end (read: expensive) face creams. As explained by Charlotte Cho on the Coveteur, these ingredients stimulate collagen and elastin production, which restore and revitalize your skin.

The best part? Unlike many of our lipstick and face products, supposedly no little creatures are harmed in the process. According to, a site that retails Korean snail products to the States, scientists collect what snails have already left behind.

Instead of applying a cream or mask before shooting, I've had makeup artists apply cool gel-like under eye patches to get rid of dark circles and puffiness before applying any makeup. Here are some that I've seen/used and recommend:

So there you have it. Products that are commonly used in the industry, and really work!

Stay tuned for Part 2 of the guide.

Until next time xx