Has quarantine altered your perception of beauty? We get Yvette King, Fiona Fussi, and more to share their stories

Has quarantine altered your perception of beauty? We get Yvette King, Fiona Fussi, and more to share their stories

Bare it all

Text: Emily Heng

Image: Instagram | @fionafussi

From what we've observed, the return of aesthetic services on 19 June has been met with either one of two reactions: relief or reluctance. It's easy to assume that the latter response has to do with safety concerns — and yet that doesn't seem to be entirely the case. As with celebrities such as Sarah Silverman and Tracee Ellis Ross, many are emerging from quarantine with an all-new perception on beauty. Some have shifted all appearance-based needs to the backseat; others would do anything to maintain the final flecks of a chipped pedicure; while a good number of folk are using the time to experiment with makeup. This, naturally, brings to mind the question: how's your relationship with beauty looking, these days? We got our favourite personalities to share their stories, below.

Yvette King, host of E! Online Asia

I usually wear a full face of makeup for work, but since the isolation period began, I've rediscovered what has been hiding under the war paint. Ha! In all seriousness, though, I find that it's been nice to let my skin consistently breathe. I've invested a lot more into self-care these days. That said, I have enjoyed putting on some product from time to time — I've discovered that it's amazing how just a little bit of effort can lift your mood. And let's be honest no one wants to see me without my brows!

Fiona Fussi, Model

Since entering quarantine, I've noticed that I've been placing a bigger emphasis on health rather than appearance. Since I'm home all the time, I don't feel pressurised to look a "certain" way. This, consequentially, gave me a lot more time to invest in skincare and beauty products that are more beneficial in the long-run. I'm doing more cleansing, more masking... I hope to preserve these rituals even when things become busier.

Monica Saranya Selva De Roy, Marketing Manager and Makeup Artist

Pre-circuit breaker, I spent at least $400 on beauty treatments every single month — this includes waxing, threading, classic mani-pedis, hot oil hair treatments and a facial. None of this was available during the 10 excruciatingly painful weeks we stayed in, so I had to reinvent the wheel. I let my body hair grow. I made my own hair oil and have been fermenting it for over four weeks now, which means even I wouldn't even need to go to the spa for my hair treatment after the circuit breaker lifts. That's $60 saved there, with the cab fees included. I also bought a facial steamer and suction tool; saved $120 there.

Essentially, what I've learned is that with a bit of money and time set aside, you can DIY most of the things you pay heaps for on a monthly basis. Going out and socialising actually extracts a lot of money, sanity, and energy out of you. I'm very cautious of what 19th June will mean to me, and how I'm going to be living differently moving forward. I've had the luxury of no MSG, sugar-free, clean — and, most times, even organic — home food now, so even eating out seems unnecessary.

Keyana, Singer

I've gravitated towards a simplified beauty routine ever since quarantine began. It feels incrementally more important to let my skin breathe rather than piling on makeup - and I find that I'm conscious about adopting a heathier diet too. I'm drinking more water and consuming less dairy products, essentially. It's come to a point where I'm feeling a lot less self-conscious.

Cheryl Ow, Makeup Artist

Before the pandemic hit, putting on makeup made me feel confident and served as a constant mood lifter. Now, even more so. I find that it gives me a semblance of normality in these very uncontrollable times of uncertainty.

Rahat Kapur, PR Director

Since I've been in quarantine, I've felt like I can finally give my body and my face a little time to breathe. This, in turn, gives my mind time to breathe. In my daily life, I put so much pressure on myself to look presentable and fashionable. I found myself distressed over the smallest beauty flaws. Being in quarantine by myself, however, has made me feel so much more connected and comfortable in my skin, even on the really bad skin or hair days.

I think moving forward, I'll be a little kinder to myself. Yes, even after this is over - because makeup and fashion should be as much about fun and self-expression as it is about looking amazing.

Stacy Tanya Shamini, Makeup Artist

This new normal makes me a lot more appreciative of my natural self, that's for sure! All this extra time I've had has also made me really re-examine my current routine, skincare-wise. I've been experimenting with new methods and products, and am now using only natural products that I concoct myself. I've been limiting my use of makeup, too, even though I'm still posting pictures and attending virtual events.