Way of the dragon

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 14 June, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 14 June, 2012, 12:00am


The Year of the Dragon holds special meaning across Asia and, as we approach the halfway mark, this issue of FACES is dedicated to the region's approach to beauty and the ways it's driving trends in everything from scents to skincare.

Lizzie Turner unlocks the secrets to Asian women's flawless skin and elaborate beauty routines, from low-sugar diets to must-have products. Tara Jenkins and Karen Pittar turn the spotlight on pigmentation - once an Asian beauty obsession but now one of worldwide concern - while Euan McKirdy looks at how Korean, Japanese and Chinese men are leading the male-grooming revolution.

We also talk to Hong Kong-based make-up and style superstar Alvin Goh about his collaboration with Japanese beauty brand Cle de Peau Beaute and perfumer Kilian Hennessy about his new collection inspired by traditional Asian tales.

This issue's cover shoot is our first to feature two Chinese models, Celine Yao and August Zhang, who embody our hot summer theme in sizzling make-up by Chanel, Shiseido, Becca and more. Speaking of summer, we've got you covered with the latest skincare products, facial treatments and make-up looks for the season along with sun protection tailored for men. All that's left is for you to get out there and enjoy it!