Tall and good-looking actor/model Godfrey Gao stopped by Hong Kong on a short but sweet trip to celebrate the launch of T Galleria Beauty by DFS at Hysan Place.
At the launch, he talked about his beauty secrets for long-haul flights (hint: face masks) and cheekily admitted that he sometimes does push-ups on planes. He then sat down with STYLE and revealed his everyday beauty tips and favourite make-up look to date.
Q: What is your top tip regarding skincare for men?
A: Moisturising! I know a lot of guys don’t follow the routine of cleansing, toning and moisturising. I think these steps are essential. I have been using SK-II for three years now, and it’s working really well for me. I use the cleansing lotion, the facial essence treatment and the revitalising moisturiser – and I carry them with me all the time. The secret to good skin is moisturising. You do it in the morning, during the day and at night. It becomes a habit.
Q: When did you begin taking care of your skin?
A: I was introduced to skincare products by my mum when I was little. She worked at a cosmetics company so she had all these products and she would try them at home. I’ve had beauty tips from her since then.
Q: What was the best beauty advice she ever gave you?
A: “Wash your face, be a clean boy.” I used to run around outside, sweat a lot in the sun, and got really dark and dirty, especially when I played in the fields. She always told me to wash my face when I got home.
Q: From all your fashion shoots, TV shows and movies, has there been any make-up or look that’s especially memorable?
A: Yes, Magnus Bane’s look in The Mortal Instruments was especially memorable. It involved a lot of mascara, eye shadows and glitter. It took almost two hours to apply the make-up every day. The make-up artists did a lot to my eyes, and it looked good.
Q: Besides skincare, what else do you do to take care of your health?
A: I’ve been travelling a lot for work and I haven’t been able to go to the gym for the past month. When you don’t have time to go to the gym, the most important thing is to drink a lot of water and eat healthy food. You are what you eat. I try to eat white meat only, so it’s mainly chicken and fish. I have a good breakfast, a heavier lunch and a light dinner.
Q: It’s a good thing you manage to sneakily do some push- ups on the plane.
A: It’s important to get up and stretch the body during long flights. So on 14-hour (or longer) flights while everyone is sleeping, I find an alley or maybe go to where the stewardesses are standing and say, “Hey, how are you doing? Don’t mind me … I’m just gonna do some push-ups.”
Well, the STYLE team is sure the stewardesses aren’t complaining.