Learning Curve: Beauty is still in the eye of the beholder

My wish for tomorrow, a book published by Unicef to mark its 50th anniversary.

Often some of my students ask why I don't dye my greying hair. I would look so much younger, they say. And when I ask who I would look younger to, their somewhat bewildered reply is, well, everyone. I stretch the argument to make my point. But would I feel younger?

Sunday, 30 December, 2012, 2:17pm

Brush with elegance

If done right, shaving can be an invigorating experience that can shape the rest of your day. Photo: Corbis

Preparation and a few special techniques can revive feel-good factor, writes Euan McKirdy.

4 Jan 2013 - 5:38pm

Royal flush

Poppy King has been conscious of her desire to emulate the classic Hollywood look since her final year in high school.

Poppy King's Lipstick Queen is a tribute to old Hollywood glamour, writes Tama Lung.

17 Jan 2014 - 4:36pm

Women shouldn't buy into constructed idea of beauty

The real problem lies in the social construction of beauty as a uniform standard. Photo: SCMP

Recently, one of my students started her presentation on The Body Shop by saying: "I am a girl, so I have to use many cosmetics." This was quite telling - not merely about the images created and sold by companies, but also about how such images have become ingrained in our day-to-day lives.

16 Oct 2012 - 4:02am 1 comment

Estee Lauder launches new Re-Nutriv Re-Creation skincare range

Coco Lee looks ravishing in a cut-away floral purple dress.

More than 100 guests partied up a storm at Estée Lauder's soiree in the ballroom of the Grand Hyatt hotel. So what if it was a Monday!

28 Sep 2012 - 3:15am

Nail bar blues

A Vietnamese-run nail salon in Stratford-upon- Avon, Britain. Photos: Red Door News, Hong Kong

For many young Vietnamese, the long, arduous trek to a 'dream job' in a European or North American beauty salon is a taste of the life that awaits them, writes Simon Parry.

22 Sep 2012 - 11:33pm

Beauty fix: CACI Intensive Lift

Interior of the Mandarin Salon

The Mandarin Salon launches a new machine-led facial on Monday, the CACI Intensive Lift. This promises to tackle signs of ageing, both on the surface and under it.

4 Jan 2013 - 5:32pm

Dandy & Dapper

Dandy & Dapper

I just spent more than usual on really dark jeans. I figured I'd wear them a lot, dress them up when needed and wouldn't have to worry about all the cleaning and ironing other trousers require.

2 Sep 2012 - 2:01pm

Luxury, elegance and all the beauty essentials a girl could ask for

Lumen and Andrew Kinoshita

A live jazz band played amid models, Hong Kong socialites and VIP guests in Pacific Place's foyer at the opening of the new Beauty Gallery last Thursday.

Designed by renowned architect Thomas Heatherwick, who also renovated the entire interior of the mall last year, the gallery has a contemporary elegance and a welcoming atmosphere

20 Aug 2012 - 5:42am

On style, she rules

I love my fine jewellery, but those neon-coloured fancy necklaces have turned my head recently. Where can I buy one and would you recommend wearing it like a real piece?

Nice in Neon, Tai Hang

17 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Beauty buzz

From lipsticks and eyeshadows to nail polish and face powder, these summer products will keep you looking hot.

3 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

This week we test: nail polish remover

Make sure you thoroughly remove old polish before applying a fresh colour, to help strengthen nails and prevent staining.


Oversa Nail Polish Remover Dissolvant (HK$38/200ml)

15 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Colour coded

Karen Yiu

'This season, cat eyes are back - use lots of eyeliner to create big, dramatic eyes, as well as electric blue shades. For the face, there's the English rose look; a natural look highlighting great skin, with heavy, watery skin texture.

13 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Joys of spring

Chanel's Fleur de Lotus collection reinvents the brand's signature colours.

The new season sees a fresh crop of skincare and make-up items, writes Tama Lung.

8 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

The WOW factor

Fresh spring treats

19 Feb 2012 - 12:00am