The best local beauty and skincare brands in Singapore

These Singapore brands prove that you don’t have to look far for quality skincare and makeup products to pamper yourself with
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By Michelle Ng and Cam Khalid |
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Urban Decay, Tarte and Two Faced are all well and good but sometimes it takes a local beauty brand to come up with solutions that are unique to our skin and the Singapore climate. We highlight twelve local beauty brands with everything from skincare to makeup to keep your face as fresh.

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Two L(I)ps

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Your face isn't the only area that needs taken care of – your lady bits deserve some TLC too. The beauty maverick and lifestyle trend-spotter Cynthia Chua is breaking barriers with her innovative range of luxury skincare products specially made for the woman's most intimate area: the vulva. Cleverly branded as TWO L(I)PS, its products include the signature Blackout Mask, an organic charcoal mask that detox, soothes, brightens and hydrates even the most sensitive skin – and all you need is 15 minutes.

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Alcheme

The brainchild of Tuyen Lamy and Constance Mandefield, Alcheme prides itself in using quality natural ingredients to create skincare that’s uniquely tuned to your skin’s needs. Personalised products such as serums, emulsions and eye creams are packed in eco-friendly recycled material to reduce plastic waste.

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Allies of Skin

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Allies of Skins goes all out to make sure that your skincare regime includes the right solution. Its range of facial products are made from a combination of potent antioxidants and intelligent nutrients, and the powerful actives in its optimally concentrated formulas help enhance the healing and repair processes. Make full use of its products by opting for the 24/7 kit where it comes with molecular saviour probiotics mist to keep your skin hydrated, the 1A all-day pollution repair mask for a leave-on day treatment, and the 1A overnight mask to boost your skin’s immunity and accelerate skin cell renewal while you get some shut-eye at night.   

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W.ant Skincare

This ethical brand champions sustainability through its range of handmade products, from multi-tasking cleansers and scrubs to face oils and spritzers. All about going au natural, each W.ant Skincare product is made from pure botanical oils and minerals without synthetic ingredients and preservatives. Also, each purchase helps contribute to local communities and women in coorporatives based in Bali and Benin – support your sisters!

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Skin Inc

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Stop over at the bar and hit the bottle – a bottle of premium skin serum that is. Skin Inc is Asia’s first skin supplement bar, a concept designed for everyone. Just pop over and the consultants will help you select the right ‘cocktail mix’ of skin serums for your individual skin condition, everything from pigmentation to fine lines. To enhance the regime, apply the serum along with the Optimizer Voyage Tri-Light device and finish it with the multi-masking Bento Set.

 

 

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Inga by 27A

Seeking the perfect lipstick? Let the beauty team at 27A Co find you the perfect shade for your gorgeous pout. Created out of the desire to own makeup products suitable for warm and humid weather conditions, Inga by 27A's cruelty-free lip collection is expertly formulated with quality ingredients for lasting coverage and all-day wear comfort.

 

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Frankskincare

Frankskincare

Here’s one brand whose products will sit pretty on your top shelf: FrankSkincare’s minimalist, apothecary-like tinted glass bottles are made for #flatlays. Produced in tiny batches with certified organic ingredients, FrankSkincare was created out of founder Cissy Chen’s belief that healthy, radiant skin should be accessible to everyone. Oils are Chen’s specialty, and a tiny drop goes a long way. You won’t find creams, lotions or gelbased products, as those require chemicals to maintain their consistency. The product range caters to women, men and babies, and is safe for expecting mums, too. 

Try this Juicier Luxury Face Oil ($58/30ml). Packed with 11 organic, good-for-your-skin ingredients, this face oil replaces your regular moisturiser and serum steps to moisten and firm up your skin. 

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Faux Fayc

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One glance at its sleek black makeup counters and you might mistake it for NARS – but Faux Fayc is local and proud of it. Co-founders Eileen Poh and Yuan Ng started out in 2014 with one product: a black volumising and lengthening fibre mascara designed for Asian eyelashes. The brand has now expanded to offer matte liquid lipsticks ($16), mattifying mousse foundations ($58) and pressed blushes ($34) – with a flagship store to boot.

Try this Fauxlash Mascara Duo ($39). This smudge-proof mascara duo set dramatically increases lash length and thickness. 

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Handmade Heroes

Handmade Heroes

As its name suggests, Handmade Heroes offers handcrafted skincare products that promise to do wonders for your skin. Established in 2014 by Lynsey Lim, the PETA-certified cruelty-free and vegan brand takes inspiration from Asian beauty practices and uses natural ingredients such as rice, coconuts, hibiscus, charcoal and turmeric. Its product range covers you from top to toe with lip scrubs ($8.90), dry shampoo ($8.90-$15.90) and hibiscus face masks ($24.90).

Try this Coco-licious Luscious Lip Scrub ($8.90). This coconut concoction, inspired by local kuehs, gently exfoliates and hydrates dry lips with coconut and sweet almond oil.

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Auolive

Auolive

Pare down your complicated wax-on-wax-off skincare regime to the bare minimum with Auolive’s fuss-free skincare products. Founder Clair Au understands the time constraints faced by modern Singaporean women, so she developed multitasking products that’ll cut down your prep time in the morning to just a step or two. Formulated in Switzerland but made in Singapore, each product spotlights a natural active ingredient such as pomegranate, ginkgo biloba leaf and squalene extract.

Try this Day Glower ($118/30ml). This lightweight, non-greasy antioxidant moisturiser leaves your skin glowing and primed for makeup. 

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Katfood

Katfood

DJ and former lawyer Kendra Liew is a natural skincare enthusiast who advocates a safe alternative to chemical-friendly big-brand names. So it’s no surprise that her label Katfood aims to create beauty products made with ingredients you can actually eat.

Everything’s handmade with no preservatives, so they come in small, fresh batches with organic, raw, unprocessed and unrefined elements. If you’re a nutter for coconuts, even better – all of the skin food concocted by Katfood contain some form of the fruit.

Try this Cuckoo For Cocoa Dry Shampoo ($13.90). Remove dirt and grease with this dry shampoo that includes ingredients like coconut flour, cinnamon and cocoa powder.

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Shophouse Sixtyfive

Shophouse Sixtyfive

Can’t get enough of local flavours? Lather your lips with balms by Shophouse Sixtyfive, a brand that prides itself on giving old-school homegrown culture the kiss of life.

It’s the brainchild of Petrina Yuen, who set out to create a distinctly Singaporean bath, body and home brand. Each hand-crafted lip balm is infused with a blend of essential oils, plant oils and vitamin E to create a whiff of, well, Singapore.

Choose from scents inspired by local food – or, if you prefer an unflavoured version, there’s the cleverly named Lipbalm Kosong.

Try this Sir Stamford ($9.80). Inspired by the British origins of Singapore’s founding father, this one gives off the aroma of breakfast tea and caramel.

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