My Estee Lauder Model Search experience

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Last weekend, Saucer and I happened to be in Mid Valley after an appointment in Bangsar. While we’re there, we saw this huge platform set up in the Center Court, hosting the Estee Lauder Model Search 2010 competition. We were there around noon, and we saw all of the make up counters being taken up! There must have been 10 counters, and they were all utilized! So well-received, this contest.

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Estee Lauder Model Search Make up counters

And guess what? Watching all these girls being transformed with the makeover just pressed a button in me. I suddenly wanted to be pampered too! After discussing with Saucer, I then proceeded to approach the girls at the front desk. The procedure was really quite straightforward. I had to fill up a form, pay RM280, get a RM230 product voucher in return, and proceed to the make up counter.

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Getting ready for make up

My make up artist was this young guy who was pretty serious with his work. He didn’t say much unless necessary. *LOL* The first thing he did was to trim my eye brows.

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Trimming eye brows

Then he removed my make up and applied some moisturizer. See? My face was so shiny after the moisturizer.

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Apply moisturizer

After that, he started making up on the eye area. He told me that he was going to make my eyes look ‘sensuous’. *LOL* And he had to make the colours look much more bolder and darker because during the photoshoot, the flash would take away 50% of the colours. I just nodded along. And true enough, the end results was a colour so dark and bold that I had to take some time to get used to my eyes. *LOL*

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Transformed eyes

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Eye brow shaping

What do you think? He then proceeded with making up my face – foundation, loose powder, blush and finally lipstick and gloss. I think he took about 45 mins for the process. Well, after I was done, I was shown to the next counter, where I would do my hair! The sponsor for hairdo was Miko. And you know what’s so funny about it? I actually permed my hair at Miko a few weeks ago! What a coincidence! I saw a familiar face too!

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Hair counter by Miko

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Deciding what to do with my hair

The hair stylist took one look at my hair and decided that I should go for curls. So they started curling my hair. And within minutes, I was done! Faster hair makeover ever! :)

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Curling my hair

Next stop – dresses! The dresses were sponsored by Eclipse, as always. So we’re asked to choose a dress for the photo shoot. I chose a white dress at first and after trying out, I thought it didn’t look very nice on me. The assistant saw me and suggested a black number instead. So I tried it out and it looked so much better!

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Choosing a dress

But it turned out to be a little loose, so she helped me pin the dress from the back. *LOL* It was a one-shoulder toga dress in black.

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Making the dress tighter

And then I was ready for the photo shoot! I sat by the side waiting for the previous contestant to finish her shoot, while fidgeting nervously.

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My finished look

When it was my turn, I was so ‘kaku’ and didn’t know how to pose properly. The photographer helped a lot in giving advices and suggestions. Bend here, turn there, smile, pout, look here, look there, everything!

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Posing for photographs

After the few minutes of photo shoot, I was asked to change and proceeded to the photo processing counter. My pictures were already on the laptop! Then came the hardest part – choosing ONE picture to be submitted for the contest. There were about 20 of them, and the assistant helped us in shortlisting them into 3 most desired ones. And of the 3, I actually loved 2 of them very much, but could only choose one.

After discussion with Saucer and with the assistant’s suggestion, I decided on one of the pictures and she started working her magic! And I tell you, it was really like magic! The way she made my face look so much nicer, my eyes, my lips, everything! *LOL* Gosh I must learn photoshop already. :P

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Choosing the ONE

Within minutes, the photo editing was completed, and my photo was printed out instantly! Look at the final picture! What do you think of it? :)

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witch and her portrait

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Estee Lauder Model Search 2010 at Mid Valley KL

After completing the whole drill, it was time to redeem my RM230 voucher. It had to be redeemed on the same day, so I walked around looking for what I should get. I never used Estee Lauder products before, so it was a bit hard for me to decide whether I should go for cosmetics or skin care. In the end, I decided skin care since I seldom use cosmetics! They’d most probably go to waste! There was another assistant helping me with my shopping (they have assistants everywhere!) and I finally decided on this – Estee Lauder Anti-Wrinkle set! OK, don’t stare at me, I’m not THAT old, just that it’s better to start keeping skin youthful while I’m still young. *excuses* And this set was also very reasonable ok, one of the cheapest I could find (maybe THAT’s the reason I chose it :P). It came with a Cleanser, Toner, Serum, Eye gel and Moisturizer at only RM180! Which meant I still had RM50 for something else! :)

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Estee Lauder skin care set

I decided to use the RM50 for a palette of cream eye shadow in Gold instead. No picture of this because they’re out of stock! I’ll be collecting them in a week’s time though.

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Anti-wrinkle set

I took the picture below at home, using a camera to snap the A4 portrait given. They didn’t give me the soft copy so I could only take the picture using a camera. Somehow I thought the angle was a little distorted, maybe my camera wasn’t exactly level (180 degrees) while taking it. The eye shadow from this photograph really is so much lighter than what I see in real!

NOTE: Picture below has been replaced with a new one taken by Saucer. He couldn’t stand the picture being distorted earlier on. :P

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My A4 portrait

Truth be told, I joined this competition for fun, and also for the experience. I know no one can be young forever, so I’m taking the opportunity to capture my youth whenever possible. ;) I don’t even know if I’ll be eligible for the semi-finalists session but it doesn’t matter. What matters was that I had fun during the process and that Saucer was there the whole time (almost 2 hours) to document this experience with me. That alone was enough to make me smile. :) All constructive comments are welcome! :)

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