I’m Xiao Lim of Messy Wands, and This Is My Makeup Life

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The gorgeous Xiao Lim from Messy Wands!

The My Makeup Life series asks beauty biz insiders, bloggers, makeup mavens and artists to share their holy grail products, tricks, tips and favorite beauty tools. Is there anyone you would like to see featured in My Makeup Life or questions you think I should ask? Let me know here.

Name: Xiao Lim
Location: New York, NY
Day job/current gig: I work in the marketing division of a start-up company.

Hangouts online: messywands.com, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Google+
Current favorite product: RMS Luminizer (one-stop highlighter for all skin tones)
Beauty inspirations: Keira Knightley, Tao Okamoto, Michelle Williams in that recent Louis Vuitton ad, and Gong Li
One word that best describes your outlook on beauty: Experimental


What makeup/beauty products can’t you live without?

My Shu Uemura retractable brow pencil in Seal Brown. It’s not available in the United States anymore, so I have to buy it in bulk when I visit home (Malaysia).

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When did you start getting into makeup?

I was 18 years old when I *really* stepped into a MAC store for the first time…

What’s your best beauty time-saving trick?

Use fingers. You can blend out eyeshadow in the crease with your fingers if you want it badly enough!

What’s your favorite beauty tool?

Oh, dear. I suppose if my apartment were burning and I could only save one thing I’d say my brushes (it took years of shopping on different continents to amass my current lineup), but skincare is more essential to me.

What’s the best beauty advice you ever received?

My mom told me not to put on so much makeup. I still disagree with her when I want to have fun with my face, but I try to remember that behind her gentle admonishment is a reminder that I should take good care of my skin so it’ll last me through, oh, forever hopefully.


What’s your skincare routine?

In order: Tatcha Dewy Skin Mist, Ole Henriksen Truth Serum, Tatcha Ageless Revitalizing Eye Cream, then it’s a choice between Rodin Olio Lusso Luxury Face Oil, Tatcha Ageless Enriched Renewal Cream, Tatcha Camellia Beauty Oil, or Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate.

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve tried in the name of beauty?

I racked my brain and couldn’t think of anything that’s truly out of this world. I’ve actually managed to enjoy facial extractions?

Do you have a trademark look (hair/styling/makeup)?

Arianne of The Glitter Geek fame coined my trademark blog photo pose as “deer in headlights,” which is pretty accurate. As for makeup, I go from no-makeup makeup to full on 1920s excess in the space of a single post.

“Deer in headlights”

Are there any beauty decisions you’ve made that you look back on and ask yourself, “why?!”

My batwing eyebrow phase, though that’s less a “decision” than an unfortunate (and unfortunately well documented) period of my life when I just didn’t have good eyebrow drawing technique.

Batwing eyebrows

Where are your favorite places to shop?

I love Nordstrom.com and Sephora.com for their great testing (otherwise known as return) policies. I try not to return products unless I absolutely have to, but the ease of shopping through those two places is the reason why I’m increasingly relying on e-shopping. As for clothes and shoes, Shopbop.com and Zappos.com have similar policies!

Anything else you want to share?

Puppies are adorable, too!

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  1. Sunny says:

    Yaaay Xiao! I’m really beginning to think we can play “count the lipstick bandits” here haha

    Brow woes, you and I both! So glad we are beyond that now!

  2. Carina says:

    I’m loving this series, Karen! It’s been one favorite after the other and I’m so happy. :)

  3. Carina says:

    I’m loving this series, Karen! It’s been one favorite after the other and I’m so happy. :) Xiao kickstarted my LMdB love!

  4. Lorraine says:

    Thank you, Karen for featuring Xiao of MessyWands. She is one of my fave bloggers since her approach is fearless and always projects such an artistic aesthetic. I hope a lot of your fans will discover her page through this. Her posts never cease to amaze and inspire. Keep up the great work! PS- I love the glasses! As always, gorgeous!

  5. Larie says:

    YAY, WANDZ! I miss your face, so glad to see you here :)
    Larie recently posted … It’s All in the Nuances: Shiseido BE231 Nude Eye Shadow Trio

  6. hanna says:

    I think everyone goes through bad times with they brows.
    hanna recently posted … Freshman Year: Went to all my Classes

  7. YAY! I love my Messyyyyyy!!!!!!!!

  8. ChicTrends says:

    Really happy to see her here! Great interview! x

    http://chictrends.co.uk/

  9. Pretty lady, great bone structure :-) I would so also totally take my brushes if the house was on fire, lol. And my beauty blender! And probably whatever else I could carry, lol.
    Kiss & Make-up recently posted … Review | Lily Lolo Mineral Foundation, Mineral Blush, All Natural Lip Slick & Natural Lipstick

  10. Jessica says:

    Yay, Xiao! I laughed when you mentioned “deer in the headlights” in this post. :)

    ♥ Jessica

  11. Tracey says:

    Uh oh.
    I think I do the batwings. Running off to your site to find a brow tutorial. *hides brows in shame*

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