Q: Why do you think you’re pretty different?
CL: I mean… can’t you see?! I AM pretty different and I have always been, and I’ve known I’m different, even as a kid. My personality, the things I liked… Actually I didn’t think I was different, but the other kids thought I was weird or something…
I just let it be, I didn’t let it bother me. I love making friends and learning from new people. Learning about their culture, or what they’re into, their life. I’ve learnt that when you show interest and start connecting, it doesn’t really matter if you are weird or different.
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Q: Which country would you love to visit?
CL: Wow, there are so many countries I’d love to go to. Every country I have visited, I have loved because I simply love travelling to new places… trying new food, looking at what the people are wearing… and through these things you learn about their life.
I want to see the Aurora Borealis lights. I know you can see it from places like Iceland and also in some parts of Canada. That’s one thing I really, really want to do. Also, my favourite time of year is winter. I am all about winter… sipping a cup of hot chocolate and just taking in the snowy scenery. (She sees me taking notes with pen and paper) I love that you’re taking notes – it’s so romantic
Q: What inspires you?
There are many things that inspire me. When I see someone, like my fans, for example… I like to connect with them whether it be in times of struggle or times of celebration. We should focus on celebration… we should celebrate celebration more. When I see people fighting for something I believe in, for something like #PrettyDifferent, I am inspired. Being a woman, being an Asian woman, being a musician and artist, all these things inspire me.
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Q: Name the Urban Decay products you did-die must have.
CL: My die-die, is that how you say it, is the All-Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray which I have been using since I went on tour. I wear heavy makeup on stage and with all the costume changes, hair flips and sweat… you’d think there would be no makeup left on your face. But I go home for a quick change before dinner and see my makeup still looking fresh. Another must-have has to be the Urban Decay Naked Cherry Eyeshadow Palette. I love the colours, but my nickname is Cherry, so I think I am being 99 per cent biased! And I now have a new favourite – the Naked Honey Eyeshadow Palette. There’s gold and yellow, for me they are different colours, but very Christmassy, which I love. And definitely the eyeliner!
Q: Do you have any unsual skincare and makeup tips?
CL: I love putting on makeup. It’s actually a therapeutic thing for me. When I wake up in the morning, I do a warm wash then a super-cold ice wash. After washing, I use toner, which I store in the fridge, then the serum, moisturiser and sunscreen, followed by primer. I actually start with eye makeup first, then I do the rest of the face. I do my makeup in a super-cold room because I like my pores really tight – I feel this helps my foundation stay on through the day. And of course, I finish off with the All-Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray. I also love taking long baths. It’s soothing for me.
Q: When did you start experimenting with makeup?
CL: I started really, really late – only after the debut of our album “To Anyone” in 2010. As I said, I was a tomboy growing up, so I wasn’t interested in makeup at all. I was into singing and dancing, and even when the album came out, the makeup artist would do it for us. But when the album first came out, a lot of people judged me on the way I looked as I didn’t exactly match the typical standard of beauty. That’s when I decided I didn’t want people to judge my music and performance by the way I looked. I began to study my face structure and my outfits, and that’s when I started playing with makeup. My makeup, outfit and hair are all an expression of my music. Then I started applying eyeliner, and I loved who I created. I’m glad that happened.
Q: What’s your secret obsession?
CL: I love Disney. To be honest, my mother told me I used to love “Dumbo” and “Bambi” when I was little. She said I watched it 5,000 times! I love all types of cartoons. And on my playlist these days is Disney music.
Q: Who do you turn to for strength?
CL: I go to myself. I actually go through my old journals. A lot of people look to the outside or to other people for solutions, but in hard times, I think it’s best when you look within yourself and that’s where you’ll find the answers. And I look into my journal. My father made us do it and it was the only thing he’d get pissed off about if we didn’t do. So my sister and I have developed that journalling habit.
Q: How does it feel to be an Urban Decay Global Citizen?
CL: It feels #PrettyDifferent! I believe that every single one of us is pretty different. It’s about embracing and enjoying that. For me to be a fan of the brand, and for me to be not an ideal, standard figure to represent a makeup brand, it feels good and it feels natural. I love wearing chunky eyeliners and feel that it’s a way to express myself. Urban Decay represents that perfectly, so I wanted to be a part of this. It’s great promoting things I believe in. And I get to use the new products before anyone else does!
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