This is how Diana Ser balances work and family, and looks so good!

August 14, 2018
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    At 46, Diana Ser boasts that enviable lit-from-within luminous complexion. The Singapore celebrity and mum of three children aged 12, 10 and seven believes that the key to a good complexion is a healthy lifestyle – and that includes getting ample sleep.

    “Because my skin reflects my health, and makeup will go on well only when my skin is in tip top condition. On week nights, I am usually in bed by 10pm. Drinking lots of water really hydrates your skin. It makes your skin look suppler, and also benefits your entire system. I carry a water bottle just like my kids.”

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    Despite having to juggle her work as a co-host of Talking Point, running her online portal Crazy About Chinese and her family commitments, the newly appointed Max Factor Singapore muse makes it a point to make time for herself. She makes time for herself by prioritising things that really matter and saying no otherwise.

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    “A makeup tip I learnt from my makeup artist is to only use black mascara on the upper eyelashes and brown mascara on the lower eyelashes. Black mascara casts a shadow below the lower lashes, which gives the illusion of eye bags or dark eye rings.”

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  • How do you make time for yourself?
    4 / 12 How do you make time for yourself?

    Due to work and family commitments, my me-time can be somewhat opportunistic! If I manage to clear my work and mummy duties in time, I can steal time for a massage, for example. I really enjoy the hair and makeup time for my work, so I consider that me-time too.

    Related: How to dress like hot mum Diana Ser

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  • Why is it important for working mums to make time for themselves?
    5 / 12 Why is it important for working mums to make time for themselves?

    All mothers deserve personal time! It is one of the biggest and most important gifts we can give to our family, children and ourselves, because me-time essentially allows us to feel more relaxed and achieve self-fulfilment.

    When we are able to do so, it helps us to focus and pour that resulting energy, love and gratitude into taking care of our family.

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  • What motivates you?
    6 / 12 What motivates you?

    Professionally, passion for what I do motivates me. As co-host of Channel 5’s Talking Point, a story worth telling spurs me on…In 2017, I travelled to seven countries to film a documentary on child workers. It was tough being on the road so much, but it was unforgettable.

    In my personal life, love for my family motivates me. From buying a new shirt for my husband, to trying a new recipe for the kids, love for the family keeps me going and makes me feel good (and often tired…).

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  • How do you balance work, family and your relationship with your husband?
    7 / 12 How do you balance work, family and your relationship with your husband?

    The first is letting go of the mum guilt and know it is totally fine to not spend an equal amount of time on everything. If I have a pressing task I limit distractions, complete whatever I have to and maximise my time with my kids and husband at night.

    I think this “balance” is a dynamic thing…My husband, James, has been bugging me to play golf for years. He says it will be our “we” time when the kids are grown up.

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  • Any beauty products you can’t live without?
    8 / 12 Any beauty products you can’t live without?

    Eyebrow pencil, lip gloss and eyeshadow. I particularly love pigment-rich, nude-coloured eyeshadows that add an extra dose of glamour and lasts me throughout the day without any fallout.

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  • What would you do if you only had five minutes to get ready?
    9 / 12 What would you do if you only had five minutes to get ready?

    A quick eyeliner to open up the eyes, comb to neaten my brows and lightly stain lips. Can be done under five minutes.

    Related: Diana Ser feels most beautiful when her husband says this

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  • Advice for working mothers?
    10 / 12 Advice for working mothers?

    Juggling work and motherhood – it is okay if you drop the ball once in a while. Just it up and start all over again. Enjoy the experience by being in the moment and remember not to beat yourself up too much!

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  • At what age would you allow your daughters to start wearing makeup?
    11 / 12 At what age would you allow your daughters to start wearing makeup?

    I am guessing maybe 14 or 15? Not full-on makeup, but only light, age appropriate makeup.

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  • Best product recommendations or makeup tips for looking camera-ready?
    12 / 12 Best product recommendations or makeup tips for looking camera-ready?

    Avoid top lighting. It makes everybody look bad because of the shadows.

    Secondly, look “awake” by opening up the eyes. Max Factor has this amazing mascara with two different brush sizes (The Lash Crown Mascara). The small brush works to coat the lashes really thoroughly.

    Thirdly, conceal the undereye area as best you can. Dark circles or eye bags can make you look older or more tired than you actually are.  If you can’t, even a piece of white paper can be used to reflect more light off your undereye area, making it seem less dark on camera.

    (Photos: Instagram/dianaserlye)

    A version of this story appeared on Her World Plus.

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