The Jakarta Post
The Singaporean-born 31-year-old has legs that rival a gazelle’s, razor-sharp cheekbones and luxurious, post-holiday-tanned-and-glowing skin. (Courtesy of Kelly Tandiono/File)
When asked to name Indonesia’s top model, Kelly Tandiono is the first woman mentioned. The Singaporean-born 31-year-old has legs that rival a gazelle’s, razor-sharp cheekbones and luxurious, post-holiday-tanned-and-glowing skin.
We talked with the former Asia’s Next Top Model judge about modeling, keeping fit and her beauty secrets.
How did you get into modeling?
I first started in Singapore while I was in university. I had done it occasionally when I was much younger, at 16, but it was freelance work. I simply went to [a modeling] agency in Singapore and they accepted me, so they sent me to casting calls.
Memorable make-up artists you’ve worked with?
Ifan Rivaldi and Bubah Alfian. Ifan gave me this tip to use this cream on your face before you do make-up. It’s called Embryolisse Lait Crème Concentre and it’s from Paris. It just melts into your face and makes it look like you’re not wearing any make-up. I’ve also known Bubah forever. He taught me how to achieve a nice cat-eye look with eyeliner.
What are your personal make-up tips?
I usually use a beauty mist before and after my make-up, since it makes it sit well [on my face] and I find that your face has this beautiful, healthy glow. My favorite foundations are also from Giorgio Armani. Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation gives your face that dewy, healthy-looking skin, while the Giorgio Armani Designer Lift Foundation provides much more coverage. Oh, and masks! I will always use one before and after fashion shows. To be honest, I don’t use a lot of make-up during the day, since it’s not good for your skin to use it every day. I do have a trick to mix it with sunblock, though.
How important is sun protection for you?
Very important. I use sunblock from the Nivea Sun line, always SPF 50. I’ve been using it since I was 14 because my mom is into beauty – and because I love going into the sun. I like tan skin, but you need to be protected!
Is your mom your beauty idol?
My mom and my grandmother. My grandmother didn’t just take care of her skin every day, she also took traditional Chinese medicine every day and she has that lasting, no-wrinkle face. They’re always telling me that sleep is the key of youth.
What’s your daily skincare routine?
I always use the Avene skincare line and mix it with some of my dermatologist’s products. I also use a lot of masks that I buy in South Korea.
How do you stay fit?
I exercise a lot. Right now, I’m preparing for a marathon with Pocari Sweat [in Bandung on July 22] so I have my daily routine of running, combined with taking a lot of vitamins. Food-wise, I eat a lot of greens and fruit, balanced with carbohydrates and proteins. I also drink a lot of water. I especially like to infuse water with lemon, cucumber and whatever fruits you can put in there. Sleeping is also important! You need to sleep at least seven to eight hours a night.
What are the beauty trends you’re into right now?
The make-up trend I always love is the no-make-up make-up look and dewy skin – that’s probably my number one thing. Make-up is there to enhance beauty, not to change your face.
What's in your make-up bag?
Giorgio Armani foundation and eyebrow products from Shu Uemura. I also always have face mists. There are so many that I like but one of my favorites is The Mist from La Mer. I find that it sits well with make-up and gives you a glowing effect. It looks great without make-up, too. I also have some blush and bronzer. Right now, I have this one called the Urban Decay Naked Flushed Palette. It has three colors: a bronzer, a highlighter and a blush. I’m very simple and I don’t have that much make-up. That being said, I’m very into lipstick – either reds or oranges – and I have a whole collection of different lipsticks.
What’s the biggest challenge of the local modeling scene?
I can honestly say that we can compete with models from outside. Our junior models are much taller, their faces much more unique, and I know a few have gone abroad as well and have made it.
You must be really fit while also keeping up with these younger models, as there are more and more of them every year. You also need to know your own character and strength – you’ll stand out by being different. The hardest part is always staying on top, but as long as you know who you are, and you work to keep up with that, it’s possible. And always, always love what you do!