Chit Chat with Ivan Lam

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If you’re browsing around for some #makeupinspo or skin care tips, or you’re in need of some positive vibes, then head over to Ivan Lam’s YouTube channel. You’ll find plenty of videos where he shares creative and unique makeup looks that are mostly inspired by nature, given his love for flowers and plants. Our current favorite video is his easy and minimal coral makeup tutorial that’s perfect for spring.

Aside from sharing beauty-related content, Ivan also creates daily vlogs and shares heartwarming messages for his 419,000+ subscribers and 240,000+ followers on Instagram. We had a quick chat with him and got to know more about his skin care journey, involving his struggles with acne, his favorite makeup items, and the different ways he practices self-care.

Where do you get inspiration when coming up with your makeup looks?

I get inspiration anywhere, really! From the shows that I watch, nature and magazines! I really like looking at music videos and anime to get inspired. I used to draw a lot on my computer, so it really helps. It feels like I’m painting on my own face! I also love drawing inspiration from nature, like flowers and plants. Nature is beautiful and I often imagine the colors on my own face.

Do you have a makeup item that you can’t live without?

A makeup item I can’t live without would definitely be a good cream blush. I love cream blushes because you can apply them on your cheeks and also lips for a pop of color. You can also add them on your eyelids! Really useful, haha! Great for days you don’t really want to wear too much.

What are some of your beauty must-haves for spring?

For spring, skincare is so important! I love the A’PIEU madecassoside line, so the madecassoside cream and sun cream is a must-have! Bright colored blushes for cheeks are a must! Coral and orange tones are perfect for springtime. I use the innisfree liquid blushes a lot for that!

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You’ve come a long way in clearing up your acne, based on the videos you’ve shared. How do you keep your acne at bay now?

I’m still very acne-prone so I take extra precautions with my skincare! I like using gentle, low-fragrance and low-irritant products. One of my staple products I’ve discovered on YesStyle is the MISSHA Madecanol Cream, which contains Centella asiatica and panthenol to calm the skin. I also love the SOME BY MI AHA, BHA, PHA Miracle Toner! Tea tree is antibacterial so I love that for my acne-prone skin. Sunscreen after is always a must!

What are some ways you practice self-care?

For self-care, it’s important to practice gratitude. With the world of social media and constant information, it’s easy to get swept up in what everyone else is doing. I like to take the time to think about what I’m grateful for in my own life, and constantly remind myself that everyone has a different path. One of my favorite sayings is that everyone is exactly where they’re supposed to be. Meditation for even 5 minutes a day can really help center and refocus your purpose in life. It’s the small things, like my cat’s kisses, you know?

Ivan is wearing a shirt from Newin.

All images: @ivanbaaaaah