Last week, Kit Chan was named the first local ambassador for the Shiseido Vital-Perfection range. We spoke to the 41-year-old songstress about ageing gracefully, the importance of sunblock and that thing she wishes she hadn’t done.
styleXstyle: As the the ambassador of an anti-aging range, what does aging gracefully mean to you?
Kit Chan: It really starts with the mindset because it translates to how you would wear your hair or the kind of clothes you’d pick. You shouldn’t be afraid of ageing and try to cling on to the past. You have to be self-aware, and that self-awarness has to be very up-to-date. You can’t be holding on to what you were in your 20s so if you could just keep up with it, you would naturally age gracefully.
sXs: Who, in your opinion, has succeeded in that respect?
KC: Xiao Fang Fang and Audrey Hepburn. I remember seeing Audrey Hepburn when she was much older. There was something about her that looked the same, yet different. She looked the same because of her inner spirit and not because she was trying very hard to look like what she was still having Breakfast at Tiffany’s. It’s also about accepting the signs of ageing.
sXs: If you were to give your 20-year old self one skincare advice, what would it be?
KC: Sunblock. I didn’t start using sunblock until I was in my 30s. I used to do terrible things to my skin like tanning during my teenage years. Fortunately, I was young and my skin managed to recover from the burns.
Fast forward to my 30s, I read a book that talked about beauty and skincare, and I remember that the author said that if you were to do only one thing for your skin, let it be sunblock. So my make-up artist friend and I decided to do an experiment where we would put on sunblock everyday for six months and see what happens. There was a big difference, and the people I’ve met started saying that I look really rested and fresh, and asked me what I did to my skin. I told them the story, and I’ve been using it religiously ever since.
sXs: From performing on stage to working in a corporate environment and going about your daily life, how do you wear your make-up in the three varied scenarios?
KC: Andy (Lee) did my make-up today, I can’t do this on my own. I actually wear very little make-up outside of work. But when I went to work in the corporate world, I had to wear more make-up than I would on an ordinary day because you had to face people. When I’m not on stage, I really don’t care but if I had to put something on, it usually means just mascara or lipstick.
Kit Chan with host of the Shiseido Vital-Perfection Exclusive Preview Party, Maddy Barber.
sXs: We heard you worked on a movie with Oak3 Films recently. Can you tell us more about it?
KC: It’s called Miss J Contemplates Her Choice, and it will be released some time this year. I play Miss J, and the movie is about making choices.
sXs: Speaking of choices, do you regret any you’ve made?
KC: Eating potato chips last night? (Laughs)
sXs: Haha. What about beauty-related mistakes?
KC: I belong in the first batch of drama students in LaSalle (College of Arts), and you can imagine I was pretty rebellious at that time. I wanted to be different, so I would wear black and blue lipstick. It wasn’t very attractive, but they did sell them!