Without sounding too much like a turkey, no matter how seasoned or unseasoned you are as a presenter, live television is known as a completely different beast. Unexpected and exciting at the same time. Truly anything can happen! So when my boss asked if I could host the first-ever Asian E! Live From the Red Carpet for the inaugural Asian Academy Creative Awards I jumped at the opportunity. Not only is it E!'s signature franchise, it's one of it's most watched and successful to boot. Heck yes, I'm in. But the immediate question that came to mind after getting that news was… what on Earth am I going to wear? Priorities people!
Step in Jessicacindy Hartono. The Singapore-based, Indonesian designer — a favourite to stars, brides-to-be and influencers alike — came to the rescue. After initial discussions of what the dress would look like, a beautiful sketch and lots of late night Whatsapps later, she created a custom gown for me and my growing bump. While I had several fittings (um, this belly has a life of it's own!), my reaction to putting on the final creation was priceless. This perennial chatterbox was rendered speechless!
Regarding hair and makeup, um I woke up like this? Not! What you don't see at home is how long it really takes to get camera ready. I'm not gonna lie: This usually takes two hours. Fiona Bennett waved her magic wand, ahem brush, inspired by the rose gold tones of the dress. Metallic shimmer for the eyeshadow, a nude with brown undertone lip and an even, matt complexion was the order of the evening. No dewy finish needed here — did I mention we were shooting this outdoors in Singapore? One hundred percent humidity and thirty-five degrees Celsius. Yep that "glow" would be inevitable!
Tomoya Lizawa went with an updo for the hair — we had to show off that dress detail and of course, the finishing touch, jewellery from the Tiffany & Co Hardwear collection. Fun fact: our E! gal Kendall Jenner wore the same Link Earrings to the Met Gala after-party this year. Good enough for Kenny, certainly good enough for me!
At this point, with all the beauty and glam taken care of, all that was left to do was pray to the Seacrest gods that the live TV part would all go off without a hitch.
Jewellery: Tiffany & Co
Makeup Artist: Fiona Bennett
Hair: Tomoya Lizawa
Photographer (Behind the scenes): Zantz Han
Photographer (Red carpet): Ashley Mak