At the Vanity Table With… Christinna Kuan 

Staples, tricks, non-negotiables included.
Christinna Kuan

At the Vanity Table With… is a series that dives into a personality’s beauty tips, tricks, non-negotiables, and more. In this edition, Christinna Kuan talks of the products she can’t live without, and how she gets that camera-ready, flawless finish. 

A scroll through her Instagram demonstrates that this multihyphenate can truly do it all. If Christinna Kuan is not devoting her time to attending fashion week, she is back at home base running her brand, SIS, with her sibling Jestinna Kuan. And when she’s not doing either, you’ll catch the Penangite at the hottest events in town and vlogging her life, giving us all a glimpse into her glamorous life and moments with her family and friends. 

The second of the Kuan trio, Christinna (also known as Ms Kuan online) has an enviable career in the fashion world, even jet-setting across the globe for it. But that’s not all. Recently, she embarked on a new journey, discovering a new facet of her personality: her philanthropic side. Her goodwill van tour, dubbed ‘MsKuan on the Go’ trotted into several cities in peninsular Malaysia, giving away daily essentials to the earliest to catch her at her stops: Kuala Lumpur, Melaka, Penang, and Ipoh. 

Ahead, she shares her beauty opinions, must-haves, and little fun facts that make her Christinna Kuan. 

A beauty product that you will always use till the last bits

“Always the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer.”

The skincare item that completely transformed your skin for the better

“I’ll have to give it to the The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution.”

Your trick to achieve the best hair day

“I must step out with my natural waves, and to get that, I use a leave-in conditioner and air-dry my hair. Just the two steps and I’m ready.”

An unexpected beauty hack you always incorporate into your routine

“To get a photo-ready finish, this is my trick: I always apply a small amount of translucent powder before my foundation step for a smoother finish. It works!”

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An underrated perfume you think everyone should give a chance to

“Diptyque Orphéon. Period.”

The last beauty indulgence you had done

“A spa day with a well-earned deep tissue massage and a rejuvenating facial. I walked out feeling renewed.”

A trend that needs to die

“Overly exaggerated, Instagram-style makeup. You know which one I’m talking about.”

Three items you never leave home without

“My phone (duh), card holder, and AirPods.”

Brands that check all the boxes for you

“Patagonia for sustainable fashion, Fenty Beauty for their inclusivity efforts in the beauty side of things, and Salomon for footwear.”

Malaysians you look up to (and why)

Yuna for her incredible musical talent and advocacy for women’s rights, and Michelle Yeoh for her versatile acting career and humanitarian work.”

A song that will always get you in the mood when you’re getting ready


A non-negotiable beauty step that you have to have in your routine

“Never skip double cleansing! It’s to ensure thorough removal of makeup and impurities, and that’s where we should all start with our skincare routine.”

A mantra that you live by

“Embrace imperfections, they are what make you unique.”