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Peony Lim

The street style-worshipped It girl on beauty, her Chinese-British background and living life to the fullest.

If you read Peony Lim’s website, or follow her on Instagram (@peonylim) or Snapchat (same handle), you’ll be familiar with this social media darling’s makeup tutorials, epicurean tastes, love for her dogs (Thumbelina and Plum!), globetrotting adventures and sartorial hits.

With her warm, girl-next-door personality and the intimate videos of her morning beauty rituals, her abode and her daily excursions, it’s easy to imagine having Peony as a friend. In everything she does, she exudes authenticity and joy; making her readers feel like she’s genuinely eager for them to be a part of her world.

Naturally, it was incredibly difficult to narrow down a list of interview questions for her when we got this opportunity, but we tried. And we couldn’t be more excited.

Here — Peony Lim’s exclusive interview with Après Avant.


Peony uploads daily beauty tutorials of her beauty looks on her social media platforms

THREE KEY BEAUTY TIPS

Firstly, use a setting spray — it will make your makeup last all day. Secondly, think about your skincare as part of your makeup routine. If your skin is good, you won’t need heavy makeup. Lastly, blend your highlighter across the top of your lip.

FAVOURITE MAKEUP TOOL

Artis’ brushes are all made of synthetic fibres which they pack really close together, and they work in a totally different way than others. They make almost any product flawless.

ON VIVA MAYR DETOXES

I have done a couple. I love them but you have to be ready for it. The first time it was quite a shock. I went to the VivaMayr clinics both times, which have a very medical and strict outlook. I feel like it’s a great way to combine a medical check-up with rebooting your body.

Peony’s family favourite recipe for guacamole includes coriander instead of tomato and smushing up avocados

ON HER CHINESE AND ENGLISH BACKGROUND

It’s all I have ever known. I love it because it’s my family. I love knowing about both cultures. I love both — the art, history and food.

HOW THE LOVE FOR COOKING AND BAKING BEGAN

At home. We always cooked together with my parents when I was growing up.

COMFORT FOOD

Oh gosh, I love so many kinds of food. But toast is always comforting with a cup of earl grey tea.

HOW TO DEAL WITH STRESS OR FEELING OVERWHELMED

Yoga, a long walk with my dog or a bath.

Taking time out for self-love is essential, as Peony does so regularly. Here, she drops white roses and eucalyptus in her bathwater, along with bath milk and warm white towels to swaddle in after

WHAT WOULD YOU TELL YOUR 15-YEAR OLD SELF

Everything works out in the end. Enjoy the freedom.

MOTHER-DAUGHTER RELATIONSHIP

We are very close. She’s my biggest supporter and my harshest critic. I am really lucky to have her. She’s such a strong woman.

QUALITIES YOU ADMIRE IN WOMEN 

Naturally intelligent, maternally caring women are so rare and special. I love the soft kindness that only some women are capable of. I strongly dislike bitchy girls that stand on each other to push themselves upwards. Women should be sisters and support each other, not drag each other down.

THINGS TO BE GRATEFUL FOR

My life and all its blessings of freedom; food and information, and my family and loved ones.

ON CONSCIOUS LIVING

Enjoying the moment while you’re in it, and including others in your joy.

We love Peony’s taste and aesthetically on point pictures, which always include an element of conscious, healthy living

Images courtesy of Peony Lim