I’m sure you’ll agree that today, looking good is no longer a case of vanity, but rather, is already a necessity: Being pulled together shows the world that you’re ready to take on anything, and tells the people you’re meeting with that you care enough about them to put an effort into how you look. Nope, you don’t have to be dressed to the nines or to sport full-on makeup or coiffed hair everyday—but you do have to look nice, fresh, and decent.
And no, it doesn’t always have to take you so much time to doll up, set aside 30 minutes to an hour of your time in the morning to get ready for the day ahead—this process is something you’ll enjoy as well, trust us. It’s just the mirror, pretty makeup, and yourself psyching yourself up for whatever the day has in store. To help you maximize this “beauty me time” of yours, we’ve compiled a list of the latest makeup and skincare products and innovations that will help you get more out of every second:
Ever been intimidated by strobing? The Happy Skin Prints Made Pretty Glisten Up! Strobing Kit (P1,299, available at Plains & Prints boutiques nationwide, Rustan’s, Beauty Bar, and www.happyskin.com.ph) makes this skin trend oh so easy to achieve: Just dab the Highlighter, Blush, and Contour Cheek Sticks on the all right places (check out the Strobing Cheat Sheet that comes with the kit to know exactly where!) and blend—30 seconds to glowing skin. P.S. The cheek sticks are so handy, too, they can fit in the pocket of your fave jeans.
We can’t stress this enough: Beautiful makeup begins with beautiful skin. And the first step to take? Know your actual skin type and problem areas so you can use the right products to nourish your complexion. Troop to the Pond’s Institute (5th Avenue Bonifacio High Street, BGC in front of Fully Booked and Serendra) for instant and free consultation with their in-house skincare experts (plus, a licensed dermatologist on Saturdays!) who use state-of-the-art skin analyzing machines to determine your overall skin age and your age in terms of sun protection, wrinkles, acne, moisture, and dark spots for accurate issue targeting.
We don’t think anyone can ever get enough of kilay products, and adding to the thriving roster of options out there is M.A.C Cosmetics “Brows Are It” Collection, composed of cult faves like their Brow Set and Fluidline Brow Gel Crème, among others, and the returning Brow Duos (for gradient brows in a breeze) and a new product that will help you achieve those bushy brows that are so on-trend this year. Just a few strokes of the Big Brow Pencil, a crayon-type gel liner, and you'll get those post-modern kilays already (because, you know, plakado brows are so last year).
Boost the effects of your moisturizer with the Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration Moisturizing Facial Water (available at Beauty Bar): Infused with the ever reliable moisturizing element Clary Sage, it doesn’t only instantly hydrate your skin and improve its texture, it also helps your usual skincare products adhere better and work harder on your skin.
Now, if you just don’t have the patience for touch ups nor bulky powder compacts, the L’Oreal Makeup Designer/Paris Infallible Pro-Matte 16HR powder (P600, available at L’Oréal Paris counters nationwide) will surely weave its way into your kikay kit. It’s ideal for setting liquid foundation because of its ultra-fine pigments and the promise of 16 hours of a lightweight and comfortable matte finish sans the caking and flatness. And for even longer lasting looks, set with the Infallible Pro-Spray + Set Makeup Extender Setting Spray (available at L’Oréal Paris counters nationwide).
There’s no such thing as too much mascara, especially with the clumpy lash trend that’s big for the summer. And if you want curly, fluttery lashes in an instant try, the maximum lengthening HD Mascara by Browhaus (available at Browhaus branches nationwide), which is part of the newly launched eye makeup collection of the popular brow salon.
Really bent on mastering the contouring game? Learn youthful contouring techniques from Clinique beauty counters (at SM Megamall, SM Mall of Asia, and Rustan’s), tailor fit for your face shape and facial features.
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