Doe eyes, full lips, beautiful kilay, and a smooth complexion—Bela Padilla certainly lives up to the European translation of her name! Up until now, we had been dying to know just how the actress achieves her naturally flawless lewk. So, we spoke to her trusted beauty bestie Joshen Vahn Lee, who is no stranger to the world of hair and makeup.
Joshen bagged his first celebrity client in 2010, and was soon absorbed by the production team of ABS-CBN. While it’s common for people like Joshen to get assigned to a bunch of artistas for their projects (JM De Guzman, Ina Raymundo, Sue Ramirez, and Zanjoe Marudo are among his valued clients), working with Bela happened by chance. “Bela usually does her own makeup. But I offered to help her with her hair one taping day, and she asked if I could cover her eyebags. That’s how I started.”
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That fateful touch up quickly blossomed to a solid friendship, which he was also more than happy to divulge!
1. What techniques do you apply for Bela's everyday look? And what products do you use?
"Our routine is pretty simple. I use Make Up Forever's Ultra HD foundation for her base and top it off with Chanel loose powder. She likes mineral make up so we use Tarte Cosmetics blush on. Her brows are naturally thick so we usually use brow gel just to keep it in place and then lengthen it a little with K-Palette or Anastasia’s brow pot. Since she played a simple house wife in My Dear Heart [we opted for] lip tint and tarte lipstick for a natural color."
2. What's Bela's personal favorite makeup look?
"She usually goes for the no-makeup look. And she never does smokey eyes. But when she wants to look good for special events, we go for matte red lipstick. She’s also very particular with pegs for her roles because she wants to stay true to [character]. I get excited when she accepts films; I read her scripts and we plan her looks together."
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3. Best tips to keep eyebrows groomed like Bela's?
"Like I said, she has naturally thick brows. We cut and pluck when necessary but still keep them thick. The best tip I can give to achieve her brows is to find brow pens or gels that are long lasting and about a shade or two lighter than your hair color. Also, don’t forget to seal with clear brow gel. The more natural looking, the better!"
4. How's it like working with Bela?
"Bela and I have the same sense of humor so we clicked right away. I accept her movie projects even if we barely sleep in between taping days [because] it’s such a breeze working with her. Bela turned out to be my best friend in the short time we’ve known each other. We have so many twinning moments! One of us usually says a word, and we both get it, then end up laughing about it more than we should. We’ve known each other for six months but it feels like 10 years. We’re both very open to each other in the most positive sense."
5. What makes Bela's skin nice? Does she have any skincare secrets?
"We taped and shot [My Dear Heart] everyday, so I usually told her to put ice on her skin before we started applying makeup. She also likes washing her makeup off during our dinner breaks to make her skin breathe."
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