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Power Pinay-Inspired Beauty Picks For Celebrating Your Individuality As A Woman

“Always suffer for beauty, but smile in the process,” says an old adage—but why even subject yourself to any form of suffering or even any inconvenience in the name of beauty, when you can enjoy your journey every step of the way? Having a good grasp of what works and what doesn’t work for you—taking into consideration your skintone and beauty archetype—is a must yet getting to that point isn’t always a breeze. The good news is we’re here to save you from all the trial-and-error: We’ve compiled a guide to help you achieve your most powerful look, no matter your complexion or lifestyle.


Morena, mestiza, chinita, fair-skinned—whichever among these you classify yourself under, remember that you are uniquely beautiful; there’s no skin color that’s superior than the other, and we have got to celebrate this gorgeous truth! Take your beauty cue from these inspiring power Pinays this Women’s Month and embrace and flaunt your individuality:



L-R: Jane Iredale PurePressed Eye Shadow in Pink Quartz, Hugo Boss The Scent For Her Eau de Parfum, Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Ultra-Longwear Foundation, Perricone MD No Blush Blush, Max Factor False Lash Epic Mascara, NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil


Bianca Gonzalez

This poster girl for Filipina morena beauty keeps her look natural. But two things she likes to always be on point? Her brows and her lips. Full and lush brows are her signature, which further make her round eyes pop. Another thing Bianca is also totally crazy about? Statement lips! She loves swiping on bright lippie shades, and even deep intense hues. Smooth, glowing morena skin that isn’t buried underneath layers of foundation make for the perfect canvas for a play on colors.

Get the look: The NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil is a key addition to any morena’s beauty arsenal! Available in sizzling hot new shades for the summer, this long-lasting lippie packs in the color in its lightweight formulation. The Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Ultra-Longwear Foundation takes care of your skin while letting it breathe! For fluffy lashes, go for the Max Factor False Lash Epic Mascara. Dab some light hues on your lids (Jane Iredale PurePressed Eye Shadow in Pink Quartz) and your cheeks (Perricone MD No Blush Blush) just to add a bit of color while staying true to your innate morena glow. Spritz on Hugo Boss The Scent For Her Eau de Parfum to seal your charmingly classic look.




L-R: OPI Infinite Shine 2 in She Went On And On And On, Sisley Paris Perfect Lip Liner in Fushia, Clarins Waterproof Eye Pencil, Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Best, Narsissist Wanted Eyeshadow Palette


Maxene Magalona

You’d often see Maxene playing up her chinita eyes via the wing tip, cat’s eye, and volumized lashes. Not one to wear too much color, the newlywed Mrs. Mananquil keeps her makeup techniques strategic, highlighting one or two facial features at a time and keeping everything else low-key for an effortlessly fabulous look. Pink is one of this Hello Kitty lover’s favorites hues, and this translates to fresh placements of color on her face, either on her cheeks, lids, or lips.

Get the look: Pick your pink poison, Miss Chinita: Make your lips poppin’ with the Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Best and Sisley Paris Perfect Lip Liner in Fuchsia combo or sweep some rosy shades on your lids for a whimsical feel. Bright pink nails using the OPI Infinite Shine 2 in She Went On And On And On are easy on the eyes and will do wonders if you want a powerful pick-me-up. Don’t forget your trusty black Clarins Waterproof Eye Pencil, paired with the glam colors in the Narsissist Wanted Eyeshadow Palette if you want to boost the prettiness of your gaze.




 L-R: NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation, Max Factor Healthy Skin Harmony Miracle Foundation, Perricone MD No Foundation Foundation.


L-R: NARS Orgasm Blush in Gaiety, Stila Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow in Kitten Karma, Jane Iredale Smooth Affair for Eyes in Lemon, Perricone MD No Eyeshadow Eyeshadow, Max Factor Contouring Eye Shadows in Golden Nudes, Perricone No Mascara Mascara, Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour in Fog, NARS Velvet Shadow Stick in Belle-Ile


Megan Young

Megan proves to us that achieving a beauty queen glow isn’t rocket science! While she loves trying out different beauty techniques, she just looks amazing with highlighted/strobed skin and dusky eyes. A healthy, flawless base is essential to any makeup look, so pick a foundation formulation and shade that’s your skin’s match made in heaven. A sweep of metallic here and there levels up your glow without that trying-hard vibe.

Get the look: Three foundation sensations you just gotta check out? The Perricone MD No Foundation Foundation Serum—it has optimum skincare properties but light coverage so your skin truly gets the best service; the Max Factor Healthy Skin Harmony Miracle Foundation, which gives your complexion that irresistibly beautiful lit-from-within radiance and makes it silky to the touch; and the NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation (lasts up to 16 hours!) that brings out your natural glow while downplaying imperfections. Shimmer sticks or metallic eyeshadow palettes (Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour in Fog, NARS Velvet Shadow Stick in Belle-Ile, Stila Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow in Kitten Karma) turn you from fresh-faced beauty to party- or date-ready. If you want to expand your arsenal of eye makeup looks, you’ll surely fall in love with the Max Factor Contouring Eye Shadows    in Golden Nudes, the Perricone No Mascara Mascara, and the Jane Iredale Smooth Affair for Eyes in Lemon. As for your cheeks? You won’t be able to get enough of how the NARS Orgasm blush in Gaiety will make them pop nicely.



L-R: Stila Convertible Color Dual Lip and Cheek Cream in Petunia, Perricone MD No Bronzer Bronzer, NARS Liquid Blush Orgasm in Torrid


Kim Jones

Mestizas aren’t afraid of the sun! As they enjoy their travels and adventures under the sun, they get rewarded not just with nice memories but with a natural sunny glow. Kim Jones, proudly mestiza yet perhaps all too familiar with the desire for a fab tan year-round, achieves the “beachy look” whenever she wants with helpful beauty allies like bronzer, peachy products, and some light rosy shades. It’s really no wonder she always looks effortlessly beach goddess-like, even if she’s been in the city longer than the seaside at a time.

Get the look: Perricone MD No Bronzer Bronzer is the most lightweight bronzer that gives the right amount of color payoff that’s out there. The NARS Liquid Blush Orgasm in Torrid will make you relive your effervescent beach trips, while the Stila Convertible Color Dual Lip and Cheek Cream in Petunia is an oh so wonderful cheek product that mimics that sunkissed glow—combine both for a total beach goddess vibe.



Happy Women’s Month, gorgeous Pinay! Always remember that no matter your skin color, you’re a force to reckon with—never ever be afraid to show the world how fearfully and wonderfully made you are. Wield the power of makeup wisely: It’s not about changing your look, but celebrating the skin you’re in! Head over to Rustan’s The Beauty Source for your fill of the best products that would make your beauty journey truly one for the books.



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