WATCH: Denise Laurel and Bobbi Brown’s Felix Nguyen Talk Skin, Shimmer, and Beauty That Celebrates You
With her effortlessly lush set of brows beautifully framing her doe eyes and ever effervescent skin, you'd think Denise Laurel has only ever had flawless beauty episodes. But What we recently learned from her, though, is that even the smartest, most beautiful women go through beauty debacles, too.
"I was on this teen show and I had fallen asleep while they were doing my makeup. They shaved my eyebrows. Ever since then, ever since that day, I have never plucked or shaved my eyebrows or waxed them ever again," she candidly shared as she played a fun game of Q&A with Bobbi Brown's Asia Pacific Education and Artistry Manager, Felix Nguyen. Denise and Felix headlined a lovely exclusive brunch Bobbi Brown held last month, afterwhich they had a fun session playing with color at the brand’s SM Aura Premier boutique.
The actress' innate confidence and love for makeup are two things that have kept her beauty game strong since then.
"God doesn't make mistakes so whoever you are, you're a work of art and you're God's work of art," she enthused. "There's nobody else in the world like you out there, everybody has something beautiful about them—the moment you embrace what you have and you find beauty in it, you become the most lovable person in the world."
No doubt wise words from Denise, who is one of Bobbi Brown's local influencers this year (global counterparts include Olivia Palermo, Pony, and Patricia Bright). This multi-hyphenate makes for an ideal beauty, style, and life role model because not only is she a remarkable actress (both as a protagonist and an antagonist), she's also a very hands-on mom, and an opinionated woman. We love how she speaks her mind on and off cam!
We got up close and personal over brunch, as she and Felix shared their tried-and-tested beauty hacks and beloved products. One thing they're both obsessed with? Skin! Felix, who was here in the country for one of his regular training sessions for the brand's beauty consultants, is an advocate of fresh, au naturel skin.
"Use something that's water-based, like a hydrating gel or hydrating face cream and then a long-wear weightless foundation. This [the New Bobbi Brown Skin Long-Wear Weightless Foundation SPF 15] is lightweight. Skin's going to look like skin... it blends into your natural skin," he shared. "You don't look like you're wearing foundation—you look like you're fresh and happy. All day wear, all day smile."
Denise echoes the importance of skincare, sharing a hack she swears by: "I always like keeping my face clean. A lot of times when I'm feeling tired, before I put on my moisturizer (or after, it doesn't matter), I put ice on my face or get a towel and put it in cold water and just leave it on—it gives me a little push when I'm feeling tired and kinda kind of gives me a little glow."
With her penchant for flawless yet lightweight coverage, we weren't surprised to find out that the first ever Bobbi Brown product she used is the brand's original foundation.
"At that time, I was super tanned so I would use a 4 or a 4.5. My second Bobbi Brown product was a blusher, and then the third was the Shimmer Brick Compact."
The Shimmer Brick Compact has since been her go-to bronzer, not just for her face but for her body as well. She shares a practical tip to get that all-over fab glow: "Spray on water, brush on the Shimmer Brick Compact highlighter, and then just pat it down and it would look so natural."
On her days off from work, she likes keeping it simple with brows on fleek, some lip balm, and eyelashes aflutter. "I feel most confident because how I really look shines through—that's when I feel happiest with how I look."
Her fave “OG” (original), as she calls it, the Bobbi Brown foundation, puts her natural beauty center stage even more with the incredible innovation that is the New Skin Long-Wear Weightless Foundation SPF 15. The 16-hour waterproof formula is also sweat-and humidity-resistant and offers multidimensional matte coverage, reflecting light to enhance the skin's natural contours and dimension while concealing redness, discoloration, and pores. It also controls oil, hydrates your skin, and won't crease or streak, too.
The duo also trooped over to the Bobbi Brown free standing store in SM Aura, where Felix showed Denise just how to achieve lit-from-within-skin and a look that celebrates her unique beauty with the brand's hero products. Denise also got all excited over the Bobbi Brown Crushed Lip Color collection available in luscious hues. This innovative lipcolor will make you fall in love at first swipe as it glides smoothly on your pout, is long-wear, and has awesome color payoff.
Bobbi Brown and Denise couldn't be more of a perfect match, sharing the same inspiring perspective on beauty: Loving the skin you're in and being empowered by who you are.
Experience for yourself just how you can celebrate, you. Try Bobbi Brown's exciting range of products, including the New Skin Long-Wear Weightless Foundation SPF 15 for every skin tone and personal style. Head over to one of Bobbi Brown’s counters, stat, and avail of a free How-To makeup workshop to find your perfect foundation match. Get a free sample plus a chance to win a full size bottle of your shade when you subscribe to Bobbi Brown's e-newsletter.