Fashion and Beauty

The skinny on celebrities' beauty secrets

STYLE S.O.S. - Lucy Torres-Gomez, Rissa M. Samson, Tingting Cojuangco -

Dear Lucy,

What do celebrities use on their skin? On TV, their shoulders, bare arms, and legs look shimmery but not oily. What is the secret?


It’s no secret at all! What most personalities on TV do is first, slather on some lotion liberally, after which they dust on some glimmer powder lightly. Some opt to mix loose glimmer powder with lotion before applying it on their skin. Personally, I prefer the former. I use a light non-greasy lotion and then I use ArtDeco Glam Couture Powder Brush (available at Rustan’s Essenses). I love that it is a brush that already comes loaded with glimmer powder so it is ready to use anytime and it is not messy at all. You can even slip it in your bag for a quick touch-up.


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All Eyes On Waterproof, Sweatproof Eyeliners

Dear Rissa, 

I love eyeliners and I’ve been looking for one that stays put. I’ve tried a handful of brands, but I haven’t been happy with them. They always smudge, especially in our humid weather. I’m also not very happy with waterproof liquid eyeliners because they create a harsh line. I prefer the softer line a pencil creates. Please recommend a brand that is sweatproof and waterproof.


I suggest you try Make Up For Ever’s Aqua Eyes Waterproof Eyeliner Pencils. Make Up For Ever (available at Marionnaud, SM Mall of Asia, Shangri-La Plaza Mall, SM City The Block) is popular for their waterproof range of products. Their waterproof eyeliner pencils come in 20 deep and bright shades like matte black, burgundy, purple, fuchsia pink, majorelle blue, and pistachio. They even offer trendy metallic shades such as gold, silver, and copper— perfect for this fashion season. I’ve tried Make Up For Ever’s waterproof eyeliner pencils and I must say the color really stays in place even in the most extreme conditions — underwater, while sweating and, yes, even in our humid climate. Unlike other eyeliner pencils, this one glides smoothly on your lids without any tugging or pulling feeling. Its ingredients include film-forming polymers that result in longer wear. Jojoba wax ensures creamy application while cotton bud oil softens the skin and combats dryness. And since I have bad eyesight and wear contact lenses, other eye products easily irritate my eyes. But Make-Up For Ever’s Aqua Eyes Waterproof Eyeliner Pencils are dermatologically and ophthalmologically tested so it’s safe to use even for contact lens wearers or those with sensitive eyes. 


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Top Lip Tips

Dear Tingting,

When did you start applying lip color? I didn’t try lip colors until I graduated from college because I needed to dress up and make myself presentable when I started looking for a job. I don’t have good lips, they’re kind of dry and dark around the outer lines. I don’t know what color of lip makeup to wear and how to I care for my lips. Help!

Salve M.

Everyone wants full, juicy, desirable lips, but some of us are not blessed with naturally beautiful lips. But don’t despair! Learn the tricks of the trade to help your lips become attractive.

Since you have dark lip outlines, I presume you’re  morena. A soft glimmer of lip color in the brownish shade will harmonize with your complexion. Aveeno Lip Balm with or without lip color is one of the essentials you should always carry with you. It’s available in sticks and tubes.

Lipsticks come in variety of colors. The color to chose should harmonize not only with the rest of your makeup but also with your attire and skin color. Soft colors such as pink, mauve, and peach are suited for pale skin while vibrant shades of brown and gold are suited for darker skin. To make the color stay longer, the lips must be dry and clean when applying anything. Use colors according to your skin and age. Lipstick containing more benzene may cause darkness of the lips.

Lip liner or a lip-lining pencil is used to outline the lips. With the lip liner, you can make the lip appear thinner or fuller or you can draw an uplifted corner if your lips droop. Thus, it gives the lips a perfect shape and then fills up your lips with a slightly lighter shade.

And here are some lip tips:

• Mix one tablespoon cranberry  juice with two tablespoons Vaseline for a delicious home-made lip balm.

• Apply the juice of lemon skin to prevent darkening of lips.

• Massage lips with coriander leaf juice for a soft feel and rosy appeal.


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