Who knows beauty better than a beauty queen? In her first ever Vogue video feature, Catriona Gray shows us a thing or two about makeup and skincare. Here’s what we learned from the current reigning Miss Universe!

HACK 1: USE A GREEN-TINTED PRODUCT TO HIDE REDNESS


CATRIONA: “I like to use it around my nose and also places where I get dry and red, because the green helps combat that redness.”

In skincare, redness is one of the hardest things to treat because there are so many factors that can cause it: your skin’s natural temperament, hot weather, the food and alcohol you consume, or acne for example. Catriona’s quick fix? Use a green-tinted product—be it cream or primer—to reduce the color. Worn under the makeup, the green tint will visibly cancel out red undertones and give you a more even-toned canvas for your base.

TRY: Australis Colour Clique CC Primer in Miss Ivy, P595. Shop it here.

HACK 2: ALWAYS END YOUR SKINCARE ROUTINE WITH A GOOD LIP BALM


CATRIONA: “This is the good old Papaw ointment I’ve been using since high school; it’s just on the lips.”

If your lip care isn’t part of your beauty routine by now, it’s time to give your dry, chapped pout a little more TLC. For extra nourishment, trade in chapstick for an all-around healing ointment. And there’s no better option than our (and Catriona’s) forever go-to: the cult-fave Lucas Papaw! This iconic Australian formula is known for healing everything from chapped lips to rashes and even minor burns. Most of us girls at BeautyMNL HQ keep a tube in our purse at all times—seriously.

TRY: Lucas Papaw Soothing Ointment (25g), P599. Shop it here.

HACK 3: BAKE YOUR UNDEREYES TO SET CONCEALER AND CATCH FALLOUT


CATRIONA: “Underneath the eyes, I am going to bake, also because this is gonna catch the fallout from my eyeshadow.”

Baking first came into the spotlight thanks to Kim Kardashian’s makeup artist, but it’s a technique that’s been a long-time practice for drag queens. All you have to do is pack on a thick layer of powder over the area you want to bake, leave it to set for at least ten minutes, then brush off the excess. You’d be surprised at how much this simple hack can achieve: it extends the wear-time of your makeup, mattifies the skin, smoothens out pores, and adds a subtle highlight without any shimmer.

TRY: Banila Co. Prime Primer Hydrating Finish Powder, P1,150. Shop it here.

HACK 4: THICKEN YOUR LASH LINE WITH BROWN EYELINER


CATRIONA: “I’m just going to accentuate my lashline, it’s like the base of my liquid [liner]. I feel like when I go in straight with my liquid, it’s so stressful because once it’s on, it’s on.”

Eyeliner isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but Catriona shows you can still enhance your eyes in a way that’s practically imperceptible. All you have to do is run a brown pencil liner across your upper waterline, right where your eyelashes grow out. This will fill in any gaps and create the illusion of denser lashes and bigger eyes. Using a brown liner instead of black also delivers a softer, more natural look. Easy peasy!

TRY: K-Palette Real Lasting Eye Pencil in Natural Brown, P795. Shop it here.

HACK 5: USE LASH GLUE TO KEEP BROW HAIRS IN PLACE


CATRIONA: “I’ll put a little bit on my hand and then, getting a spoolie … I’m gonna brush it through my brows and it’ll make it stay all day. I swear!”

Got big, bushy, unruly brows? According to Catriona, lash glue works wonders for keeping strands in place. Simply use a clean spoolie to brush a bit of product over your brows and let the glue do its job. It even adds texture your strands for more dimension and a natural finish. If you ever forget your brow-cara on a trip, you know what to do!

TRY: Callas Lash Adhesive, P398. Shop it here.

CREDIT: Images via @catriona_gray and Vogue.

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