I wake up every day at 4:00 or 5:00AM. I sleep very early since I’m most productive in the morning. I usually paint a little, and then I walk my dog Snaps.
After that, I have my morning coffee while I answer emails and get started on work. Instant coffee is the best! I also love iced coffee: Starbucks Caramel Macchiato, Single Origin Salted Caramel Latte, or Toby’s Flat White.
My morning skincare routine is pretty simple. I use Shiseido Ibuki to wash my face, Cure Natural Aqua Gel to exfoliate, Shiseido Ibuki Softening Concentrate to tone, and then Bioré Aqua Rich Sunscreen. I like using the Aqua Gel for exfoliating, since it’s very gentle. Exfoliating used to be such a chore for me, but with this I don’t have to deal with the process being abrasive.
If I’m in a rush, I skip the toner and exfoliator. If I have a lot of time to get ready, I add a serum to my facial routine. I have a lot of faves, like Estée Lauder Nutritious Essence and the Kiehl’s one for spots. I also go for whatever new serum I have on hand to try.
I wash my hair with shampoo every couple of days unless I’m playing tennis. I don’t want to strip my hair of too much oil; on the other hand, I get an oily scalp if I don’t wash often enough. So it’s a balancing act! I regularly use Kracie Himawarie Shampoo, ￼Zenutrients Gugo Strengthening Conditioner (I have the shampoo of this, too), and Pantene 3-Minute Miracle, which I apply every three days for hairfall control.
My body care is much, much simpler. I just wash with Lux Magical Spell in the shower. Then I condition my skin with Nivea Body Serum and my scrub of the moment. That’s it!
I work from home, so I only wear makeup if I need to do anything outside of the house. My go-to look typically involves neutral eyes and a pop of color on my lips. That’s what I wear for meetings and casual stuff, like coffee and lunch.
Unlike a lot of girls, I don’t have a set of go-to products, as I always choose what’s newest in my collection. But the products I seem to pick up constantly because they never fail me are Shiseido Spot-Control Foundation and NARS Luminous Weightless Foundation, K-Palette Zero Kuma Eyeliner, and NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer.
Never, ever forget the brows! Some of my go-tos: Pixi Brow Powder Palette in Shades of Brows, K-Palette Eyebrow Mascara in 102, and Etude House Drawing EyeBrow in Brown.
￼I also love my fragrances. I always pick up Jo Malone Blueberry & Bay, DKNY Be Delicious, or Estée Lauder Modern Muse. For an event, I’d wear something really striking, like the Elie Saab EDP.
When I wear nail polish (which is not often), I go for Girl Stuff. So cheap and good! I like very dark shades like purples and teals as well as neutral colors.
OUT AND ABOUT
This will surprise you, but I don’t actually bring much makeup out of the house besides powder and lipstick.
Go-to lipsticks? Oh, gosh—I like the Happy Skin Lip & Cheek Mousse in Laugh Always and Fall in Love. I love jumbo lip crayons like NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Descanso and Pixi Tinted Brilliance Balm in Soft Sienna. I also like Bobbi Brown Lip Tint in Bare Pink and Lunasol’s Creamy Mocha lipstick.
For retouching, I do like L’Oréal powder foundations, but honestly, I just bring whatever is lying around!
I only use my Laura Mercier Loose Powder to set my makeup the moment I’ve finished applying it at home. It can get messy for retouching, and I’d rather leave my kikay kit behind!
I only retouch once or twice, depending on how long I’m out. I always make sure that my eye makeup is immovable. Using eyeshadow primer like NARS Pro-Prime really helps. So does applying powder on the bottom lids and outer corner of the eyes. This keeps my eye makeup from smearing as the powder kind of corrals the product in.
My sunscreen has a really high SPF content (SPF50!), so I don’t have to reapply. I’m not often out in the sun, anyway. I also make sure to spray my perfume on all my pulse points and on my clothes so that the smell stays for a long time.
HOME AND AWAY
Even though I work from my house, I do go to a lot of meetings and events so the time I get home really depends on my itinerary for the day. I finish my “desk work” in my studio at around 1:00PM, and then I usually have a meeting or an event (or both!) in the afternoon—also part of the job.
If I’m going to an event, I wear heavier eye makeup and lipstick and contour my face. Oh, and I’m very low maintenance when it comes to hair. Unless I’ve made an appointment for a blowout, I just air-dry it.
Ideally, I should be back home by around 6:00 or 7:00 in the evening. My makeup removal process involves a cleansing wipe (Nivea, Cetaphil, or Burt’s Bees) paired with a couple pumps of my Bifesta micellar makeup remover. Micellar water feels just like regular water but cleanses extremely well because of the oil suspended in the liquid. A good one shouldn’t sting your eyes or even taste like anything if it gets into your mouth.
For eye makeup, I find that an oily makeup remover is best for me since it’s the quickest way to get all the gunk out of there. If I’m wearing waterproof products, I pour Bifesta Eye Makeup Remover on a cotton pad and press it against my eyelids until the makeup dissolves.
Have I ever made the mistake of sleeping in my makeup? Yes, I have—but I end up being subconsciously disgusted with myself, so I always wake up a few hours after. LOL! I’ll remove my makeup in the middle of the night if I have to.
My evening skincare routine is very similar to my morning routine. After I remove my makeup, I wash my face with Shiseido Ibuki or Shiseido Perfect Whip Facial Foam, apply the softener, and then reach for my moisturizer of the moment. Right now it’s Gel De La Mer, but I like a lot.
I may sometimes use a serum like the Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution if I feel like it. Serums contain more concentrated amounts of an active ingredient compared to, say, a moisturizer. Using just moisturizer to hydrate is fine, but if you deal with a particular skin issue, like blemishes, I highly recommend using a serum to target it.
For me, consistency is really the key to getting good skin, so applying the whole shebang even when you’re super tired is already an achievement. No secret there. But I do have a trick for preventing puffy eyes. I place a tablespoon in my fridge for five minutes, and then I press the freezing cold spoon over my eyelids to soothe and drain the puffiness away. It should only take about 30 seconds per eye.
After a long, tiring day, sheet masks are the best! I love Leaders InSolution masks to death. The bio-cellulose ones are my favorites, any of the four variants—tomato, broccoli, orange, or blueberry.
I sleep with wet hair sometimes. I guess the worse that can happen is for your pillow and pillowcase to develop bacteria in them due to the moist environment created by your wet hair. But if you wash your cases and pillows often enough, that shouldn’t be a problem.
To fall asleep, I normally just read a book—I may watch cartoons if I’m not currently reading anything. Nowadays it’s Three Body Problem by Cixyn Lu. After six hours of beauty sleep, I’m golden!
Photography: Jonas Asistio & Ronan Espadero. Makeup: Liz Lanuzo. Art Direction: Erika Gue. Lighting: Ronan Espadero. Sittings Editor: Stephanie Castillo.
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