Every day, we get questions from our customers about all things beauty. It could be anything, from which products we personally swear by to exactly how to use them for best results. So this week, the BeautyMNL Editors are answering a few inquiries that came in through the mail. By that, of course, we mean our email: sos@beautymnl.com. There’s no Q too big or too small, too strange or too simplistic, so keep ‘em coming, beautiful!


Olive: “How do I get rid of cakey makeup? Every time I apply BB cream or foundation it doesn’t look natural.”
ANSWER: There is a two-prong solution for caking, which involves 1) how you apply your foundation, and 2) how you refresh it throughout the day.

APPLICATION: First, use a primer to smooth out the texture of your skin. Second, apply only the necessary amount of foundation (not too much, or else it will look thick). Finally, stipple the foundation into your skin—meaning, use a quick bouncing motion to spread and blend the product. For best results, you’ll want to use an egg-shaped sponge, such as the Swan Egg Classic Blender, or a flat-top brush with densely-packed bristles. This will give you the easiest stipple and the most natural-looking end result.
TOUCHUPS: So, it’s grease ‘o’ clock? Remove excess oil with a blotting sheet instead of adding more powder. This freshens you up without disturbing your makeup. If you absolutely must powder your face, go for a finely-milled formula like Banila Co.’s Prime Primer Finish Powder. That way, you’ll never overdo it. Then, spritz your face with a finishing mist, like the Pixi Glow Mist. This will add a soft-focus effect to your makeup, thin out any noticeable streaks, and nip cakiness in the bud.

FOR APPLICATION: Benefit Porefessional Face Primer in 7.5mL, P700, 22mL, P1,800, and 44mL, P2,900, Swan Egg Classic Blender, P175, Nippon Esthetic Dome 6 Face Brush, P600 | FOR TOUCH-UPS: Leiania House Of Beauty TeaFresh Oil Blotting Paper, Pixi Glow Mist, P975, Banila Co. Prime Primer Finish Powder, 1,090


Nina: “What is the best skincare for large pores and oily skin?”
ANSWER: Large pores and oily skin usually come hand-in-hand, since sebum build-up in the pores causes them to expand. Most specialty skincare products will actually treat both at the same time.

FOR LARGE PORES: Focus on purification and deep cleansing. Large pores are more prone to blackheads and clogging, so going the extra mile to purge them is a must. Use a clay mask at least once a week to draw out deep-seated dirt. The clay clears out your pores by absorbing impurities and even provides gentle exfoliation when you rinse it off. Follow this up with a pore-minimizing toner. Why? The toner will visibly constrict the pores as well as kill surface bacteria.
FOR OILY SKIN: Now, on to the tricky part. While large pores are an aesthetic issue, oily skin is a functional issue. It requires way more than cleansing to alter the way your skin behaves. Actives are your best bet in this area. Look for serums or ampules specifically formulated for sebum control. Ideally, they should contain ingredients like Vitamin B, which polices sebum secretion and restores the skin’s moisture balance.

Disclaimer: even with all these products, you’re still bound to grease up. That’s just the luck of the draw, sadly! So carry a pack of blotting sheets at all times. It’s the oily girl’s secret weapon.

FOR LARGE PORES: Innisfree Super Volcanic Clay Mask, P800, VMV Hypoallergenics Fine Finish Skin Mattifier, P795 | FOR OILY SKIN: It’s Skin Power 10 Formula VB Effector, P599, Leiania House of Beauty TeaFresh Oil Blotting Paper, P135