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My name is Livia. I am a 20-something Filipina in the UK. I am a full-time doctor and my everyday makeup is pretty much 'my-face-but-better'. I do love getting dolled up and I wear the full works - foundation, eyeliner, mascara and blush. I have chubby oriental cheeks so contouring and highlighter are definite musts for me. Time is always of the essence in mornings though and I am proud to say that I have mastered my full face routine in 15 minutes or 10 minutes if I'm really pushing it... My friends and family always turn to myself and my sister for makeup and beauty advice and we are always keen to help. That's what The Skin and Beauty Blog is about, we're here to help you!
FOUNDATION SHADESBobbi Brown Skin Foundation in Warm Sand
Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation in 6.0 (a touch dark)
MAC Face and Body Foundation C3
MAC Pro Longwear Foundation NC25
MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus NC25
MUFE HD Foundation in 125
NARS Sheer Glow in Punjab
MOST IMPORTANT TOOL
That would be Shiseido Eyelash Curler. My oriental lashes are more often than not super straight and definitely need curling. I can get away with using just my fingers to apply most products.
FAVOURITE MAC PRODUCT
I would have to say my MAC Pro Longwear Foundation. This foundation is by far one of the most practical foundations I've tried. It dries quickly, covers just the right amount of skin I want making it look flawless, and wears for ages. I can wear this in hot humid environments and in my 13 hour shifts feeling safe that my foundation hasn't slipped off anywhere. It's incredible!
THE FIRST MAKEUP PRODUCT YOU FELL IN LOVE WITH
One of the first makeup products I remember falling inlove with is MAC Bombshell Lipstick. Its a frosty midtone pink lipstick that immediately lit up my very yellow-toned complexion. This was a treat from my mum while we were out traveling and I remember using it sparingly, in special occasions and in photoshoots. That was over 10 years ago... wow, time does fly!
FAVOURITE FACIAL FEATURE
My eyes. They're almond shaped and larger compared to most Oriental folk and I am often mistaken for having had blepharoplasty by fellow Asian friends! I take that as a compliment and I have my mum and my grandmum to thank for that.
IF YOU WERE RUSHING TO YOUR FAVOURITE PLACE IN THE WORLD WITH FIVE MINUTES TO PACK, WHICH THREE TOOLS OR PRODUCTS WOULD YOU GRAB? ALSO, WHERE ARE YOU GOING?
This is a tough question but I would reach out for Foundation, Mascara and Eyelash Curler. This makes for a flawless face. I would probably go to Paris, I just love French fashion so chic and elegant.
PRODUCT EVERY BOY OR GIRL SHOULD CARRY IN HIS OR HER BAG
Everyone needs to bring Aquaphor Healing Ointment or Vaseline in their bag. It makes for a good hand cream and even lip balm+gloss in a pinch.
FIRST MAKEUP MEMORY?
My earliest ever makeup memory was my mum applying her matte red lipstick on my lips and and dotting them on my cheeks followed by quick blending with her thumbs for an instant lip and blush before my Ballet recital. I was probably around four at this time, its an eternal memory etched in my mind. Watching her reflection as she applied makeup made me want to grow up like her too.
TOP SKINCARE TIP AND WHAT PRODUCTS DO YOU USE?
My top skincare tip is to remove all makeup before bed. Bedtime is the time for your skin to recover and regenerate from the day exposed to all sorts of pollutants. This also avoids makeup clogging your pores and reduces the chances of getting irritant contact dermatitis from long skin exposure to chemicals. I use Bioderma Crealine Sensibio H2O to remove most makeup followed by Avene Gentle Milk Cleanser. For waterproof makeup, I use Garnier 2in1 Eye & Face Make Up Remover.