It’s easy to think that the things other people won’t be able to see don't have to be of good quality; however, what’s beneath all the makeup and the fancy clothes are exactly what ties everything together. After all, if you don’t have a good base, you won’t be able to get premium results with whatever you cover it up with.
From foundation to underwear, here are “invisible” things that you normally wear that can actually help make you look sharper and well-put together.
1. The proper hair care products
Healthy hair can give your entire look an additional “oomph.” If your tresses are regularly air-dried while riding through smog-filled streets, then chances are they look pretty lifeless once you get to work. Cleanse and protect your hair and scalp with a shampoo-conditioner combo that reduces dryness and dullness.
TRY: Head and Shoulders Supreme Series with Moroccan Argan Crème, shampoo P150/170ml, P264/330ml, and conditioner P150/170ml
2. A serum that will help keep wrinkles at bay
As you slowly see signs of aging on your face, it’s best to keep a good, trusted serum in your beauty routine. Serums contain the best plant-based ingredients that can help revitalize your skin and help with cell regeneration.
TRY: Clarins Double Serum, available at The Beauty Source in Rustan’s in Makati, Shangri-La, Alabang Town Center and Cebu
3. Moisturizer that won’t get you oily
Dewy is one thing, oily is another. Putting on light moisturizer can immediately hydrate and plump up your skin without making you look hulas.
TRY: Eau Thermale Avène Hydrance Optimale Light Hydrating Cream, P1,334, available at Watsons
4. Light foundation that will last you the entire day
Your base can make or break your look. If your foundation can’t stand pollution and sweat, then you may end up looking really patchy, and worse, it may even cause your makeup to smear. Get one with a light formulation that instantly blends into your skin tone, minimizes oxidation, and keeps everything in place from dawn ‘til dusk.
TRY: Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Ultra-Longwear Foundation, P2,350, available in 20 shades at The Beauty Source in Rustan's Makati, Shangri-La, Gateway, Alabang Town Center and Cebu
5. Concealer that doesn’t cake
You may have flawless foundation, but that does nothing if your concealer gets really cakey and crack-y. You’d want something that easily blends seamlessly, hides those dark circles or red dots, and allows your skin to breathe.
TRY: Benefit Hydrating Concealer, P1,300, available at BeautyMNL and at Benefit stores
6. Feminine wash you're hiyang with.
You should never neglect to give your vagina the same care you give the rest of your body. Pick a feminine wash that’s gentle and won’t disturb the natural pH balance of your intimate area.
TRY: Human Nature Feminine Wash in Chamomile Fresh P49.75/ml, P149.75/200ml and in Chamomile Cool or Powder Cool P54.75/50, P156.75/200ml, available at Human Nature
7. Underwear that gives support but does not hamper your movement.
Don’t belittle the power of the right bra! Wearing something that fits you just right will improve the form of the shirt or blouse you’re planning to wear.
TRY: Avon Fashions Simonette Underwire Push-Up T-Shirt Brassiere and Willow Underwire Breathable Brassiere in nude, available at Avon.ph
8. A body shaper that gives your tummy a lift
You know how your puson sometimes feels heavy? Body shapers are a great way to get that snug, pulled-up feeling. Plus, they make your silhouette look sleeker!
TRY: Body Shaper High Rise Calf Shorts, P590, available at Uniqlo