You don’t have to bring your entire beauty drawer in your bag. Aside from the fact that you won’t really use everything, all those products are also pretty heavy and could give you shoulder and back pains. So if you’re wondering which ones to bring and which ones to leave at home, here are a few suggestions that can get you through the day. The secret? Keep your skin clean and pick multi-tasking and long-lasting products.


Micellar wipes

Micellar wipes aren’t just gentle on your skin. They’re also great for cleansing when you need to put on makeup on the fly, and work well for removing makeup at the end of the day.


TRY: Simple Kind to Skin Micellar Wipes, P299 at BeautyMNL and in beauty counters



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A multi-functional base

For your base, a tinted moisturizer with broad spectrum SPF is a great investment.

TRY: NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer with Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen, P2,500, available at Rustan’s Beauty Source

Eyeshadow that doubles as a liner

Actually, the dark shades in your eye shadow palette can work as a liner if you aren’t really into defined wings, but you can also opt to get eyeliner and shadow sticks that can do twice the work in half the time. Eyeliner and shadow sticks only require a bit of quick smudging before the product actually sets, so you may want to bring a small sponge-tip brush with you, or simply use a clean ring finger to do it.



TRY: Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour, P1,250, available at BeautyMNL (upon restocking) and Rustan’s Beauty Source


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Tried-and-tested eyebrow pencil

We know how hard it is to find kilay products that really make you look good, so once you find an eyebrow pencil that suits you, best stick with that and stock it up—get one for your home and one for your kikay kit. After all, kilay is life.


TRY: K-Palette 1 Day Tattoo Lasting 3-Way Eyebrow Pencil, P795, available at Beauty Bar

Natural-looking blush

Mousse and cream blushes are great if you want to get that youthful and slightly sun-kissed look. If you want a bit of K-beauty appeal, then apply a nice apricot or a soft rosy shade on your cheekbones and right beneath your eyes in a circular pattern.


TRY: Revlon Insta-Blush in Rose Gold Kiss and Candy Kiss, P575, available in beauty counters


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Long-lasting lipsticks

We suggest that you bring two lipstick shades (yes, ladies, just stick with two): One for daytime and one for night. Nudes and MLBBs are great for looking fresh while the sun’s up, but if you want a bit of drama as dusk settles, go for deep reds and plums.



TRY: Avon Perfectly Matte Lipsticks, P379, available at

A reliable mattifying powder 

Fight the shine with a quick touch-up using a mattifying powder that can immediately make you look fresh.


TRY: L'Oreal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Face Powder, P600, available at the Official L'Oreal Store on Lazada and beauty counters



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