If there’s one thing a cinematic villain is good at, it’s looking flawless: Dark lips and precise wing-tipped liner compose your signature look. But what if you don’t want to go full on teleserye kontrabida? Here are our key tips to wearing the most empowering piece of makeup in your arsenal.

1. Less is more


The most iconic kontrabidas wear not just one, but seven layers of foundation to achieve true porselana status. Well, there’s nothing worse than looking like an espasol at nine o'clock in the morning, so if you’re planning on amping up your look with a bold lip, skip the layers of foundation, contour, and liner and go as bare as you can! Fresh and clear skin is the simplest beauty secret there is—just a bit of nude eyeshadow and a little swish of mascara to brighten up the peepers will go perfectly with a deeply hued lipstick.

Skin correcting cream:

Try: Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream, Clinique, G/F SM Makati



Try: The Balm Manizer Sisters multi-purpose shadow and highlighter palette, Beauty Bar, G/F Power Plant Mall, Rockwell, Makati and Sephora.ph

FN Tip: Forego the blush and opt for translucent highlighter on your cheeks. The iridescent glow will make your skin look cleaner and fresher than ever.


2. Lip flecks are the enemy

Remember, you are not the enemy, but your dry skin is. Daily moisturizing and exfoliating will prep your canvas for that smooth, dark shade to glide on flawlessly.

Lip exfoliant:


Try: Lush Cosmetics Bubble Gum Lip Scrub, Lush, G/F, Greenbelt 3, Ayala Center, Makati

Lip moisturizer: 

Try: Human Nature Flavored Lip Balms, P79.75 each, at department stores

FN Tip: Can’t be bothered to splurge? Work a damp baby toothbrush in small, circular motions to help remove unwanted dry skin from your lips.


3. Make primer a priority


The best kontrabidas go from breakfast to cocktails without a tint of lipstick out of line. So, if you’ve got a long day but your lipstick isn’t long wearing, investing in a good lip primer will save you from those awkward spot checks with your phone camera. Darker shades hold best in matte form, but emollient lipsticks don’t have the staying power you need throughout the day.

Lip primer:

Try: Lumiere Organiceuticals Baume de Rose Lip Primer, at BeautyMNL

FN Tip: A layer of oil-free foundation works just as well and lasts as long as lipstick primer


4. Choose your clothing palette wisely

The Painter Jumpsuit shot by @jeanina Available at Áraw Showcase Sat 3rd Dec 2-6pm or online. (Link in bio)

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Most divas command attention by way of dress- like Catwoman, for example. The leather female femme fatale bodysuit is sexy, but a little too hot and inconvenient for days when you want to look great but feel comfortable. Opt for loose cuts in natural fabrics: neutrals and basics work wonders when accentuated with a dark lip.


Try: Araw Linen Jumpsuit, P4,300, at http://www.araw-araw.com/

FN Tip: Silicon nipple pads are your best friend!


5. Go for minimalist jewelry

In true kontrabida fashion, all content’s of one’s jewelry box or mana must be worn at all times to assert dominance and display wealth. It’s time to skip the faux accessories and invest in pared-down pieces suitable for daily wear. Elegant is the new timeless!

Try: Nami Sterling Silver Hoops, P3,590, at https://nami.ph/

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