Into the gloss
Nadine Lustre is throwing a summer party—and everyone’s invited. On the menu: an array of beach-to-bar looks and her trademark candor on tap.
It’s about time we all gave her credit for it, because this month’s cover girl knows exactly what she’s doing. By simply being herself, Nadine Lustre has achieved something most of her contemporaries can only dream of coming close to: she’s successfully married her name with an aesthetic—one with the perfect mix of je ne sais quoi and undeniable distinction. “Very Nadine” is an apt description for every single thing she puts out, be it an Instagram post, a grand concert, or in the case of her latest creative venture, a makeup line in partnership with BYS. The Lustrous Collection, dripping in gold and adorned with tropical florals, is just as aesthetically pleasing as it is powerful. Waterproof, highly pigmented, and expertly curated, every piece in the collection will last you from dawn to dusk to after-hours, and looks equally pretty on Nadine, on you, and on your vanity table. Party favors, please?
how did you know that by swas the perfect partner for your beauty industry debut?
During our first meeting, BYS introduced me to all their products and presented their list of endorsers to me. My friend, Kiana [Valenciano], is also an endorser. I told her that BYS wanted to collaborate with me for this makeup line. She said, “Yeah, girl, do it! BYS is amazing. They have everything!”
What was the process of creating lustrous like? What were your roles in the partnership?
I created a mood board for the collection, then we discussed shades, the items I wanted to be part of the collection, and product names. We wanted to formulate makeup that I would personally want to use. I made sure that each product would fit my standards. For the packaging, I tapped my friend, Soleil Ignacio, to do the illustrations. I’m a fan of her work and she knows what I like. She gets my personality, and she was able to put all of that into the packaging.
Were there specific things you wanted for the line? What were the features you knew you weren’ t going to compromise?
This is the summer collection, so I wanted the products to be longlasting and waterproof. One of my problems when I go to the beach is that my eyebrows aren’t defined without product. That’s always my issue, or my mascara’s always smearing when I sweat, or I look pale in photos. Even when I’m at the beach, I still have to fix up. I know that when a lot of girls go to the beach, they think, “Oh no, I’m gonna lose my eyeliner!” Or their kilay, or whatever. So I wanted this collection to be able to help them with that.
What were your thoughts When you first tried the products?
I first got to try them at a shoot with my makeup artist, Jelly [Eugenio]. He loves them! They’re Jelly-approved, and that’s important! That’s how I know we created something really good.
Why did you choose to Launch these specific products for your first collection?
I didn’t include a base in this collection because when I’m on holiday, I just really want to give my skin some space to breathe. When you’re at the beach with a glowing tan, you wouldn’t want to cover it up.
Lipstick tends to feel too thick and sticky for the beach. The lip tint isn’t like that and won’t stick to straws when you drink your piña colada or buko juice. You can use the same product to add color to your cheeks. It stays on because it’s not powder based, so it won’t just melt off your face.
The eyeliners and eye shadow palettes are really for play. They’re both highly pigmented, so you don’t have to put a lot—one swipe and you’re good to go. They’re perfect for nights out at the beach when you just want to be a bit playful with your look but still look fresh and clean.
What are you most excited about, now that you’ re about to reveal the collection to everybody?
I’m excited for everyone to have their own Lustrous kit and take it to the beach and just be confident. What I noticed now is that a lot of girls aren’t comfortable in their own skin, and it’s important to me that I help all the girls who look up to me feel a little bit more confident—in any way I can. I’m not necessarily saying that you should wear makeup to feel confident. It’s not like that. Makeup is just a tool to enhance the way you look and the way
“IT’ S IMPORTANT TOME THAT I HELP ALL THE GIRLS WHO LOOKUP TOME FEEL A LITTLE BIT MORE CONFIDENT.”
you feel about yourself. It’s like confetti! Like sprinkling confetti on yourself. Makeup isn’t supposed to change how you look completely; it’s supposed to highlight all the best parts of your face and boost your confidence level in the process. It really does make you feel pretty. I had problems with my self-esteem when I was younger, but makeup helped change that.
It’s true that whenever you’re wearing makeup and you look at yourself in the mirror, you think “Hey, I look so good.” But at the end of the day, I know that deep down I’m still me. I am beautiful and I’ve learned to accept it.
What’sthemost important thing you’ ve had to learn growing up in this industry?
Acceptance. Because you’re not going to stop looking down on yourself if you don’t accept all the things na ayaw mong
tanggapin sa sarili mo, all the things you don’t like. I went through that stage growing up. I had a lot of things I didn’t like about myself, and I’d always feel insecure.
Everything follows when there are things you don’t like about yourself. You start doubting yourself and putting yourself down. I remember back when I used to go to VTRS, I would look at the girls lined up and think, they’re all mestiza, they’re all halfies, they all look good. We all know the standard here in the Philippines. Everyone likes fair-skinned girls. That’s what’s beautiful for us. When I was a kid, I had the same mentality. I would always wish my skin was white. I would wish I was a halfie. I would doubt myself and I would think that I wasn’t pretty enough, that people didn’t like me.
When I started accepting my flaws, my fears started to go away. I started believing in myself. I told myself, “You’re not mestiza, but you still look good. You’re still pretty. Everyone likes you.” All that kind of stuff. When you’re a teenager, it’s so easy to break you down because you’re still figuring everything out. I learned that the only way to free myself from worry and doubt is acceptance.
Everyone is beautiful. It just depends on how you look at yourself because beauty comes from within. If you think you’re beautiful, everything follows. It’s funny
kasi I have a lot of followers who look up to me and keep asking me how I do it. It’s really just accepting everything and being okay with who you are. That’s what the universe gave you, what God gave you. You should be happy and proud with what you have and just work with it. Say you don’t like your hair. Just work around it. You don’t have to stress about anything, just work on it. If you don’t like your body, just go to the gym; if you don’t like your skin, then take care of it—sleep early, have a healthy diet, drink lots of water. There is always a solution to every problem. You just have to look for it. You don’t need to put yourself down because you think you can’t do anything about it. That’s impossible! You can do whatever you want, change whatever you want, as long as you do it to improve yourself. Most people just give up. Don’t just give up. Work on it.
how did you deviate from theusualcookie-cutter image people expect celebrities to have? do you think social media helped you set yourself apart?
It’s simple: I’m just being myself. I’m not trying to be anyone else. I believe that everyone’s different. It’s just that you have to not be afraid to show who you really are. People look at me differently because I speak out. I’m unapologetic. That’s really me from the very beginning.
If you go and check my old posts on Instagram, I’ve always been me. Always taking photos—
ganoon talaga ako. That’s why I’m different, that’s why my Instagram is different, that’s why people think I’m different. I don’t like pretending. I can’t imagine wearing a mask when I’m out with other people and then being this type of person when I’m alone. That’s so hard! It’s tough to be two different people.
do you have any advice for anyone who wants to start building anything, be it a business, a brand, or a name for themselves?
You have to be smart. ‘Di puwede ‘yung susugod ka
na lang because you think it’s okay. Do your research, and think about where your hard-earned money is going. I have a lot of friends na naloko na sa business because they were reckless. I have friends na just because nilapitan
sila, they think it’s legit. We’re still young. When it comes to business, we’re still starting out. This is the age when we should experiment, but we have to be careful.
What’s the best part about beinga#girlboss?
The best part is I get to put all my creative ideas into all the brands I make. I make sure to put myself into whatever I do so that people can really feel and see that it’s a part of me. Our concert, for example, it was like that because of all our ideas. It was really our brainchild. It’s nice to put out stuff that really came from you.
“i’ m just being myself ... you have to not be afraid to show who you really are.”