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.

Cosmopolitan (Philippines) - - Contents - by bianca Mascenon Pho­tog­ra­phy by Dookie Du­cay shot on lo­ca­tion at cove Manila

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


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.”

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