REAL BRIDE, REAL BEAUTY

STEPHANIE MARTINEZ

Wedding Essentials - - BEAUTY, WELLNESS, AND GROOMING - Pho­to­graphs FRAN­CIS PEREZ Words LUCCI CANLAS Makeup SARI CAM­POS for MAKEUP FOR­EVER Hair EDDIEMAR CABILTES Robe LA TER­CERA

THE BRIDE

Steph and her fi­ance, Anjo, are in the busi­ness of help­ing peo­ple achieve a healthy life­style through a ven­ture called Su­per Smooth­ies. It’s a de­liv­ery ser­vice of pre-por­tioned fruits, veg­gies, and su­per­foods used for blend­ing smooth­ies. And since their HQ is lo­cated in her home, most of her time is spent here.

“I have a lot of free time so what I like to do is watch Net­flix and Youtube (beauty-re­lated videos mostly!), take care of our new puppy Poco, clean my house, and do home work­outs like yoga and HIIT. You can say that I’m a com­plete home buddy!” shares Stef.

To achieve her ev­ery­day nat­u­ral glow, her beauty rou­tine in­cludes a mild cleanser, toner, mois­tur­izer, and sun­screen. She doesn’t ap­ply makeup ev­ery day be­cause she stays at home most of the time. But when­ever she goes out, she likes to put on a nat­u­ral make-up look with loose pow­der, blush, eye­brow pen­cil and mas­cara.

THE LOVE STORY

Love lurked for a lit­tle while be­fore re­veal­ing it­self to this cou­ple. Though Steph and Anjo were ac­quain­tances in col­lege and were work­mates right af­ter grad­u­a­tion, they were not close be­cause they hung out with dif­fer­ent sets of friends.

But when her sis­ter—who also hap­pened to be the girl­friend of Anjo’s close friend—set them up for a date, their love story be­gan to flour­ish. Ap­par­ently, they both se­cretly had a crush on each other and from this date for­ward, they de­vel­oped a fond­ness for each other.

“My fi­ancé and I love to do sim­ple things to­gether like eat­ing out, work­ing out, watch­ing Net­flix and just hang­ing out in our house. He’s dif­fer­ent from all the other guys I’ve dated be­fore – he’s car­ing, pa­tient, un­der­stand­ing, funny and smart. What I love the most about him is that he is an ex­tremely malamb­ing per­son even if I ig­nore him most of the time. He just makes me feel spe­cial and loved ev­ery sin­gle day,” says Stef.

And when the time came to pop the magic ques­tion, Anjo made it into a sweet sur­prise by bring­ing her to their old of­fice where they first worked to­gether. He played his gui­tar and sang Ed Sheeran’s “Per­fect” while a video of their pho­tos flashed on the back­ground. Stef thought that this ges­ture was for their 3rd an­niver­sary, but lit­tle did she know that he’ll pro­pose at that mo­ment.

THE LOOK

For their wed­ding, Stef wanted to look sim­ple, fresh, and nat­u­ral—with em­pha­sis on her eyes. She liked to have flushed cheeks, shim­mery neu­tral eyes with a touch of rose gold to match her en­gage­ment ring.

For the shoot, Sari Cam­pos for Make Up For­ever Philip­pines cre­ated a very light, glow­ing and nat­u­ral, no make-up look, high­light­ing her eyes with soft, smokey shades.

“I chose this look for Steph be­cause I felt like she did not need a lot of makeup to bring out her nat­u­ral beauty. I en­hanced and high­lighted her best fea­tures to cre­ate a soft look that would best suit her,” shares Sari.

For her hair, Eddiemar Cabiltes made a full brush updo with loose soft curls. He chose this hair­style for Stef to add height or vol­ume, and cre­ate a bal­anced­look with her oval face shape. He also added ten­drils to soften the look.

With glow­ing skin, nat­u­ral brows, rosy cheeks, dra­matic eyes, and mod­ern hair­style, Stef looked dreamy and ready to walk down the aisle.

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