Full name: Maria Celine Gabriel Lim, co-founder, ARC Public Relations Inc.; co-designer, Gabriel*Martel Bags
You handle and work closely with a lot of makeup artists. What are the best makeup tips and advice you’ve received?
I actually don’t use much makeup, which is funny considering I’ve been living and breathing beauty and fashion for years. I do, however, have these amazing tips I picked up from working with the best artists in the country:
1. Less is more. Choose to highlight your eyes or your lips, never both.
2. The best makeup in the world can’t hide bad skin, so invest in your skincare.
3. Perfectly groomed eyebrows make a big difference.
4. Your lips need SPF, too.
5. There’s a perfect shade of red lipstick for everyone. Own it!
A lot of makeup artists say that the key to nice makeup is a good base. What do you recommend?
For my face, I use Shu Uemura SPF mousse makeup base. For my eyes, Make Up Factory’s light reflecting concealer. I love Carmex lip balm for my lip base.
Your favorite scent?
Jo Malone fragrances.
Your secret to fabulously clear and glowing skin?
I sleep early and I don’t smoke. But more than anything, my best not-so-secret weapon is my dermatologist, Dr. Sherwin Llego. I love him. His clinic is at Makati Med, and he has really done wonders for my extremely sensitive skin. I’ve introduced him to some of my good friends and now they’re fans, too.
How do you maintain nice skin?
I visit Dr. Sherwin Llego once a month for skin treatments. I trust him so I just go with whatever he recommends. I also go to the sauna thrice a week; it’s a great way to detox from the pollutants in our environment.
How do you spend your holidays?
My husband Matt and I travel a lot. We love to explore new places. We’ve got ants in our pants and we feel stifled if we stay in the city too long. Matt and I have been to a lot of amazing places in and out of the country and we’re always thinking about where our next adventure will be.
What or who inspires you?
I find inspiration in a lot of people and things. I’ve met so many interesting people and seen so many beautiful places, it’s a bit hard to narrow that list down.
But my biggest influencers are my family and my husband. I’m far from perfect, but every day I just try to be the best version of myself—someone they can be proud of. That’s my only peg.