If there’s one Pinay celeb morenas can look up to and be proud of their naturally tanned skin with, it’s Gabbi Garcia. The 19-year-old sticks to her own refreshing perception of beauty and distinct personal style, despite being in an industry that has long favored the fair-skinned.
One of the things to love about Gabbi is how she makes being a morena look so damn good without too much effort. While she prefers to keep her makeup to a minimum, here’s what makes all the difference between her full-coverage look and her natural-looking, light-coverage ~awra~: powder foundation.
Unlike its more widely used liquid variant, powder foundation can still give you a trendy, modern matte look without the heavy application. For Gabbi, a fine smooth powder foundation that can double as a primer for reducing the appearance of pores and controlling oil shine works best, like Maybelline’s New Fit Me Powder Foundation. The two-way cake foundation has eight shades suitable for morena skin, as well as for fair and medium complexions, and has Micro Velvet technology that helps absorb oil to mattify skin and micro-powders that help blur the appearance of pores.
People say that wearing powder foundation can end up looking cakey and uneven on your face, but it’s really in how you apply it. First, use primer to prep your face and remove the excess oil. Next, gently dab powder foundation onto your skin using a sponge or kabuki brush, then blend your makeup in circular motions. The result? A smooth and poreless-looking face.
For a stunning golden glow with the New Fit Me Powder Foundation, here are the three things you need to complete the look:
Unleash your inner hubadera with nude lipstick from the Maybelline Inti-Matte Nudes collection—avoid bold colors as they can draw attention away from your monochromatic makeup. Choose a lippie that’s similar to or a shade darker than your natural lip color to keep with the muted palette of your look.
Skip the blush and reach for bronzer instead, like the Maybelline Facestudio® Master Chrome™ Metallic Highlighter. This gives you a warm sheen and the illusion of a natural morena glow. Brush the highlighter along the perimeter of your face and on the apples of your cheeks.
Highlight your eyes by adding volume and length to your lashes with Maybelline Lash-Sational Mascara. The mascara wand has two sides: One side has longer bristles that help fan out and separate clumped lashes, while the other side has short bristles to let you apply closer to your lash line for more definition—yup, you can now ditch the eyeliner.