With 10 years of makeup experience under her belt, professional makeup artist for shu uemura shuMasters team Claire Seelin-Diokno describes her career as the best job in the world. She has done makeup for brides, celebrities, and professional models. Her works have appeared in fashion spreads, editorials, billboards, and print ads. With her signature minimalist look and glowing skin (and the occasional smoky eyes on the times that call for it), she always looks her best, her own walking advertisement wherever she goes. Now she plays another role in her life—mother to her beautiful baby girl, Chloe.
Let’s take a peek at this lovely lady’s makeup bag. She shares with us her must-have items and low-maintenance tips on how you can be your own multitasking lovely mama Bella with glowing skin, perfect brows, and (breastfed) baby in tow.
Baby and Me
“I got the Kiehl’s Nurturing Baby Cream for Face & Body, P1,625, as a gift for my baby but I got so addicted to it and got myself one for my hands, legs, and shoulders. It got rid of scaly skin from the previous cold months and gave off a soft sheen. I also use this to moisturize my breasts since I breastfeed. I even use this on my models for photo shoots to get that soft glow.”
Taming the Frizz
“Since I gave birth, my hair has gone crazy. My hair is unruly and that’s an understatement. It’s naturally curly and frizzy, so I use the Kérastase Elixir Ultime, P2,280, to tame my hair and turn it soft and wavy.”
“It’s funny because I get requests from clients for ‘that lipstick you’re wearing,’ but it’s actually shu uemura’s Depsea Hydrability Lip Balm, P1,300, that brings out a rosy, natural lip color.”
“shu uemura Petal Lash Mascara, P1,700. I can run a marathon without it smudging. It doesn’t budge and keeps my lashes curled and thick even after a 15-hour shoot. I swear by this. You can dunk me in Manila Bay and when I get out, my mascara will still be perfect.”
“I use the shu uemura Metal:ink Liquid Eyeliner P1,750. My fave is the metallic dark blue shade. It gives your eyes a little kick because blue brightens the eye without needing colored contacts. This eyeliner stays put no matter how long my day is. Just lining my eyes thinly or in a thick wing, the brush gives me precise & clean lines. Don’t let the metallic part scare you. It’s very subtle.”
“shu uemura Hard 9 Brow Pencil, P1,400. I can’t do without this. Since I have light hair, I use the Walnut Brown to brighten up my face. It’s soft and looks natural.”
All Hail The Spoolie
“I can pretty much forgo brushes but one brush I can’t live without is my spoolie brush. I go over my brows and lashes with it. It removes mascara clumps and blends in the brow pencil for a soft look.”
“shu emura The Lightbulb UV compact foundation, P2,600, P2,000 for refills. This powder foundation is fast, easy, and gives a porcelain finish. The sleek black compact is sexy to hold and whip out in the powder room for quick touch-ups. I also have a darker one (744) for contouring.”
“I’m a type-2 diabetic so breakout scars don’t fade as fast. Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant, P2,550, is a gentle exfoliator that sloughs off dead skin to brighten it. It removes the spots in five days.”
On Turning 40
“I’d die without the shu uemura Tsuya Skin Toner and my Tsuya Skin Youthful Bouncy-Fine Cream. It saved my skin from the aftermath of my pregnancy hormones. Besides, I just turned 40 last month so I apply this religiously twice a day.”
On Balancing Work, Life, and Motherhood
“You CAN do it! Nothing’s impossible. When I can, I ask permission to bring my baby to work so I can breastfeed her during those moments when the team isn’t so harassed. If I can’t bring her, I have my breast milk ready for her in our fridge at home and I’m there to care for her, first thing in the morning. The best advice I received was to take care of myself. My husband, our yaya and I are a team. On days when I’m overworked and exhausted, they’ll cover for me and I’ll take a nap, get a massage, or watch a movie. I’ve always pushed myself hard in anything that I do, but as my friends say, motherhood is a different game. Push too hard and you’ll run on empty. Pace yourself and you’ll be capable of giving more. Be kind to yourself and look good to feel good. Nothing lifts the spirit more than a compliment on how motherhood suits you.”
Follow Claire Diokno on Instragram @mizclairediokno.
Dermalogica Available at Rustan’s Department Store; dermalogica.com; facebook.com/Dermalogica; rustans-thebeautysource.com
Kérastase Visit www.societedekerastase.com/salons.php for a complete list of salons; kerastase.com; facebook.com/KerastasePhilippines
Kiehl’s Mall of Asia; Greenbelt 5; Alabang Town Center; TriNoMa Mall; kiehls.com; facebook.com/kiehlsmanila; (02) 728-9561
shu uemura Upper Ground Level, Alabang Town Center, Alabang, Muntinlupa; Power Plant Mall, Rockwell, Makati, (02) 945-7322; All Rustan’s Department Stores nationwide; shuuemura.com; facebook.com/shuuemuraphilippines
Photos from Claire Diokno, dermalogica.com, facebook.com/shuuemura.philippines, facebook.com/KerastasePhilippines, kiehls.co.uk, and shuuemura-usa.com