We asked beauty influencers how they boost their self-esteem—here are their answers

Everybody say, “Thank you, Estee Lauder, Bobbi Brown, Clinique and MAC Cosmetics!”

It’s 2021, many of us have stopped caring about unsolicited opinions. So you’d probably think that it’s the start of our journey to self-love—that we’d finally focus on good things and finally believe those K-pop songs that tell us we’re pretty no matter what. And you’re correct… in an alternate universe. 

Because here’s what really happened: We stood in front of a mirror, stared at our reflection and saw imperfections we swore we didn’t see last night. So naturally (and unhealthily, if we may add), we started being hypercritical of ourselves. And before we knew it, our self-esteem had hit a new all-time low. (Yay for breaking records! *awkward smile*)

“The worst enemy you can meet will always be yourself,” said philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. And yeah, he’s damn right. So we decided we needed an intervention—someone (or something) who could help us out of the insecurity pool before we drown in it.

And guess what? The intervention came in the form of a livestream called “Beauty Chat” last Feb. 19, which was a collaboration between SM Shopmag and MAC Cosmetics, Bobbi Brown, Clinique and Estee Lauder. We had a one-hour talk on how to fall back in love with ourselves with professional voice artist Inka Magnaye, vlogger Aryanna Epperson, digital content creator Rei Germar, DJ and events host Bea Fabregas and beauty blogger Angela Nepomuceno. During the virtual event, we were able to see how these influencers, no matter how perfect they look in our eyes, have occasional down moments, too.

Yup, they’re definitely just like us. The only difference is they already know how to win against their insecurities—and it has everything to do with skincare and makeup.

Happy skin, happy me

Let’s face it: The easiest way to feel better about ourselves is to see our skin glowing—or looking healthy, at least. “During quarantine, my skin has become really dry. I needed to find products that would bring back its glow. So I started again with the basics—cleansing, toning and moisturizing,” said Aryanna Epperson.

According to her, it’s better to purchase beauty products that contain little to no chemicals, especially for people with really sensitive skin. Aryanna’s top picks are Clinique’s Liquid Facial Soap, Moisture Surge 72-H Auto-Replenishing Hydrator, Even Better Clinical Radical Dark Spot Corrector + Interrupter and Cheek Pop, which are all paraben-free, phthalate-free and fragrance-free. “You know, purchasing good quality products can ensure a good quality face,” she added.

Nighttime is “me” time

As a busy career woman, Angela had a hard time making time for herself—until she officially made nighttime her “me” time. And what better way to spend her “me” time than applying products that will help her skin rejuvenate after a long, tiring day? “I’ve always been into skincare. But now, I consider my skincare time very precious since it has become my ‘me’ time. And I now look forward to it. It helps me relax and destress at night,” said Angela Nepomuceno.

Angela uses Estee Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair Serum to make her skin look plump and hydrated the next day and Advanced Night Repair Eye Supercharged Complex to minimize her dark circles and reduce puffiness overnight.

Makeup enhances “true” beauty—not hides it

“Before, doing makeup was kind of associated with work. But now, I’m doing my makeup on random days for no reason—just doing my brows and all those little things to make my eyes pop or my skin glow. And you know, [makeup for me] really shifted. I now associate it with self-care, and making myself feel more human,” said Bea Fabregas.

Vitamin Enriched Face Base, Intensive Skin Serum Foundation, Perfectly Defined Long-Wear Brow Pencil and Extra Lip Tint from Bobbi Brown are her all-time faves as these products can double as skincare. “I’m all about efficient beauty routines. That’s why I love Bobbi Brown so much—because there’s skincare in the makeup [products]. Hindi naman sa nagmamadali ako lagi, but it’s a plus that when I’m doing my makeup, I don’t have to think about applying too many things [on my face],” she added.

To me from me: Self-gifting as a form of self-love

As for Rei Germar, purchasing makeup products for herself and putting on makeup even when there’s no one to see her felt really liberating. “A lot of people were figuring out new things about themselves—some were learning to play the piano while others were growing their TikTok pages or doing the woah. And I’m just at home doing… not so much. So I started doing things that will help me fall in love with my reflection,” she said.

Now she spends hours in front of the mirror, putting on various makeup products—some of which are Powder Kiss Liquid Lipcolour, Bullet Lipsticks and Studio Fix Foundation from MAC Cosmetics. “I mean, I’m not a pro at it, but putting on makeup made me feel some sense of normalcy,” she added.

And for parting words, we quote event host Inka Magnaye: “You should feel yourself because you work hard for it. No matter what you do, people are going to talk about you. So might as well do something that will make you feel good. Taking care of yourself is mostly for yourself.”

Now if you wish to get these beauty influencer-approved products and start your very own self-love kit, #AllYouNeed to do is #ShopAtSM by going to or downloading the ShopSM app on Google Play or App Store. You may also buy similar products via the SM Malls Online app or by calling 8876-1111 for delivery and pickup at SM.

Watch the full livestream here:

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