PEP Gift Guide Day 90: Be a camera-ready beauty, like model-host Mikaela Lagdameo

IMAGE Mark Atienza

Commercial model Mikaela Lagdameo stays camera-ready anytime. Her secret? Cosmetic products that not only make the skin a ready canvas for makeup, but also reduces skin problems.

90 DAYS TO GO. A girl can never have enough makeup in her stash, so here’s something to add to your beauty junkie friend’s collection.

Whether she’s off to a shoot or simply running errands, commercial model and host Mikaela Lagdameo is always ready for the camera.

Her secret is courtesy of a well-known brand that simply knows what a girl wants.

Smashbox Studios, based in Los Angeles, California, is an enterprise encompassing a photo studio, modeling agency, production company, clothing line, and a cosmetics line called Smashbox Cosmetics.

Mikaela is a huge fan of their products, and she shares this with every Filipina who wants to feel gorgeous no matter what she does or wherever she is.

Mikaela’s top picks can be great additions your Christmas shopping list!


(Clockwise from top left) Photo Finish Hydrating Primer, Camera Ready CC Cream SPF 30, Camera Ready BB Cream SPF 35, Photo Matte Anti-Shine.

For the girl who loves to have her photos taken—ahem, selfie—the Camera Ready CC Cream SPF 30 (Php 2,100) is a good choice.

Coming from the success of other multi-purpose formulas—like the popular BB Cream, which the brand also carries for Php 1,900—the dark-spot-correcting CC Cream goes beyond priming, perfecting, hydrating, and controlling oil.

It also helps reduce the appearance of dark spots and effectively improves uneven skin tone while making it glow.

It also has SPF and is available in five different shades.

Another choice of Mikaela’s is the Photo Finish Hydrating Primer (Php 2,250), which hydrates the skin and leaves a cooling sensation.

Primers, of course, are good makeup bases, so this actually helps you achieve that celebrity-skin canvas for foundation and makeup.

Instead of using thick moisturizing creams, this one is a good alternative.


Another product that Mikaela suggests for everyday use is the Photo Matte Anti-Shine (Php 1,500), which is a cream-gel formula that promotes a matte, airbrush-finish complexion.

It makes the skin dewy, not shiny, and it instantly diminishes the appearance of pores upon application.

It also helps reduce redness and signs of irritation without drying out skin.

The Photo Matte Shine can be worn alone, with makeup, or dabbed on for touch-ups, says Mikaela.

Smashbox Cosmetics products are available at Beauty Bar branches nationwide.


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