It always surprises Liz Uy when people come up to her and say, “You’re my idol, I want to be like you.”
And why not?
She is, after all, a much sought-after celebrity stylist.
“Actually, nagugulat ako," Liz tells PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) in an exclusive interview.
She says, “As much as there are haters, there are lovers naman.
“So parang natutuwa ako, parang they aspire to be me.”
With a tinge of humor, she wonders, “Why? Parang why me?
"Dapat maghanap ka ng ibang role model!”
HARD WORKER. A celebrity in her own right, Liz reminds that she did not arrive at her current status as a style icon overnight.
She made it "from being patient and hardworking," and she hopes, "sana ganun din sila to reach their goals.”
She started working behind the camera, then a fashion editor, and now, the main subject of photo shoots, the cover girl, and the face of many brands.
“When was that?” she teases, her eyes smiling.
“To be completely honest, I did not plan my life like that.
"I did not know that it will happen like that.
“But, of course, who am I to complain?
“I accept it with full heart, I mean, with open arms.
“Not everyone’s given [the chance], ‘di ba?
“Me, I’m very thankful.
"Parang I just ride with it and then let’s see what’s gonna happen.”
StyLIZed LIPSTICK. Her most recent venture is with Happy Skin in the form of a lipstick—which is her “essential for beauty.”
Inspired by her best-selling book StyLIZed: Liz Uy’s Ten Style Essentials, which was released in the same month last year, a limited-edition lippie collection was launched to media yesterday, February 5.
There are three Shut up & Kiss Me Moisturizing Lippie shades—the 24 Carats (pink), Red Carpet, and the Style Icon (nude)—sold at P599 each.
Fusing fashion and lipstick, she explains, "Since they’re getting me, na it’s gonna merge beauty and fashion, dapat may fashion emblem.
"Kasi even if you’re not using the lipstick, it’s reusable as parang fashion statement, ‘di ba?”
Check out this acrylic clutch at P1, 799…
…and this leatherette case at P1, 499.
Liz relates how “super hands-on” she has been since Rissa Mananquil-Trillo brought up the idea of a collaboration for the lipstick last July 5.
She recalls, “habulan kami ni Rissa… siya siyempre very busy and I’m also very busy.
"So parang for eight months, every week, may updates.”
PAINSTAKING PROCESS. The major challenge for her was the process of choosing the right shade.
“Kasi pag lumabas na siya, akala mo okay na siya.
“And then pag sinuot mo, ‘Ay, parang iba!’
"Iba pala siya. Iba yung visual, nakita mo lang.
"Iba yung pag ginagamit mo na siya.
“Yung nude ang pinaka-crucial, saka yung red.
"Gusto ko yung red, yung shade na pasado sa ‘kin.
“Kasi, marami namang shades ng red pero yung unang…parang ang hirap talaga.
"Kasi may mga light na feeling mo mas mabilis matanggal.
“And yung iba naman, sobrang OA!
“The red that we have, I think, is perfect for any skin tone.”
When buying lipstick, Liz advises to get a lipstick “na may moisture” to avoid chappy lips.
She says about her collection, “Kaya ko gusto kasi, it’s not… a gloss finish, but it’s not dry.”
StyLIZed LINGERIE. Her next venture is with Avon, “all the undergarments na lang.”
Liz remarks, “Actually, this year, I’m very happy and truly blessed!”
Going back to her next collaboration, she resumes, “So what you wear underneath parang to make… alam mo yung papapayatin ka on one area, it’s all different.
"So may bra, may shorts, it’s all undergarments.”
On top of all these projects and her styling jobs, Liza is also the digital curator of Style Singapore.
She elaborates, “Meaning, they will send me to New York Fashion week, yung mga fashion weeks, parang I represent them.”
BIRTHDAY WISH. On February 8, she will be turning 32, is there anything more she wants?
“Actually ang winish ko lang naman is, ah, for me and my family to be well all the time.
“And second, well, it’s for my career.”
How about her lovelife and her guwapo boyfriend Richard Griffiths?
Laughing, she responds, “Talaga nga naman.
"Oo, guwapo siya, lalo na in real life.
“Kasi ano, mabait siya and foreigner siya.
"He’s English and half-Korean so happy din ako kasi half-Asian.
"So slightly, naiintindihan niya ang pagiging, ang mga values ng Pinoy.
“Pero I’m not saying na wala silang values, you get what I mean?
"Parang naiintindihan niya ako, natatawa siya sa kalokohan ko, ganyan.”
Most of her friends are either engaged or have gotten married…
“Ay, hindi pa. For now, career. While I still can, I will make the most out of it.”