When it comes to beauty and skin care, there are products that are dubbed as "holy grail items," which are seen as must-haves or essentials in every beauty kit.
But make-up artist Anthea Bueno—who does the make-up of celebrities such as Janine Gutierrez, Jennylyn Mercado, Megan Young, Ylona Garcia, Leila Alcasid, and Juliana Gomez—suggests that not all "holy grails" are meant for everyone.
"Iba-iba naman siya. It's very personal," Anthea tells PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) after the launch of the new Dove Intensive Renew Deodorant Dry Serum held last July 22, in Bonifacio Global City.
"Some holy grail items lang, marami nag-a-agree na this one product is parang perfect for me. Marami sila, so it becomes a holy grail item.
"Some holy grails are cheap naman. It's not always the most expensive thing. Usually naman the price does not say if it's nice or what."
Finding that holy grail item is not about trying the most expensive product or the product with the most positive reviews. Anthea stresses that it's a personal process because it is about discovering which products work best specifically for you and your skin.
Anthea continues, "It's always nice if you try out different skin-care products, kasi usually, you'll only know if it works for you if you try it.
"That's the thing with trying out skin care. You have to invest first before you see which is your holy grail item."
The make-up artist adds that creating your own skin-care routine and finding your own set of holy grail items don't have to be too complex.
"For me, kahit it's not the whole shebang, like the whole Korean skin care beauty line. Di ba, it's like 13 steps?
"You don't have to smother yourself with all those serums and everything. As long as you find that certain skin care, kunwari it's just cleanse, tone, and moisturize, the basics. You're good to go."
It is also best to start having a skin-care routine as early as you can.
Anthea reasons, "Usually when it comes to skin care, what they say is prevention is better than cure. The earlier you start with skin care, the more benefits na makikita mo when you grow older... the earlier you start, mas makikita mo yung results.
"Like sunblock. Usually if you use sunblock every day, it lessens the chances of having sun spots and stuff. So, when you grow older, less lines, less sunspots, less sun damage."
Anthea is among the brand's chosen Beauty Authorities.
The other Beauty Authorities are social media influencers Toni Sia, Tyra Crisostomo, and Nikki Yanong.