Jodi Sta. Maria is a multi-tasker.
The actress recently starred in a horror movie, is finishing the last semester of her psychology degree at Southville International School and Colleges, and is also a hands-on single mom to her son Thirdy.
But no matter how busy she is, looking good is a must for this 36-year-old actress.
"Hindi dapat excuse na dahil busy ka, no time na para mag-ayos. Actually, for me, it's an essential part of my day na I feel good kasi I also look good," she says in an interview with PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal).
And what are the secrets behind her fresh-faced glow?
Here are Jodi's time-tested beauty hacks on how to make the most out of your make-up.
QUICK BEAUTY FIX #1: HIDE BLEMISHES
While Jodi acknowledges that make-up can enhance one's beauty, she believes it's better to let your real skin radiate through.
"What's nice about Ever Bilena Matte Two Way Cake is that it's very light,” she says.
"For me, ang maganda na foundation, yung hindi mo napapansin na may foundation yung tao. Now kasi with HD television, kitang-kita mo na ang make-up. With this foundation, balat pa rin ang nakikita mo."
This two-in-one foundation also helps hide the tell-tale signs of a busy life by helping cover blemishes and other imperfections.
QUICK BEAUTY FIX #2: PREVENT LIPSTICK MARKS
Most women have experienced this embarrassing moment: leaving lipstick marks on glasses. To prevent this from happening, Jodi instructs: "Use tissue to cover your lips then i-blot mo. That makes it less likely na mag-smudge or kumalat."
Jodi prefers using the Ever Bilena Matte Lipstick because it doesn't budge, the color is bold, and is infused with Vitamin E, an ingredient that helps keep lips moisturized.
QUICK BEAUTY FIX #3: PREVENT MASCARA FROM SMUDGING
For an actress such as Jodi, waterproof mascara is a vital element in ensuring that there won't be any black streaks running down her face during a cry fest.
She recalls, "When I was playing Amor Powers [in Pangako Sa 'Yo], may mga times na hindi mo naman maiiwasan na may crying scenes. Ang problem lang sa regular mascaras na hindi waterproof, 'pag umiyak ka, itim na rin ang tears mo.”
"I'm sure, may nakita na kayo sa television na umiiyak na kulay black ang tears. With waterproof mascaras, that prevents it from happening," she explains.
QUICK BEAUTY FIX #4: FIND YOUR BEST EYEBROW SHAPE
Filling in your eyebrows is a great way to frame your face and bring out your eyes. Just spending a couple of minutes to define your eyebrows using a brow pencil can help balance the face.
What's her tip for those who want perfectly groomed brows?
"Hanapin nila ang natural arch ng kanilang kilay. Practice makes perfect. Wala yatang tao na unang beses pa lang mag-kilay ay perfect na. Kilay is life!" Jodi exclaims.
Using the Ever Original Pencil, apply short dash-like strokes to mimic your natural hairs. Use a spoolie brush (also known as a brow wand) to gently comb your eyebrow hairs upwards into place, lightly blending it into your natural brow.
Jodi, who is celebrating her 21st anniversary in showbiz, places her faith on products that she can rely on, especially on her busy days.
"Even before maging ambassador ako ng Ever Bilena, nakikita ko na ang EB. Ka-edad ko ang Ever Bilena,” she says. "It's a brand na kinalakihan natin at nakita kong ginamit ng nanay ko papuntang opisina."
"It's a classic brand," she says. "It's nice because hindi siya nahuhuli sa pag-update ng products."