Here are Gen Z makeup favorites for booked and busy days
Booked and busy days call for hulas-proof makeup! Now that face-to-face classes are in full swing, Gen Z makeup enthusiasts are definitely in the know on the best long-lasting products. We asked six students and freshly minted graduates to list down their holy grail products for full days at school and at work. Here’s what they have to say:
Kristin, 21, student
Kristin recommends the long-lasting and highly pigmented Happy Skin On-The-Go Blush Longwear Cream Blush in the shade Toasted. She shares, “Whether I have time to put on makeup or nagmamadali ako (I’m rushing), I'll just take this. This is my go-to makeup [product].” It’s perfect for people always on the move since it has a compact mirror and is conveniently pocket-sized—making it easy to store and carry around.
|Happy Skin On-The-Go Blush Long-wear Cream Blush (P449, Lazada)||Squad Cosmetics Concealer (P199, Lazada)||Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray (P1,980, Sephora)|
She also recommends the Squad Cosmetics Concealer, since it's great for covering dark under eyes (the usual result of pulling all-nighters), and it stays on for a long time. She expounds, “I have dry skin, and the concealer doesn't crack on my face. It’s affordable, too.”
Although not as budget-friendly, her last recommendation is a godsend for transitioning from day-to-night looks. From 8AM classes to 3AM inumans with friends, the Urban Decay All Nighter Long Lasting Makeup Setting Spray is a splurge you won’t regret.
Skye, 21, student
Skye vouches for the Nivea Strawberry Shine Lip Balm because of its moisturizing effect. It's just perfect to keep your lips hydrated all throughout long classes and meetings. It also has a barely-there tint that looks natural if you’re going for that effortless look. She also expresses her love for the Squad Cosmetics Serum Blush in the shade Toffee as it’s budget-friendly for students and remains intact until the end of the day!
|Nivea Strawberry Shine Lip Balm (P139, Lazada)||Squad Cosmetics Serum Blush (P199, Lazada)|
Chesca, 24, copywriter
Chesca loves the Issy & Co. Weightless Loose Powder for long days at work. She says, “It can be used on top of any liquid and cream products [making the wear] last longer throughout the day.” If you’ve been looking for a local setting powder to add to your collection, this is it!
|Issy & Co. Weightless Loose Powder (₱349, Lazada)|
Ri, 22, student & part-time project manager
Ri grinds out her bustling day of tasks with the do-it-all Happy Skin Holy Grail Brow Gel Laminator, which keeps her brows in place (literally; they won’t move!). She also loves NYX Professional Makeup’s Makeup Setting Spray in the Matte Finish to set a full face since “it’s transfer-proof, so it’s [mask-proof] and super long-lasting talaga.” She also recommends the Sunnies Face Lip Dip. Ri explains, “Lowkey, I use this for blush and a little eyeshadow also, so it's space-saving na din.” We love a multi-faceted product!
|Happy Skin Holy Grail Brow Gel Laminator (P599, Lazada)||NYX Professional Makeup Makeup Setting Spray in the Matte Finish||Sunnies Face Lip Dip (P395, Lazada)|
Angel, 22, student & graphic artist
Angel swears by the Rare Beauty Soft Pinch Liquid Blush for classes and work days given its high pigment (a little goes a long way) and lasting effect! She also loves the Maybelline Lash Sensational Sky High Waterproof Mascara saying, “It literally makes my lashes sky high and [provides] really good volume and length. Plus, it’s affordable.”
Her last go-to product is the BLK Cosmetics Waterproof Liquid Liner since it glides and applies smoothly. Plus, its brown color is pigmented, making the eyes pop.
|Rare Beauty Soft Pinch Liquid Blush (P1,350, Sephora)||Maybelline Lash Sensational Sky High Waterproof Mascara (P499, Lazada)||BLK Cosmetics Waterproof Liquid Liner (P329, Lazada)|
Ella, 19, student
Ella stresses the importance of always having well-cared-for skin especially when her plate is filled with tasks. She uses the Cetaphil Brightening Day Protection Cream for a little SPF—making sure her skin isn’t directly exposed to the sun. She also loves the Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask to keep her lips moisturized and hydrated while adding a subtle tint.
|Cetaphil Brightening Day Protection Cream (P1,298, Lazada)||Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask (P699, Lazada)|
We can’t wait to get our hands on these products for our packed days. Which ones are you trying out next?
Words Julia Makalintal
Art Matthew Ian Fetalver