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Camille Ongpauco on Why Less Is More When It Comes to Beauty
The restaurateur and designer reminds you not to neglect taking care of yourself.
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What are you busy with at the moment?
I come from a family of food lovers, so studying hotel and restaurant management was a natural step for me. Aside from running the family business and taking part in Cura V, I also do corporate catering. During the little free time that I have for myself, I go to the spa to unwind or spend my day at the salon.

What makes you happy?
Quiet nights when I can relax and cook a good meal for my loved ones.

What other dreams are you in the process of fulfilling?
I have a lot of “mini projects” in mind. I’d like to venture into something that will make people look and feel good about themselves, so I want to open a spa or salon someday. I also give my friends advice on their skincare regimens and love doing makeovers. If time permits, I’d like to take a short course in Italy.

Tell us about your passion.
Food is and always will be my first love. Everyone who is in the food industry knows that it’s such a tedious job, and even when I feel burned out sometimes, it’s something I always go back to, because at the end of the day it’s what I enjoy most.

What impression do you hope to leave?
I always aim to look timeless.

Your top beauty tips?
Keep your beauty regimen simple. Less is more. There was a time I put so many products on my face and I realized that they weren’t helping me. When I simplified my regimen, my skin became better.

“I use honey almond glycerin soap for my face, and alternate with a gel cleanser for sensitive skin:" Smoothie Star Breakfast Scrub, smoothiestar.com; Phina’s Little Factory argan and frankincense serum, phinaslittlefactory.com; Perricone MD Nutritive Cleanser, Rustan’s Makati, 813.3739; 4711 Echt Kölnisch Wasser eau de cologne, 4711.com.

Any beauty faux pas?
I don’t regret any of the beauty or fashion choices that I’ve made. When I look back on my teen years, I realize that some looks definitely didn’t stand the test of time, but I loved experimenting and I had fun doing it.

What is the best advice you’ve received?
Less is more, and it will go a long way. My mom has had great skin ever since I can remember. She gets a facial about once in two years. All she does is wash with water and use cold cream at night to remove her makeup.

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Life philosophy?
I live my life with family in mind. And that means my actual family—my husband, my parents, siblings, cousins—and also the family I’ve made for myself over the years, including my friends. Everyone that I work with is family to me. I guess the idea and values attached to family matter a lot to me. Even the kind of work that I do is all about building a home, from my food businesses to interior design.

What would you never compromise on?
Quality.

What is your personal definition of beauty?
Confidence and an awareness of self-worth make a woman beautiful. Beauty is not just from within; it is also seen through how you carry yourself and take care of yourself on the outside.

"I tend to go for earth colors for a natural and classic look:" Happy Skin Shut Up and Kiss Me lip color, M.A.C lip liner, NARS Multiple Stick, all available at Rustan's Makati, 813.3739; Antica Farmacista body moisturizer, anticafarmacista.com; Fairydrops Scandal Queen mascara, fairydrops.com.

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