Cat Arambulo-Antonio on How to Be a Woman of Character
You’ve been very busy lately. Do you have any time to relax?
Well, I’ve been busier—back when I worked as a brand manager for the luxury and fine
What makes you happy?
Making my family, friends, and the people around me laugh and smile.
Where has your passion for style and beauty
I like beautiful things and finding ways to make things beautiful. It has taken me from fashion styling to interior design and has inspired me to create a home accessory line and a platform and extension of my life and sensibilities through my blog.
“I wash my face at least thrice a day, usually more! If I have time I sneak a dab of my husband’s eye cream before I put on my makeup. At night I make sure I remove all my makeup. For extra cleansing, I use a toner.”
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What impression do you hope to leave
What you see is what you get. The way I dress and look is a reflection of how I feel on a certain day. I can look relaxed and carefree or mature and polished. It depends on my schedule. But whether I’m at a construction site wearing a hard hat or at an event with big hair and hairspray, I always want to be seen as a woman of character who knows what she wants.
What would you say is your best feature and how do you
My eyes. People sometimes ask whether I’m wearing contacts. I
"It’s better to be hated for what I am than to be loved for what I’m not."
Do you have any alternative beauty tips?
Drinking a lot of water and getting enough sleep helps. But personally, I think being happy and keeping a very positive outlook will dramatically change your appearance and your life.
What is your most memorable beauty faux pas?
When I was pregnant I religiously applied oil and body butter creams on my belly. As usual, I was rushing to another appointment when I noticed that the oil had seeped through and made a big mark on my maxi dress.
Who are your beauty icons?
I love Twiggy and Natalie Portman. Twiggy has a very carefree, androgynous look. I love her big bright eyes, long lashes, small frame, and short hair! Natalie Portman is effortlessly beautiful.
What is the best beauty advice you’ve ever received?
The best way to keep your nails long is to apply a layer or two of nail strengthener and clear nail polish at the bottom of your nail.
“For makeup, I only wear smoky eyes or neutral colors with touches of copper, gold, or silver.”
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What life philosophy do you try to live by?
It’s better to be hated for what I am than to be loved for what I’m not. What would you never compromise on? My values and personal style.
What is your personal definition of beauty?
Beauty is being positive, confident, and staying true to who you are.