Cat Arambulo-Antonio on How to Be a Woman of Character
For former brand manager and public relations officer turned beauty columnist, brand ambassador, and interior designer Cat Arambulo-Antonio, nothing is more beautiful than staying true to oneself.
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 jewelry department of Rustan’s and as a PR officer for Embassy! Now, I’m wife to Carlo and mom to Danielle, Asher, and Alana. I also graduated with a degree in interior design from the Philippine School of Interior Design (PSID). When we have free time, we travel to different cities, wakeboard, and play golf and tennis, and if even more time permits we ride horses.
What makes you happy?
Making my family, friends, and the people around me laugh and smile.
Where has your passion for style and beauty taken you?
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.”
La Mer Eye Balm Intense; Shu Uemura Mika for Shu cleansing oil; La Prairie eye cream and serum, all available at Rustan’s Makati, 813.3739.
What impression do you hope to leave through your personal look?
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 emphasize it?
My eyes. People sometimes ask whether I’m wearing contacts. I emphasize them by curling my lashes and applying eyeliner and mascara.
"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
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.”
M.A.C lipstick; Shu Uemura eyelash curler; M.A.C Color Correct powder; Chanel blush; Shiseido eyeliner and eyebrow liner; Chanel
eye shadow palette, all available at Rustan’s Makati, 813.3739.
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.