Former Beauty Editor Regina Belmonte: Real Beauty Emanates From Goodness
Tell us about your life in publishing.
I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember, but first got my byline published when I was 17—I wrote a column called Ashtray Girl in the Young Star section of the Philippine Star. Soon I ended up working for Cosmo.ph as a
What inspires you?
My biggest challenge has always been myself; learning to trust and believe in myself. I keep second-guessing; I shouldn’t.
What impression do you hope to leave?
The initial impression is probably that I’m one of those “alternative” types who is very deep into various subcultures. And I like that. You can’t tell too much about me from what I wear, and I’ve never been into luxury goods. So if you want to know more about me, you actually have to speak to me.
What would you never compromise on?
Integrity. I’ve been approached by brands to promote their products on Instagram or my old blog, but the only ones I’ve ever agreed to are brands and products that I actually use and love. You can make a lot of money in social media these days if you play your cards right, but I don’t play. I place a high premium on authenticity.
Monica Bellucci, Angelina Jolie, and Eva Green, because they remind me that a little darkness can be beautiful, too.
Best beauty advice you’ve ever received?
Wear sunscreen, and apply whatever serum you’re using to the back of your hands as well, because
Your personal definition of beauty?
The ability to love without reservations, the ability to
Daily beauty routine?
If I'm going anywhere, I apply a little Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick and blend it with Estée Lauder's Sculpting Foundation Brush 2. I use NARS Concealer in Medium/ Custard on my hereditary dark circles. I use The Face Shop's Lovely
I keep a very simple regimen. In the morning, I wash my face with Shiseido Ibuki Purifying Cleanser, then apply a few drops of Kiehl's Daily Reviving Concentrate. I am almost never out in the sun, but on the rare occasions that I am, I use Bioderma Photoderm MAX SPF 50+. At the end of the day, I use L'Oréal's Gentle Lip and Eye Make-Up Remover, followed by Bioderma's Purifying Cleansing Micellar Water, and then I wash with the same Shiseido cleanser.
Regina's makeup by Archibald Tolentino. Hair by JJ Gallego.