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Former Beauty Editor Regina Belmonte: Real Beauty Emanates From Goodness

Beyond good looks, everyone must aim for beauty that gives.
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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 staffwriter and then for Cosmopolitan as beauty editor. In 2014, I became editor of YStyle. After a year and a half, I decided to take an indefinite sabbatical from publishing.

What inspires you?
My family. Traveling to new places and discovering new things about myself in them.

Challenges?
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.

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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.

Beauty icons?
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 aging shows there, too.

Your personal definition of beauty?
The ability to love without reservations, the ability to empathize with others, having generosity and kindness. Looks fade; no amount of makeup or serum will stem that tide. But real beauty will always emanate from within a truly good person, and that’s what everyone should aim for. The world would be a better place for it.

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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 Me:Ex Design My Eyebrow to fill in my brows, then apply The Face Shop's My Lips Eat Cherry Lip Tint in Blood Red to my lips and cheeks. I blend NARS The Multiple in Copacabana onto my brow bones and the tops of my cheekbones to highlight. I curl my lashes with a Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler, then top my lashes off with Maybelline Hyper Curl Volume Express Waterproof mascara. That's my basic face.

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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.

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Regina's makeup by Archibald Tolentino. Hair by JJ Gallego.

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Nicole Limos Morales
Contributing Beauty Editor
Nicole is the former managing editor of Town&Country. After working as features editor and beauty editor of the title’s print edition for 6 years, she helped launch Townandcountry.ph in 2016, creating new concepts and story formats, analyzing data, and mastering digital audiences—establishing the title to become the Philippines’ leading luxury lifestyle website. She left her full-time position in 2019 to focus on family life, while carrying on writing beauty content for T&C as a contributing editor. “I think what’s amazing about beauty is that in its arena, you can really only be a skeptic for so long,” she says. “There will always be a product that will make you believe.”
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