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This Celebrity Makeup Artist Swears By This 99-Peso Skin Mattifier

She has a huge perfume collection, too!
This Celebrity Makeup Artist Swears By This 99-Peso Skin Mattifier
IMAGE Gabby Cantero
She has a huge perfume collection, too!

"It's really trial and error. Be prepared to spend!" admits makeup artist Gela Laurel-Stehmeier when asked how girls can start building their arsenal of beauty products. In fact, she believes that discovering the perfect regimen is a matter of being bold enough to experiment with tools and techniques to determine what look suits you best. Catering to a clientele of It girls and celebs (Liz Uy and Georgina Wilson are regulars), Gela's personal approach to makeup is simple yet wise: "I don't like putting too much makeup because [it becomes] quite difficult to take off!"

Here's a sneak peek at her skin staples:


MAC Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder Pressed, P1700, Lazada

"The secret to a quick midday touch-up!"



MAC Demi-Wipes, P999 for 30 sheets, Lazada

"I need only one ply to take all my makeup off."

PHOTO BY Watsons

QUICK FX No-Shine Mattifier, P99, Watsons

"The nifty packaging makes this mattifier a makeup bag staple."

Gela Laurel Steheimer
PHOTO BY Gabby Cantero

Her passion for makeup can only be matched by her ardent love for and knowledge of fragrance. She advises, "Learn how to layer fragrances—that's a skill I want girls to know," emphasizing that scents add that subtle yet statement-making difference to someone's style.



MAISON FRANCIS KURKDJIAN Aqua Universalis Eau de Toilette, price unavailable, Adora

"This scent goes from strong to yummy and feminine as time passes."

PHOTO BY The Different Company

THE DIFFERENT COMPANY Tokyo Bloom perfume, price unavailable, Adora

"I love this scent 'cause it's fresh, pefect for every day, and I can share it with my husband!"

Asked which scents she thinks are best for Preview girls, her suggestion is both apt and unorthodox: "Something unisex. Preview girls are confident. They know their style. They're definitely girls of power. A scent that's quite masculine is perfect for them." But since there are different perfumes that fit different occasions, we also asked Gela for her top recommendations:

To the gym: Penhaligons Quercus Cologne

With a crisp white shirt: Prada Infusion d'Iris

Every day: Chloé Eau de toilette

To seduce: Laura Mercier Crème Brûlée collection

For cool skin tones: Balenciaga Florabotanica

For warm or olive skin tones: Diptyque L'Eau Trois

Photographed by Gabby Cantero

Hair by Jerry Javier

*This article originally appeared in Preview Magazine's April 2014 issue.