Between the two of them, Gabs tends to be the more adventurous one when it comes to makeup. "I like to try out different looks," she says. "I then tend to also recommend products to my sister."
Chi and Gabbs always keep each other in check, giving opinions on their looks and products they discover. "Sometimes, we don't even realize that we're back to talking about makeup again when we began with a completely different topic," shares Chi.
For our shoot, Gabs used the following products: NYX Matte Finish Setting Spray, Australis AC on Tour Contouring & Highlight Kit, Lime Crime Velvetines in Riot, Chroma Tapered Face Brush, MAC Lip Pencil in Whirl, Chroma Angled Eye Brush, Maybelline The Magnum Volum’ Express Mascara, MAC Pro Color Palette, Estée Lauder Crescent White Full Cycle Brightening UV Protector, Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer, and MAC Studio Fix Powder.
When it comes to haircare and skincare, both sisters swear by these products: Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Cleansing Foam, Clinique Anti- Blemish Solutions Clarifying Lotion, Clinique Anti Blemish Solutions All-Over Cleanser Treatment, Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion, Marc Anthony Oil of Morocco Argan Oil Hairspray, Tresemme Fresh Start Dry Shampoo, Clinique Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush, Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm, Clinique Liquid Facial Soap, and OGX Oil of Morocco Hydrating Oil
Chi used these items for her look during the shoot: Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler, Sleek Makeup Highlighting Palette in Precious Metals, Innoxa Cover & Correct Cream Concealer Palette, Clinique Superpowder Double Face Makeup in 02 Matte Beige, Beauty Blender, L’oreal Brow Artist Plumper, MAC Prep + Prime Lips, Maybelline HyperSharp Eyeliner, Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade in Ebony, L’Oreal Double Extension Mascara, MakeUp Forever Ultra HD Foundation, Chroma Face Brushes 14 C, and Chroma Stippling Brush
Chi and Gabs agree on the following products as their Holy Grail items: The Body Shop Honey Bronze Shimmering Dry Oil, Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler, Clinique Even Better Makeup Broad Spectrum SPF 15, Jo Malone English Pear & Freesia Cologne, Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Serum, Maybelline Great Lash Mascara, Clinique Chubby Stick Intense Lip Color in Amp’d Up Apple, The Balm Betty-Lou Manizer, Chroma Flat Foundation Brush, and Maybelline Hypersharp Eyeliner
Here are a few lip products both sister always come back to: NARS Audacious Lipstick in Honolulu Honey, MAC Lipstick in Kinda Sexy, MAC Lip Pencil in Whirl, MAC Lip Pencil in Vino, MAC Lip Pencil Oh Honey!, MAC Lipstick in Honey Love, OCC Lip Tar in Kava Kava, Bobbi Brown Lip Color in Brown, Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Lipstick in Envious, Sleek Lipstick Palette in Havana, Lime Crime Velvetines in Riot, and MAC Lip Pencil in Boldly Bare
If there’s a duo you’d love to be besties and spend the day shopping with, it’s probably sisters Chi and Gabs Gibbs. Currently taking over our social media feeds with #ootd’s and snaps from their colorful lives which involves shoots, music festivals, and modeling stints, the two are just as active and bubbly IRL.
Right after their event in Makati, they braved traffic to meet with us all the way in Quezon City for this shoot. Like real pros, they didn’t arrive frazzled or in need of some time to do their makeup (okay, maybe they re-touched in the car) and were excited to talk to us about beauty. “It’s rare we get featured for beauty shoots, it’s often fashion, but we love makeup just as much,” says Chi as she was filling the table with bags full of products for us to choose from for the photos. Gabs quickly agreed, as the younger one between the two, it was actually her who got Chi into makeup more. “I would be watching one of my beauty vloggers like Lisa Eldridge or Teni Panosian and Chi would ask me what I would be doing,” she says, “Soon enough, we’d often watch together.”
Though Gabs tells us it was her influence that helped Chi to experiment with her looks, both sisters say they caught the makeup bug from their mother. “She was really known for doing her own makeup for shows and tapings,” says Chi of their mom, Bing Loyzaga, who was an actress known for her perfect tisay complexion aside from her acting chops.
And nowadays, the sisters often also do their own makeup. Who can fault them? Layout after layout, you can tell that they know what works for them and they’ve mastered a few tricks I am sure you’d care to know as well.
Describe your approach to beauty
Chi: Same as my approach to fashion! I have fun with it. For me, beauty and fashion go hand in hand, they complement each other.
Gabs: It’s art, it’s like painting. It’s self-expression. I’m very experimental with makeup and hair.
What’s the best beauty advice you’ve ever received from your mother?
Chi: Never sleep with makeup on.
Gabs: Always moisturize your face, elbows, and knees.
If you had to prioritize skincare or makeup, which would it be?
Gabs: Skincare, definitely! You don’t want to apply makeup on a dirty surface.
When did you feel your most beautiful?
Chi: [When I was once] on the beach with salty hair and bronze skin.
Gabs: When we went up to Threadbow and it was snowing. My skin adjusted very well to the weather. I’m not a tropical person. (Laughs)
Which product is your latest discovery?
Chi: The Balm’s Betty-Lou Manizer
Gabs: Color correcting concealer, it will save your life during bad skin days.
If you had a signature beauty trick, what would it be?
Chi: [I can do the] perfect cat eye in five seconds.
Gabs: Curling my lower lashes.
What’s your guilty pleasure?
Chi: Keeping Up with the Kardashians
Gabs: Watching makeup tutorials 24/7.
Name one beauty faux pas that women should stop immediately.
Chi: [Choosing the] wrong foundation and powder shade.
Gabs: [I agree with Chi, it’s choosing the] wrong foundation and concealer shade. And rusty blonde hair.
What makeup items do you always associate your sister with?
Chi: Anything [related to] eyebrows.
Gabs: Eyeliner and cheek tint.
Who do you ask makeup advice from?
Chi: My sister for sure!
Gabs: Lisa Eldridge
What makeup look is your favorite?
Chi: ’60s bombshell
Gabs: Mauve, glowy makeup look
It’s 12 midnight at a club, what lipstick is found in your clutch?
Chi: Nars Audacious Lipstick in Honolulu Honey
Gabs: MAC Lipstick in Whirl
You’re headed to an early lunch with the family, what five makeup items are with you?
Chi: Clinique Chubby Stick, eyeliner pen, eyelash curler, Clinique powder, and MAC Lipstick in Taupe
Gabs: A powder, powder brush, Carmex lip balm, concealer, and lippie
What hair care item do you always use?
Chi: Argan oil
Gabs: Wax and dry shampoo
What makeup cleanser do you recommend?
Chi: Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm or Pond’s Cold Cream.
Gabs: Anything mild like the Clinique Three Step System, or the Shu Uemura Ultimate Skin Cleanser.
What skincare items you would often use when pampering yourself?
Chi: Estée Lauder eye cream. I’m pretty simple with my skincare routine.
Gabs: Wonder Glow Hydrating Skin Mask, Clinique Firming Face Mask, Banish Acne 100% Avocado Oil, and the Banish Acne Pumpkin Mask
Which celebrity looks do you always try to copy?
Chi: Kim K’s brown smokey eye
Gabs: Kim Kardashian, Alexa Chung, Miley Cyrus, and Kendall Jenner
Chi: Neon Island, Topshop, Nasty Gal
Gabs: Topshop, MAC, Nasty Gal, Zara
Favorite vacation spot:
Chi: Byron Bay
Gabs: Japan or Australia
Favorite dish and restaurant:
Chi: Ooma scallop and Tuna aburi maki
Gabs: Todd English Food Hall Burger
Favorite person, period:
Chi: Anton Cruz, my boyfriend
Photos by Paolo Tabuena
Hair by Sherwin Mora of Bench Fix Salon
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