9 Best Local Makeup and Skincare Brands

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Want to give #lovelocal makeup and skincare brands a try? We’ve rounded up a few of the best brands for you to Add to Cart today. Give your skin a boost with some of our favorite products.

Did you know that we have a number of local makeup and skincare brands that are just as good as international brands? We actually think most of them are even better! If you want to #lovelocal and have great-looking skin, you should definitely take a look at these brands. Most of them are smaller brands that are eco-conscious and mindfully manufactured, so you’ll also be supporting small businesses and caring for the environment. Hooray! Here are some of our suggestions on what you should Add to Cart next.

1. Happy Skin

This makeup brand is one of the most well-known local makeup brands. Happy Skin is focused on creating makeup formulated with skin-friendly pH levels and skin-caring ingredients that strengthens the skin barrier. Founded by entrepreneur Jacque Yuengtian-Gutierrez and former model and entrepreneur Rissa Mananquil-Trillo, they agreed to make makeup for Filipinas that prioritize ingredients that care for the skin, more than just covering it up. We love their Shut Up and Kiss Me moisturizing matte lippies that are a staple in our makeup bags. 

Shop for Happy Skin on https://www.happyskincosmetics.com/

2. Lana PH

Lana PH is not as well-known as other brands, but it is slowly building its own loyal following in the local skincare market. It offers skin care products made with gentle and cruelty-free ingredients in eco-conscious packaging. Think glass bottles and bamboo bottle caps. Our favorite Lana product is their best-selling DNA Repair Elixir skin serum. If you need convincing, take a look at the over 90 glowing reviews just for this product on their website. We encourage you to try a Starter Bundle (only Php 1,199 for 3 products!) to see if the hype is worth it.

Shop for Lana PH on https://lana.ph/ 

3. Strokes

You might be surprised to find out that Strokes is a local brand but it is! Founded by Momoi Supe, known also as “the Eyebrow and Lash King” of the Philippines, it started specifically with Strokes Beauty Lab that were targeted for the eyes. One of the brand’s bestsellers is the Premium Brow Kit which has everything you need to have perfect brows – including a Microblade Pen Perfector and a Brow Painter. The brand now also offers lipsticks and lip tints under Strokes Beauty Lab and soaps and moisturizers under Strokes Skin Lab.

Shop for Strokes at https://www.strokes.ph/ 

4. Ellana

Ellana Mineral Cosmetics is a cult favorite among many Filipinas. The brand has a wide range of skincare products, makeup, hair care, and body care.Pretty much everything you need to pamper yourself from head to toe. It’s been around since 2007, which says a lot about the high quality of their products. We hear great things about their serums and lip scrubs in particular. Some of their products are 50% off until July 31, 2021 so it’s the best time to try them!

Shop for Ellana at https://www.ellanacosmetics.com/ 

5. VMV Hypoallergenics

Most people know VMV Hypoallergenics as a Filipino-founded brand that has successfully gone international. Its products are available in Japan, Sweden, and the U.S, just to name a few. The dermatologist-founded brand offers “the safest, most proven effective care on the planet”, just as its brand name suggests. Whatever skin issue you have, VMV will have a product that canl help you address it. We especially love their Armada line of sunscreens.

Shop for VMV Hypoallergenics on https://vmvhypoallergenics.ph/ 

6. Human Nature

Human Nature is another well-known local brand that has been around since 2008. Proudly pro-Philippines and pro-poor, this socially-conscious brand is manufactured under the Gawad Kalinga foundation. It uses effective, safe, and environmentally sustainable products from local ingredients. One of their bestsellers is Sunflower Beauty Oil, and they have a complete range of products from facial wash to toothpaste to shampoo. If you want to treat your skin while supporting a social enterprise, plus care for the environment, make sure to try Human Nature.

Shop for Human Nature on https://humanheartnature.com/buy/index.php/ 

7. Apotheke Science

Although not as big or as well-known as other local skincare brands, Apotheke Science is definitely a brand you shouldn’t miss. This organic skincare line has thousands (yes, thousands) of 5-star reviews on Lazada and Shopee. Apotheke Science also has wallet-friendly prices (nothing over Php 500), so there’s no reason for you to skip trying their products. Their most popular products are the Brightening Night Serum and Niacinamide 10%. You can also try a set of all their products by ordering Apotheke Complete Line for only Php 1,599.

Shop for Apotheke Science on their official stores on Shopee and Lazada.

8. Colourette Cosmetics

Founded in 2015 by founder and CEO Nina Ellaine Dizon, she describes Colourette in her own words  – “More than just a makeup brand; we are a homegrown socially-aware brand that empowers our audience by using our platforms the way we believe they should be used – and there’s also beauty in that.” The brand works to empower women through different platforms, like its Colourette x Boss Babes Facebook group, which has over 40,000 members. We love their Coloursnap – a multi-use tinted balm that you can use on your eyes, cheeks, and lips. 

Shop for Colourette on https://www.colourettecosmetics.com/ 

9. Sunnies Face

We’re sure you’ve heard of Sunnies Face or seen one of their eye-catching stores in the mall. The brand’s best-known product is their Fluffmatte lippies which have been seen on Hollywood celebrities like Olivia Wilde and Kate Bosworth. They also have innovative makeup products such as Face Glass, a liquid luminizer that gives you that sought-after dewy look and the Perfector, a dual-ended Balm and Blur stick. If you want to update your makeup kit, Sunnies Face is the way to go.

Shop for Sunnies Face on https://www.sunniesface.com/ 

The local skincare and makeup scene has come a long way from just a few years ago. Many of them put effort into using organic ingredients and being environmentally-friendly, which is great not just for your skin, but for everyone. Make sure to try at least one of these local skincare and makeup brands and get ready to be a #lovelocal convert.

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