Martina Cajucom is the creative director and co-founder of Sunnies Studios and Sunnies Face, which single-handedly put Filipina beauty on the global map. Here, the stylish multi-hyphenate shares her go-to bodycare picks, sensorial but high-performance skincare, and the make-up she can’t live without.
Holy grails Avene XeraCalm Lipid Replenishing Cream, $49.90 My husband and daughter suffer from eczema flare-ups, so after extensive research and advice, I found this product. It works wonders for dry skin.
Caudalie Spray Beauty Elixir, $72 for 100ml Another of my favourites—these reaffirm my unwavering trust in French, particularly French drugstore, beauty.
Make-up must-have Sunnies Face Fluffmatte in Vacay, $15.99 Beyond the biases of this choice—I formulated the colour—it really is the most perfect peachy nude and I use it as a multi-product on my cheeks, eyes and a little on the nose as well.
Favourite skincare product Sunnies Face Dream Cream, $29.99 After becoming a mum, my skin became quite sensitive to fragrance and harsh formulas so we created a moisturiser that simplified routines and zoomed in on hydration.
Best hair tool Mason Pearson Boar Bristle hairbrush, £153 The simple act of brushing your hair is so therapeutic and does wonders for the scalp and health of your hair. I also have a fondness for heritage brands that have done a single product well for decades.
Top shelf My current rotation includes Tatcha Dewy Skin Cream, $108 for 50ml, Biologique Recherche P50, $155, Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Oil, $144 for 35ml, Tata Harper Purifying Cleanser, $103 for 125ml and EltaMD UV Clear Facial Sunscreen, US$37. I have combination skin that used to be oily but has since dried out in my 30s, so replenishing and locking in hydration is key.
Self-care ritual Getting a massage! Lymphatic, shiatsu, Swedish, Thai or even performing gua sha on myself—I love it all. I am highly in favour of boosting blood circulation and the healing power of touch.
Boldest beauty look I’ve always been obsessed with monochromatic beauty looks since high school and I once did a green eyeshadow and dark green lipstick look. It wasn’t the most flattering, but I regret nothing as it taught me the art of colour theory and that beauty is meant to be creative and enjoyed.
Mental health marker I enjoy watching movies and they help me gauge my moods—if the tears are flooding, I’m usually in a much more emotional state and that’s perfectly OK. I just like to be aware of it and ride it through.
Runway pick of the season I hardly keep up with what’s going on the runways because my obsessions always bring me back to vintage Jil Sander and Prada.
Collage: Samantha Lek / The Collaging Chronicles
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