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Shakira And Sofia Vergara Spill Their Colombian Beauty Secrets

By Meghan Dillon··  5 min read
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Colombian women like Shakira and Sofia Vergara are some of the most beautiful women in the world. Luckily for us, their beauty secrets can be easily added to our routines.

Here are six beauty tips that our favorite Colombian celebrities and models swear by.

1. Take Your Time with Your Skin 

Actress Sofia Vergara is the epitome of ageless beauty, and one of her secrets is to indulge in a little self-care. She likes taking her time "showering, scrubbing, bubbling" while getting ready for a big event instead of rushing to get ready.

Giovanna Campagna, the founder of skincare brand Joaquina Botanica, shares the sentiment, saying that her Colombian mother taught her to “take joy and pride in putting aside time for yourself” to take care of her hair, skin, and nails. Campagna believes that “by putting in just little bits of time into nurturing your beauty and your skin, over time it adds up to aging really gracefully and aging well.”

Make the most of your beauty routine by taking time to exfoliate with The Body Shop Mango Body Scrub or take a bath with the Happy Dance CBD Stress Away Bath Bomb. If you want to get fancy, finish it off with a luxurious body oil like the Tata Harper Revitalizing Anti-Aging Body Oil.

2. Less Is More with Makeup and Skincare

Sofia Vergara believes in the “less is more” approach with makeup, saying, “My mantra is to accentuate my best qualities.” She relies on only one anti-aging cream for her skincare – Crème de la Mer – that she carries with her everywhere, because, as she says, “I believe in prevention. Because once your skin is sagging, it’s sagging.”

The “less is more” theme is also one that Ariadna Gutiérrez embraces. She said, “Less is more in makeup. And you don’t have to over apply your face with a lot of skincare, just the right amount.”

Keep your skincare routine simple with a gentle cleanser like The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser, a hydrating moisturizer like the CeraVe Skin Renewing Night Cream, and indulge yourself with a luxurious skin oil like the Joaquina Botanica Orquídea + Vitamin C Hydrating Glow Oil

3. Protect Your Skin From the Sun

Model and beauty pageant queen Ariadna Gutiérrez has beautiful skin, and her secret behind it is as simple as it gets. When she was asked which product was a must-have, she said, “Definitely sunscreen. One of my favorite sunscreens is the Hydro Boost from Neutrogena because it has hyaluronic acid and it’s super lightweight, so it works as a primer before applying makeup.”

I love that Ariadna prefers a sunscreen that’s both affordable and a great moisturizer. If you want to splurge a little more on your sunscreen, invest in the COOLA Organic Classic Face Sunscreen SPF 50.

4. Choose a Lipstick That Matches Your Lips' Natural Shade

One of Shakira’s many beauty secrets is to keep her makeup natural by wearing lipstick that matches her natural color. Try wearing a nude, pinky-nude, or brown shade that matches your natural lip color but also makes them pop with the more saturated color.

Try to stick to lipsticks with cream or pearl finishes like the Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick. If lipstick isn’t your thing, try a lip gloss like the Fenty Beauty Universal Lip Luminizer.

5. Take Care of Your Smile 

Shakira believes that "a good smile shows off confidence and that’s really the best makeup." She makes sure to take good care of her teeth, and now even is a spokeswoman for Crest 3D White. She jokes that "I’m such a smiler that sometimes photographers have to ask me to stop and give more a serious or sexy look!" You can take care of your smile by investing in a good electric toothbrush, staying away from acidic or staining foods and drinks, and getting plenty of vitamins including calcium.

6. Use a DIY Body Mask

DIY beauty treatments have been passed down through generations in various cultures. Like the DIY hair mask made of vodka and cayenne peppers in Russia, Colombian women have their own DIY body masks. 

Tata Harper, founder of Tata Harper Skin Care writes, "I grew up on the coast [of Colombia], so there was often a lot of exposed skin, so I learned early to make sure to care for the skin on my body – not just on my face. My grandmother taught me an incredible recipe for a DIY body mask that I still use before big events: Make a thick paste of ground oatmeal, honey, a bit of milk, some lemon juice, ground flour, rose water, and pink clay. Apply all over, and rinse after 15 to 20 minutes. It leaves your skin amazingly soft and glowing," 

Want to save time on the DIY? Try a moisturizing body mask like the Hempz Sweet Jasmine & Rose Herbal Hydrating Body Mask or the Kopari Beauty Pink Soufflé Body Mask.

Closing Thoughts

With simple hacks like picking a lipstick that matches your natural lip color and slimming down your skincare routine, it’s easy to embrace our natural beauty like Colombian women do.

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