blogger: kryz uy talks about beauty ideals in philippines
When Kryz Uy started her own site, she was already a blog junkie (her morning routine: switch off alarm, boot up, open all bookmarks). Yet ThirstyThought began in 2009 not as a hobby whim, but a school assignment for her major in communications tech management at Ateneo de Manila University.
She naturally gravitated toward her
favourite topics—fashion and beauty—and soon companies came calling to request her sartorial eye for collaborations. Today, Kryz works as creative director of the retail chain What A Girl Wants, which has stores throughout the Philippines.
Were you always a beauty buff?
“Not so much. I’ve always had a hard time putting on makeup because of my small eyes. I thought I looked better without it. Fortunately, I was a performing artist. I did a lot of dancing back then, and it required me to put on stage makeup. I ended up learning which look was right for my face.”
Who was your first beauty mentor?
“I was my own beauty mentor! I had a lot of failed makeup moments, but after years of practice, I think I have
it down pat.”
How do women approach beauty in the Philippines?
“I think natural beauty is always preferred. Thick makeup or bright colours aren’t a usual sighting here, which is probably why you’ll find skincare products selling faster [than] trendy makeup.”
What is your own beauty philosophy?
“As long as I feel confident in what I’m wearing [clothes and makeup], then
it doesn’t matter what or how much
I have on!”
Filipino beauty secret:
“Not a lot of Filipinos bask under the sun. They love wearing hats and staying in the shade to keep their complexions looking fair.”
Any crazy beauty moments?
“I’m not much of an adventurous beauty girl. The most extreme, I guess, is cutting my own blunt bangs. I’ve never coloured my hair and never done anything extreme to my face either!”
Current beauty inspirations:
“Nicole Warne of [the Australia-based online boutique] Gary Pepper Vintage.
I know a lot of girls who try to make their small Asian eyes look bigger with contacts and falsies, or who dye their hair blonde to look more Western. Nicole doesn’t do this. She embraces her Asian features and looks so good while doing so.”