Alex Centomo has been publishing content to her hugely popular social channels since 2012. She has amassed a staggering number of followers specifically on her Instagram and YouTube accounts, with over 1.5 million combined, and that's including just her personal YouTube channel - not the one she shares with her fiancé! She publishes lifestyle, travel, beauty and fashion posts to her channels, and most recently travelled to Europe visiting a few of her favourite countries.
We recently chatted with Alex, who shared a few of her favourite beauty and travel tips, plus what she's looking forward to most this year.
Read our interview with Alex below:
Nude by Nature (NBN): Can you share a little about how you started out in terms of your YouTube channel, Instagram account, and the style of content that you produce now for all your social channels.
Alex: I was working at a clothing store, helping out with their social media as well as modelling for them, and all of a sudden I started gaining my own following. I started working extremely hard at it, and was eventually able to start pursuing it full time.
Nude by Nature (NBN): What do you think are a couple of the most important beauty products that every Canadian woman should own?
Alex: A really good face sunscreen or BB cream with an SPF. I think it’s important for everyone to protect their skin from the sun. You’ll thank me later, don’t worry. I also think any BB cream or foundation that is good for dry skin is important. It gets very cold here in the winter, so this is a must!
Nude by Nature (NBN): What are a couple of your favourite everyday beauty hacks?
Alex: SPF, ChapStick, and I use my bronzer for everything - including eyeshadow, to save time.
Nude by Nature (NBN): We've been collaborating with you recently which is really great. Are you able to let us know about a few of your favourite Nude by Nature make-up products?
Alex: I have been loving the Perfecting Primer lately. I've always found it hard to find a good primer, but this one keeps my make-up on for a long time and it smells amazing. I also have been using the Matte Pressed Bronzer every day to give my face the same colour as the rest of my body. It’s so natural looking. I’ve been getting a ton of questions about it! And, I love the consistency of the Translucent Loose Finishing Powder. It's super lightweight, and let’s my skin breathe while still setting my make-up in place.
Nude by Nature (NBN): Have you spotted any beauty trends that you think are going to be really big in the next year?
Alex: I’ve seen a lot of designers use the 80’s make-up on the runways, so I think it’s on its way back. Not sure if I’m too keen on it because I’m a neutral gal, but I’m excited to see how others rock it!
Nude by Nature (NBN): You are getting married really soon! Congratulations! How is all the planning going?
Alex: Surprisingly, not as stressful as I thought! I’m super grateful about that, but I’m also not a very picky person, so I don’t need it to be a certain way. I’m just excited to walk down the aisle and marry my best friend.
Nude by Nature (NBN): Recently you were travelling in Europe. Are you able to let us know about a few of the favourite places you visited?
Alex: Lake Como! It was magical. Dan and I loved it so much we were thinking of doing our honeymoon there. It’s a massive lake in between the Alps, and it’s still in Italy, so you get the Italian architecture, culture and food. Best combinations ever.
Nude by Nature (NBN): Do you have any tips when it comes to beauty products to pack when travelling?
Alex: I always make sure to buy travel size of all my favourite beauty products so that I can pack them in my carry-on. I’m always scared to lose my luggage, so this ensures I have it with me. I try and keep it simple as well because I believe the less you do to your face, the better. I bring a cleanser, a moisturizer, make-up removing oil, and two face masks for the plane. My skin gets so dry on airplanes, so this is very important! I usually do it one hour before landing. Everyone looks at me funny, but I don’t care because I walk off that plane glowing.
Nude by Nature (NBN): When you’re chilling out, what’s your favourite social media platform to scroll through?
Alex: Instagram. I love photography, and I love seeing the content that people put out there!
Nude by Nature (NBN): How about other blogs & social accounts/influencers that you follow and love?
Alex: YouTube is second to me. I’ve been in this weird phase of watching these Mukbang type videos. I find them so fascinating, and I love the stories some people tell. But for fashion and beauty, obviously my best friend Tess Christine. She’s amazing. And I love following Negin Mirsalehi as well.
Nude by Nature (NBN): Last question! Aside from your wedding, what else are you looking forward to in the next 12 months?
Alex: Dan and I have been talking about trying for a baby.
Big Thanks Alex! We really appreciate your time.
All images courtesy of Alex Centomo.