Carrying a sweet smile as she enters the room, JULIANA GOMEZ warmly greets everyone on set. Certainly, she’s no stranger to public attention. While the morena beauty has been carrying on the legacy led by her celebrity parents Richard Gomez and Lucy Torres-Gomez, she’s carved a path of her own, having walked the runway as a Bench model in 2010, appearing in magazine covers, and even billboards. From her off-duty looks to red carpet glam, we’re captivated by her commanding presence.
The statuesque beauty is on the cusp of adulthood after celebrating her 18th birthday last September. Aside from preparing for college entrance exams, the Bench model is making the most of her teenage years doing the things she loves: spending time with friends and family, traveling, and attending music festivals. On top of enjoying her youth, she’s also bent on pursuing volleyball, a sport where her athletic dad excelled in as well.
During our shoot, we discover that she’s actually a low-maintenance girl when it comes to makeup. “I don’t really splurge when it comes to beauty ‘cause I don’t really wear a lot of makeup,” she shares. While she considers herself a beauty minimalist, she can look equally gorge in a gilded copper eye look and metallic silver lids as you’ll see in the photos below.
What are the things you’re looking forward to now that you’re 18?
Honestly, I’m looking forward to losing my baby fat. Apparently, it goes away when a person turns 18. I’m also looking forward to college ‘cause that’s where I’m going next year, and being legal now, I can probably drive and get my license.
Name one Virgo quality that you identify the most with.
I can’t really remember a lot, but if there’s one thing I read, it’s that Virgos are very friendly and have really big hearts, and I agree with that. I’m a very extroverted person, I love making friends, and I’d like to think that I have a very big heart.
Aside from school and volleyball training, what are the things that keep you busy these days?
Right now, I’m busy with review for the college application exams, but when I have time, I make it a point to spend a lot of time with my family and travel a lot. I go to a lot of concerts too, ‘cause I really like music.
Since we’re on the topic, who are your favorite artists?
I’ve been listening to a lot of Tom Misch lately. I still listen to a lot of Mariah [Carey] and old school R&B artists for sure.
How about your favorite travel destination, what places are in your bucket list?
Spain, definitely. I’ve made a lot of memories there with both my friends and my family. It’s a place that’s super close to my heart.
But I really want to go to India one day ‘cause of the rich culture. I wanna go back to Mexico, that’s for sure, and I wanna explore the Philippines more ‘cause I’ve only been to a handful of beaches here.
What’s the most memorable experience you have from traveling on your own?
When my friends and I went to Spain for the Camino de Santiago. We spent three weeks just going around the south and then another week just in Madrid. We had the time of our lives—it was insane. It would be unfair to just narrow it down to one moment. I think it was the whole experience that made it so memorable.
You once described yourself as being “way too camera shy”. Have you gotten more comfortable in front of the camera now?
Yeah, I mean I smile with teeth now, did you see me earlier? I could never do that before. Like I couldn’t even smile with teeth or anything, and it’s a big thing for me. I’ve been practicing [laughs]. [My glam team] knows that.
Yeah, I mean I smile with teeth now, did you see me earlier? I could never do that before. Like I couldn’t even smile with teeth or anything, and it’s a big thing for me.
What’s the best tip you’ve picked up from having your makeup done by professional makeup artists?
Less is more, definitely, ‘cause that’s [Jason delos Reyes’] thing also. That’s why I like working with Jason, ‘cause [the makeup] is not super thick all the time.
Name your top three must-have makeup products.
Blush, brow gel, and lip balm.
What’s your biggest beauty splurge?
I don’t really splurge when it comes to beauty ‘cause I don’t really wear a lot of makeup, but I just buy the Anastasia Beverly Hills brow pencils. I buy three different shades every time ‘cause they run out so fast.
I wish I was more like my dad in that sense. He’s very confident, but I guess I wasn’t super confident before. I’m still not, but I’m getting there, you know? I’m becoming more comfortable with myself, I guess.
How about your skincare routine?
Every day, I wear concealer most of the time under my eyes, so I make it a point to remove that like first thing when I get home and then I wash my face, toner, I exfoliate every other day ‘cause my skin is really dry and peels a lot. Then when I have super big pimples, I apply spot treatment, but that’s basically it.
What was your favorite beauty and fashion moment?
I always say this: when I shot my first solo cover for Meg. That was my favorite ‘cause it was super memorable. I also have a handful of favorite looks because I like to try different things all the time, so it’s never really the same.
What traits did you inherit from your parents?
Physically, I think I got my dad’s eyes and my mom’s face shape. But as a person, I think I got my mom’s shyness, definitely. I wish I was more like my dad in that sense. He’s very confident, but I guess I wasn’t super confident before. I’m still not, but I’m getting there, you know? I’m becoming more comfortable with myself, I guess. But then when it comes to my mom, I think [I got] her faith. I’m a super prayerful person and so is my mom.
I’m working towards a better body, clearer skin, and all that and just knowing that I’m actually making an effort to achieve those things. Knowing that I’m doing my part gives me confidence.
What do you think is the best thing about being a young person today?
I think we have this great advantage ‘cause of the people around us—the adults around us and our schools. They pay more attention now to the kids who are good at art and who excel in sports. During my mom’s time, they thought being doctors, businessmen, and lawyers are the superior jobs. But now, being a creative director or a painter is a good thing too. They give credit to those students now. I see that as a good thing.
Do you feel like you’re given a lot more freedom?
Yes. Also, a lot more opportunities, especially as an athlete. I love how schools now pay so much attention to that. It’s not just about academics anymore; it’s completely different now.
What makes you feel confident?
Just the comfort that I have with myself. I’m working towards a better body, clearer skin, and all that and just knowing that I’m actually making an effort to achieve those things. Knowing that I’m doing my part gives me confidence.
Photographed by Miguel Alomajan
Makeup by Jason delos Reyes
Hair by Mark Anthony Rosales
Styled by Angela de Dios