Friday, February 17, 2012

Model: Lily


Makeup by: Patty Aricheta
Hairstyle by: Gloria Cruz

BTS: Daniel Tan Photography (pt1)

Recently, I got invited by Daniel Tan to be the makeup artist for his photoshoot in Elite Studios. He's a professional photographer and Nikon Ambassador. I was so excited to work with him again. You gotta love his refreshing works, check them here. Thumbs up!

Gloria Cruz (hairstylist) and I arrived in A Venue 45 minutes before the appointment, so we had enough time to have our breakfast first before heading to the studio.

Minutes after we had set up our workstations, a beautiful 6-footer girl walked in and we suddenly felt like Hobbits. Ms. Eughie Teng (Managing Director of Elite Manila) instructed me to do natural and fresh makeup a la "Ponds", our first model just arrived...
Meet Lily, a young Russian model who specializes in catwalk. She told me that she's been modeling for 5 months. She's very shy and apologized that her English is very bad, but I told her not to be sorry and that maybe she can teach me some Russian words instead. She's very sweet and taught me how to say "Hi!" (Privet!) and "How are you?" (Kak dela?) in Russian. She was giggling when I was trying to repeat the pronunciations, I hope it don't sound bad! But I'm glad the Russian beauty loosen up while I was doing her makeup.
All dolled up

Hairstyle by Gloria Cruz

Doing retouches before the photoshoot. See how tall she is?
I will be posting Lily's photos next...

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Maybelline ColorSensational Lipstick in Bonbon Pink

I've been craving to get a really nice pink lipstick which is perfect for daytime and daily use. Thanks to Nikki of Ask Me Whats for sharing her favorite pink lipstick, I had a little trip to the lipstick counter and grabbed this shade to try.
Let's try this on!

Maybelline's ColorSensational lipsticks (Php299).

What I like...
  • Keeps my lips moisturized
  • Has SPF15
  • Very rich pink color
  • Catchy name.... Bonbon Pink!
What I don't like...
  • It gives a little hint of shimmer. It's not really bad, but I just find that a bit unexpected.

Since I get to like so many things about this lipstick, I give it 4 kisses!

Tips: If you are planning to wear a pink lipstick, do not overdo it with the eyeshadow. Too much pink on your face wouldn't look flattering. So take it easy and try on some neutral shades. Especially if you're wearing this for casual or daytime.

I must say that I'm getting addicted to lipstick specifically pink shades. I want more! And I'm still searching for... The One! Hehe.

What's your favorite PINK lipstick? Please share it with me! Would love to try your favorites too.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Suesh Small LED Vanity Mirror

Last week I got this really cute vanity mirror from Suesh!

Check it out!


It's a small hand-held vanity mirror with LED lights installed! When folded, it's approximately a bit bigger than my Blackberry phone, very portable! So, you don't need to go anywhere else to find a light just for you to retouch your makeup!

NOTE: Do not look through the mirror in between the lights, because it'll hurt your eyes.
Use the opposite mirror instead, so you can enjoy the lighting slightly from underneath or on the side.

It's so cute that you'll surely adore it too! You can also choose from the available plain colors and animal-printed designs! Php380 each.

Check out their website:

Suesh Makeup Toolkits branches:
  • #34 Wilson St., Greenhills, San Juan
  • Ground Floor, Trinoma Mall, North Edsa, Quezon City
  • Lower Ground Floor, Alabang Town Center

Do you guys already have this in your kikay kit? Tell me about it!



Saturday, February 4, 2012

Basic Makeup Tools

Insert Black Eyed Peas song:
Let’s Get It Started in heeeere!

Wouldn’t it be nice if you keep that song in your head while you read this post? Hehe.

Question: How much do you love makeup? This much? Or thiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiis much? 
I know most girls love makeup and all the kikay stuff… it’s a girl thing! Right? But not only makeup, we also need the right tools for the job.

Here are the BASIC makeup and tools you need:

There are brush sets for personal and for professional use. When you buy, you can feel the texture of the brushes before purchasing, just to check it's softness and if it doesn't shed.
I honestly got the “personal set” plus some single brushes I purchased from different brands when I was in makeup school. But when I graduated, I finally bought the professional set as a gift for myself. I highly recommend Suesh, not only because most makeup artists uses this brand but because I know the quality of their brushes is really good.

There’s no need to buy all the shades available at the makeup counter. Panic buying?Haha! Relax! You will only need light, medium, and dark shades then you can simply mix them together whenever needed. For personal use, make sure it matches your skin tone.

Creamy but lightweight concealers are meant to even out the tone of the skin. Choosing the wrong shade can either highlight or darken a spot. Nobody wanted to look like a dalmatian! ;p

This is to set your makeup. A loose powder or pressed powder that matches the shade of the skin. Don't get yourself look like an espasol so careful using a white loose powder!

The beautiful colors are calling our attention, I know most of us are such a sucker for these! You can buy them in singles and quads. But for makeup artists, the best is to get them in palettes! Test the colors' pigmentation, one layer of application should already show colors. Don't be a victim and settle for some brands where you applied 10+ layers of eyeshadows already and the color is still white. Of course, I’m exaggerating but you get what I mean?

These are available in liquid (try Avon), gel/cream (you can check E.L.F. or Maybelline), or pencil (I’ve read that Ever Bilena is suggested by most). I recently purchased 1 Ever Bilena eye pencil. Will post my review after I test it. 

Black and brown colors are commonly used. Better if it’s waterproof with volumizing and lengthening formula. I use Maybelline and I love it!

Pink and peach shades of blush are enough. As for contour, you gotta have the matte finish and must look natural as possible when applied. Do not get the shinny (shimmery splendid?) ones unless you want a bronzed look.

This should match the shade of your lipstick for definition and durability.

Red, pink and nude colors are good to start with.

Facial tissue, wet wipes, cotton swabs, makeup remover, eyelash curler, false lashes, lash adhesive, lip balms, disposable applicators, sponges.

This is the most important thing before anything else. But this will be easy if you really love what you’re doing. Unless you’re having a bad day, keep this quote in mind: “Act enthusiastic and you will be enthusiastic.”

So there you have it! I hope this helps you in building your makeup kit! You can also use this list if you're planning to go to a makeup school.

Good luck!


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