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'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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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!
BLUSH AND CONTOUR
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
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.