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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Makeovers! Shakeovers!

One thing I like about grooming and make-up is the makeover. You get to use your artistic skill to bring out the great features of the person you are doing make-up and hide the parts that they do not want to be highlighted. Sometimes people are used to their daily make-up routines that they no longer made an impact because it is the look that they always wear – so makeovers from time to time will help people see them differently and it’s very refreshing.

My friend Marge, the very good/artistic jewelry designer of Estrellas Manila and entrepreneur for Wall to Wall, and I paid a visit to our friend Engie (one of my make-up artist friend and mentor) and Pen (photographer) apartment so that they could check out my make-up skill. I get to do makeovers on Marge and Engie that day but I will be showing you today the look that I created for Marge.

 Marge photo by Me
Marge is acidic so foundation tends to turn darker when contact with her skin. She also has a very oily skin. Under eye puffiness that are slightly darker that the rest of her skin are some of her main concerns. These are the things that I need to consider in doing her makeover.
First I have to prep her skin (I will have a separate entry on this including primer…). I first use corrector under her eye to combat dark under eye circles and puffiness and set it with loose powder. Then mix two kinds of foundation to match her skin tone. Making sure that the products I used for her are water based since she naturally has oily skin. Then spot concealing on areas that needed more coverage. Then I set the foundation and concealer with loose powder. Contouring and highlight are then applied.

Skin Prep the first step to a flawless face
On to her eye makeup, I first use primer on her entire lid to help eyeshadows to become more pigmented and will last longer since we’re having lunch later that day and probably end up having dinner there also. Then I applied eyeshadow with the same color as her skin from her lash line up to her brow bone as base. Then applied darker brown with orange tone on her entire lid. Then darker brown (darker than the brown with orange tone) is applied to outer part of the eye and blend it up to her crease to create depth and contour. With the same eyeshadow color I also applied it on her lower lash line.  Then apply black eyeshadow close to upper lash liner. To finish it off, I applied a pearly flesh tone on her brow bone, inner corner of the eyes, and center of the lid to highlight that part of her eye. Make sure that every shade is well blended.

Applying eyeshadow using Dollface 88 Earth Color Palette

Then I applied gel eyeliner on her upper lash line and extend it slightly to create a wing effect. This will help contour her eyes more. I curl her eyelashes and put on a single coat of mascara. Then I applied two false eyelashes (the second one cut in half and put it in the outer part of the eye) and put another coat or two of mascara.

I just filled in her eyebrows with dark brown color for more definition.
To make a natural looking blush I combined two blush colors. First a peach shade and on top of that a cinnamon blush shade is applied.
Since I am going for a natural look on her I put on a lipstick with a beige peach shade on it on top of a lip liner.
And that finishes the look.
Check the before-and-after look below:

 Marge used Anime contact lens
Her make-up stayed the whole day until she removed it. Her skin becomes a bit oily on the evening but blotting it with tissue and it’s good as new.
Check the video below where Pen interviewed me about how I feel about the look I just made for Marge.

Having fun after the makeover

Listed below are the products used for this look. You may click on the product name for more info about it.
Corrector: Nyx concealer in a jar in Orange, Elf concealer corrector palette using the Green one, Jazzy photo ready in PR-001
Concealer: Covergirl and Olay Simple Agless eye concealer in 215
Foundation: Revlon PhotoReady in 003 mixed with L’oreal True Match in G3
Powder: Nars Loose Powder in Eden mixed with Fashion 21 in #1.
Contour and Highlight: Dollface
Eyes: Elf Eyelid Primer in Sheer, Dollface 88 Earth Color Palette
Eyeliner: Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner
Eyebrows: Wet and Wild Ultimate Brow Kit
Cheeks: Maybelline Blush in Peachy Sweetie and Creamy Cinnamon
Lips: L’oreal in Sandalwood Beige and Etude House Lipliner
Hope you enjoy reading this blog and comments are well appreciated.

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Monday, March 12, 2012

Welcome! Welcome!

my makeup on brides and bridal clients
Wow, first blog entry. This is kind of big, right?

I’ve been debating whether I should start my own blog about grooming and make-up or not. After a lot of thinking I finally told myself, why not, after all this is my job now so why not talk about it.

my makeup brushes

My makeup tools
photo by afamaphotography

I left my job that pays me well to become a full time freelance photographer, make-up, stylist and digital artist. I’ve dedicated most of my career in a corporate world and I thought this would be the perfect year to start focusing on the artistic part of me.

This blog, however, will focus on the make-up side of it. First of all, I graduated at Center ofAesthetic Studies (CAS) last year and ever since I’ve been doing a lot of make-up and grooming for wedding, portfolio shoots, TV commercials, and other clients.

Make-up by Me
Hair by Jem

Why make-up? You might ask me. In photo shoots there were times that the make-up artists we hire flaked on us. Everyone was already there so it’s really a waste not to go through with it. With my background in watercolor painting I tried painting our models’ faces with their own make-up so we could continue with the shoot. The outcome turned really well and I started liking doing make-up. I find make-up application easier as compared to watercolor (where you will be working on a blank paper).
Photo by Me 

Also, as a photographer I’ve wanted to create a coffee book table about images that I could capture and immortalized them in a book. I’ve had a lot of make-up artist friends but most of them are already well known in the industry and their schedules are insanely full – it’s hard to just sit with them and discuss my idea.

 Photography by Me for View Magazine
Make-up by Nanan
Hair by George

A perfect opportunity came when my friend was telling me that she wanted a new hobby and I told her why not take up make-up class, I suggested. She only agreed when I told her that I’d be joining her. She did not, however, take up the class because her boy friend then proposed to her and they needed to save the money on their big day. Since I already paid for my tuition fee, I continued the class. So here I am now, a full pledge make-up artist (and I’d probably be doing my friend’s make-up on her wedding day next year).

I idea of this blog is to show the readers the power of makeup and how it can enhance the natural beauty of each individual that I painted on. I also will be showing different looks that I already created and will be creating in the future. I’ll share different tips, tricks and suggestions. I’ll be showing how to correct make-up oversights and probably products that you may want to use and consider buying. Products and make-up tools review and more are included also in my repertoire.

 Make-up by Me

I hope that you will find some time to read my blog entries. And just leave a comment whenever you feel like it.
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