Friday, September 25, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
It actually feels comfortable on the skin. If you're quite oily, I suggest applying little amount first, gradually building up the color. MAC recommends to use brush 191 (the square-type foundation brush) to apply this, but fingers and sponge would just do fine. As this is a creamy-type foundation (but not too heavy), it is best to set it with powder, either Studio Fix, Select Sheer, or the recommended loose transparent powder from the Prep + Prime line of MAC.
The concealer really is something, and the MAC guest artists did a test run of it at the tech rehearsals of Spring Awakening just today, and we could really attest to its staying power.
On the other hand, you can also watch this video I made of Mikee describing the Studio Sculpt line. I sort of ambushed Mikee on a weekday at the counter. I'm glad that the MAC Makati counter accomodated this interview despite a rather busy counter day. Thanks guys!
A little correction is that the concealer should be set with Mineralize Skinfinish powder with a 187 brush. :)
MAC Studio Sculpt foundation retails for Php 1,900 while the concealer is being sold for Php 950.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
- Strobe undercover
- Studio Sculpt foundation NC30
- Studio Sculpt concealer NC30
- Studiofix powder NC35
- Dollymix Sheertone Shimmer Blush
- brows: e/s in Espresso
- base: Paint Pot in Painterly
- shadow: Ricepaper all over lid. Expensive pink on the eyelid and lower lid and blend well.
- pencil: Powerpoint in Duck
- Hollywood Nights
Friday, September 11, 2009
- Model: Nilou Alipour
- Photographer: Andrian Jutba
Andy's themes go very well with dewy skin and hair naturally air-dried. Mineralize line was my best friend. Since the eyebrows can get lost with dewy skin, I darkened and defined them while keeping the softness using tinted brow gel (MAC Girl Boy). I used beige lipgloss to accentuate her lips. Her outfit was just a basic black tank top, acid wash jeans, and heels, simple and casual.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
MAC Philippines gives birth to its fourth counter (in this case, store). Teaser post got all of us wondering when and now it comes to us and definitely, on its first day of operations I was there, wearing black, of course, to welcome its youngest store at the Powerplant Mall.
To summarize my 5-hour stay in the store, here's a video on what went on during that day.
Just edited the video this morning. Taken with my Canon Powershot A430 and edited using Windows Movie Maker (geek!). Spot also the newest collections, Make-Up Art Cosmetics, a collaboration between MAC and American artists Richard Phillips, Maira Kalman, and Marilyn Minter.
Pictures make the event complete, of course. :)
MAC Philippines brand coordinator Cyndee Icasas and MAC guest artist Angel Manhilot. Again, Cyndee and yours truly, when there's less people on the store. Cyndee's smoky blue makeup by Sam Gallardo (MAC e/s in Freshwater, Ricepaper, Carbon, and Black Tied) . Red lipstick for the day is MAC lipliner in Beet, then MAC Ruby Woo + MAC Russian Red + MAC Red on top as a satiny, creamy, and long-wearing gloss.
The store is located right next to Beauty Bar (the former Lush store). So, if you enter Rockwell via the Starbucks entrance, just go straight and you'll see MAC's iconic black color and logo greeting you. Looks like there would be one more store that I'd frequent everytime I'm in Rockwell now. :)
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Click for a larger version and up-close sight on the face. Andy's style is very candid and unique, and he captures each frame and creates a story with his shots. He's also a very good videographer and he documents everyday life and our shoots with video. When I asked him what software he uses to edit, he smiles and tells me it's Windows Movie Maker and not high-end software, yet his works are at par with international pegs.
I love how natural the mood is - natural light, natural mood, free, and living instead of pose-y. He tells me his favorite set consists of a good source of natural light, a bed, and a window. Simple but high impact.
- Model: Bambi de la Cruz
- Photographer: Andrian Jutba
- Makeup: Jarwin Manosa of MAC
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Frame the eyes with a strong pair of brows. I'm using here Shu Uemura eyebrow gel in Seal Brown, which gives a natural but strong definition. I like the ashy brown color since it fits most Asian tones.Now here's the eye makeup. First, I prepped the eye with an eye color base for the eyeshadow to have something to hold on to. Some girls prefer wetting the brushes but I really prefer applying the eyeshadow dry or at least with a primer or creme shadow base. The wet technique can contaminate the makeup with the moisture (moisture breeds bacteria) so invest on a good eyeshadow primer or base, as this will save your makeup from wet application contamination. I used here Laura Mercier eye basics in eye bright.
For the eyes, I dabbed my eyeshadow brush (stiff bristles deposit more color) on my matte red eyeshadow and applied this at the center of my lid (A). For the contour, I dabbed a coppery bronze eyeshadow on the crease area (B) as shown. As the colors look imperfect and clumsy, the solution for this is to blend the colors real well so they end up looking seamless (C). Highlight the brow with a warm gold color and don't forget to blend. I didn't highlight the inner corners of my eyes as they could accentuate my wide-set eyes. (products: MAC Cabared Red, Dreammaker, and Glamour Check! eyeshadows).
Finally, for more definition, I lined and tightlined her eyes with soft black pencil and smudged it to get it in between the lashes. Black eyeshadow with shimmer was used to set the pencil to prevent travelling (products: MAC Eye Kohl in Feline and eyeshadow in Mont Black) of eyeshadow.
For flirty fringes, curl lashes and apply mascara.
Strong and bold eyes like this go with a nude and natural lip so I kept my lips moist by applying Lip Conditioner in Popster. At the end, the eyes should look like this:
So that's my own way of wearing red eyeshadow on eyes.
Monday September 7, 2009
Tuesday September 8, 2009
Inner Strength. Outer Beauty
Wednesday September 9, 2009
Thursday September 10, 2009
Meet & Greet with Super Restorative Line
Friday September 11, 2009
The Intelligent Investment In Your Future Skin
Saturday September 12, 2009
Beautiful Skin Solutions
2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Sunday September 13, 2009
Relax and Rejuvenate with the Institut Touch
2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Monday September 14, 2009
Brain Beauty Connection
These workshops are free. There are special discounts given to participants who join the workshops. See You!
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Makeup artist for this shoot is Angel Manhilot. Angel and I met as we both have been working as guest makeup artists for MAC. Of course our favorite brand is what she used. :) The first outfit was like a rocker outfit where I used liquid leggings, a corset, and a leopard bra.
The second layout was a humongous black ballgown and Angel changed my lips to a striking blood-red hue and let my hair loose and messy.
This has got to be the most favorite shot of that series... It's definitely creepy.
The height of my hair had to be combed down well and since it was held in place by Aqua-Net, I needed 2 packets of conditioner to get it out. Which reminds me, with thatmuch product and teasing to my hair, my hair should get treated already. This was one shoot where I had to do super toning exercises. to get into shape and fit in the corset.
Hair and makeup: Angel Manhilot
Photos: Bien Gutierrez
Location: Red Digital Studios
I'm still alive and kicking and still in the process of blogging. I woke up today feeling really groggy and heavy, like I turned to lead overnight. Anyway, I did the necessary adjustments in my blog so it still stays the same.
As I've said I'll be adding more features, here's one: Behind-the-Scenes footage of my recent shoot with once again, Victor. Here's Victor and me after the shoot. I stayed throughout all the layouts and helped him remove his makeup since the layers were quite heavy.
The shoot started at around 3 pm and we finished at around 7 PM. It sure was a lot of fun with such a fantastic group of people. The clothes were uttmost fabulous. Again, Dennis's famous
white hoodie makes a comeback. After that, since Apy and Dennis had work to do, Andy, Victor, and I had dinner and coffee at Greenbelt, just to detox and talk.