How would you define your signature look?
I pay close attention to perfecting the base of my client/model based of course on their skin condition and concerns. I don't like using too much foundation if it is not really necessary. Creating the perfect canvas is crucial if you want to achieve a variety of looks. Oh and eyebrows. I'm obsessed with them.
Who is your beauty icon?
I think Madonna will forever be an icon of beauty for me. She never does the same thing twice and she knows what will suit her despite her countless incarnations. That to me is the true test of an icon, someone who can pull off a myriad of styles.
Who is your dream client?
Locally it was Lea Salonga for the longest time. I did her makeup recently. I have to say I was starstruck and that rarely happens to me. Internationally it would again have to be Madonna.
What is your pet peeve when it comes to typical Filipina makeup?
Most Filipinas underestimate the power of a good eyelash curler and waterproof mascara.
What is one makeup product you should always carry in your bag?
What is the first thing that you look at before applying makeup on someone?
I check the condition of their skin and the symmetry of their face. If they are wearing makeup, I take everything off and start over.
What is one blush shade that is universally flattering?
I think a medium rose-toned blush would suit a range of skin tones from mestiza to morena.
What is your tip for an easy smokey eye?
Investing in an excellent Kohl pencil liner in black is more important than using eyeshadow if you wanna achieve the smoky look. Thing is you can use any color eyeshadow but the trick is to line your lash line thickly outside and inside the rims and smudge with a cotton bud. I suggest doing your eyes first before applying foundation to avoid making a mess.
What is your best makeup tip?
Take care of your skin. If you have great skin you won't need a lot of makeup.
What is your favorite current make up trend?
Bright lips in corals or pinks and strong brows.
10 BEAUTY COMMANDMENTS
1. Apply liquid foundation with a fluffy brush if you want sheer coverage, a sponge for medium coverage and a flat brush for full coverage.
2. Shape brows by filling in sparse areas of your brows with a sharp, brown pencil using light, feathery strokes. Use a spoolie brush to comb brows and blend the product. Apply a brow gel to set your brows in place.
3. To choose the right foundation shade do this strip test: apply 3 shades of foundation that mimic your skin tone to your jaw line. Blend the edges. Head outdoors and check which shade disappears into the skin in natural light with minimal blending.
4.Bright lips are a must this season. A Strong fuschia or orange pout paired with a bare face is very fashion forward.
5. Use a makeup base to make your foundation adhere to the skin better and last longer.
6. Do not match your eyeshadow with your outfit. Your best bet is to use cool tones if your outfit is in the same color family. Same goes for warm tones. You can wear a red lip or a smoky eye if your outfit is neutral. But always remember that with makeup there are no hard and fast rules.
7. Piling on concealer on your undereye area may make the problem area more obvious and pronounced. Gently pat concealer on to your eye area using your finger and blend.
8. Always smile when applying blush. Sucking your cheeks in is very dated.
9. Blend foundation well around the jaw and hair line to make your base less obvious.
10. Apply lip gloss from the center of the lip blending outwards to create the illusion of fuller lips.
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