Red Carpet Inspired Glam Makeup Look

Tora Birch Tree is out tonight !

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I created this look for our MARS Christmas Party. It was entitled “Mars Magic Ball”, a pun on the yearly party of Star Magic Ball, thus the “Red Carpet” theme for the party.

I almost didn’t attend the party at the last-minute. Due to miscommunication errors and the stress of the Christmas 2016 season, the dress that I borrowed from a designer friend did not make it. When I told my associate producer, Gex, that I was bowing out of the party, she tried her best to convince me to find a gown. I told her it was impossible to find a gown with one day left before the party.

I had lost interest already.

It takes a lot of effort and planning to go out in Drag and I don’t want to be a half-baked Drag Queen at any given time. So with a heavy heart, I scrapped my makeup concept and placed my heels back into its box.

Magiting Shoot
I am seen here wearing a 50’s inspired gown made by Hanz Coquilla. Circa 2012.

Luckily enough the stylist of Suzi Abrera, David Baky, was within ear shot. He told me that he had a gown in storage that was worn by Suzi three years ago. He was so sure that it would fit me. The gown happened to belong to a Cebuano designer, Hanz Coquilla, who happens to be a very good friend. He has dressed me numerous times throughout the years. Knowing his design style, his sentiments and the fact that he enjoys dressing Drag Queens once in a while, my interest in the party got rekindled.

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I fitted the dark teal jersey gown the morning of the christmas party. I thank the universe that it hanged well on me.  To my surprise, this dress had some considerable weight to it.

The gown was very feminine because of the draping and ruching placed at parts; an indication that the design inspiration was Madame Gres. It had a lace under shirt that peaked around my abdomen and it had a dramatic “V” the entire length of my back coupled with a gentle drape of material that made me look elegant, soft and sexy at the same time.

Back detail
Back detail

There were a few repairs that had to be made + I had to install some breast pads. Thank God this gown had long sleeves and no slits. Having to shave at the last minute would have added a stressor that I would not have welcomed.  I got my wig out, mounted it on its stand and thought of a makeup concept now that I have seen the dress.

Royal Navy
Royal Navy by Orly

I accessorized this look by borrowing some drop costume pearl earrings from Cindy Briones, Assistant Stylist of Lianne Locsin to Camille Prats, and wore my simple Jewelmer Pearl Bracelet.

With a vague memory of the color of the gown, I had my nails done in a salon the day before. I chose the color called Royal Navy from Orly. It was a royal blue nail polish that had teal shimmer in it. I’m glad that this color went well with the gown and the over all look.

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At The Party
With the gang

The party turned out to be a blast!

Good food, lots of laughter, lots of karaoke, lot’s of games and prizes! The only unfortunate event that happened was my heels got busted upon my arrival at the Music Bank karaoke bar.

Only a few of us dressed up for the party, which always happens. I had not known that there was going to be a prize given to the person who dressed up for the occasion. But before the awarding, a beauty pageant ensued! Ernal, Ogie, Erica, Erwin, Jana (the only girl) and I sashayed and twirled to our hearts content. To my surprise, despite not wearing heels, I won the top prize! It was a beautiful ending to a not so beautiful beginning.

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Here is the makeup tutorial video I made recreating the Red Carpet Inspired Glam Makeup Look for Mars Magic Ball Christmas Party. Please take note that, as an experiment, I shot this video with my new Iphone 7 using the front camera. I also edited this on the iMovie app that came with the phone. So pardon me for some focus issues and some light burn.

Products listed in order of use. Feel free to click on their names to be brought to their webpage:

FACE:

Dr. Jart+ Trans-foam Clay in Calming White

VMV Hypoallergenics Fine Finish Pore Minimizing Skin Mattifier

Garnier Brightening Eye Roll-On. To read my blog about this product, click here.

Nars Radiance Enhancing Pr0-Prime

Kryolan Eye-Brow Plastic

MUD Cosmetics Corrector Palette. I used BC4 and Deep Brown.

MUD Cosmetics Zero Loose Powder

MAC Full Coverage Foundation in NW 25 and NW 35

MUD Cosmetics Make-up Sponge

MUD Cosmetics Powder Puff

Ben Nye Banana Powder

MUD Cosmetics Desert Loose Powder

Nars Creamy Radiant Concealer in Custard

BLUSH/BRONZER:

Guerlain Terracotta Summer Stones (Discontinued). Click here to read my blog about this product.

Japonesque Kumadori Contour and Highlighting Brush

Sephora Collection Romantic Rose No. 10 (Discontinued)

Beau-Temps Paris Bager Fan Brush

EYES:

🎼I saw the sign, and it opened up my eyes, I saw the sign! 🎤

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Nars Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base. To read my blog about this product, click here.

Laura Mercier Pony Tail Brush

Laura Mercier Matte Eye Colour in Cafe Au Lait. Read my blog about this product here.

Laura Mercier Matte Eye Colour in Truffle. Read my blog about this product here.

Laura Mercier Corner Eye Colour Brush (Discontinued)

Coastal Scents Dome Blender Brush. This brush was part of a set.

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in Black Ink 1. Read my blog about this product here.

Sakura Art Paint Brush #855 in National Bookstore.

Chanel Ombre D’Eau Fluid Iridescent Eyeshadow (Discontinued)

Coastal Scents Elite Blender Brush. This brush was part of a set.

Duo Eyelash Adhesive in Clear

M.O.D.E.L. 21 Eyelashes in Number 8. Bought this in Ben Thanh Market in Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam.

Maybelline Master Precise Curvy Liquid Liner

Maybelline Color Tattoo 24h Concentrated Crayon in Creamy Chocolate 730

Nars Laguna

BROWS:

Maybelline Brow Precise Micro Crayon in Deep Brown

Browlash Ex Eyebrow Coat. Read my blog about this product here.

LIPS:

Purederm Argan Oil Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes

Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Paimpol. Click here to read my blog about this product.

L.A. Colors Lip Liner in Natural P512

Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Sex Machine. Click here to read my blog about this product.

HIGHLIGHT:

Inglot Face and Body Illuminator 62

BRONZER:

Nars Casino

Wig:

New Vanity – Chocolate Kiss from Wigs by Vanity

 

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Let me say that the products I am using has worked for me and it might not necessarily work for you. Always be discerning when purchasing cosmetics or skin care products. Always read the label and the literature! Always do a patch test before you purchase a product for the first time to see that you are not allergic to any of the ingredients listed.

This video is not sponsored. The products that are shown here are the products that I always use, love and live by.

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Vintage 1940s Makeup Tutorial Film from GlamourDaze.com

I was not intending on searching Youtube for such kind of a film, I stumbled upon this makeup tutorial serendipitously. I was looking at a different video, one of Elizabeth Taylor applying her eye makeup when I saw the title of this video from the periphery of my eyes.

After watching this film, I became curious and started to remember seeing people using creams as part of their skincare routine.

In the early days of my career (circa 2006) I assisted Patrick Rosas, makeup artist of Gretchen Barretto. I have seen Gretchen use Pond’s Cold Cream (launched 1910) to remove her makeup. She would massage her face with it and wipe it off with some tissue. Her skin would look so clean and radiant. Pond’s is a featured product in this film and the brand is still around.

When I was a kid during the 80’s, I do remember my grandmother using Nivea Creme (launched 1911) on her face everyday. She’d massage the cream on her face in circular motions and wipe of the excess. I can’t exactly remember what her routine was but I can sure remember that round blue can. Even in her death bed, if she’d have the strength, she’d rub the cream on her face. If she can’t, I would rub it on for her. During her final days, I don’t think this process was for vanity. I believe it gave her comfort.

Out of curiosity, I asked Cholo what his mom’s skin care regimen was, this was during the late 60s – early 70s. He remembers his mom applying some glycerin (discovered in 1779) on her face to keep is moisturized. Which at 2017, is still a main ingredient in skincare, haircare, personal care and cosmetics.

For makeup and skin care junkies, you would be very surprised that modern makeup and skin care methods have been the same since the 40’s.

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Makeup has come a long way. But the belief that less is more has stayed.

“…blend in carefully until no one can see that the rouge (blush) is there. Not even you. Nothing dates you as much as rouge that shows.” says the host of this film.

What caught my interest in this video was the use of “Vanishing Cream”. I have not encountered this product EVER! After doing some research, I found an article published online by Cosmetics and Skin about “Vanishing Creams”.

As stated on their website:

“Vanishing creams – which can also be called stearate creams – were known for their smooth, dry feel on the skin and their pearly sheen. Chemically they are oil-in-water emulsions consisting of stearic acid, an alkali, a polyol and water. The alkali reacts with some of the stearic acid to form a soap which then functions as the emulsifier. The polyol (e.g. glycerin) makes the cream more spreadable and also acts as a humectant to help prevent the cream from drying and cracking during storage in its container – packaging the cream in a screw top jar or tube was also important. There were limits to how much polyol could be included in the formulation; too much and it would absorb water from the air, causing the powder to spot and making repowdering necessary (Poucher, 1926, p. 36).” Click here to read more about the history, use and ingredients of Vanishing Creams.

Once you’ll click the play button, you would be quite surprised to see that what is taught in this film is still relevant to this day and age.

Towards the end of the video there’s a short discussion about what kind of hair style works on a round face, a square face and a rectangular face.. 40s style of course.

As the lady in this film says, “When You face the world, remember to put your best face forward.”

Enjoy!

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Checkout my Skincare 101 videos here and read my favourite skin care products here.

Color Trend: Rose Gold

Yesterday was my first official working day for 2017 . Usually, while setting up, I have an inner dialogue about possible eye and lip colour combinations to use on my model/client for that day. As I started setting up my table at Studio 1 in GMA, I subconsciously laid out my favourite Rose Gold eyeshadows. That’s when it all “clicked”.

Cue in Celine Dion’s song, “It’s All Coming Back To Me Now”.

Rose Gold For the New Year Holiday, I was reading the January 2017 issue of Allure Magazine when my eye caught a small advert on the upper right hand side of a page I was perusing. It was for Tweezerman; a Rose Gold Love Story Gift Set. A week before this, I acquired my new Iphone 7… in Rose Gold.

Everything was coming up Rose Gold in my eyes.

I suddenly remembered that I have seen this colour trend late last year on sneakers, heels, bags … even on hair (I first saw this colour on Kylie Jenner in October 2016;  see this post by MTV to see which stars sported the Rose Gold look on their manes).

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Laura Mercier Cream Eyeshadows
Top Swatch: Laura Mercier Metallic Creme Eye Colour in Rose Gold / Bottom Swatch: Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour in Rose Gold

I first encountered this colour circa 2008. It was a metallic cream eyeshadow from Laura Mercier Cosmetics. This was a delicate rose coloured eyeshadow with fine gold flecks became my “go-to” eyeshadow. I used it on many shoots and on all of my brides. Either as a single colour wash or as a base colour. The colour gave off a very feminine appearance. Soft and dreamy. I usually use a small flat synthetic brush to apply this. Your fingers can do the trick as well.

The Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour was a recent addition (circa 2013). I decided to purchase the Rose Gold version in this product line thinking it would be the same colour as the metallic cream eyeshadow. It is not. It is more gold than pink. The Caviar Stick is relatively easy to use, just run the “stick” along your lids. The pressure of your application can intensify the colour on your lids, so always use soft gentle strokes. I blend this product with my fingers or a synthetic eye shadow brush.

In terms of longevity, the caviar stick lasts longer than the metallic creme eyeshadow. Since it’s very humid here in the Philippines and some women can get quite oily quickly (especially on the eyelids), I enhance the staying power and colour pay off of both products by first applying a generous amount of  Nars Smudge Proof Eye Shadow Base (click to read my blog entry about it) on the lids.

On this photo feature from my Instagram page, for the sake of comparison, I am wearing the Rose Gold Mettalic Creme Eyeshadow on my right eye (your left) and the Rose Gold Caviar Stick Eye Colour on my left eye (your right).

The Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour in Rose Gold works very well with Green, Hazel, Blue and Light Brown Eyes. I believe this colour works really well with medium to dark skin tones. If you have very fair/pale skin, I suggest not to use this colour alone because it can make you look “sick”, instead layer together with warm browns/taupes plus add a gold highlight for drama.

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Rose Gold has been around for quite some time. Thanks to the Iphone, it is now a very popular colour. If you are a girl who loves riding on trends, this eye colour is a good way to match those heels of yours. Ok, fine… it would match your new Iphone.

But if you are one of those girls who doesn’t have the care in the world for trends, a girl who prefers to have a “romantic” eye makeup look, then this eye colour is definitely for you.

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Upon writing this blog entry, I decided to check out http://www.lauramercier.com for a price check. I found disappointment instead. The Mettalic Creme Eyeshadows are no longer in production (BOO!). The Caviar Sticks are still around and they retail for $29 / Php 1350. Visit the Laura Mercier Boudoir in Rustan’s to check out the other 18 shades.