Red Carpet Inspired Glam Makeup Look

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.


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.


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.


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:


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


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


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


Maybelline Brow Precise Micro Crayon in Deep Brown

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


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.


Inglot Face and Body Illuminator 62


Nars Casino


New Vanity – Chocolate Kiss from Wigs by Vanity



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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