… I’ve been drawing more lately than…putting on make up. Haha. I didn’t finish drawing this ‘til the minute I was supposed to submit it. :D
This is the Bois de Boulogne. It is named after the sanctuary Notre-Dame de Bouloge Le Petit under the reign of Philippe IV. It stretches over 863 hectares! It was partly converted to a royal hunting ground before being redesigned to include wide alleys inviting Parisians to take a stroll. Today, there are sports grounds, a swimming pool, cafes and restaurants to attract Parisians in search of nature.
(It’s my first UNO plate for my L. Arch History class! :D I really enjoyed drawing the wind mill tower. :D)
Make Up Look No. 2: Purple Geisha specially for CHINESE eyes (PLUS: Visuals of Eye and Eye brow parts)
This is Jessica Martinez, a real life ramp model. Hihi! I made her up for my friend’s shoot.
After I put on her eye make up.
HOW TO ACHIEVE THIS LOOK:
1. Do the basics first. To achieve a flawless made up face, you must first have a bare canvas, hence you must do the following before anything else:
a. Prime your face with a foundation primer. You can use your fingers for applying this. Or you can use a foundation brush too. I used Laura Mercier Foundation Primer on Jessica.
b. Using a foundation brush, apply a liquid foundation all over your face. start with a walnut sized amount on the back of your hand and dab a little on your brush; apply on your face; blend; dab again; apply on a bare spot; blend again. Never forget to apply foundation under your chin and your neck as well.
c. Apply a liquid concealer a lighter shade than your skin tone under your eyes, around your nose, and above your upper lip. Blend with a concealer brush. On red spots and blemishes, apply a concealer a shade darker than your skin tone and blend with a concealer brush.
2. Now that you have a perfect canvas, you can start working with colors. :)
a. If your eyebrows are a little light or kind of messy, it’s best to draw some in. I advise against eyebrow pencils as it’s difficult to find one that doesn’t look harsh and crayon-like on the skin. Use a matte brown shadow instead. (sometimes I use a shimmery one just ‘cause I want to)
b. Now for my favorite part: The Eyes! It is always best to prime your lids with an eyeshadow primer first. Why? It makes any color pop and appear richer and it keeps your eyeshadow intact up to the time you want to remove it already. I swear by Urban Decay’s Primer Potion, original or sin! Another good one is MAC’s Paintpot; I use Painterly.
I made a guide photo so you can understand the terms I will use better and so you’ll know where to apply your eyeshadow. :)
c. Eyeshadow: From your brow bone down to your lid (whole eye area), apply the lightest shade of purple that you have with a large eyeshadow brush. Make sure that your strokes are from the outside going in. From your crease down to your lids, apply a darker shade of purple with a slightly smaller eyeshadow brush. Then from between your crease down to your lid, apply the darkest shade of purple. Blend the edges with a blending brush and make sure there are no visible lines.
This is what I used on Jessica:
Then, apply a a shimmery whitish/purple shadow in the inner corners of your eyes to make you look more fresh. Line your lash line with a purple eyeliner and add a flick at the end. Curl your lashes and sweep a couple of coats of mascara….and you have your Purple Geisha Eyes! :D
3. I used minimal blush on Jessica because I wanted to keep that porcelain look. I only added a little pink shimmer to the apples of her cheeks to make her look a little more fresh. :)
4. The Geisha look of course, isn’t complete without the red lip! I used Cover Girl Red Lip Color on her. It’s liquid, like lip gloss but amazingly stays on the whole day!!
Try it out sometime and maybe reply with a photo of you and your Purple Geisha look! Enjoy! :D
By the way, the pretty CORSETS are for SALE! They’re products of Cherry Pop Lingerie! They’re classy, foxy… and yes, wearable! :D If you want one for yourself or as a gift to someone else, just text my friend at 09175218003/0922869166! Thanks!
Ateneo's Landscape Architecture: The New Rizal Library
This was a shot by my batchmate Ace Ramos for the MEco Solstice event during my last year in Ateneo. My friend Kay Lactao conceptualized it, came up with the theme, and was basically in charge of the promotional materials.
We had the shoot in different places in Ateneo which were the most memorable for us. I gladly did it because it meant I would have my picture taken in all those memorable places. Ulterior motive. Haha! :D
Although this photo wasn’t used (because I look tired in it already), this is one of my favorites. This was shot, if you haven’t noticed already, in front of the new Rizal Library with me sitting on the edge of the fountain surrounding part of the building. It’s very modern and definitely boosted the aesthetic environment of what I thought was actually a very beautiful campus already. :)
Why am I suddenly posting this out of nowhere?
Earlier today, I attended an orientation organized by UPCLAS (UP Circle of Landscape Architects) who had Architect Efren Aurelio and Architect/Landscape Architect Paulo Alcazaren (also editor-in-chief of BluPrint and MyHome magazines) as their speakers. Arch. Alcazaren gave a very extensive and entertaining talk; he showed us pictures and plans of his amazing projects around Asia… One of them, I was surprised to learn, was the Landscape Architecture of the new Rizal Library in my original Alma Mater!
So it makes me so happy that I have a picture here! Now I appreciate the design of the Rizal Lib so much more. :D
(I took a picture of the original plan but it’s in my phone and I can’t find my usb connector :|)
On-the-Go Make Up Look No. 1: How to look "BLOOMING" everyday (Best for Brown Eyes)
If you’re in a hurry to go to work, or school, or to a lunch date with your friends and you don’t want to look like you just got out of bed (and look like you need more sleep :|), here’s a quick make up look that is sure to make you look fresh and vibrant without looking like you have too much make up on. :) It’ll take you like 2 minutes, 3 minutes maximum, promise!
This look will suit people with brown eyes best. Most Asians, like me, have brown eyes and the best eyeshadow color to use is GREEN (yes, any shade!) because it somehow brings out those golden sparkles you never knew were there. :)
MAKE UP HOW TO:
1. Skip the foundation. :) Just make sure to moisturize and conceal your under eyes, the sides of your nose, and your upper lip with a concealer that’s a shade LIGHTER than your skin. You don’t need a brush for this. :) Gentle dabbing would do the trick :) Apply dot size amounts of DARKER concealer on your red blemishes. They say the GREEN CORRECTOR should be used for red spots but I find that it doesn’t work to fully conceal the blemishes.
2. Sweep any shade of green eyeshadow on your lids up to your EYE SOCKET. Lighter shades are better for during the day. Darker ones give you a more sultry look and would be more appropriate during the night. If you don’t have a brush, there’s no problem with applying it with your finger! ;) (use your ring finger) MOST IMORTANTLY, make sure there isn’t an obvious line…so BLEND BLEND BLEND! :D
3. Curl your lashes and apply one or two coats of mascara. You can also line your eyes with a brown liner for a softer look than when using a black one. Lining your eyes will make them look bigger.
4. Sweep a pink shade of blush on the apples of your cheeks. (SMILE, then apply on the round part that bulges out)
5. Apply a pinkish/reddish lip gloss
Now you’ll definitely be blooming! :D
1. Maybelline Concealer
2. In 2 It Green Eyeshadow (light) from Watson’s
3. L’Oreal Blush Delicieux in 01 Rose guimauve - Pink Marshmallow
4. Laura Mercier Brown Pencil Eyeliner available in Rustan’s
5. C.O. Bigelow Apothecaries Mentha Lip Tint in Tint No 1136 available in Bath and Body Works
My friend Kay Lactao is selling clothes and she asked me to do the make up and to model. Fun fun shoot!
Models: Jessica Martinez
Stylists: Kay Lactao
Hair: Kay Lactao
Make up: Jilli Gomez
Photographer: Royd Santiago
BTS Photographer: ADC
PRODUCTS I USED:
1. Smashbox Foundation Primer
2. Faceshop Liquid Foundation in Natural Beige
3. Maybelline Concealer in Ivory and a darker shade
4. MAC Paint Pot in Painterly
5. Urban Decay Primer Potion in Sin
6. In 2 It Venus Palette, Darkest Brown for my eyebrows
7. MAC Naked Lunch as my eyeshadow base and highlight, MAC Woodwinked on my lids
8. Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Smog on my crease/socket line
(Painkiller is the blue one, Smog is the one on its right)
9. Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Painkiller on the inner and outer corners of my eyes (right above the socket line)
10. In 2 It Liquid Liner in Black
11. L’Oreal Telescopic and Voluminous Mascara
12. MAC Blush in Peaches
14. Elf Bronzer for contouring
15. Cover Girl Red Lipstick
HOW TO DO THIS LOOK:
1. Prime your face with a foundation primer. I use Smashbox’s or Laura Mercier’s. It makes my foundation last longer.
2. Apply liquid foundation with a foundation brush starting on your cheeks, including under your eyes, down to your jaws. Apply foundation on your forehead as well, and on your eyelids. Make sure to blend and to also apply on your neck so there won’t be any harsh color contrasts.
3. Apply a concealer a shade lighter than your skin tone under your eyes, around your nose, and on your upper lip to brighten those parts. Apply a concealer a shade darker on red spots such as pimples, scars, rashes, and the like. Again, blend well.
4. Start filling in your brows. Grab a small angled brush with stiff bristles and brush some matte brown eyeshadow on it. Start from the highest arch down the the end of your eyebrows then work your way towards the middle and then to the other end of your brow (the one near your nose) so that the color is more spread out.
5. Prime your eyelid (the whole lid from brow bone to the lash area) with an eyeshadow primer to ensure that the eyeshadow lasts longer and its color, bolder.
7. Apply the lightest shade, in my case MAC eyeshadow in Naked Lunch all over your lid starting on your brow bone which is right under your brow, going out and in then in and out, and down to your upper lashes.
8. Apply a bronze shade (here I used Woodwinked which is a goldish-bronze-y color) on the area between your upper lashes up to your crease or eyeball socket. Blend with a bullet or blending brush until there is no visible line seen.
9. On your crease line, draw a narrow line using a darker shade of bronze such as SMOG by Urban Decay. Blend again until no visible line is seen. Apply a thin amount on your lower lash line as well.
10. Apply a light bright blue shade (here I used PAINKILLER by Urban Decay) on the inner corner of your eye and on the outer corner right above where you drew on your crease/socket line. Again, BLEND. :)
11. Line your eyes with a black liner. Here I used a liquid liner. If you haven’t mastered it yet, an eyeliner pencil would do okay… the new type, which is a pen type liner is even easier to use and has a better effect than the pencil. It almost looks like it’s liquid eyeliner!
12. Curl your lashes! This’ll make your eyes look larger. :)
13. Apply a coat of mascara on your top and bottom lashes. I always apply 3 to 4 coats for that dramatic look. :)
14. Smile and apply color on the apple of your cheeks with a peachy blush such as MAC Blush in Peaches
15. Put on red lipstick either straight from the tube or with a lip brush. :) I recommend the lip brush though because it’ll make your lips look neater and more defined than just slabbing all that lipstick on. :)
16. Finish the whole look off with a setting powder so they all stay in place! :D
Sorry if it’s a bit cluttered, I can’t seem to find my way around yet since it’s the first time I’ve created a blog.
Why did I make this blog? I guess it’s because I can’t find any other concrete outlet for my love and fascination with make up. I never had any formal training but I was always intrigued by it — probably because I see my mom putting on beautiful make up everyday. :) So since I was always so curious about make up, I’d always try and practice doing it on myself until I got the hang of it. I think I do it pretty well now. At least I hope I do. :)
My mom was my first teacher. :) My prom make up was by my mom! Maybe I’ll post a photo of it one time. Or not. Who knows? Haha! But now, all my other “teachers” are my favorite youtube make up artists — Lauren Luke, Sam and Nic Chapman, and Tanya Burr! I especially love Sam. She is gorgeous and is such a pro — that’s because she really is a pro make up artist, duh. I was really inspired by these women who help their fellow women make themselves more beautiful. I guess that’s what I want to try to do with this blog too. :)
My friends have been asking me to teach them how to do their make up since most of them are working now and finally consider themselves as grown ups. :P My friend, Ayet, suggested that I make a blog instead so I don’t have to teach them individually, hence the existence of this blog. She’s helping me with it too (Thanks Ayet!) since I have no idea how to do this properly. I hope you bear with me for a while. :D
So, in this blog, I’m planning on posting pictures mostly of wearable make up looks, as well as funkier ones maybe from time to time. :) I’ll make sure to include the products I used, where I got them, and how to use it. :)
Please please feel free to comment and ask questions… maybe even requests soon! :D
Some of the pictures I took when I was there two months ago…
Typical shot of the City? Maybe to some.. But all die hard fashionistas would and SHOULD know that 7th Avenue is also called Fashion Avenue. Right here is THE FASHION CAPITAL of the WORLD.
"New York has been the undisputed center of American fashion since the mid 19th Century when the development of mass production led to the growth of the apparel trades. The birth of the Fashion District, also known as the Garment Center, occurred in the 1920s, when a large group of garment manufacturers relocated to Seventh Ave. New loft space was developed especially to accommodate "modern" manufacturing and to satisfy labor’s demands for safer working conditions. By 1931, this District had the largest concentration of apparel manufacturers in American design. A project of the Fashion Center"
Now this here is the Beauty Mecca, Sephora, right on 7th Avenue as well. They carry many of my favorite brands like Urban Decay, BeneFit, Illamasqua (I’ve only seen this in the NYC branches), Sephora Brand, Make Up Forever, Tarte, and so much more. They don’t carry MAC Cosmetics though ‘cause MAC has their own stores… No other make up brand does, I think. :)
BUT besides the fashion, the beauty, and the people, I THINK what makes New York City the “Sexiest City in the World” is… No, not Carrie Bradshaw and Sex and the City… its architecture. The Chrysler, The Empire State, Central Park, Battery Park, the Met, the Guggenheim, the Statue, St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Their craftsmanship, detail, innovation, and art. You will always see something new everyday, discover something new about that old building you pass by every single day.THAT is why I am in love with NYC.
Bittersweet. I will miss my friends, the food, the legendary teachers, the humanities subjects which no other university can teach, the campus, everything!
Anywaaayyy… One of the fun things about graduation is that we get to dress up and make ourselves up (or have it done by someone else)! Took about 200 pictures this day alone! It was fun, tiring, exciting, and sad all at the same time. :) :(
Loved how everyone looked so pretty (sooo not how we look during OPMAN, Marketing, and LS days)!!!
I didn’t know what to wear ‘til like the day before. I was thinking if I should buy from Zara or Mango but was sorta scared I might see someone wearing the same dress. So I decided to wear a strapless black dress I got from Forever 21 a year ago which I haven’t worn yet. Nobody knew by dress was like P1500 only! Hihi! Good thing there was no Forever 21 here at that time yet. :|
Did my own make up at home, and my sister did my hair. Saved me a lot of time, money, and from being so nervous if I had someone from a local salon do my make up and end up not liking it. Hihi!
I used my Laura Mercier Mineral Foundation for the first official time. Gave me medium coverage, which I like, because i don’t like looking like I have cake on my face. Here are the other make up products I used:
Laura Mercier Foundation Primer
Urban Decay Primer Potion
Awake Nudes Eyeshadow Palette
In2it Liquid Liner in Black
Max Factor 2000 Calorie Xtreme (My Favorite Mascara in the World!!) in Black
Red Earth Blush
Buxom Lipgloss (some nude color, forgot the name)
Neck piece by Pam Hiran, a Filipina Jewelry Designer. Available at Anthropologie stores. I’ve seen Anthropologie stores in Scottsdale, Arizona and on 5th Avenue (I think) in New York City.
Today I went out with some friends from college who I haven’t seen in months since we graduated. Mo, Roxxi, and I absolutely adore make up and have been wanting to take make up workshops since forever but we never found time because of all the school work we needed to do. Now, Mo works for MEGA Publishing and Roxxi for Stores Specialists Inc. handling DKNY while I am (again) a student at the University of Philippines, taking my second degree at the College of Architecture.
We finally found time to attend a make up workshop given by Suesh! The owner, Suzane, showed us how to do a natural look (Yes, you have to spend money on make up to look “natural”!) and a smokey eye look. Although we know quite a little about make up, we still learned a few tricks. :) You can never know too many make up tips! ;)