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July 24, 2012

Airbrush Make up Trial: Before and After

In a previous post, I have talked about my newly purchased Dinair Airbrush Kit. I have shown you an overview about the kit. Its contents, price, and loads of photos. =)

Of course, I had to read the instructions and watch the dvd that comes with it before I tried to use it. I can say its not bad, its not that hard to learn how to use it. Now, I have given it a few tries and here are some before and after shots. 

Here's a photo of me without any make up. I just prepped it with a toner and moisturiser. I have this large zit under my nose. Have numerous pimple spots around my mouth. Also, notice how it is dark around my mouth, corners of my nose and under the eyes. By the way, all of these photos are untouched. They were all uploaded directly from my camera. No photoshop or whatsoever.

And a closer look of the lower half of my face. You can clearly see the imperfections. Many spots and uneven skin tone.

And here's after using the Dinair Airbrush Kit. I started with the make up base or foundation only. Do you see a difference now? Yes, evened out skin tone! The pimple spots and blemishes are minimized as well. 

And here's the lower half of my face. Compare it with the photo above. Appears better now, right? Also, can you tell that make up was applied here? That's one of the beautiful effects of airbrush. It appears like you don't have any foundation on. The skin appears natural and clean. Comparing this photo in real life, You can't I have foundation on. Just perfect for people who doesn't want heavy make up.

And here's a complete look with hair, brows, eyes, cheeks and lips done. Only the make up base or foundation is airbrush. The rest are traditional. Color Institute brown pencil on the brows. Urban Decay NAked PAlette one on the eyes with EverBilena Waterproof black eye pencil as liner. MUA bronzer and Sleek Blush in Flamingo on the cheeks. And Nyx Round Lipstick in Fig and NYX Round Lipgloss in Pinky Natural. Again, this photo is untouched. No photo editing or whatsoever.

I will be trying to do the brows, eyes, etc with airbrush next. Just give me time to get the hang of it and I will update you soon.

And here's my Dinair Airbrush Kit which cost me a fortune. So you guys better book you makeovers with me (for Baguio and Benguet areas only). So I can get my investement back.. haha!

What's good about airbrush.

1. It's sanitary. No damp sponges, brushes needed. You don't have to touch you or your client's face as well..
2. Compact and easy. All you have to bring with you is your compressor, gun, and liquid makeups.
3. Appears natural and clean. No streak marks from brushes, no cakey face.
4. Lasts a long long time without touch ups. Doesn't smudge or stain clothes that much as compared to traditional make up.

The downside I guess is its quite heavy on the pocket. But, if you are after a beautiful you for an extra special occassion, why not? This kit cost me, 12000Php, costum tax excluded. I bought mine online straight from the US. I have searched online and Airbrush makeup service starts from 2,500Php and can go to as high as Php35000. That is per head.

And that's about it.
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July 22, 2012

How I do my Eyebrows

On August 18, 2012, I will be holding a Basic Personal Makeup Workshop here in Baguio. Probably gonna be the first make up workshop here. (I am so hoping for it to be successful. =)) One of the basic topics I will be teaching will be about the brows. How to groom and shape. This will be a preview for what's in store in the workshop. 

Basic Brow Shaping and Shading

Tools and Essentials: Any of these may be used to shade and blend brow colors. From the left, a flat angled brow brush from Fanny Serrano, blending brush cap from Fashion 21 Eyeliner Pencil and a spooly.

There are a wide range of eye brow products out there that you can choose from. There are brow kits and brow pencils available in the market. Here are some I have which I use for the brows. ELF brow kit in Medium, the Color Institute Brown eye pencil, and \i also use any brown, dark brown, taupe matte eye shadows to shade the brows. Use what you have. Expensive items are not necessary. 

My brows were already groomed and plucked so sorry I can't show you how to shape them. However, the technique and methods used in shading/coloring is similar. First, get a pencil, or a brush and line it as shown in the photo. Align the brush vertically where you connect the nostril point and the inner tear ducts like so. (gosh, so hard to explain) Pls see the photo. The area where the brows are seen from where the pencil covered would where your brows start. This is one of the most common and basic method used by many. However, it is not always applicable. If your brows or eyes are wide apart or you have a broad forehead, this may not be applicable to you as it will emphasize it. This may be fine if the space/distance between your eyes is small or as if your brows are almost touching each other.

Next, line the brush connecting the edge of your nostril to the tip/end of your eyes as shown in the photo. This will mark where your brows should end.

Lastly, look straight ahead and position your brush/guide pressing your nostril and right in front of your iris. This will indicate the arch of your brows.

Now we're done with the marks. Professional make up  artists say use a shade or 2 lighter than your hair colour, but for me, I always use brown or dark brown shades whatever is close to my client's hair colour. Don't ever use black not unless your going for a fantasy or creative look. Black will make you look manly, hard and angry. In this demo, I will be using a brown pencil liner.  TIP*** To make your brows appear cleaner and polished, and you want the shade to last langer like when you will be clubbing out and you know your going to sweat, try the wet technique. Dampen you flat angled brush and use it to apply your brow color. It makes it easier to apply and blend as well.

After your brows are plucked and groomed, they're now ready to be shaded. Using your brow pencil, or flat angled brush dipped in eye shadow, outline your brow in the shape you want it to be. I prefer mine to start thick and full and goes thinner and sharp as it reaches the end.

After outlining, lightly fill in the centre in short light strokes.

With your brush or spooly, blend out to soften the harsh lines and make it appear more natural.

Here's how it looks after blending. It appears, softer and blurry now.

This one is optional. You may not do this if your doing a quick daily make up. But if you prefer a well defined and polished brows especially if you will be attending an event or occasion, you may do this. Take your concealer and concealer brush.

Carefully apply the concealer on your brow bone just below the brows and on top of it like so.

Then blend out the concealer. This will help the edge and shape of the brows well defined.

Again, this is optional. If your brows are long and bushy and tend to go in all directions, use a brow gel to keep them in place. This is actually a clear mascara from maybelline but I use it to tame my browse.

Comparison. Left brow is done and the right one is not.

And that's how I do my browse.

I hope this one has been helpful. If you have any tips, comments and suggestions, feel free to leave them below.


July 11, 2012

Bridal Photoshoot for Accents and Petals

I just love photoshoots! Another shoot set we have done last June was a Bridal shoot for Accents & Petals,  an international shop which specializes in creating floral decorations from paper, wood carvings, and other recycled materials. Of hair and makeups of the models are done by me.

Accents and Flowers is owned by Mr Dean Cuanso, the man behind the website

Here are some of the shots.

Aren't those bouquets lovely? 

Yours truly.

After the whole day's shoot, we were all packed up and ready to leave when one of our photographer friends arrived super late and insisted for a catch up shoot. Haha! However, the theme was different. It was gothic and dark bride.

Among all the photos, this was the BOMB! It is my favourite from the whole set. Don't you agree?
Gowns from Fhonda's Cut and Style
Hair and Makeup by me, StellaJezebelle
Bouquets and flowers from Accents and Petals
Photos by Dean Cuanso, Erwin Gobot, Edson Molintas, Richard Salupen

July 5, 2012

Makeup Academy Glamour Days Eyeshadow Palette Swatches and Review

This palette was given free along with my MUA purchase. They had it as a giveaway item for purchases made last June. How sweet is that?! MUA is so generous.

Glamour Days palette contains a collection of 12 highly pigmented eye shadows in shimmer and matte to suit different skin tones to create a glamorous day
Cost: GBP4

Contains 12 gorgeous shades. 3 Shades are matte and the rest are sort of creamy frost shimmery shades.
Shades are well designed and combined in one  palette that would be perfect for daytime and night time looks. Contains 7 neutral shades and 5 bright shades.

Packaging size is compact can fit a small purse so you can carry it with you wherever you go.

Closer look. Aren't they awesome?

Neutral shades.

Swatches with flash. On the top row, the 3rd and 4rth are matte and the 4rth color on the bottom.

This palette is amazing. Considering the price, it is so affordable yet you get a good quality product. Each shades are super pigmented as well. For a daytime look, a little goes a long way. The eyeshadows are not that chalky as compared with NYX eyeshadows. This MUA palette has little to no fall outs. The packaging is also light, thin and compact a great product to bring along wherever we go. Comes with a dual ended sponge tip applicator. Which I only use to apply the product on the lower lids or use it to smudge eye liner. Just one thing I wish they had put on it is a mirror. But with the price, it is fine without it. I would recommend this to teens, students, or those starting with makeup. It is affordable yet you get good color pay offs. Something that won't hurt your budget. You can play with the colors and won't say sorry to your wallet when you experiment on this.

July 4, 2012

Barry M Lip Paint in Peach #54 and Vibrant Pink #62 Swatches and Review

Barry M Lip Paints
There is a shade to suit every occasion from soft, shimmering pastels to bold, vibrant colours. All Lip Paint's have a soft, smooth texture that is packed full of natural moisturisers to help them glide on and stay comfortable to wear for hours.
Purchased from:
Cost: GBP4.49 each
Shades: (Left) #54 Peach, (right) #62 Vibrant Pink

#54 Peach on the left and #62 Vibrant Pink on the right.
Gorgeeeee shades, right?

#54 Peach On actual lips:

#62 Vibrant Pink on actual lips:

Overall Impression:

The case/packaging is a matte black and appears with class and quality. It does not look cheap at all. However, compared with a Nyx Round Lipstick, it is smaller. Barry M Lip Paints are highly pigmented. These 2 shades I got are matte, and thus can appear flaky and dry if your lips are not moisturized. But, they appear really pretty and gorgeous but might be too bold and bright for some. These 2 are my current favourite for now over My Nyx Round Lipsticks.

MUA UK Cosmetics: Lip Boom Collection in OMG and Bring It Swatches and Review

Created with Alexandra Burke by MUA!!
Lipstick and highlighting gloss that creates fuller curvaceous lips for a dramatic illusion of volume. There are 4 amazing ways to transform your lips and give them some Boom!
1. Lipstick alone for a matte look.
2. Lipstick with highlighter applied just to the centre of your lips to create a full volume illusion.
3. Lipstick with highlighter all over for a super-glossy look.
4. Highlighter alone for a sheer pearl finish.
Cost: GBP 3 each.
On sale: GBP4 for 2 lip booms until July 3.
Shades I bought are in OMG and Bring It.

Lip Boom in OMG

On one end is a matte lipstick and on the end is the highlighter or gloss with sparkling glitters.

Lip Boom in OMG matte lipstick and highlighter swatches on hand without flash.

Lip Boom OMG matte lipstick alone on lips.

Lip Boom OMG matte lipstick and highlighter on actual lips.

Lip Boom Bring It 

Lip Boom Bring It matte lipstick and highlighter swatches on hand.

Lip Boom Bring It matte lipstick alone on lips.

Lip Boom Bring It matte lipstick and highlighter on lips.

Overall Impression:
With the size and price alone, MUA Lip Boom Collection is not a regret buy. Lipstick and highlighter/gloss in one product at GBP3 is a very good buy. Considering the quality and pigmentation is not sacrificed. I am one happy and satisfied buyer. It is highly pigmented. Smells so good, too like a yummy or creamy cake. Also, would last long on lips as it is not easy to remove. With one lip product, you can create different looks. With the matte lipstick alone, or coat it with the highlighter, up to you. I am definitely loving it! I am already thinking of buying the other shades. With these two shades I got, I am loving Bring It. Yeah! Rock that red!

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