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Of MAC Workshops and Make Up School

My friend Myrene always invites people to come and join in on occasional makeup workshops held at a MAC store. I’ve been able to attend a couple so far, and really had fun. If you’re a makeup geek, most of all a MAC fangirl, you should really go and attend one. So, what goes on in a MAC workshop?

If you arrive early, you can go and play with all the toys.

Johann and the target of his makeup experiment.

Myrene. Lovely, as always. (Please do visit her page and see her awesome work here: https://www.facebook.com/MyreneSantosHairMakeupDesign)

Then you get a mini-tour of the store, with an introduction to the MAC products, highlighting the special collection of the season.

Raf of MAC showing us the powder products.

Whenever I look at this wall, I swear I hear angels sing.

The MAC brush collection.

Then the best part – a MAC makeup artist does a demo, where you can learn how to use certain products, get tips in application, and learn about different techniques. I particularly love discovering all the different ways each artist uses brushes for every step of the application. It gives me something new to try. For my first visit, MAC artist Nicole did a photogenic look, because the audience then were mostly people from theater. Very useful for headshots.

The second time, the focus of the demo was on MAC’s latest collection, Temperature Rising. It was a bronze-y, glowing, fresh and sexy look, and it made the already beautiful model look like a desert goddess. I learned so much from that session with the artist, Nico.

Now that’s what I call a beautiful mess.

The wonderful people from MAC. Myrene, Raf and Nico.

Aside from the makeup demos, you can also get special deals on products. My latest acquisitions are the MAC Matchmaster foundation and Heroine lipstick. May I just say that I love these two products? Matchmaster is like second skin and I have to consciously stop myself from wearing Heroine everyday. It is such a gorgeous color. At that time, I got a free lipliner. Yey.

So why all this makeup learning? Well, I decided I would take a plunge and do this:

Back to school! Makeup artist school, that is. I’m currently taking the Intensive Basic Professional Makeup course at The Makeup Secrets School. l I have been enjoying myself immensely. It can get tiring, and I miss Basti like you won’t believe when I’m off to makeup class, but I know I just have to do this already or else I won’t forgive myself for not trying.

In the past few weeks, I’ve been learning how to do different looks, both on myself and on a model.

Our assignment is to recreate the looks on someone else during the week. Kris of OCMomInManila.com was my test subject last week.

Photo from ocmominmanila’s Instagram

This week I will have the honor of having my mom and grandmother as my models, as we tackle makeup for mature women. I can’t wait.

I am giddy with excitement. I really don’t know where all this will lead, but I thought it was high time I began doing something related to makeup rather than just talking about it all the time (not to mention buying it all the time).  I can’t wait what this chapter of my life will bring. Initially I was scared; I thought I was too old and it was too late. But Manila Mommy told me, “Kung hindi ikaw, sino? Kung hindi ngayon, kailan?” (If not you, then who? If not now, then when?)

Touché. This is one off the  bucket list for me!

6 thoughts on “Of MAC Workshops and Make Up School”

  1. Hi Ms. Eli! I came across your blog on makeups & is now one of your followers 😉 can you tell more on how did your Intensive Basic Pro makeup course with TMSS went? I’m a makeup enthusiast too & thinking of enrolling in a MUA school. Your insight will really be heplful :)

  2. Hi Eliza, I also wanted to be a Pro MUA too like you. But I’m a bit afraid and unsure what will happen after the course. I’m not sure how to make it in the industry. Do you have any advice? :)

    1. Hi! I guess the only advice I can really give you is to have courage. Pursuing a passion is not without its risks. One thing about artistry is you’re really going to have to make a lot of sacrifices and really strive to make it. The skills can only get you so far. Set yourself apart by having the right attitude, using your network wisely and always by a learner.

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