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Makeup Artist, Me

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you might remember that I took a professional makeup course a while back. Since then, I’ve been steadily trying to find my place in the world of makeup artistry, and I’d like to share my journey with you guys so far.

I spent some time backstage doing makeup for my home theater’s first Meralco production in a while, Trumpets’ The Bluebird of Happiness. It’s been some time since I’ve connected with my fellow Trumpeteers since I took a step back from the theater world several years ago. It was nice to reconnect with some of them on a different platform.

After that, it was straight on to the hair design team of 9 Works Theatrical’s Grease. I didn’t do makeup for this production. Instead I spent a lot of time with combs, hairpins, foam, gel and lots and lots and LOTS of hairspray. It was such a fun production, a fun cast and I really learned a lot about handling hair. Hairstyling is the bane of my makeup artist existence. It’s so much different from makeup. If makeup were painting, then hairstyling is sculpture. It’s fascinating, really, but oh so challenging!

I’ve had a few makeup gigs here and there. Some were true blue clients, some were friends, some, family. Weddings, debuts, graduation parties – your usual special days. There was also the occasional photo shoot, which are always fun!

I also do personal makeup classes. A teacher will never stop being a teacher so it seems. Even though I’ve stopped teaching little kids, it’s the women and their deer-in-the-headlights expressions when it comes to handling makeup that has my heart these days. I LOVE teaching personal makeup classes. It’s my favorite part of my journey as an MUA. Apart from the technique or being able to do your own makeup, for me, it’s about empowerment and being able to groom yourself with #confidenceandconviction (TM). #signaturephrase

While I love teaching all ages and all kinds of people from all walks of life, it’s my fellow moms that I connect with the most. As a mom who’s been there and been that (ika nga ni Ate Vi), I know how it feels to want to rise from the dirty dishes and diapers, and remember, feel like, and actually be the woman that is struggling to fight and rise from the fatigue that comes with motherhood. No more losyang! Let’s do this, ladies!

One of the classes I enjoyed a lot was a session with the #SoMoms. Casa Marcos was ever so kind to be a venue and food sponsor and all the SoMoms walked away with treats from K-Palette and Cure. Thank you so much for the support! The class ended with Jenny wanting to know more about doing her brows. #dropmicmoment

Priscilla Manila wrapped up a few months ago. Just recently, #TeamMyrene was the hair and makeup team for Noli Me Tangere at Resorts World. It made me want to read the book all over again. It’s just my second opera to work on (the first being Rigoletto at the CCP for a couple of shows), and it’s always nice to divert from working with musical theater. Opera is something I’ve always wanted to understand better and working with these amazing artists have really opened my heart to it a bit more.

This weekend is the last run of Atlantis Production’s run of Shrek the Musical, and I’m glad I was able to catch a couple of weeks as part of the MAC makeup team. I wish I could show you guys the pictures! It’s such a fun production to work on.

I feel so grateful for all the opportunities that have been given me. I am so thirsty to learn more about makeup artistry, work with more people, more production, more products… I just want MORE MORE MORE!!!!


So (ehem ehem) I would like to announce that I have an FB page up –, and if you would like to receive updates, view my work or even book me (!!!) for a class or have your makeup done, please do send me a message and let’s talk! I would love to do makeup with you.

One Day of Magic with K-Palette

Receiving an invitation from K-Palette Philippines is always something that gets me all excited. Aside from the wonderful events that Beautybox Corp. always holds, we always get first dibs on the new stuff that K-Palette has to offer.

I’m a huge fan of K-Palette, something I’ve written about before. So on a rainy holiday afternoon, I went to the K-Palette 1-Day Magic event with Basti in tow. (No babysitter, sorry na)

Top: The K-Palette 1 Day Magic product display; Catching up with Kris of and our lovely host, Karrots Nazareno; special guests from K-Palette Japan. Bottom: Cheryl of K-Palette Philippines (Beautybox Corp.); a demo with the cutest Japanese MUA; my seatmates – Jackie of Go Jackie Go! and Michelle of My Mom Friday.

As much as the event was so much fun (and lovely, if I may add), I am going to zero in on the new stuff from K-Palette, because that’s what y’all are excited to see.

This series is called the 1 Day Magic Collection (as opposed to the 1-Day Tattoo collection, something we all know and love) and is comprised of four new products for our everyday beautification.

First off – The 1 Day Magic Liquid Eyeliner.

K-Palette also has a product called the 1-Day Tattoo Real Lasting Eyeliner.

1-Day Magic boasts of the same 24-hour lasting power and smudge free formula. The main difference is the brush.

While the 1-Day Tattoo eyeliner pen is a thin brush, the 1-Day Magic eyeliner pen has a flatter brush, allowing you to cover more ground if you want a thicker line, yet topped with a fine tip for the tip of your winged eye looks. Awesome! (Plus it’s pink. Cute!)

Second – the 1-Day Magic Eyeglue Liquid.

It’s what we all know as eyelid glue and is used to cheat an eyefold for those with monolids. I have a secret – I actually use this because I have a slight hood on the corners of my eyes. On my previous post about K-Palette, I used eyelid glue to lift up my eyelid and open my eyes a little more. Now if you believe Michelle Phan and her testimonial about how eyelid glue can permanently even out your eyelids, you should give the 1-Day Magic Eyeglue Liquid a try. PLUS: You can actually use Eyeglue Liquid as an adhesive for false lashes! It’s waterproof, and fast-drying.

Third – The 1-Day Magic 3D Palette.

Finally, K-Palette came out with an contour, highlighter and blush palette. It’s so cute.

The blush is pink and orange, the highlighter has little bits of shimmer in it, and the contour is a nice even versatile color. It comes with this tiny brush that I have yet to see if I can actually use because I carry a powder brush with me all the time.

While I don’t see this palette as part of my pro kit, I can definitely see it in my everyday makeup kit. It’s small enough for touchups, yet has everything I need for a quick on-the-go-spontaneous-lunch-with-important-people polishing up.

The last product on the 1-Day Magic series is the 1-Day Magic Fiber Mascara. I saved the most interesting for last.

It’s a double ended, with one side consisting of a waterproof, smudge-proof, lasting-curl mascara, and the other side, a formula made up of fibers.

So you put on a coat of the mascara as a “primer”, coat it with the fibers, then put another coat of the mascara.

Voila. Falsie-like lashes. Laveeet. It’s a little difficult to take off though, so make sure you have an oil-based makeup remover handy to take it all off.

Overall, the 1-Day Magic line of products is a good collection for the everyday makeup enthusiast. The products are easy to use and the long-wearing formula makes it perfect for those who are busy and on-the-go. Awesome, especially for busy busy moms like you and me!

Thank you for the wonderful time, the wonderful food and the awesome products, K-Palette! It’s always a pleasure.


The K-Palette 1-Day Magic series is available in all Beauty Bar outlets.

1-Day Magic Liquid Eyeliner, PhP695
1-Day Magic Magic Fiber Mascara, PhP895
1-Day Magic 3D Palette, PhP895
1-Day Magic Eyelid Glue, PhP650

Shakin’ My Groove Thing at Priscilla Manila

I posted a status message a few weeks back on Facebook. It’s something Basti said:

“I don’t love mama anymore. I will live with lola na. Lola is my new mama. Mama, you go to work na lang.”

Awwwwwww right?

Well it’s because I have been engulfed, encompassed and enamored by the stage spectacular that is Priscilla Queen of the Desert at Resorts World Manila. Since the last week of April, my life has been all about this musical. Well, the hair and makeup of it all, that is. My friend Myrene is the heart and soul behind the hair and makeup design, and I took on the challenge of being her assistant for the production. It was a good time to dust off my production manager skills from the baul and put it to good use. If you must know, the wig changes for Priscilla are, for lack of a better word, NAKAKALOKA.

It’s a good stint for me. I love learning about hair and wig design and management. Hair styling is not one of strong points or my passions, and building this skill is something I’ve been wanting to do. Myrene’s team is composed of some people who have mad hairstyling skills. She chooses her people well. They are a fun, kooky bunch and it’s pure joy to be working alongside them. Along with the hair team, I am privileged to be working with my favorite makeup brand, MAC, as a guest artist for the makeup of Priscilla. It’s one of the best parts of working for Priscilla Manila, really, getting to know the other MAC affiliate and guest artists. Such wonderful people. The slots are rotated for each show, and it’s nice to see different people coming in for makeup duty.

Putting on makeup for Red Concepcion; some of the MAC makeup artists for Priscilla Manila; the hair team out for a meal; my workstation.

I had to attend a workshop on drag makeup (kung saan pinagpawisan ako ng malamig) and learn about the differences between the features of men and women, and the technique on how to make a man look more like a woman. Fascinating stuff. I’ve had a couple of opportunities to do the drag makeup for OJ Mariano and Jon Santos for the show. It still needs work, but I think I’m getting there!

I hardly get the chance to put makeup on boys, so this is a great opportunity to hone that. I love doing Red’s makeup most of all.

Victor Sy; Thou Reyes; Red Concepcion

My main drag (pardon the pun) is assisting with the changes for hair and makeup backstage. It’s a whirl of activity for me and the other four people on board for each show. In Act 1, I’m mostly with Red Concepcion’s character, Adam/Felicia, and some of his costume and wig changes are lightning fast. We’re talking 30 seconds to change into a whole different outfit from head to toe. Even with the frenzy of activity on and off-stage, it’s all done in good spirits, lots of camaraderie and…. lots of selfies. Har har.

It’s tedious, tiring and it takes its toll, not just on me, but on Basti as well. I feel bad that I have to leave him to the care of my mom and dad every weekend when I’m off to work. Grandparents are the best. I don’t know how I could do this without them!!! As bad as I feel, I am never apologetic, though. I want him to see me work and value work, and not to see it as something to be despised or forced upon someone. Most of all, I want him to see how good it is to be passionate about what you do. My little boy will be a hardworking man someday. I think it’s working. He doesn’t pout anymore when I say I’m off to work again. He now says that maybe he will wear all black too, go to work with mama and help me put on the makeup on the people. Hahaha!

It is theater, and that has always been and always will be fuel that gives life to my spirit. One weekend, it so happened that my acting teacher, Ana Valdes-Lim, came to see the show and visited backstage. She saw me, and said, “Oh you’re here! Are you performing?” And I was like, “I do hair and makeup.” And she said…. “You HAVE to perform.”

Sniff. Maybe one day, someday, I will again. But right now I know I’m where I should be at this point in time. I believe that striving to be a better person makes you a better parent, and that we shouldn’t give up certain aspects of our life for the sake of our children. “Give up” is not the term. “Reinvention” is more apt.

I found my reinvention in doing makeup. Though some people may see it as frivolous, I have seen how makeup can transform and empower. That’s for a totally different blogpost though.

So, everyone – watch Priscilla Queen of the Desert!!! It’s running at the Newport Performing Arts Theater in Resorts World until July 13. If you do watch, do give me a shoutout! Tag me on Instagram at @painterswifeph. I’d love to see how your own Priscilla experience went. Enjoy the show!!!!

My NYC Makeup Haul from Sephora, Inglot and MAC. {Video}

Hi guys! I promised I would show you guys what makeup I bought in New York. I’m experimenting with a video today. Please forgive my noobie-ness. I have to work on background, editing, length, lighting and quality. But hey, if you don’t start doing it, you never will, right?

Hope you can bear with my makeup haul video! :)

Any comments (cringe cringe) will be appreciated.

Thanks for watching!

New Stuff: K-Palette Mega Cute Eyelid Glue

First off, who else but the Japanese would think of a name called “Mega Cute” for eyelid glue? It’s like we can’t expect it to be any other way. So distinctly cutesy, strange, and appealing at the same time.

Of course something also distinctly Japanese is product quality. Knowing this, and knowing the reputation of the brand holding the launch, I was very, very excited to attend the event, inspite of the thunderstorm that appeared out of nowhere.

The event was called “D.eye.Y.”, a play on words, setting the mood for an afternoon of craft activities.

The opening activity was really cute! We were guided through the process of furoshiki, or the Japanese art of wrapping, using a traditional wrapping cloth. We had to wrap our press kits ourselves, with the help of instructions posted on the walls.


I didn’t have the dexterity to pull it off the first time, but Patty’s Sabine and Jackie were practically pros. Here are our furoshiki-ed press kits. So cute! This is something I’d like to do. It’s so cute!

The next activity was a painting and stamp activity, which highlighted why my husband is The Painter and I am really The Painter’s Wife. Hopeless. It’s the saddest cherry blossom painting I’ve ever seen.

The real star of the show really was the K-Palette Mega Cute eyelid glue. It comes in two variants, one called the “tape” and the other “glue.” I have actually been looking for a good one for a number of weeks now, because I have an issue with my droopy eyelids. K-Palette Mega Cute eyelid glue can be perfectly worn under makeup and has moisturizing ingredients that care for the delicate skin around the eyes.

On the table were the K-Palette products – concealers, the eyelid glue, , mascara, eyeliners, and brow liners. If you’re a makeup junkie, you would have heard of the K-Palette 1-Day Tattoo brow liner. Waterproof, smudgeproof, and idiot-proof, this brow liner gives you control, definition, wearability and color all in one easy package. It was fun trying all the stuff out.

Next on my to-buy list:

This concealer looks very very promising.

Japanese makeup artist Rina Ogata flew in from Japan to do a makeup demo.

An Instax photo with Rina and K-Palette’s Sales Manager, Mizuho Hakayama, for a souvenir.

Check out Mizuho’s eyeliner. All the rage in Japan. Trivia: The eye on the packaging of K-Palette is Mizuho’s. 😉

Photo op with Cheryl Chua of Beautybox, the official distributor of K-Palette in the Philippines.

Did you know the “K” in K-Palette stands for “Kinoshita”? This is Mr. Eiji Kinoshita, CEO of K-Palette.

Inside our press kits were the K-Palette Mega Cute eyelid glue, the brow liners and the liquid eyeliner.

Here’s me trying out K-Palette’s products.

  1. My bare eye. Note the eyelid hooding on the outer corner that makes my eye slope down.
  2. With the K-Palette brow liner. It has two ends – a powder and liner. Very easy to use! This is in Chocolate Brown.
  3. My eye after applying the pink variant of K-Palette Mega Cute eyelid glue. Instant eyelift!
  4. This is how it looks when you close your eyes. I have to practice getting that seam as thin as possible. #likemycaesareansectionscar It may look weird, but I assure you it’s quite comfortable. You get used to how it feels after a few minutes.
  5. I added a bit of shadow. So now I don’t have to worry about my corner definition getting lost in the fold.
  6. Used the K-Palette liquid eyeliner. With the eyelid hood out of the way, creating this wing is so much easier.

Thank you for having me Beautybox Corp.! It was a great afternoon.

K-Palette Mega Cute eyelid glue, brow liners, mascara and eyeliners are available in Beauty Bar outlets nationwide.



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:

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 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!

Blanca de China Lifestyle Spa: A Piece of Peace in San Juan

My new place-to-be is San Juan. I say that not out of choice but lack of it. Basti’s school is in the area, so I find myself in the area, five days a week, three hours a day. At least. Oh what to do, what to do?

At the very least, I’ve got one place to go to in the area when I’m feeling tired and ragged around the edges. In the quiet little corner of P.Guevarra and Ibuna is a quaint little spa called Blanca de China. It’s in a pretty cool area of San Juan. The street itself is quiet, tree-lined and devoid of the usual rush and rage that is of this very busy street. This is the facade.

Tell me this scene doesn’t make you want to take your shoes off, put on your headphones and surrender your hands and feet to their very competent therapists.

There are tiny little bits of  inspiration everywhere.

Inspiration you may take home with you, if you wish.

They even have a tandem room where one can have a massage while the other is getting hand and feet treatments. Perfect for couples or girl friends who want to chit-chat while getting pampered.

For that day, I got their Ivory facial, which had me dozing off in no time. I plan to go back very soon for a massage and a mani-pedi.

To cap off your treatment session, you get a pretty little tray with tea and a cookie. Duma-Downton Abbey.

Thank you Joanne of Blanca de China for my wonderful afternoon! I’ll see you  guys again real soon.

Find Blanca de China on Facebook:

Blanca de China is located at 259A, Ibuna cor. P. Guevarra St., San Juan, MM.

Not-So-Guilty Pleasures at Taste Central

I have a confession: I am an online shop-a-holic.  Not surprising, actually, considering my Ethernet cable is practically intravenously fed into my arm at this point. It’s really easy to get hooked. How else can I explain the rush of sitting in front of your computer at 4am, dressed to the nines in pajamas and a clay mask, and checking out Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour blushes at the same time? It’s grubby and glamour existing in the same pocket of area in the universe. When does that happen without colossal fail?

When Taste Central broke into the online shopping scene, I thought, “Okay, another online buying site.” What, with all the online stores already existing, it certainly wasn’t anything new, at least to me. But I was proven wrong.

Taste Central is the retail partner of a premier group buying site, Deal Grocer. Deal Grocer is known for their lineup of awesome deals from well-chosen vendors. Honestly, it’s the one group buying site that doesn’t cast a shadow of doubt on my mind. Given that, Taste Central proves to follow suit with their roster of well-curated brands and products. I didn’t hesitate when the SoMoms were given the chance to try out their service.

Naturally, where would I look first? Makeup of course. I could not resist these awesome deals on shu uemura sets. I bought these two:

I also got Basti a little something-something:

The whole online shopping process was painless, with a flat rate of 100 pesos for shipping. The box came promptly the next day, wrapped perfectly and securely in a Taste Central box. Even the receipt was properly presented. It’s in the little things, really.

And here’s our stuff! Yey!

Taste Central comes up with new stuff all the time, so it’s great to check it every week. The range of products is pretty neat.

Yummy food selections, including stuff from Trader Joe’s. I have a feeling the most-Instagrammed product of all time, Cookie Butter, is not far behind.

TJ’s Corn and Chile Tomato-less Salsa. TJ’s Cinnamon Sugar Grinder, TJ’s Red Quinoa, Sabatino & Co. White Truffle Cream, Godiva chocolates, unique Kit Kat flavors from Japan, Vosges Mo’s Milk Bar with Smoked Bacon

Cool stuff for the house.

Eames placemats with matching coasters, the Bang & Olufsen phone for those who want to go all Devil Wears Prada, Heima Skala House Lamp, DwellStudio duvet set, Bang & Olufsen earphones, and a cute set of drawers I want for Basti from Costa del Sul.

And of course, more beauty stuff. They carry one of my favorite brands, Tarte. Here’s hoping they bring in more Tarte products. Fans of Tarte’s Amazonian Clay 12-Hour blush, raise your hands!

Tarte’s Lipsurgence Tint, Chantecaille loose powder (which has achieved HG status among some beauty junkies), Philosophy Purity cleanser (excellent with the Clarisonic), Tarte cheek stain, Tarte Prime, Shine and Define kit (sold out dammit), and Chanel nail polish

Overall, it was a pretty pleasant shopping experience. They’ve made a customer out of me.

Thank you for the shopping spree Taste Central! Have a look and see for yourself. But prepare, (if I may borrow a line from Taste Central’s website), “Hold your breath… Amazing coming your way.”


A Beauty Kit Edit: Neva of ManilaMommy.Com

With all this talk of makeup, my mommy friends (or my mudrakelles, if we must put it in the words we usually call each other) have been asking me for tips on what to buy to put some color in their life. And so here were are, doing a Beauty Kit Edit. Neva, of course, is the blogger behind ManilaMommy.Com. Aside from being a mother to two wonderful boys, wife to husband Dan, and holding a full-time job, she also manages Manila Baby Shop. Busy busy!

Note: this is not an “expert” opinion, but rather, just one woman giving a fellow woman some advice in the name of anti-losyang/anti-nene/prowfesyonal development/balik-alindog.

The Beauty Kit:

Face powder, BB cream, Cheek tint, eyeliner, mascara, blush, eyebrow powder and some lipsticks.

Neva’s Makeup Routine: Eyebrows and lipgloss.

Neva’s Goal: “Well I want to look my age, haha! Since im 35 na, I need to look polished maski papano. :p Minsan mukha akong temp sa office with my business casual attire and bagong gising fez haha! I actually like make-up! I just don’t know how to use it so I don’t invest in it but favorite ko ang lipstick. I feel it brightens up my face. Choz!”

The Edit:

Well, Neva and I agree on one thing – lipstick! It does so much to a person’s face. I also asked Neva about her skincare regimen and she has an A+ when it comes to this: cleansing, toning, mositurizing, and treatment. Remember gals, when you are coming at an age when you’re closer to the thermometer rather than the calendar, it’s time to up the ante and take care of your skin. It’s the best foundation you can ever have.

First level edit: makeup age and sanitation. Neva’s BB cream, powder, mascara, cheek tint, and lipsticks are all less than a year old. But her eyeshadow powder and blush are more than 2 years old! #FacundoAngTrashReceptacle

Makeup does have an expiration date. So please do the smell/feel test. If it smells off and feels weird, chuck it out! I am not particularly OC about powders, but I am really particular with mascara and liquid liner. The most I would go with those is 6 months. Most of the time, I change after 3-4 months.

Second level edit: usage. Neva wants to achieve a polished look with as few products as possible. #goodlucktome This was a challenge to me because I am a fan of the prep. I would rather spend 30 minutes doing my makeup before I leave and touch up maybe just once or twice throughout the day. Doing the shortcut usually means more fiddling with your face during the day, or if you don’t have the patience for that, look much like you did when you woke up at around 2pm.

To those wanting a “10-minute makeup routine” and still look very polished, here’s the real secret: PRACTICE. It seriously only takes 10 minutes because of the many hours that were spent for that one eyebrow-defining moment. < NAKS.

So with that here’s my reco for Neva:

Mascara vs. Eyeliner: Mascara wins!

If you want to delete some steps in your everyday look, I would choose mascara over eyeliner any day. Mascara opens up your eyes and lasts all day. Eyeliner can be tedious to apply and if you have oily lids like mine and not willing to take an extra step for eyelid primer, you’ll be smudging all day. But I would really take the extra 5 minutes to put on gel liner. A good one is smooth and easy to apply, and will last all day.

My current mascara stash: Tarte’s Lights, Camera, Lashes; Eye of Horus; BYS Mascara Flex Effects



If you make do with just powder, it will be wiped off in no time without anything to “cling” on to. Apply a base, whether it be tinted moisturizer, BB cream or foundation, and set it with a powder for a longer-lasting face. The key to it is finding the right shade. You really don’t need much to even out your skin tone.

My everyday foundations: BYS Complete Coverage Foundation; L’Oreal True Match; Missha Perfect Cover BB Cream
I love loose powder. Don’t judge. BYS Loose Powder; Skin Food Buckwheat Powder; Snoe Poudre Extraordinaire; Make Up Forever HD Finishing Powder; Nichido Loose Powder


Not a Cheektint Fan

I find cheektint to be too arbitrary to achieve a “polished” look. Powder blushes get my vote.

Blush for any occasion. Coastal Scents 1o-Blush Palette; Tarte Adventurous; BYS Blush Duo; Tarte Glisten


  • Brushes. At the very least a powder brush and dual-ended brow brush (with a spoolie on one end).
  • An eyelash curler. Invest in a good one. shu uemura is my favorite.
Charm Pro powder brush; Charm powder/blush brush; Charm angled brow brush; MAC 208 angled brow brush; Sigma E65 small angle brush; Charm spoolie brush; Sigma F30 large powder brush; shu uemura eyelash curler


So my proposed office beauty kit for Neva is:

  1. Foundation/BB Cream
  2. Loose/finishing powder
  3. Eyebrow pencil/powder
  4. Blush powder
  5. Mascara
  6. Lipstick
  7. Eyelash curler
  8. Powder/blush brush
  9. Dual ended eyebrow brush

With this kit, it took me just a little over 5 minutes to go from Before to After. Promise. I timed it.

And this is why I do not leave home without makeup.

How’s your beauty kit?

Myrene Santos: Mom, Makeup Artist

Myrene Santos and I met as cast members in the 2002 run of Trumpets’ The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. She was a hag, I was a bear.

There’s something about being in a theater run together that bonds you for life. Even after the curtains closed and the time we spent together became less and less as we went on with our lives, we always remained very good friends.

Our common passion was makeup. We spent many times huddled together backstage, applying animal makeup, theater makeup, after-show-gimmik makeup, sharing stories, girl talk, and lots of secrets, as girls do. She is a fabulous, bubbly, fun person to be with and motherhood has not changed that about her at all.

Myrene has an amazing stage performance profile. She’s been in countless productions and has worked with Repertory Philippines, Atlantis Productions, Trumpets, Stages, among other theater groups and events production outfits all over the country. Among her performances are roles in The Wedding Singer, Legally Blonde, Fame, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and Dreamgirls. She also worked as part of the entertainment cast of Hong Kong Disneyland for a number of years. She is a talented singer, actress, and dancer, a true musical theater artist at heart.

When Myrene got pregnant and couldn’t perform, she began to rethink her goals. She knew that having a child would change her world; long rehearsal hours, early call times and evening shows that run till late were not the ideal for the life she wanted for her family. It was during this period of introspection that her husband suggested that Myrene go into makeup professionally. When her little boy Zach was 8 months old, Myrene entered Maquillage Professional to study makeup artistry.

After a year of doing odd gigs, she found herself entering The Makeup Academy in Robinson’s Manila to apply for a position to teach Theater Makeup. She instead ended up teaching Makeup 101, a class she truly enjoyed. When Makeup Academy closed, she and a partner took over the space and opened The Makeup Secrets School. Now, aside from teaching, she is a guest artist for MAC, head of hair and makeup design for The King and I at Resorts World Manila, does hair and makeup for Piaf under MAC, does makeup for magazine shoots, editorials and website features, and is making a name for herself in the bridal and wedding circles.

Clockwise, from top: Sheila Valderrama in The King and I; Migs Ayesa for Rock of Ages; Michael Bolton. Makeup by Myrene.

She is enjoying herself immensely, being able to do what she loves and still gets to spend enough time with her adorable Zach.

I love Myrene’s story of rediscovery because this is my own journey too. Often when I say something like, “Oh I wish I could still do <insert something I used to do here>”, some people will say, “You still can,” with a look that reads total unawareness of what a mother goes through. It’s a fact of life – mothers make sacrifices, sometimes at the expense of their own ambitions and dreams.

Myrene gives me inspiration that even if there’s a part of ourselves that needs to take a backseat, there will always be another part that can shine through. We can reinvent ourselves, find new passions, or rekindle long-dormant interests or even the little “what-if-I” moments that you pushed at the back of your head. It’s never too late to have new dreams!

Thank you for being such an inspiration to me, Myrene! I look forward to growing in the world of makeup with you as my teacher.

Contact Myrene for your makeup inquiries here:

Myrene Santos
4th floor, Midtown Wing
Robinson’s Place, Ermita Manila