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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!

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
email: makeupymyrene@gmail.com
website: http://myrenesantos.lens.ph
4th floor, Midtown Wing
Robinson’s Place, Ermita Manila