Tips from a celebrity makeup artist

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Thursday, September 4, 2014


WITH the second half of the year officially upon us, doesn’t the cool weather remind you that it’s time to change your makeup a little bit? I often adjust makeup to what I’m wearing or how I’m feeling, so I wear different colors almost everyday. But as celebrity makeup artist RB Chanco observes, Filipinas tend to use just one lipstick and wear it to death for the next three months. Don’t fret: It’s simpler than you think to update your look, and you don’t have to overload on makeup at all.

As RB says, her celebrity clients want to look less and less made up. Nearly all of the artistas want to look more natural. RB’s high-profile clients include ABS-CBN personalities like Charo Santos, Kris Aquino, Maja Salvador, Erich Gonzales and Julia Barretto. RB shares her tips and tricks:

• Avoid layers and layers of foundation and powder. The trend before was to apply makeup thickly; it’s no longer the case now. Some celebs even ask not to fully cover up their dark undereye circles so that they look more real.

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• With the “less makeup” approach, prepping the skin before makeup is super important. Cleanse, tone and moisturize well before starting any makeup application. With healthy skin, you won’t need those layers of products to look good.

• RB recommends having four different lipsticks per season, two dark and two light: one purple or red, one orange, one pink and one nude.

Here are some wearable looks from RB’s recent MAC Technique workshop to give you inspiration for updating your look this season.

1950s with a Slight Punk Edge

• To make skin look super healthy and glowy, RB uses a light foundation and liquid highlighter that have pigments to illuminate the skin.

• The key word is “glowy,” not oily or shimmery, for a really radiant look on the skin.

• Fill in sparse areas of the brows with a pencil just a shade lighter than your brow hair. Go for a natural, not-too-perfect look.

• Use an angled liner brush and black gel eyeliner to create a wing. To elongate eyes and for added drama, take the liner all the way into the inner corners of the eyes.

• For a pop of color, apply blue eyeliner on the lower lash lines. Blend out the top and bottom lines with dark brown or black eyeshadow on your liner brush.

• Very lightly contour the face without any hard sculpting by using a darker color of a lightweight mineral powder.

• Since the eyes are already quite made up, RB skipped lipstick altogether and applied a tinted lip gloss with ultra-fine shimmer.
Pretty and Effortless

• Try going with different hues of the same color all over the face. For this look, RB went with pink. With all the different shades available, pink can flatter every skin tone.

• Blend a pink eyeshadow with a hint of coral all over the eyes. Using just one color looks effortless but pretty.

• Dust on just a touch of pink blush on the cheeks; no clownish circles!

• To create the look of fuller lips, apply a darker lipstick around the mouth, then a lighter lipstick in the center. RB went with a reddish-purple for the darker color and a bright pink one for the lighter color. Blend with a lip brush so there aren’t any harsh lines.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on September 05, 2014.

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