Cuenco: Best beauty looks: ABS-CBN Ball 2019

The Beauty Enthusiast

IN THE past few years, I’ve gotten more eager to see how our local stars get glammed up for the red carpet. I’ve noticed that Hollywood stars, save for a few consistent glamazons like J. Lo, are getting almost lazy with their red carpet looks. Even though they are all dressed up in couture and diamonds, many of them keep their makeup so simple it can be worn to the office, even if they’re going to the Oscars. They could take a cue from how Filipino celebrities get ready for the spotlight when it comes to hair and makeup. I really enjoyed some of the beauty looks from the ABS-CBN Ball this year; here are three of my favorites.

Sarah Lahbati

This is a perfect, sophisticated look with just-deep-enough brown and plummy tones that could even work as a bridal look. Perfectly blended eyeshadow with an inner corner highlight, elongated eyeliner, and lush lashes create softly sultry eyes, while a deep rose lip liner and lip color create a beautiful pout. For a unique touch that is very 2019, the brows are left full and slightly brushed up.

Nadine Lustre

Nadine’s MUA always knows how to play up her eye shape with several layers of shadow and smoke, and winged eyeliner that extends all the way to her inner corners. Tiny rhinestones on her lower lash lines amped up the glam and sparkle even more. Even with Nadine’s statement eyes, the MUA didn’t go with the expected barely-there cheek and lip, but instead added drunk blush across the nose and cheeks. Somehow, even with lots of highlighter and lipgloss and definitely a lot of makeup overall, Nadine still looks like herself, but paparazzi ready. Special occasions are the best excuses to wear a lot of makeup, but you should never end up looking like a completely different person.

Sue Dodd

A high updo with soft tendrils and classic makeup with a modern twist kept 23-year-old Sue’s high-necked, heavily beaded gown from entering over-the-top territory. Super polished skin, almost undetectable contour and plenty of highlight created the perfect canvas for super-long eyelashes and a slightly overdrawn red lip. The touch of orange in the lip color makes it less expected than a blue-based red or wine-hued lipstick.


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