For the past few months, I've really become a make-up junkie. I'm not really into cosmetics before but I had a sudden interest in it when I took fashion styling class. I saw the transformation make-up can do to people, it doesn't only make a woman look good but feel good as well. We all know that when one's happy and content with how he or she looks, self esteem and confidence boosts. It was such a great moment for me to witness. The spur of the moment made me want to become a make-up artist in the future as well. Since I'm still in fashion school and working full time as a writer, as much as I wanted to, I can't possibly fit anymore classes in my schedule. So I've decided to do some self study in make-up artistry for the time being.
As for the first step, I did some internet research and looked for bloggers or vloggers who are famous and credible in the field of beauty. And guess what, YouTube was the answer.
So far, here's my top three picks of YouTube Make-Up Gurus whom I follow and gather tips from:
Pixiwoo was founded make-up artist Samantha Chapman, she was soon joined by her sister Nicola. They produce make-up tutorials that vary from simple to difficult. Honestly, at first I won't get bored with their tutorials because it's too serious. It's like you're taking an actual make up class. However, as I watch more and more of their videos, I grew very fond of it. They really know what they're talking about! They discuss everything from the tone of foundation that would suit every skin color to the proper application of blushes. I appreciate how they'd show their viewers the step by step process of the tutorial in much detail as they can. My personal favorites are the looks that they create with the inspiration of famous personalities and supermodels. They also have another channel that showcase simpler and easier tutorials that would be great for teens and beginners, it's the Pixiwoo Madness.
My second favorite make up vlogger is the very famous Michelle Phan! She is a vietnamese-american make-up artist who works for Lancôme. Actually, her videos were the very first ones that I religiously watched. Her videos are actually very fun to watch! She takes much effort to create tutorials that are out of the box and that won't definitely bore you. Michelle Phan is absolutely a breath of fresh air. She explores different mediums such short stories which makes her viewers entertained while learning. Not only make up can be learned from Michelle Phan as she also gives fashion tutorials that can be very useful to young fashionistas. Michelle's channel is very fun and light to watch. As for my personal favorite, I love her Picture Perfect Day tutorial. It covers the basics in looking good in photos, very much the foundation if you're planning to make people look good for photoshoots. ;)
For the top 3, I would say it's Cassandra Bankson. I know she's not as detailed in make up tutorials as Pixiwoo and as creative in her videos like Michelle Phan, but her vlog really convinced me to stay healthy, fit and beautiful! I'm not really into her make up tutorials but more of her skin care videos and tips on staying healthy like eating right with proper exercise. Aside from being a vlogger, Cassandra is also a full time model and is proud of showing off her flaws. According to her, being bullied and her acne problems didn't hinder her from dreaming big. Her success in fashion and the online media motivated her more to share all her learnings in life. As for my personal favorite video of hers, I must say it's everything in her Talking Tuesday section. This section features random stuff that would be of help to average readers who face day to day problems which concerns health and beauty.
So there, that's for my top 3 favorite Beauty Vloggers. If you're interested in learning more about make up, beauty and fitness. These three channels would be of great help. They're a must-must-must check out! :)
For our final output, we were required to arrange our own shoot. Per stylist, we were tasked to create 5 layouts with the combination of beaut shots, RTW and Haute Couture. We were grouped into 2 stylists and a photographer. I don't mind being grouped with any one from our class since we're all good friends anyway. :) Not to mention, everyone's easy to work with. :) However, I still felt extra happy when I was grouped with Ate Cel and Art.
So here's my output:
Photography by Arthur Allen Catindig
Styling by Pau Mendoza
HMUA by Charisma Vergara
Models: Dima Ahmad Al Omairi & Shanna Retuya
Credits: White with Black Lace Cutouts Dress - TBBS Floral Peplum Top - Runway Dreams 2 Piece Floral Dress - Runway Dreams Black and Pink Embellished Ball Gown - Joyce Pilarsky Steampunk Accessories (Hair Accessories, Watch Necklaces, Hand Bracelet, Cross Necklace, Black Floral Set) - Nathan Andrew Grey Strappy Shoes, Silver Bangle & Calculator Watch - TBBS Cut-out Bangle - Mochibella
The shoot went well and I'm proud to say that I survived my styling course! Cheers!
For our last regular class shoot, we had Haute Couture. Honestly, it's the best yet the hardest to do. Can you imagine doing pullouts from well known designers with their clothes and accessories worth a fortune? Stylists must be really careful with the items or else, it'll be a huge problem. For our shoot, we opt for a a baroque theme with a bit of darkness. It went super well! Not only because our model's gorgeous and the items were superb but the location in Tagaytay was really nice too! Thanks ate Cel for bringing us there! :)
Photography by Ton Palabrica, Arthur Allen Catindig & Laii Bacuño Styling by Cel del Mundo Floresca, Pau Mendoza, Gayle Tagle, Rhea Bue, Frances Tiqui & Enj Coronel Make-up by Hanna Pechon Hair by Jacky Ladiero Pante Model: Maria Cherepanova of Elite Manila
Special Thanks to Ryuji Shiomitsu and Rxandy Capinpin
Things just got hotter as we proceed with our Men's Wear shoot for our class! Since brutalism inspired themes are quite in trend for 2013 fall season, with the help of photography mentor Rxandy, we mixed up the theme with a little bit of sleek sexiness for the homme shoot.
Photography by Ton Palabrica & Laii Bacuño Styling by Pau Mendoza, Gayle Tagle, Michael Tablizo, Rhea Bue & Enj Coronel Grooming by Jacky Ladiero Pante Model is Christopher Ian Baclig of Yeoh Models
Special Thanks to Rxandy Capinpin and Ryuji Shiomitsu