Tuesday, April 26, 2011


School is cool when you're in makeup school! Last January, after much prodding and months of weighing my options, I finally decided to take the giant leap and enrolled myself in makeup school. I chose to enroll at Maquillage Professionnel by Makeup Forever. I scouted other makeup schools before I enrolled and got feedback from friends who, at that time, recently took makeup classes as well. When I visited the studio and inquired about the course, I knew it was the school I wanted. I took the Module 1 Course which was about Facial Beauty, Fashion and Photography Makeup for Professional Artists. My instructor was Ms. Yuki Geraldo, head Makeup Artist of the Makeup Forever Pro Team.
The lovely and 'bongga' Ms. Yuki!
photo taken from my friend missdonata =)
Now, let me take you through my day-by-day experience and sample works for the Module 1 course that I took.

DISCLAIMER: Please do not expect 'work of art' as I was still in the process of learning at that time and it was also my first time to apply some of the techniques that we discussed in class. =)

Day 1 - Introduction and Application of Base
This day was all about learning the French methodology of applying makeup base. According to Ms. Yuki the French methodology follows certain steps in applying makeup base.

   STEP 1: Apply PRIMER - you may use a mattifying primer first for shine control (best for oily skin) and then afterwards an HD primer or neutral primer
Make Up Forever All Mat Primer

Make Up Forever HD Primer

   STEP 2: Apply CORRECTORS (if needed) - it was my first time to use correctors. I have always been using concealer (when foundation isn't enough) to cover spots and blemishes. These are used for correcting and evening out the tone of the skin.
Make Up Forever Skin Corrector Palette
Maybe some of you are wondering what the green, purple and orange correctors are for. The green corrector is applied on red spots on the skin, purple for brown spots, age spots or freckles and the orange is for dark under eyes. Using these correctors can be tricky. If not properly blended, they may tend to appear on photos or specks of orange, purple or green may still appear even after you apply foundation. 

   Step 3: Apply FOUNDATION. - There are different types of foundation coverage such as sheer, medium, full and different types of finish like matte or dewy. It will all depend on your skin type or the look you want to achieve.
Make Up Forever Face and Body Foundation
provides sheer coverage and dewy finish
Make Up Forever HD Foundation
provides matte finish

Make Up Forever Mat Velvet
provides full coverage
  Step 4: Apply LOOSE POWDER or POWDER FOUNDATION. - The purpose of this is to seal in the primer, corrector and foundation.

Here's my work with my friend Rosie as the model. 

Day 2 - Facial Shape Correction and Eyebrow Correction
This day we learned about facial contouring and highlighting as well as finding the arch of the eyebrows. Here are the products that we used. 
Make Up Forever Sculpting Kit
the brown is used for contouring and
beige is used for highlighting 
Make Up Forever Eyebrow Corrector
to be used with an angled brow brush
Here's my work with my cousin Monique as the model.

Day 3 - Facial Balance, Eye Shape Correction and Lip Shape Correction
This day we learned the different styles in putting eyeshadow and proper blending techniques. We were also shown how to perfect the lip shape by use of lip concealer and lip liner on the outer edges of the lip.
Make Up Forever Star Powder
sweep this on top of the eyeshadow will make
the eyes appear brighter and give that 3D effect  
Make Up Forever Lip Concealer

Here's my work with my mom as my model.

Day 4 - Maquillage Du Jour 
..otherwise known as Day Makeup. This type of look requires the use of neutral and earth tones to achieve a natural "no makeup" makeup look.

Here's my work with my best friend Maggie as my model.

Day 5 - Maquillage Du Soir 
..also known as Night Makeup. With this type of makeup, you can go bold with colors, either focus on the eye and then mute the lip color and vise versa or you can do both and make the eyes bold and pair with bright red lips.

Here's my work with my friend Donna who also blogged about her experience being my model which you can read here.

Day 6 - The Smokey Eyes
I was looking forward to this session because I've always wanted to improve my technique in doing this type of eye makeup. While I've watched video tutorials on YouTube, I was still excited to see our teacher's demo. As with all the video I have watched and until our demo in class, one thing remained certain, the secret is all about the blending. Just carefully deposit the shadow onto the lids and then blend upwards. If color isn't enough, just carefully add more shadow until you reach desired boldness.

Here's my work with my friend Nica as my model. Instead of using black or gray shadow which are the colors normally used for the smokey look, I decided to play with the color purple for that feminine touch. 

Day 6 - Makeup for Black and White Photography
For this type of photo finish, our teacher introduced to us 2 techniques. First one is you can do the goth style of makeup by using black eyeshadow and lipstick. Second technique is using white, gray and black shadow on the eyes and using concealer as lipstick to achieve the natural or no makeup look in photos. Contouring should also be done heavily as photography washes out a big percentage of the makeup colors on the face.

Here's my work with my friend Nica again. I decided to try the all black makeup style on her.

Day 7 - Makeup for Colored Photography
This was the most challenging day for me because our teacher told us to go all out and experiment with bold and bright colors. I have always been used to using neutral colors (meaning safe) that's why this lesson proved to be a huge challenge for me as evidenced by my sample work below.

Here's my cousin Monique as my model again.

Day 9 - Bridal Makeup Part 1
I was all ears during our discussion and took down a lot of notes since our teacher not only discussed how to cater to the demands of today's brides when it comes to makeup but she also discussed what to expect based from her actual experiences. For the first part of the bridal makeup lesson, we are to do a natural, day bride look which is the look that most Filipina brides go for today.

Here's my friend Mica as my pretend bride for that day.

Day 10 - Bridal Makeup Part 2
For this day, we were shown how to do the Arabian style of makeup. As told by our teacher, Arabian brides go with bold colors and they are known for their "winged" eye makeup style.

Here's my friend Tin as my pretend Arabian bride for that day.

Day 11 - Audibiche Eyes/Introduction to High Fashion Makeup 
This is a French makeup style and its look is inspired by 1960's icon, the ever so sexy Brigitte Bardot but this one has a little more drama and edge. It took me quite awhile to achieve this look especially on the eyes since it required a lot of detail.

Here's my model for the day. My friend Jamie, looking edgy and fierce!

Day 12 - Evantrail Eyes/Introduction to Fashion Show Makeup
This eye makeup style originated in Italy and is also known as fan style makeup. It uses three colors with the light color on the inner eyelids (near the nosebridge), medium color in the middle, and dark color on the outer. This day, since it was our  second to the last day of class, I decided to experiment and achieve a sort of avant garde look. I tried to play with the eyebrows most especially and my model ended up looking like a Martian but I liked it anyways because it looked different from all the other looks I've created before. =)

Here's my work with my friend Rosie again as my model. 

Day 13. Practice and consultation day
For this day there was no lesson anymore, we all were given a chance to choose what type of makeup we wanted to practice among all of the types and styles we learned. I decided to do the bridal makeup once again.

Here's the result of my practice for bridal makeup with my friend Nikkie as my model.

That concludes my Module 1 course! It went by so fast and now I miss it! Hoping to take the advanced Module soon! =)


  1. I love the smokey eyes!!! Keep it up Finnie! You're doing such a great job :) even though it was your first make-up lessons! You should also post pictures of yourself! I love your make-up on you when we go out :)

  2. Thanks love! Haha let me think about posting photos of myself. I might look too vain. And I'm shy I have big face! Bwahahaha! Let's do another practice makeup sesh in daylight para better looking in photos and I'll blog about it. I'll round up the girls when Anina gets back! :)

  3. awesome post! and so detailed! congratulations of your second entry! =)) moar!

  4. yay!!! I am here!!! really glad was able to do this with you fin!!! AND keep up the blogging!!! =)

  5. Dons! Thanks again for being my model! Nica, thanks! :) Yes girls I have another entry coming up!