Posts Tagged smoky eyes
I always find time to do test shoots and work with new photographers. Two weeks ago, photographer Edric Chen invited me to do makeup for his shoot, and I agreed right away because I liked his previous sets. Too bad I wasn’t able to stay for the duration of the shoot since I had to rush to my makeup studio to do makeup for a client.
Edric showed me a makeup peg with burgundy smoky eyes, and I instantly remembered the makeup in Prada’s Spring/Summer 2008 ad.
Makeup by Kris Bacani
Styling and Model: Domz Tiu
Photos by Edric Chen
Gwen is a close friend of Joni, who’s also one of my bridal clients. They actually had their trial makeup together last year, and I’m happy they both booked me for their respective weddings. In fact, she also wanted the same look as Joni’s, smoky eyes done in earth shades to make her chinita eyes look bigger. Here’s her before photo:
more photos from Ojay Reantaso, the official photographer:
Gwen also asked me to do the hair and makeup of the whole entourage. Of course I can’t do it alone, so I asked makeup artist Gold Magtoto to help me out. She did such an awesome job, thanks so much Gold! Btw, she also sells makeup chairs and makeup kits at very affordable prices, get in touch with her (09189414529) if you need one.
I love Asian Dragon magazine (a bi-monthly magazine that caters to the Filipino-Chinese community) for trusting me with their beauty editorials. When they said they will be coming up with their first ever wedding magazine and they asked me to do a bridal beauty ed for that, I was very excited! I thought I’ll be doing different versions of the natural, no-makeup look that’s usually requested for weddings, but I was wrong. Asian Dragon wanted to put an end to that. They requested for dramatic looks because, according to them, “why would you want a washed out and sparingly powdered face on your wedding day?”
Though I disagree with that statement (most makeup artists would tell you that natural look is anything but washed out, it’s actually harder to pull off because you’re still actually putting a lot of product on the face but making it seem like you’re not), I was still up to the challenge of doing dramatic looks that are still wearable for weddings. Come to think of it, there really are some people who don’t like the natural look for their big day, I’ve had some bridal clients who request for smoky eyes or dark shades of lip color, and it worked out completely fine. In the end, bridal makeup doesn’t equate to natural makeup, it’s whatever makeup or look the bride wants =)
Before I post the photos, here are some tips for the bride if they want to veer away from the no-makeup look:
1. If you decide to go for smoky eyes, stick to the blacks, browns, and plums. It’s not the time to go crazy with metallic green or blue eyeshadow.
2. Consider wearing false eyelashes. It will definitely add drama to your eyes.
3. Having a vintage/old Hollywood theme is a trend right now. Red lips with winged eyeliner will definitely suit this theme.
4. Though you’re wearing darker shades, ask your makeup artist to still keep the whole look soft and romantic.
Makeup by Kris Bacani
Hair by Jerry Javier of L’Oreal Professionel
Model: Vanessa Matsunaga of Mercator
Jewelry: Jewelmer, Diamante, Indulgems
Photos by Marcel Lainez
(apologies for the poor resolution, these are just scanned from the magazine)
She married the boy-next-door. Literally. Marrying your childhood sweetheart is probably the stuff of movies for most of us. But for Karen and Miguel, who lived right in front of each other’s houses ever since they were kids, this is exactly what happened.
I always assume that my bridal clients are older than me, always calling them “Ms. ___” and peppering my sentences with “po” whenever I talk to them. So I was quite surprised when I realized that Karen was younger than me (I was 23 the first time I met her, and she was 22 years old). Baka nabuntis, I thought. I really need to change this mindset because firstly, I’m approaching mid-twenties (eeepp!), and second, there’s really nothing wrong with being married at a young age. She wasn’t pregnant. They’ve been on a long distance relationship for 5 years ever since Karen’s family migrated to Vancouver, BC, and they just can’t bear it anymore. They decided to get married already even if they’re still young so Karen could petition Miguel to work in Vancouver and so they could be together again.
Anyway, on to the makeup part. Karen wanted smoky eyes. It’s a night wedding and her eyes are a bit chinky so this is perfectly fine and her eyes would definitely look bigger with this style. She bought MAC’s Holiday Collection 2009 pigments which comes in 5 pretty shades and wanted me to use it on her and on her relatives as well.
For her, I chose the Grape (deep purple) shade for contour and Kitschmas (light pearly pink) for highlight. The Grape is the one at the leftmost and Kitschmas is in the middle of the photo on the left. At first I thought it would clash with her Renee Salud filipiniana gown but it worked just fine.
I loved these pigments so much I went to MAC in Rustan’s Makati the day after the wedding to buy my own set. Sadly, they’re all sold out. I though I would never see them again until, more than a month after the wedding, I laid my eyes on a set displayed in another MAC store. Guess where? In the duty free shop in Bangkok’s international airport! I grabbed a box without hesitation and the saleslady said it was the last set. Whew!
Here’s Karen’s before pic:
More shots from Niceprint Photography:
The purple eyeshadow was surprisingly wearable, even for weddings. Good choice, Karen! =)
I instantly liked Tricia when we met for trial makeup because we had 2 things in common– we’re both cheerleaders from Holy Spirit and we both love animal prints. She loves animal print so much that her debut’s theme is safari!
Since she’s a performer, i assumed she’s used to having makeup done and had no qualms when I said I wanted to do smoky eyes on her. On the day of her debut, she even bumped it up and said that she wanted to have the smoky cat’s eye look (that means a winged smoky eye), and if maybe we could double the false eyelashes daw. I love it!Though we’re going to do a smoky eyes, her makeup should still be not overly dramatic because her dress and fascinator by Mich Dulce is already busy. In this case, the highlight is the dress and the makeup should just be complementary to it and not the other way around.
Here’s a before shot of her:
Don’t you just love the leopard print fascinator? For her eyes, I used a black-forest green (safaring-safari)-gold palette. I extended the wing almost up to her eyebrows and put 2 layers of natural false eyelashes to make her eyes look bigger. I kept the rest of her face natural so the focus is just on the eyes and her outfit.
Here are more photos from official photographer Kevin Tatco:
I wore an animal print top to get into the theme =)
Tip: When doing smoky eyes, put powder under the eyes to “catch” any eyeshadow that will fall.When you’re finished, simply sweep off the powder, together with any eyeshadow that fell, and you get clean undereyes =)