I attend makeup workshops almost all the time, and each time I'm invited to attend another one I'm like "My gashh another one again?!" and everytime I go and hear what the speaker says I also feel thankful afterwards that I went to that workshop. This is yet another one of those days. 

I was invited to blog about Raffles Design Institute's Create Fest Manila, their art festival in partnership with Thou Art in Heaven. I was requested in specific to blog about the makeup workshop even if there were actually quite a lot of workshops going on (there was a calligraphy, fabric flower making, bento, spoken word, and songwriting). So I went. 

Today's speaker is Carmel Villongco, chief makeup artist and trainor for Shiseido, Guerlain, and basically she's the makeup artist of choice in LuxAsia when it comes to representing its prestige brands.

Her kit for the day mostly consisted of Shiseido products, with some Guerlain products and a few other products from other brands in between. 

She didn't start with the makeup immediately. She first shared a lot of philosophy over skincare and good skin.

She gets opportunities from her company to represent and deal with many brands, and if you consider Guerlain and Shiseido for instance, the two brands are of very different brand equities, philosophies and styles. She explained that what stays constant among all the standards of beauty is good, clear skin. No matter what the makeup trend, what brand she may be dealing with or what standard of beauty the brand's country of origin has, it's good skin that prevails.

She also spent time debunking myths and explaining stuff relevant to young people as our crowd happened to be a very young one. I felt sad that there was only one official attendee as Carmel really had a lot of insightful information to share. I know I should be nonpartisan as a blogger, but I am guessing something was not right in the operations and logistics part given that Carmen (the attendee) was only told to bring her makeup tools when she was already in the venue. And we couldn't start for quite some time even if the instructor was there and there was already a student due to miscommunication that there were more girls slated to come. It's really sad when the speaker has so much information to share.

So yes, I think my job will be to impart what she has imparted so that it will be heard better in the digital space.

Carmel shared that for young people, a lot of the skincare issues are driven by lifestyle. The problems are usually caused by late nights out, all nighters for school, a poor diet full of junk food, and of course, stress. It's later on when the skin problems are caused by life. She strongly believes in taking care of the skin from a young age because in everyone's later years, aging issues really will come up.

She then shares that the real meaning of a skincare regimen refers to the things you do on a daily basis. It doesn't have to always mean using products. You can wash your face with water daily, but since you do it daily, then it's your regimen. You can then be using facial wash, and since it's daily, then it's your regimen. The key difference, though, is that, when you use products, it shouldn't be a hobby, it should be a habit. You should be using your skincare products everyday and without fail for it to actually work and for it to count as a regimen. I am guessing that she has probably had her fair share of people who buy premium skincare from Shiseido and then they complain that it isn't working when in fact it was the user who did not use the product regularly as indicated. But she didn't share the reason anymore.

She also shares that doing skincare is her "me time." It could be anything for anyone, but for her, it's skincare. Being a mom, makeup artist, and makeup trainor, she feels like she can't keep on giving and giving and giving and doing all sorts of things for all sorts of people if she doesn't do anything for herself. And her favorite of all time is the Shiseido Ibuki line. She jokes that she is often told by her peers that she's too old for the product line, but she still uses it anyways as it's a timeless collection.

She now proceeds to start applying skincare on the model's face. She shared that she doesn't believe in those who say that skincare before makeup will make the skin oilier. It must be remembered that skincare is for skin care, and since the skin is where the makeup will all be, the skin should be ready to accommodate all the makeup. She has had experiments already, and she has noted that models who have used skincare prior to makeup actually fare better than those who don't. Perhaps, some people might be using the wrong products, or are using the products in the wrong order (i.e. using pore closing toners before using skincare), that's why the combo doesn't work.

For today's look, she is using Shiseido's primer. And yes, she also shared a lot of insights on the makeup philosophies of the Japanese. She jokingly quipped that her makeup for the workshop is not the kind of makeup she'd don in Japan because the beauty philosophy is so different.

One key difference between Japan and the Philippines is that in Japan, the ideal is that made up people should still look like themselves. Unlike here in the Philippines wherein we feast our eyes on super drastic makeovers and exalt makeup artists who can turn the "ugliest" into the "prettiest" through extremely dramatic makeup. I actually have had a cousin from Hong Kong show me how sad she was over her makeup because according to her her freckles were covered and she didn't look like herself anymore. When in fact, deep inside, silently, I was wondering as to how the makeup artist could have tolerated putting on that little makeup hahaha. So yes, I do agree that there is a divide.

I guess her discussion could further lead onto the entertainment industry, though she didn't discuss it hahaha. If you kinda notice, Japanese celebrities are usually fresh faced, elegant, and with a little quirk or awkwardness to it. On the other hand, Korean celebrities, while they are fresh faced and elegant, the ones who are really admired are those with the most symmetrical, proportional, and "scientifically perfect" faces.

She then proceeds to using Shiseido Synchro Skin Foundation.

She shared that normally, when Shiseido launches products for the new fashion season, there are of course a plethora of products (like lipsticks, eyeshadows, eyeliners, name it). But when this foundation was released, it was released alone and there was no other product. That kind of tells how epic this foundation is that Shiseido had faith that it alone will lead the brand for the whole season.

So Carmel then takes the Shiseido kabuki brush to apply the product onto the model. This brush, according to her, is what her Japanese work visitors hoard because it's almost always sold out in Japan. It's that good. As a kabuki brush user myself, I can attest to that.

When it comes to foundation application, Carmel shares that you're not required to slather on such a thick amount of product on every single part of the face. You're just intended to use it for coverage on where it's needed.

She proceeds to use Shiseido's concealer before using Guerlain's powder. It doesn't really matter whether you use concealer or foundation first, so long as you use the two before using powder.

Today's eyeshadow is Shiseido's shimmering cream eye color, which is Shiseido's own take on Mac Paint pots slash Maybelline Eye Tattoo. You can have this on during a swim and still be the mermaid beauty that you are after.

This shade is VI730. Carmel wanted the eye makeup to stay away from the brown direction today, which is why she's doing a demo on how pretty violets and mauves can actually be.

Once the base is applied, she reaches out for this eyeshadow quad, which I am guessing is Guerlain.

Today's model is not really a professional model as far as I know. She's a regular girl who's just so excited to be made up, which is why she was so cooperative when I asked for shots like this. She also couldn't help but to look at the mirror at every chance she got because we kept on ogling and admiring her look every step of the way.

When it came to the brows, keeping true to the "looking like yourself" concept, Carmel only went on to enhance the model's brows and define it just a little bit. There was no crazy high arch super thick super long brow, just her natural brows defined and then enhanced.

Carmel also swears by the eyelash curler of Shiseido as it's got an Asian curvature. I think I've discussed it here before on the blog that Asian eyelash curlers are the best for us because the curvature is just right for the eyeball curve, and the width is just right for the width of typical Asian eye sockets. This is yet another one of those.

Carmel takes her time in applying the lip color with much precision. She has had encounters wherein it takes her houuurs to train staff on lip makeup because it's not just simply slathering on lipstick. It's about playing with different shades and finding the perfect lip shape for that person.

And weee, this is the finished look! The model looks just like herself, just a prettier version of herself.
 Carmel teaches that makeup is meant to reveal, not to conceal. So there you have it.

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