Friday, July 11, 2014

MAC Technique Makeup Workshop

If there's a makeup brand that everyone knows, it's MAC. If you checked out every beauty blogs out there, they'll usually mention that their skin tone is NC 30, NW 40 or any of the variety. I'm very honored to be invited to their store at Glorietta and be taught how to execute a flawless look by using MAC Cosmetics.

 I know you guys are rolling your eyes and telling me, do you REALLY need this? You'll be surprised that I've learned new techniques from MAC and its best selling products as well. After reading this, you'll be equipped with an extra knowledge on which things you should get!

The well-known Makeup Maven, Sabs Hernandez is usually the one handling the brushes. 
But for this workshop she's turning the tables and sat down as a model. Gorgeous as always.

Day to Night Transformation

The theme of the workshop is Femme to Fierce. Our highly-skilled MAC Facilitator, Frances taught us a simple day to night makeup transformation for the forever busy girls that are always on the go! 

Here are some expert notes that could help you channel the inner beauty guru in you!


  • Skincare first. Never ever scrimp on your skin! Concealing unhealthy skin can only do as much. Cameras are now more HD and unforgiving compared from the past.
  • If you want your makeup last longer, a good base / primer is a must! Primers are not only for the foundation but they have lip and eyelid primers as well. The one they used for Sabs are Prep + Prime Lip (for the lips) and Prep + Prime Highlighter (for the eyes). Prep + Prime Lip Primer is one of their best selling products that is quite handy in preventing unflattering lines on your lips.
  • Since the weather of the Philippines is truly humid, a Translucent Powder is great for setting your liquid foundation and blotting oil to keep your makeup from melting away!


  • Eye makeup is not generic. Some might have deeper set eyes and some might have hooded lids, not everyone has the same eyes. The same applies to eye makeup, you have to understand your eye shape first to learn how to enhance the features of your eyes.
  • Chinitas should veer away from metallic eyeshadows. It will reflect the light and will make your eyes appear smaller.
  • Set your eyeliner with eyeshadow to make it last longer.
  • Embark is a flattering shade for warm Asian skin since it's a brown purple eyeshadow that is not too black or red. It's an honest brown really. Shroom is good to use with this as a highlight because it's not too frosted like Nylon.
  • Finish the look by defining the eyes with a waterproof eyeliner pencil in the shade of Engrave or Black Tide. But if you're into very black eyeliners like me, I say Carbon is the best way to go!
  • Some of the eyeshadow brushes that are great to invest on are the 107 and 224. The bristles are made of soft goat's hair and I believe these are Sabs' personal favorite to use on her clients. For more defined strokes, opt for their pencil brush: 119.


Limited Edition Alluring Aquatics Refined Golden. A perfect not too brown or not too red bronzer.
  • Do not apply your makeup downwards as it will appear to make your face pulled down. 
  • Frances loves using the angled contour blush brush, 167 for applying bronzers that gives the illusion of well-sculpted cheekbones.
  • Highlight the apples of the cheek only. Unless you're planning to look tan, don't put bronzers all around your cheek! Remember, highlight the parts you want to emphasize and shade the areas you want to hide.
  • The blush shades Blush Baby and Melba are beautiful on Filipina skin.


 From Top to Bottom: Viva Glam 1, Viva Glam Rihanna & Russian Red. My camera didn't do the colors much justice.
  • Bold eyes can be paired with bold lips as long as the colors compliment each other.
  • Highlight the Cupid's Bow and the side of your lips to make them appear more plump.
  • Ruby Woo is their one of their best selling red lipstick ever.
  • Kinda Sexy is a new matte shade that is not very nude and not very pink at the same time. It's great worn alone or paired to tone down bold colored lipsticks. Frances highly recommends this universally flattering shade.
  • Their lip brush which is the 106 is highly recommended if you're into blending two lipstick shades together.

Rocking MAC Heroine with my friends! Still on the lookout for something similar to MAC Riri Talk That Talk. *sigh*

I'm glad I learned a thing or two from my visit to MAC. I'm sorry it took me a while to post new things here. I recently started working full time so I had to learn effective time management skills. Lol. I promise I'll still keep this blog very much alive than it was before.

Anyway, for those who are interested in their workshops do visit their stores to learn more! I'll keep you guys posted if they have these workshops in the future. TGIF! Hope you guys enjoy the start of this wonderful weekend!

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