Monica Verallo is a well-loved television host of UNTV’s Good Morning Kuya. She loves travelling and exploring new places, trying out new things, and living a life beyond boundaries.
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There’s a reason why BER months are considered the “season to be jolly.” Whether you are a party person or not, there will be at least one event this season when you’ll have to dress up, mingle with the crowd and sometimes, even perform some dance or song number with a group (not unless you want to get reprimanded by your boss or worse, by your mom). So when faced with such situations, it is best to look extra special and leave a good impression to everyone.
We asked Ms. Janine Cimafranca Suanco, a professional makeup artist to celebrities, about the best makeup for the holidays. Below are some of her tips and insights that could ease anyone’s way through the process.
“It all starts with good skin,” says Janine. No matter how good your eye or lip makeup may be, if the skin is not well done, the whole look will not be good. So what to do if you’ve just spent at least eight hours straight staring at a computer and your skin looks as dead as Frankenstein? Janine’s tip is to use a good highlighter, preferably in liquid formula for easier blending. Just put and blend a tiny drop in a C shape around each eye for a Kardashian-like glow. For more impact, Janine also suggests to put a little at the tip of the nose and blend nicely.
Cat eyes have a been a trend for quite some time now and there’s a reason why people love it. For one, it makes the eyes look dramatically good and can stand alone without much cheek and lip makeup. Pulling this off can be a little tricky and might take some time to perfect but the rewards are great. For starters, Janine suggests to extend the wings dramatically upwards from the corner of the eye and blur the lines for a smoky finish. Make sure to use an eyeliner with a fine tip for easier application. For a more dramatic finish, Janine also recommends to use a natural-looking eyelashes to compliment the high curves of the cat eyes.
There was a time in man’s history that one of the basis for one’s health is the color of the cheeks. The more red it is, the healthier the person is. Of course, it is already known that this is not particularly true thanks to modern science. But such mentality shows that people have an innate attraction to rosy cheeks. Hence, a flushed face can do wonders on one’s overall look. Janine says that if you are pressed for time and don’t have the luxury of getting prepared prior to an event, a quick dab of creamy blush or stain to the cheeks can solve the problem. Furthermore, blot some over your lips with your fingers to complete the rosy look and you’re out the door in less time than it takes to do one cat eye.
A line in a movie once said, “You notice how wine makes people wanna feel, like, sexy?” Well, that is actually true even for makeup. A vintage Burgundy lipstick instantly makes a person look sexy and attractively strong. And the best part about wine lips as per Janine? It can practically look good on anyone. No matter what the skin color or the shape of the lips is, burgundy can compliment it. For longer coverage, you may opt for a liquid lipstick.
Not a fan of burgundy? Then scarlet lips might do the trick! But unlike wine lips, red lips this season is best worn with an extra shine. But before applying any lipstick or gloss, exfoliate the lips first to create a smooth, easy-to-glide-on base. Once the lips are ready, put on a coat of won’t-budge matte red lipstick and finally finish it off with a matching red, shimmering gloss. Take note though that this look’s probably going to require touch-ups throughout the night, but really who cares? As Janine puts it, it’s totally worth it.
There are very few instances apart from halloween or unicorn birthday parties where colorful glitter is considered cool and acceptable. One of those exceptions is a holiday celebration. A fine strip of glitter along the eyes can instantly make any look brighter and if it’s not enough, a trace of blue eyeliner on the upper lash can give the glitter an extra pop.
To do this, wet a brush with a liquid waterproofer—the secret to make regular old shadows, liners, and glitters stay put—dip it in loose glitter, and then draw a fine strip on your eye’s upper line. Janine stresses out that it is better to apply the glitters in very small amounts to avoid getting them inside the eyes.