“You won’t look like Edward Cullen,” make-up artist Jessica Lace Evangelista promised as soon as she began walking us through the best make-up practices she’d been able to pick up through the years.
Adjusting her makeup lesson to suit the rainy season, she continued, “Kasi gloomy na ‘yung sky, grayish. You don’t want to look pale or vampire-ish.”
The owner of Jessica Lace Salon and Spa, Jessica earned certificates in high-definition makeup, airbrush master class, and hairstyling from four different schools in London. She counts celebrities such as Bella Padilla, Carmina Villaroel, and Katrina Halili among her clients.
Here is her how-to guide for you to get your rainy-day look done in five steps.
1. Use a primer before you put on your foundation.
The former allows your makeup to stay on longer (“At least a day,” said Jessica, “depende sa ganda ng product”), and makes it easier for you to apply makeup.
3. Use water-proof eyeliner and mascara.
This will prevent your eyeliner from smudging. Should rain begin to fall on your peepers, said Jessica, “You won’t look like you have a black eye.”
You can also use brown instead of black eyeliner for a more natural appearance. Black looks harsh against your skin.
4. Put on some blush, ideally in powder form because it absorbs moisture.
The type of blush to use, however, also depends on your skin type. “Kung saan ka hiyang,” said Jessica.
The color of your blush depends on your skin tone. “Warm colors are better,” noted Jessica, citing browns, corals, and peaches as the perfect shades for the rainy season. This way, you won’t look pale. Your skin will provide a contrast to the dreary environment you’ll be in.
Avoid cream blush because of the humid weather. It feels icky on the face, and will immediately streak. Jessica likes to apply blush in a “Nike shape,” starting from the apple of the cheeks.
5. Apply some matte lipstick or lip stain.
Avoid lip gloss. When the wind whips your hair over your face, the strands can stick to your lips, which leaves an unpleasant feeling.
You can also take your rainy-day makeup from morning to night by changing either your lipstick or your eye shadow from lighter to darker hues. Choose which feature to highlight: lips or eyes? Remember to keep the colors in earth tones.
Find Jessica Lace Salon and Spa at 66 Timog Avenue, Quezon City (425-1190), and Burgos Circle, 1634 Fort Bonifacio (553-2300).