Thursday, September 22, 2011

Cheatsheet: Mineral Makeup Application

Today, we're also featuring a local mineral makeup line called Ellana Mineral Cosmetics. MUAs have been raving about this brand. More about Ellana MMU in a separate post.

How to apply mineral makeup to achieve the no-makeup look.

1) Primer. Starting with a clean face, apply primer to create a smooth canvas for your your foundation. Mineral makeup primers also ensure your get a flawless face without frequent touch ups throughout the day.

Ellana Minerals Liquid Primer (Php280.00/20ml)

Liquid primer - use clean fingers or sponge when applying on face  

Ellana Minerals White Chocolate Powder Primer (Php100.00/1g)

Powder primer - use a kabuki brush to buff it all over your face

2) Concealer. As their name implies, concealers hide blemishes and problem areas (dark under eye circles, scars, acne marks, uneven skintone, and more). There are two kinds of MMU concealers: the stick and the powder.
Ella Mineral Stick Concealer (Php250.00)

Stick concealers - apply AFTER foundation. Dot over blemishes and tap with fingers or a concealer brush. Do not rub on skin.

Powder concealers - apply BEFORE foundation. Always tap off excess powder before applying concealer powder in small circular, downward strokes to create a natural finish.

3) Foundation. Tap a small amount of mineral makeup foundation on a small plate or you may use the lid of the container. Swirl flat top brush, stippling brush, or a kabuki brush to load the foundation. SWEEP your brush along your forehead, cheeks, and chin. Then, you can begin to BUFF. Starting from the jawline, blend in your mineral foundation in inward circular motions.

To create a matte finish with your mineral foundation, use a latex wedge instead of a brush. Apply using outward strokes.

TIP: Get the dewy skin look by spritzing your brush with water. Load the foundation to the damp brush and apply on your face.

4) Eyeshadow. Apply primer over the lids to make the eyeshadow last. Mineral eyeshadows are highly pigmented. You can use it like the usual eyeshadow. To achieve a dramatic look, wet your eyeshadow applicator when applying the minerals.

TIP: mineral makeup is highly flexible. Minerals can either be used as an eyeshadow or eyeliner. To create a liner, wet a small brush and dip into a darker mineral shade.

5) Blusher. It is best to use an angled blush brush when using mineral blushes. Smile and apply mineral blush on the apples of your cheeks. Contour your face by applying a darker blush under your cheekbones.

6. Bronzer. Mineral bronzers create a natural sun-kissed glow. In an outward motion, apply the bronzer along your hairline down to your jawline. Sweep a small amount of bronzer over your blush on and your nose.

7. Setting powder. Often called a finishing powder or veil, this will lock in the pigments of your mineral makeup. Using a kabuki brush, apply the finishing veil in downward strokes. Setting powder also absorbs oil. You can use this to absorb shine as you retouch throughout the day.

More posts about Ellana Mineral Cosmetics soon! :)

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Fanny Serrano concealer

Hello, beauties.

I've been hearing a lot good things about Fanny Serrano cosmetics lately. For years, the iconic Fanny Serrano has been the makeup artists of  the stars. And now, he has his very own makeup line by Fashion 21, a well-known local cosmetic brand.

I decided to try the Fanny Serrano stick concealer after reading The Doctor is Vain's blog and a throng of makeup reviews from fellow Filipina beauty bloggers. The FS concealers won the Cosmo Beauty Awards in 2008.

Fanny Serrano concealer sticks are available in three shades: sand, walnut, and chestnut. I am morena so I got mine in chestnut.

I got a nice tip from another beauty junkie's blog: She uses sand (the lighest shade), for highlighting and concealing ugly under eye circles. Walnut (the medium shade among the three), for hiding blemishes and, guess what, for foundation! And chestnut for contouring.

Pocket-friendly for only Php 350.00 (Watson's and leading department stores).

I love the rubberized cylinder! The Fanny Serrano concealer sticks are in matte black with a silver FS logo. It's elegant compared to other local brand's colorful makeup packaging.

 Hmm... it was a so-so. Though it was lightweight, the coverage was not so good that I have to apply another layer. It has the tendency to get a little cakey.

And another thing, the shades are yellowy, too. I have to use it sparingly or I might end up looking jaundiced. Yikes! To avoid such beauty faux pas, always remember the rule of thumb in applying concealers: less is always more.

Overall impressions:
Fanny Serrano stick concealers are way cheaper than international brands like the MAC Studio Finish Concealer SPF 35 NW20 ($ 20.00). Of course, their coverage are incomparable, too. But FS concealers are already a steal because of their inexpensive price tag and good quality (when compared to other local makeup lines).

I give it ♥♥♥♥ out of 5!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Tips from another beauty blogger

Found an interesting blog from a fellow Pinay. Learn about her one-minute wonders -- the lip and cheek stains. 

Lipstick Addict - Beauty Reviews and More!: Lip and Cheek Tint Swatches: "u want a little bit of color in your cheeks and lips, this is the ideal product for you. These stains are waterproof but can easily come off with when washed with so"

Monday, July 5, 2010

Myra Vitaglow coupons!

Hello, beauty junkies!

The rainy days are pouring in but never make it an excuse to look drab!

Look radiant with the new Myra Vitaglow, another quality Filipino-made product from the makers of Myra E moisturizer.

Myra Vitaglow is a tinted moisturizer infused with minerals and Vitamin E. This mild and easy to blend formula is dermatologically-tested. It also contains SPF 15.

Myra Vitaglow is just perfect for your daily beauty routine since it's a moisturizer, foundation, concealer, and sunscreen in one bottle.

It has two Pinay-friendly shades in Ivory and in Beige. For only PHP 130 (35 ml tube), this is even way better than the costly BB creams!

As a rainy day giveaway, Watson's and Female Network are giving us another reason to glow.

Click on the link, fill out the form, and present your coupon to the nearest Watson's branch to get 50% off on your Myra Vitaglow purchase.

Get your coupon here!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Welcome to Femin9. 

Beauty, health and wellness for every Filipina.

I'm Gen and this blog is dedicated to Filipino makeup brands and their reviews. Yeah, I know you’re probably thinking about the quality of gawang Pinoy products. Well, you're in for a surprise. There are local cosmetics worth mentioning and they are only half the price of international brands. 

Steal vs. splurge?

For the cheapskates, this is your cheat sheet on how to get that glamorous look without blowing your budget. For professional MUAs, this is where you get great finds from the local market. Femin9 is where students, young professionals, and the budget-wise Pinays get tips and tricks on beauty and wellness. 

The Filipina skin has a variety of hues: the mestiza (fair), morena (olive), and the in-betweens (yellow undertones). Whatever your color may be, there is always the perfect foundation and lipstick shade for you. What's best about Filipino makeup brands is that they are suited for the Pinay complexion.

Next time you visit the cosmetics section at the mall, stop by the stalls of Filipino brands and see what's in store for you. Buying produktong Pinoy is, after all, a good way to help our country. And guess what. Did you know that most of our Philippine-made cosmetics have the same supplier with other international brands?

Not all American or European makeup brands are made in USA or in Europe. Some have to import from Japan, Korea, Taiwan, or even China for bottles and tubes of cosmetics, and repack it. Thanks to globalization, some Filipino cosmetics often have the same supplier with the international logos. Locally-made cosmetics are way cheaper when pitted against the market giants because our products do not shoulder the markup costs of global advertising campaigns. 

Looking good starts with feeling good. So you’ll also dig health and wellness articles here. Filipinas are beautiful inside and out. And you’ll surely feel great about yourself knowing that you can be at par with other women out there.

Pinays are ready to face the world and conquer it! 

Again, welcome to Femin9 and enjoy my posts!