Hullo! It was another rainy, gloomy afternoon in the little green house and so a make-over was in store haha. To see behind-the-scenes shots, read a make-up review of Ever Belena, or just want to know how to set up your own ghetto make-over at home....
To have a make-over, first, you must get all your make-up and brushes out. Yes, bring out everything you own. You know, the ones that are in your bathroom, in your bag, in your purse, in your drawers, in your laundry bag.. or wherever else you like to scatter them around.
Now that you have them all rounded up, organize them.
To help you get organized, get a toolkit case. Dear Husband got this one at Handyman in Cagayan de Oro City. They are cheap and offer the same conveniences of expensive make-up train cases. (Ukelele is optional)
Next, and most importantly, you will need a model. Yes, even if you are make-overing yourself, that is still the term. MODEL.
In my case, it is Angel. I have known Angel forever and now she stays with us to help take care of the little sisters. Angel is a registered midwife and nurse, but somehow she prefers sewing and doing hair! She is Team 'Nao's hairstylist and always can be counted on to get some rush sewing done. :-) She is used to sudden impulses of make-overs.
First, moisturize the face. Then, use a primer all over. Next, put on foundation.
Remember how I have been wanting to check out what's available locally? Well, I finally get the chance now to show you one that we found to be really good. This is Ever Belena's Mouse Councealer in Honey Beige. It's very affordable and I got this one on sale in Robinson's for P99.00.
What we liked? It is a concealer, but it works beautifully as foundation too. It spreads evenly, specially after being warmed up a bit with your hands. Too bad there are such few shades to choose from.
Now that you have your bases down, time to dust it all with some loose powder to set it all together.
At this point, you can trip out on your eye make-up. Remeber, if you are using dark or bright shadows, you will want to put a lot of loose powder under the eyes to catch any stray pigments. If you are going for the trendy racoon-eyes, then don't mind me and skip the powder.
Done with the eyes? Do your contouring, your cheeks and your eyebrows.
Are you loving your look? Great! Now put that lipstick on!
Here's another new favorite of ours from Ever Belena, it's their Matte Lipstick in Mirrored Mocha and retails for P145.00. The texture is just right, not too dry for a matte lipstick and the color? A dark peachy nude (if that makes sense). It shows promise of working with most skin types. Well, we will be putting it to the test in the future.
Are you checking yourself out in the mirror now? Good. Cause we will be needing that mirror for our shoot.
Find a corner in your home that is pretty near a light source that you can bounce light from, hence this is your cue to grab that mirror and reflect that light.
Find something to use as your background. From my experience of ghetto make-over shoots in indoor spaces, it is always better to use a dark background. I dunno. Just easier. And you do want to focus on the face since it IS a MAKE-OVER SHOOT :-)
For our shoot, we just used the 2 seat cushions and made it lean on the wall in a v-shape. So that is our studio set-up. (Ukelele and diaper bag optional)
Now find something creative to wear! TIP: We used a lacey table runner as a collar over a white shirt. There are no fashion rules in a make-over, be silly and spontaneous.
There you go! Make sure you direct the light reflection from the mirror to your face so you can get shadows out. CLICK. CLICK. CLICK. Pose. Pose. Pose. Pose. Pose. Smile. Smile. Smile. Smile.
Most importanly, Laugh :-) When you stop taking yourself seriously, that is when beauty comes out to play :-)
Peace. Love. Dream. Enjoy.
P.S. I wish I had more step-by-step photos but I only have two hands and my feet are not much use 'cept for the usual. Sorry. You will just have to imagine the in-between steps. In which case, I wish I could see what you were imagining.