Basic Personal Makeup Workshop with Ryan Wong and Noeh Jani

How do you define vanity? According to Wikipedia, “vanity is the excessive belief to one’s own attractiveness”. I don’t know, but it doesn’t sound good to my ears. Personally, I have always defined vanity as the acceptance of your own image and enhancing it to further exemplify the beauty that God has given you. In other words, being comfortable with your own skin, enhancing it, and using it to build your confidence and self-worth. Being vain means, you know how to take care of yourself. And when you take good care of yourself, you earn respect and admiration. This has always been my belief on vanity, which is why, I kinda raise my brows on people who think that vanity is like the evangelical epitome of narcissism; those people who make it sound like being vain is a bad thing. What they fail to realize is that, judging vanity is a far shittier thing than being actually vain. Hay! Sorry for the ranting. I just had to get that out of my chest.

My modest Kikay Kit

Moving on. Today I will talk about the recent Basic Personal Makeup Workshop that I attended over the weekend. It was an intimate beauty affair with some of my fellow bloggers. I was really stoked when I got the invitation to attend this workshop since I’ve always wanted to experience an extensive and hands-on makeup tutorial. Our beauty gurus were Ryan Wong and Noeh Jani; two talended makeup artists in Davao  who are very passionate about their craft. The workshop was a whole day event and we tackled all the basic things that one needs to know about applying basic makeup. We’ve discussed a lot of things, but I won’t go over everything as that would take me forever to finish this post. But let me share to you some key points on how to achieve a flawless and well-crafted personal makeup in ten steps.

The Perfect 10: A Step-by-Step guide on Applying Makeup

Before proceeding to makeup application, you first need to prep your skin. Why? Well, applying makeup is just like painting. Before you create a masterpiece, it is important to first have a plain and flawless canvas. Prep your skin by cleansing, toning, and moisturizing. Moisturizer helps soften your skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines. Once you have a clean and well-prepped skin, you may now proceed with the perfect 10. 

1. Corrector/Concealer – A corrector brightens the areas under your eyes. They are usually pink/peach toned to neutralize the dark appearance. Concealers hide blemishes and gives your face an instant lift. These are usually yellow toned, or two-tones lighter than your foundation.

2. Foundation – A perfect shade of foundation can do wonders. I modeled for the foundation application  and everybody was telling me how my skin looked so flawless. To find your right shade, swatch the foundation on your jaw. If it disappears, that is your perfect match. Ryan emphasized that it is possible that you may not find a perfect shade in one product only, so it’s okay to mix two shades to find the perfect shade that matches your skintone. Also, to achieve a smooth finish, use foundation brush or stippling brush (for that airbrush finish effect) using downward or stippling motion.

3. Powder – Use a dense powder brush and gently buff the finishing powder to set the foundation. Blend until your face looks just like skin.

4. Eyeshadow – This is a very broad topic to discuss, but here are some good points that you might want to know: Smokey eyes is not limited to black, brown, and gray. The point of this eye makeup look is to create a gradient effect that smokes out toward your brow bone. For example, you can use a dark green eyeshadow on your lash bed, a mid-tone green on your lids, and light green on your crease. That would give you a gorgeous gradient effect. And of course, like what Noeh said, when in doubt, blend! Just blend, blend, blend, until you achieve a perfect smokey look. Use highlighters (white, flesh, or light pink eyeshadow) on your brow bone, inner and outer corner of the eye to make it look brighter.

5. Eyeliner – After applying your eyeshadow, proceed to your eyeliner. Depending on the look you’re going for, you can make it thinner or thicker according to your own liking. Just be sure to create a clean line. Tip: whenever you use a cream-based eyeliner, always set it with eyeshadow to avoid smearing. 

6. Mascara – When applying mascara, always start from the roots to the tips so that your lashes won’t wear down.

7. Brows – This has been said time and again; our brows frame our face. Thus, a properly shaped brows can take away years from your age and could help enhance your overall appearance. It is important to have a well-defined and properly groomed brows every time  There are different types of eyebrow products. We have the brow pencil, brow powder, and brow mascara. But, did you know that you can also use eyeliner gel to define your brows? Yes, that’s what Noeh showed us and the result was just awesome! He demonstrated how to shape the brows using a brown eyeliner gel; the result looked very natural. 

8. Blusher – I just learned that you don’t actually say blush-on. I know right? Anway, there are two ways on how to apply the blusher; horizontal and angled (like how you contour). Horizontal is recommended for  oblong and inverted triangle shape in order to cut the length of the face and make it shorter. Angular is recommended for round and oval in order to recede the roundness of the face and give it more definition. For a natural looking blush, choose a shade that gives you a natural flush; that flush you get after excercise…or sex.

9. Lip-liner – Use lipliner to give your lips a more defined shape and to make your lipstick last longer.

10. Lipstick – Below is a guide to complimentary lipstick shades according to skintone:

The perfect 10 seems like a tedious process, don’t you think? But once you get the hang of it, you can actually finish all the steps in five minutes. Once you have mastered this, you can now experiment more on your makeup using the Fab Four looks, which are:

1.Light Eyes – Light Lips
2. Light Eyes – Dark Lips
3. Dark Eyes  – Light Lips
4. Dark Eyes – Dark Lips

Below are some photos taken during the workshop:

Mommy Verns. She’s actually a brand ambassador for Cetaphil.
Mommy, yung *ehem* Cetaphil *ehem* namin! =p

Skin Prep

Ryan and Noeh brought NYX Cosmetics for us to try. These were sponsored by Rainbow Project, which is located at the 2nd Floor, Port Cafe of Gaisano Mall.

I died when I saw this! I want!! I want!

I finally got to try NARS. Me wants that after sex kind of blush “a.k.a” NARS ORGASM
I’m loving this portable Vanity! 
Angel working on her foundation.

Noeh demonstrating the proper way of doing the natural eye makeup.
Ryan demonstrating the Smokey Eyes look
Ryan on finding the right concealer shade
We also had some sweets courtesy of Chloe’s Cheesecake. Can I just say?
“This is the happiest tasting cupcake-ever!”

Before we ended the workshop, we were asked to do a return demonstration and apply what we learned based on the Fab Four Looks. I was assigned to do the Light Lips – Light Eyes (Everyday Look)

Before and After. What do you think? Did I do justice? 

Products Used:

Face: Fashion 21 foundation, NYX  Matte but Not Flat foundation powder in Warm Beige, NYX concealer in a Jar Mint for my red blemishes, NARS Orgasm

Eyes: Fashion 21 concealer for the undereyes, NYX The Crimson Amulet Pallete (neutral shades), Etude House Drawing Eyebrows #5, L.A. Colors black brown eyeliner, Maybelline Hyper Curls Volume Express Mascara, Nichido Eyeliner in Nice Gal (lower lashline)

Lips: Revlon Super Lusrous Lipstick in Mauve it Over, Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter in Berry Smoothie

Joining this workshop made me appreciate my natural beauty even more. No matter what your color is – whether you’re fair, morena, or dark – we are all beautiful in our own way and that we can enhance our beautiful features through proper makeup application. I truly enjoyed the workshop and I look forward to attending more in the future. Thank you so much Ryan and Noeh for your generosity in sharing your knowledge and talent to us. We truly appreciate it. 

With the Beauty Gurus

Class Picture! Credits to Mommy Crislyn for the last two photos. 

To all Davaoenas out there, if you want to join the Batch 2 of the Basic Personal Makeup Workshop on December 1, 2012, you may send your inquiries at:


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Julie Alontaga is the Beauty Content Creator and Editor of As Told By Julz. She works as a VA-SEO Specialist for a Web Development Company based in Australia. When she's not at work, she spends her free time binge watching movies and TV series, reading books, cooking/baking, or playing SIMS 4.


    November 14, 2012

    Nainggit naman ako ng sobra sa workshop na ito! ang dami niyo eh, and seems enjoyed kayo masyado! Waaaahh! πŸ™‚

  2. Julz
    November 14, 2012

    Now we're even! Hahah kay pirte baya nko kaibog sa inyong Beauty Amplified Makeup Workshop. =)

  3. Janine M.
    November 14, 2012

    Love your light eyes + light lips combo! Definitely great for everyday!
    nice naman ng workshop. Learned a lot from your post. Bookmarking now. πŸ™‚

  4. Julz
    November 14, 2012

    Yay! Thanks Janine. =)

    November 14, 2012

    hahahaha! oo nga eh! bakit pa kasi nagkataon sa convention. hahaha!

  6. Ria Jose
    November 14, 2012

    Thank you for joining! πŸ™‚ Very nice blog post. πŸ™‚

  7. Julz
    November 14, 2012

    Thanks, Ate Ria. =)

  8. Aya
    November 14, 2012

    Great job on the natural look! I like attending beauty workshops because I always learn a lot of helpful tips πŸ˜€

  9. Julz
    November 14, 2012

    Thank you, Aya. =)


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