Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Topaz Horizon x Bobbi Brown: Eye Make-up for Girls with Glasses

I was one of the lucky few who won a slot at Frances Sales's Topaz Learning Workhop for girls with glasses last Saturday. The workshop was held at the Bobbi Brown branch in SM Megamall.

There were seven of us in the class, and we were taught by Bobbi Brown's Training Coordinator, the lovely Tamara Pineda. While she was explaining each step, resident make-up artist Jerome applied it on Frances, who was our host and model for the day. The talk lasted for less than an hour, but we were given a bonus, what any make-up lover or make-up newbie would die to have: a free trial/makeover! This workshop was so much fun and more than what I expected.

My best takeaways are putting your face on doesn't have to take up too much of your time, definition is key, and that just because you're wearing glasses it doesn't mean you have to skip applying make-up on your eye area.

Then, using Bobbi Brown products (great investment I’m saving up for to add to my arsenal), Tamara explained that applying your eye-make-up can be divided into three easy steps: applying corrector and concealer, defining your eyelids, and drawing your brows.

The most important thing to remember upon starting is to apply your skincare before applying any make-up on. Prevention is key so in this case, you must apply your eye cream, serum, and moisturizer. Then you apply your foundation. Now we can begin!

1.  Your eyeglasses highlight the shadows under your eyes so it’s important to correct and conceal. There are two shades to choose from, if you have fair complexion, go with the bisque. If you’re a morena, go for the peach family. Apply the corrector first then layer with concealer. 

What’s great about Bobbi Brown’s concealer kit is it includes a pale yellow setting powder, which you apply after the corrector and concealer. 

2. Next are your eyelids. Remember not to put concealer on your eyelids because it causes creasing of the eye shadow. Apply a primer instead because whatever you put on top of it becomes longwearing, which we all want! 

Then, using the Bobbi Brown eye shadow quad, use the light shade all over the eyelids to highlight them. The other three shades of the quad are mid-tone brown (to create depth), taupe, and dark (for dramatic effect or liner shadow). When using colored eyeglass frames, don’t fight their color but instead enhance them using your make-up. This makes people look at your face and your eyes, and not be confused with your color frames on.  

Most important tip: define the eyes with the liner. What Tamara recommended is putting the mirror just under your chin and look down while applying your liner to make sure you don’t miss anything. Then use a waterproof mascara for your lashes because sometimes the mascara smudges your frames especially when your lashes are long. Curl your lashes before applying the mascara, girls!

3. Last are your eyebrows. You know that eyebrows frame your face, right?  Sometimes just stepping out with your brows on can let you get away without any other hint of make-up. Get your brows shaped professionally, and remember to not use a black eyebrow pencil! Choose one that's at least a shade lighter than your hair. Then using light, feathery strokes, draw your brows from the inside out. With an eyebrow brush, brush your eyebrows in an upward motion, never down.

Et voila! You’re ready to seize the day because you just got your face on! Thank you so much Topaz Horizon and Bobbi Brown for this very enlightening workshop. I'm so happy!

So what did I do after getting all prettified? Went on a date, of course! And, just to add mileage to my Bobbi Brown face, I had my ID photos taken too. 

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