Foundation 101: General Considerations When Buying Foundation

General Considerations When Buying Foundation

  1. Know your skin type.  Skin types are thought to be dry, very dry, oily, very oily, normal, or combination (oily T-zone while the rest are normal). I used to have a normal skin type, which means neither oily nor dry but as I reached my late twenties my T-zone area had become oily. Also, a person may have two different skin types. For example, I have worked with clients who have normal skin type except for dry forehead or chin area. Some people also tend to be very oily in the T-zone area (nose, forehead and chin) leaving the rest of the face either oily or normal. When buying foundation, buy for your skin type.
  2. Skin types change. Yes, our skin changes in lieu of the weather, so people need to buy different bottles of foundation depending on the weather. Your skin may be producing enough amount of oil during rainy season but it becomes crazily oily when you hit the beach on a hot, humid day. I have worked with women who left overseas with normal or oily skin and then changed into a scale of dry or very dry days after arriving Philippines. There are certain medications that can alter skin types in a matter of several applications. I had a bride who surprised me with a very dry, flaky skin on her wedding day after applying a series of acne medication days before the big day. Age also has a huge role in altering the condition of your skin. I noticed that mature ladies have either very dry or very oily skin.
  3. Determine your skin’s coverage. Coverage means the extent to which something is covered. Generally, foundations have sheer, medium or heavy coverages. If your pores are nonexistent, you need a foundation that just evens out your skin tone. If you have a few spots and discolorations, go for medium coverage. However, you can still opt for a sheer foundation if you do not want anything heavy and just use a concealer to cover the spots. If your skin is riddled with major acne marks and large scars, it is best to settle with foundation with heavy coverage. I never really get ladies with already good skin that go crazy in lathering thick layer of base.
  4. The color matches. Make sure the foundation matches your skin color perfectly. No person has a 100% even skin tone all over his or her body. The most exposed body parts are usually darker than the hidden ones (tummy, chest, bikini, butt, and thighs). Sometimes, your face has a little more color compare to your neck, or your face, neck and arms are two shades darker than the rest of your body. Asian usually have yellow undertone so buy foundation with yellow bases to match your skin. Undertones like pink, blue, red, and peach have to be avoided at all cost, or else you will not get a good match no matter how hard you rub the product.
  5. Swatch the product before buying. Try a small patch of foundation on that area of your face where your jaw meets the neck. This is the perfect spot in trying out foundation because it color swatch your face and neck at the same time. If the product blends and looks seamless, consider buying it. If you are with someone, ask that someone a little later (like 30 minutes after) if he or she can spot a difference in color or texture where you tested the foundation. If the answer is no, still do not buy it. When you are home, do your own research about the product. If you are spending a stash of your money on a makeup product, make sure it is worth it so do your homework first. Once satisfied with the reviews of other users, return to the store and buy it.

I have about 15 bottles of foundation in my kit at the moment, with a few stocks coming in a box from the US. That is considered little for someone in the industry, but for ordinary people who get to make up themselves only, it is sad to see bottles or compacts of foundation go to waste due to mismatch coloring, allergic reactions, wrong coverage and unsuited formulation. I am pretty sure everyone has a pouch or drawer of make up used once or twice in their whole shelf life, which is a bad practice. Buying foundation has never been an easy errand. Not only these pieces of advice will save you money, you will hate yourself less for making a carefully thought makeup-related decision.

Happy foundation shopping!

Woman of Color

Ever since I started my make up career, I have imagined the challenges of making up women whose coloring is altogether different than mine. Every time I am faced with the challenge, I am thrilled and anxious at the same time. Yesterday, I had the glorious opportunity of making up a gorgeous woman of color. She if of African-American descent and she has this deep cocoa skintone. I was amazed at how rich and intense her color is.

Although I have made up clients whose pale skin tones originated from America, Germany, Australia and Spain, their color correcting principles are different from dark-skinned women.  Also, women with darker coloring, more often than not, have more discolorations. Since it was my first time and the client was part of the wedding, I made it simple, fresh and glowing.

Finished look on client Garnett.  Make up by me and hair and AJ Fernandez

Finished look on client Garnett. Make up by me and hair and AJ Fernandez

I noticed that Garnett has a blue undertone. I wanted the skin to look even and glowing. Therefore, the job was to highlight. Instead of applying highlighter like I used to, I used two foundations. The lighter one was applied in the center of her face, and the darker shade was blended into the outer angles, primarily jawbone, temples and upper part of her forehead. Using two liquid bases would highlight the center of her face, having an appearance of a natural glow. I used a brush to apply the foundation then stippled it using a wedge sponge for an airbrush effect. Everything was set using a translucent powder.

For the eyes, I used a reddish copper color as lid base and blended well until no harsh line can be seen. I then used a dark, deep gold as highlight color into the brow bone. The liner was really the star of the eye makeup. I applied a black gel liner into the roots of her upper and lower lashes. Thin line first into the inner corner of her eyes and then gradually thickens with a little flick at the end. After coating her naturally curled lashes with waterproof mascara, a full strip of black falsies was applied. The rest of the make up was minimal. A little bit of contour, a deep brown red cream and powder blush, and a purple red lip color and bronze red gloss.

She mentioned that her family will be staying in Davao City until the 16th. I hope they will have a great time. She loves our city, except for the extra humid weather, which is making her sweat like crazy.

Blondes and brunettes, check. Very pale and very dark skin tones, check. Now, my next wish is to make up a ravishing redhead.

A little update

As a full time mother and  make up artist, I do not have the luxury of spending hours logged on to my laptop, crafting blog posts. I apologize for the lack of substantial posts about my craft. When I started my blog, it was my intention to share tips and tricks, as well as insights on how to do a particular look, or an opinion or two of a product. But since my daughter has reached her hyperactive stage and does not like naps so well, I am a dotting mother most of the time when I am at home. If not, either I am meeting a client or running an errand, or basically doing my job as a makeup artist in Davao City.

However, you can always check my make up-related activities on my instagram account as I do update it frequently. Follow me at Instagram to see my recent works or add me over Facebook. Both accounts are regularly updated, as opposed to this blogsite.

Till my next post! 

Cheers to 2013

I have so many things to be thankful about in the past year. First, I am thankful for giving me wonderful daughter. Despite her ferocious temper (which she got from me), I would forever love her unconditionally. Second, I am thankful for my husband who never questioned why I threw away my degree and turned into a makeup artist. He supports my craft even though he could not tell the difference between a shower gel and a moisturizer. Third, I am thankful for the women who trusted me and my craft.

With my bride Anne

With my bride Anne

Until now, my heart skips a beat whenever I get to work with a client. Repeat or not, make up does not have a generic  look, or at least that is what I think of. If I gave one client a bronzed look the first time we met, I make sure she receives a different look the next time she asks for the same services.

Prenup. Photo by Marlon Advincula

Prenup. Photo by Marlon Advincula

I truly enjoy my craft. The industry I belong to is full of amazing people with incredible talents. I get to work with stylists, photographers, videographers, coordinators, set directors, hairstylists, models, brides, debutantes, prom princesses, and all real people who wanted one thing: to look their best without surgery.

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December bride Rachel. Photo by Marlon Advincula

What I like best with make up artistry is the never ending process of experiment and education. No, I am not yet done learning the principles of make up artistry. I will continue to savor the juices of my craft. I will learn and relearn. I will teach and give tips. I will still be surprised of colors, pigments and textures. I will still give my 100% of everything that I do, and I have my clients to thank for the chance.

Kathleen Alino by Paul Borromeo

Kathleen Alino by Paul Borromeo

I found my joy and passion in make up artistry. In the last 3 years, I learned that talent is overrated. There are always novices who are full of energy and potential lurking around, waiting for the big break. If you are passionate enough, you may lose your spark and end up losing your way. I find it heartwarming that more and more people have decided to have faith in make up artistry. Our job as make up artists maybe full of delight, colors and brushes, but it is full of uncertainties as well. There are times that blessings come full. There are also moments when blessings are scarce.

My bride Pearl. Photo by Raphael Banta.

My bride Pearl. Photo by Raphael Banta.

However, the best thing to do is to be positive in all the things you do. As much as possible, I embrace all blessings that come my way. Yes, welcome them with arms wide open because that should be the only thing to do. That, and appreciating each and every soul who are charmed by you and your talent.

Le Sexy March Macalino by Vince Valdellon.

Le Sexy March Macalino by Vince Valdellon.

My 2013 was great. I am hoping for 2014 to reverberate with love, joy, charms and of course, blessings.

Something Sweet and Sexy

I had been working and vacationing a lot lately, so excuse the lack of posts. I have not seen much of sunshine in the past weeks. Early November’s weather has been dark, rainy and cold. So, I decided to incorporate lots of glow into the make up looks of women I recently worked with.

First is a sweet and sexy make up look I worked on Anri. She has such a pretty face that I want to stay within her level of prettiness but I also want to add  touch of daring sexiness. So I end up with a classic sultry and pretty make up- contoured and sun kissed cheeks, natural brows and quite glossy lips.

First, I used earth colors of browns and taupes to add depth and color to her eyes, then I applied and blended a gold shadow in the middle of her lid using my fingers. Then, I applied lots of black, waterproof mascara to already curled lashes. Using cream products, I contoured her cheeks then followed by a hint of pink as blusher. Once the foundation and concealer had set in, I lightly powdered her face using  a translucent powder. Then, I swished a bronzer (a combination of 4 amazing colors) at the top of her cheekbones, across her nose, cupid’s bow, and forehead for that glowing look. The different pigments from 4 bronzing powders are the key in making Anri look like a princess from Ibiza. Once the light hits her face, it just glows in the right planes. I kept her brows and lips natural. I just filled in the gaps in her brows using a taupe brow pencil. For her lips, I neutralized the color her lips using a beige lip pencil then lightly applied a gloss called Tan Princess. Chic,  isn’t it?

Hair and Makeup by Melody Tinoy Photo by Vinz Vadellon

Hair and Makeup by Melody Tinoy
Photo by Vinz Vadellon

995223_10202404304929508_369220203_n 1382068_10202399355005763_1956901777_nThe next sweet and sexy make up look I created was for a client about 2 weeks ago. After prepping her skin with hydrating mist, moisturizer and primer, I applied a foundation and concealer on needed areas that matched her skin tone using thin layers. I made her brows quite stronger than the usual. Since her make up is simple and light, a strong brow is needed to demonstrate a wave of sexiness. For her eyes, I used my favorite quad eye palette from Lancome that has purple, lilac, mauve and silver colors. Because her lashes are thin and sparse, I had to use a full set of fake lashes. Jai’s eye make up look a strong purple smokey eyes close up. But under the harsh studio lights, it looked a soft, sexy purple and silver eye make up. I made sure her cheeks looked romantic and glowing. A blue pink cream blusher and a bronze powder highlighter did the trick. I also contoured her cheeks lightly to bring out the sexy cheekbones. I kept her lips soft and sweet using a tinted gloss with a hint of gold pigments.

Hair and Makeup by Melody Tinoy Photo by Marlon Advincula

Hair and Makeup by Melody Tinoy
Photo by Marlon Advincula

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What is your favorite make up look at the moment? Remember, if you want to achieve a  sweet and sexy look, your cheeks must looked naturally flushed, then layer a hint of bronzer just on the top of your cheekbones. Curl your lashes and apply lots of mascara. Keep your skin, eyes, and lips simple, clean and natural.

Please check my gallery section as I will be updating them with my new works.

 

Splendid September

September is one of my favorite months for plenty of reasons. September is the beginning of BER months, which means we are a few blocks away before December. September  is the start of cold night winds. September is my birthday month.

Also, a lot of wonderful opportunities came. First, I was lucky enough to collaborate with the most creative people in Davao City. High Contrast was  a photography workshop featuring master lensmen Paul Borromeo and Marlon Advincula. After 3 years of collaborating, conceptualizing, and having fun inside and outside 2 studios, it never failed to amaze me working with them. Tiny Pinilli, another make up artist, also joined the fun. World-class designers Emi Englis and Junnie Artajo lent us some of their lovely creations.

Photo: Paul Borromeo Makeup: Melody Tinoy Hair: Marc Vince Bernal Dress: Emi English

Photo: Paul Borromeo
Makeup: Melody Tinoy
Hair: Marc Vince Bernal
Dress: Emi English

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Hair and Make up by Melody Tinoy

Hair and Make up by Melody Tinoy

Ena,  a repeat client, chose me to do her make up again for the christening of her adorable daughter Hailey. She preferred a very simple, glowing and happy look that will last until the end of the celebration. The focal points of her look were moisturized skin, groomed brows, and flushed cheeks. Sad thing I was not able to join the celebration because my daughter and I were scheduled to visit my parents that day. Don’t you find the decors adorable? I heard Ena conceptualized everything and made some of the decors. My clients are very creative!

Photo by Ayie Hernandez Hair and make up by Melody Tinoy

Photo by Ayie Hernandez
Hair and make up by Melody Tinoy

Another (then debutante) Nonate entrusted her make up for her pre-debut shoot. Her skin had lots of yellow in it so I played it up with mauve, purple and peach colors. Her eyes and brows were the strongest features on the look I made. The dutch braid really complemented her features. Nonate looked young, romantic and fun in it.  I was not able to do her make up on her big day because I was booked beforehand for the High Contrast photography workshop.

Photo: Memorabilia Hair and Make Up: Melody Tinoy

Photo: Memorabilia
Hair and Make Up: Melody Tinoy

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I was able to provide happiness to  couple who just recently got hitched. Anne is a true blue morena like me so I didn’t have a hard time putting on her make up. From her eyes to brows down to the cheeks and lips, everything was glowing and natural. I picked colors that were very flattering for her color, so I stayed within the hues of grays, golden browns, blue pink, and rust.

Anne Gonzales in a flattering, natural bridal look.

Anne Gonzales in a flattering, natural bridal look.

The newly wed couple Anne and Mark Gonzales

The newly wed couple Anne and Mark Gonzales

Days ago, I went on in a 2-day adventure with a couple and photographers from Cagayan de Oro-based One Happy Story. On the first day, our locations were limited within the walls of Davao City. The couple picked Park Inn by Radisson Davao and The White House. Then, on the second day of their engagement shooty, they preferred the tranquility of the pristine beach of Dayang Resort, located at Talicud, Samal Island.

Park Inn by Radisson Davao

Park Inn by Radisson Davao

The White House

The White House

Dayang Resort at Talicud, Samal Island

Dayang Resort at Talicud, Samal Island

Sadly, I didn’t have photos  of my remaining clients in the month of September. I had a blast and so did my clients.

 

Gallery Update: The Dolce Vita

Karina Cabiling is a popular face in the modelling scene in the Philippines. She grew up in Davao City but Manila gave her the stellar opportunity to grace the catwalks, commercials and print ads. She emulates Filipina beauty in all aspects. Meaning, she is a dream canvass of mine. Well, it was not long ago that my dream to made her up was materialized. When Sir Paul Borromeo called me, I was having my facial and I literally shrieked with glee. I think my sudden outburst of happiness frightened the facialist.

Hair and makeup by Melody Tinoy

Hair and makeup by Melody Tinoy

Hair and makeup by Melody Tinoy Gown by Junnie Artajo

Hair and makeup by Melody Tinoy
Gown by Junnie Artajo

It was another round of a beautiful collaboration. Junnie Artajo provided two lovely purple outfits. One is a long gown that made Karina look like an Italian star; another is a short dress that gave the feel of a prom glamour. Marlon Advincula joined us and became the second shooter, next to Paul Borromeo. Work is not really work when you love your job and you are surrounded with talented friends.

Hair and makeup by Melody Tinoy Gown by Junnie Artajo

Hair and makeup by Melody Tinoy
Gown by Junnie Artajo

For the makeup, I used Smashbox Studio Skin Foundation in Golden Medium Beige as base and powdered her T-zone with Kanebo powder foundation for an added coverage. I contoured her cheekbone with a deep brown cream corrector, and applied a raspberry pink cream blusher on the high planes of her cheeks for a glow. For Karina’s brows, I kept it simple by filling it using dark brown shadow and swept MAC brow gel in Beguile to give the illusion of thickness. For her eyes, I applied a golden powder shadow on the center of Karina’s lids, then contoured her socket with a grayish-brown eyeshadow powder. Using Faceshop’s liquid liner, I gave Karina a sexy flick, then applied mascara on her curled lashes. For more drama, I applied full set of false lashes.

Hair and makeup by Melody Tinoy

Hair and makeup by Melody Tinoy

Hair and makeup by Melody Tinoy

Hair and makeup by Melody Tinoy

I kept her hair up and full, like the hair of girls in the sixties. Then lowered it down with volume for the swimsuit outfit. For the third set, I styled Karina’s hair with vintage glamour to match the props, a beautiful Lincoln Continental 1962.

Hair and makeup by Melody Tinoy Gown by Junnie Artajo

Hair and makeup by Melody Tinoy
Gown by Junnie Artajo

Karina is scheduled to leave for Canada this September. I am no just sure with the exact date. I’m glad I was able to made her up before she left. I am not sure when will be the next time I will meet Karina in Davao but I am sincerely hoping there will be a second time.

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Hair and makeup by Melody Tinoy
Gown by Junnie Artajo

As for other updates, here is the teaser for the Nonate’s pre-debut shoot. The concept was boyish/girlish rock princess so I emphasized her eyes with purple shadow, a sweep of black liner, and an extra oomph of false lashes while I kept her lips natural with peachy lip color and gloss. I braided her hair for a feminine touch.