Hello from the Project Vanity team! Thanks for dropping by.

I was a makeup artist for an afternoon, thanks to Shiseido

People ask me why I didn't become a makeup artist. Well, for many years I didn't think it was a good fit. I was just happy doing makeup on myself, writing about it, growing this website. Recently though I've seriously considered going for it. I was supposed to do makeup for a couple of bridesmaids last month, but that was the weekend Snaps was horribly sick so of course I couldn't leave him. I was so excited about that gig! It just wasn't meant to be.

Anyway, a couple of weeks ago Shiseido invited the press to a makeup workshop conducted by their Regional Training Manager for Asia, Angela Boh.

Angela demonstrated Shiseido's 2012 Autumn/Winter collection which features the Radiant Lifting Foundation - a new foundation that takes the reflective properties of light into play to create an illuminated base, the Camellia Compact a soft, velvety highlighter and blush compact, and the Lacquer Rouge Collection which has intense liquid lipstick shades for Fall.

Shiseido Camellia Compact - highlighter, blush, and contour in one

She also showed us how to apply makeup the Shiseido way. The Shiseido look is glowy, flawless, and timeless. It's not afraid of color, though, which shows in their cream eyeshadow and lacquer selection. 

How to achieve the perfect face base according to Shiseido

The event invite mentioned something about a contest, about doing makeup, so I was expecting that we will be applying the techniques on ourselves. Big surprise - models suddenly walked towards us after Angela's demo! I seriously didn't know that we would be doing makeup on models. It was my first time to do makeup on a stranger!

And here she is. Her name is Chai! I decided to do an evening look on her, with golden eyes and bold lips. Here are the products I used!

Filled in the eyebrows with the Natural Eyeshadow Pencil

Gold cream eyeshadow all over the lids

Darkened the lids with a mocha shade for deeper eyes

= Eyes to die for

I layered a red lacquer with pink on her lips for a striking, unforgettable pout. I also used the Camellia Compact to apply a bit of color on her cheeks, a lot of highlight, and some contour.

Ta dah! I'm pretty happy with how the look came out, even though we had limited tools and time to do it. We didn't win the contest but I had such incredible fun nonetheless! I realized that I want to pursue makeup artistry, so, you know, if you need someone to do your face for an event, I'm just an email away! ;)


Thank you so much to Shiseido for this experience. <3 I will be reviewing a couple of their (awesome) products soon so stay tuned for that!

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