Recap: The Beauty Discovery x Project Vanity Workshop

With the variety of paints, powders, and products available, playing with makeup can be quite a creative adventure. But sometimes, as with any art form (and makeup is definitely an art), it helps to get a little inspiration.  

Enter Beauty Discovery, the special pop-up in SM Makati created by luxe brands Shisedo, Guerlain, and Elizabeth Arden. The booth allows makeup lovers to try the brands' luxurious creations, and to serve as a guide, they had a Beauty Lookbook Workshop hosted and taught by PV’s very own Liz Lanuzo! The event happened last July 8 at SM Makati.  

The beauty workshop was a venue for the PV Community to see the luxury labels in action as Liz created three distinct looks for each brand: a “luminous glow” for Guerlain, a “bronze goddess” using Elizabeth Arden, and a “graphic minimalist” face with Shiseido.

Guerlain’s famous Meteorites

Guerlain’s famous Meteorites

We started with Guerlain, modeled by PV’s managing editor, Den. Her skin was made perfect with PV HG fave, the Lingerie de Peau foundation. While the star of the radiant skin look was undeniably the brand's legendary Meteorites, Liz also took the opportunity to demystify an often intimidating aspect of makeup: eyeshadow application. Using a range of Guerlain’s brown- and charcoal-toned shadows, she created a simple, subtle smoky eye while explaining the secret of a perfectly-blended, contoured lid: a clean brush in just the right size.

Done with shadow, Liz then explained how to add light. Fans of PV will know that Guerlain’s Meteorites Perles is no ordinary illuminator. Not quite a finishing powder, and not quite a highlighter, Meteorites simultaneously color-corrects, brightens, and smoothens the complexion with its multi-colored pearls, which blend together to create that enviable lit-from-within finish. Before K-Beauty’s chok-chok, there was Guerlain’s Perles, and just a light touch with them gave Den’s face a luminous glow - without the shine and shimmer!

Final Guerlain look: glowy skin and soft, smokey eyes

Final Guerlain look: glowy skin and soft, smokey eyes

Elizabeth Arden’s beauty-enhancing shades

Elizabeth Arden’s beauty-enhancing shades

Next up was Elizabeth Arden. Considered an “OG of Modern Beauty," Elizabeth Arden was a pioneer who championed the idea of makeup as an investment and as a means for empowering women. In PV’s #FOTD Tutorials, Liz already showcased a weekend date look with the brand’s Radiance Blush, but today she opted to go for something just as bold as the Red Door’s legacy: a look she described as “bronze goddess.” 

With her beautiful golden complexion, PV intern Nina was the perfect model for this sunkissed look, built around a draped cheek and a strong, yet natural brow. Referencing another goddess-among-us, Pia Wurtzbach, Liz explained how blending two different shades of powder created brows that were ready to “go for it.” The lighter powder created shape, while the darker hue filled in bald spots and created the illusion of fluffier strands, turning less-than-full brows into flawlessly “natural” arches.

Final Elizabeth Arden look: Sunkissed skin, bronzed tones and well-defined brows

Final Elizabeth Arden look: Sunkissed skin, bronzed tones and well-defined brows

An arsenal of Shisedo’s Maquillage line

An arsenal of Shisedo’s Maquillage line

Finally it was Shisedo’s turn with me as the model! Using Maquillage products, Liz explained the spirit of the look: a bold, graphic take on Asian makeup trends that was both dramatic and simple enough for daily wear. Breaking “beauty rules,” it would feature both a bright lip and a strong cat-eye!

The cat-eye is often seen as one of the most intimidating “basic” techniques in any beauty girl’s arsenal. But, truth be told, it can actually be simple - as long as you give yourself enough time. Using small, slow strokes, Liz walked us through sketching in the outline of the sharp wing, before filling it in with Shisedo’s buttery-soft pencil, buffing away mistakes with the “smudging” end (which is not, as the name might suggest, exclusively just for smudging one’s liner!).

With the eyeliner done, we moved on to the bright lip: a warm, rosy pink with orange undertones.  This was painted on in a modern “update” to the geisha’s plum-blossom pout, with the color concentrated in the center of the lip, then gently feathered outwards.

The final Shisedo look: neutral brows, cat-eyes, and a bold, blooming lip

The final Shisedo look: neutral brows, cat-eyes, and a bold, blooming lip

But of course, the models weren’t the only ones who got to play at a makeover! The audience was invited to make some beauty discoveries of their own and recreate their versions of one of the three looks. Those who shared their looks on Instagram using the hashtag #beautydiscovery2017 can get a chance to win prizes from Shisedo, Guerlain, and Elizabeth Arden. This is an ongoing promo where weekly winners will be chosen. Sweet!

All in all, the Beauty Discovery pop-up was a great way to pick up new tips, find new faves, and learn cool ways to play with makeup! But just because the pop-up is over doesn’t mean the fun has to be. If you have your own look to share, inspired by the ones here, then post it up on Instagram using the hashtag #beautydiscovery2017. Who knows? You could take home some of the goodies we played with!