The Beauty Peg: The tutorial videos of seven celebs who do their own makeup
Raise your hand if you've ever watched video after video of makeup tutorials, only to realize it's past midnight! We feel it's well-worth all the hours on YouTube though - after all, we need to know how to properly use the products we've spent on. Famous makeup artists and beauty gurus are staples when it comes to channel subscriptions but if you wanted to cop the look of a certain actress or personality, why not go straight to the source?
Even though they often have a professional team working to keep them looking good, some celebrities are beauty girls themselves and enjoy doing their own makeup. Being in the spotlight, they know what looks good on them, how to bring out their best features, and also express their personal sense of style. We've put together seven makeup tutorial videos by local celebrities to inspire your next look, and maybe teach you a new trick or two!
Soft Glam ala Heart Evangelista
She may be Albert Kurniawan’s muse but Heart knows her way around makeup. She's even gamely let us peek into her kikay kit, which has been carefully curated for her signature soft glam look. The focus of the look is on her eyes and lips, which are both subtly defined. It perfectly suits her chinita features, and is an excellent peg for would-be brides!
Heart shares our kilay obsession so after applying face primer, drawing on her brows is her first priority. She first uses her favorite K-Palette 2-WAY Eyebrow Liquid Liner (P895 at Beauty Bar) to outline and fill in her arches, and then sets the hair in place with Benefit Ready, Set, Brow! 24-Hour Invisible Shaping & Setting Gel (P1,400 at Benefit). Eyes are lined with K-Palette Essence in Shadowliner in Brown Black for eye definition that isn't too harsh. For her lips, she used a lip liner from the Happy Skin x Love Marie collection (P499 at Happy Skin) all over lips before topping it with clear gloss.
Dramatic and Smokey ala Maxine Medina
No one knows her way around stage makeup better than Bb. Pilipinas-Universe 2016 Maxine Medina. Maxine swears by the “beauty pageant” look and under those bright lights, one needs to go a little dark and dramatic to keep from being washed out. Everything is matte, too, because you don't want an oily face to outshine the jewels in your crown!
After applying foundation, Maxine sets her entire face with Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder (P1,650 at Rustans) then tops it with a Chanel face powder to make sure everything stays matte and budge-proof. Layering all those face bases can make skin look flat so she restores dimension to her features with a bunch of contour, bronzer, and highlighter products.
Aside from looking striking, smokey eyeshadow also creates a kind of contoured effect on the eye area so that they look bigger and brighter. To make sure the pigments really "stick" on her lids, Maxine moistened her brush with a bit of water (also known as the foiling technique) before picking up the eyeshadow. This is a great tip for making the pigments appear more vibrant, plus the moisture helps prevent fallout from ruining her finished base. She completed the look with a swipe of matte nude liquid lipstick from Huda Beauty, so that all attention stays on her intense eyes.
Queenly Glow ala Pia Wurtzbach
Though she's passed on her crown, Pia will always be the queen of our hearts! While Maxine's makeup look is for the stage, Pia's is daytime-appropriate and could definitely pass for an everyday look as it provides impact without looking too made up. We've also previously featured her pageant makeup tutorial but we just can't get enough of this gorgeous girl!
Pia knows that the a good makeup base starts with good skin, so she started with skincare essentials: a face lotion and eye cream. Contour is more obvious in the daytime so to create subtle dimension, she uses two foundation shades to create her face base. She applies MAC Studio Sculpt Foundation in NC 35 (her shade match) on the eye, nose, and cheek areas, then a slightly darker NC 42 on the outer areas like the forehead, chin, and sides of the face to act like a contour.
She also uses a contouring technique for her brows by filling them in with three different shades: MAC Retractable Eyebrow Pencils in Spiked, Lingering, and Fling (P1,000 each at MAC). She used the darkest shade (Spiked) to outline the bottom and tail where brows often need the most definition, before applying the medium shade (Lingering) to outline the top and middle portions of the brow, and then the light shade (Fling) to create soft strokes where brows start near the nose. She finished everything with a cream highlight to cap off her natural look, and partnered it with a nude glossy lip.
Effortless Chic ala Anne Curtis
If you're always in a hurry and only have five minutes to get ready, you might find Anne Curtis as your beauty peg. The busy actress keeps her goal simple: a clear shine-free face paired with a bright red lippie! Most of the makeup appears barely there, so only the bold lip gives away the fact that she actually has any product on!
Because the focal point will be the lips, Anne preps her pout with a bit of lip balm so it can moisturize her lips (it looks like the Lucas Pawpaw Ointment) while she does the rest of her makeup. Her face base is just a bit of powder, plus a fair bit of contouring and blush before applying a single tone eyeshadow.
Imperfections are all the more visible when doing a signature bold lip like Anne's so lined her lips first to keep the color even and improve longevity. She then applies her preferred lip color with a brush, allowing her precision and control over layering on the color as needed. Finally, she shared her ultimate beauty trick for keeping her lips matte and budge-proof: after applying lip color, put a clean tissue over your lips, and dust with a layer of setting powder! This removes shine from a regular and satin formulas, and helps prevent the dreaded outer lipstick ring from happening. And if you haven't found your perfect red yet, we have a guide here!
Bronzed Morena ala Nikki Gil
With a beautiful tan that she's rightly proud of, Nikki's tutorial is just the thing for those who darkened from the beach, are already missing summer, or are just naturally morena. Her look celebrates and accentuates that golden brown skin tone!
Instead of a basic primer, she used Laura Mercier Radiance Bronze Foundation Primer (P1,550 at Rustan's Beauty Source) to base that glows form within. If that's out of your budget, an affordable dupe to this primer is the Revlon Photoready Skinlights in Bare Light. Even when topped with a bit of foundation and concealer to even out her complexion, the glow created by the primer shines through so everything else is kept minimal and neutral. Matte brown eyeshadow is used to line her upper lashline and lids, then finished off with a peachy lip.
Instagram Baddie ala Kylie Padilla
Feeling a little bit extra? Never the one to shy away from her artistic side, Kylie rocks the latest beauty trends, including one popularly known as the Instagram Baddie look. It refers to bold brows, heavy makeup, and sultry lips. Her brows are perfectly sculpted brows with K-palette's brow pen while warm coppery eyeshadow lends warmth to her face. The dark brown mauvey lips are courtesy of Kylie Cosmetics in Dolce K (P2,700 at BeautyMNL) but in case you want to tone it down, layer a lighter shade of the same color family. Colourpop Cosmetics in Midi (P500 at BeautyMNL) was applied on on the center of her lips to create a somewhat gradient effect.
Naturally Sculpted ala Solenn Heussaff
Even with her gorgeous bone structure, Solenn remains a fan of contouring because it subtly enhances facial features. Instead of using contour products though, she uses liquid foundations or cream concealers! It's probably a hack she picked up from her formal training as a professional makeup artist (oh yes, she is!) and it just makes so much sense. If you're having trouble finding a product that's just the right shade (not too red, not too gray), you can simply pick out a foundation or concealer that's a few shades darker than your skin tone to contour with.
After evening out her skin with foundation and concealer (in her shade match), Solenn goes straight to highlighting and contouring. She applies and blends everything with just her fingers - no need for brushes! When using a cream formula, the heat from your fingers will also help to melt the product to blend out and not leave harsh, obvious lines. Aside from better shade options, she explains that liquid and cream concealers look more natural and are long-lasting compared to powders that’ll easily fade throughout the day.
She sets everything with powder afterwards, patting on a lighter shade on her undereye area. She also applies a powder contour or bronzer on top. The end result is a more chiseled face that doesn't look too obviously contoured.
So, which of these local celeb makeup tutorials best resembles your own beauty look? Do you know of other helpful celebrity makeup videos or beauty hacks? Share with us in the comments!