Former pre-school teacher Angela Yeo has been a make-up artist for a few years now having worked on print shoots, advertorials and weddings (she did her sister Tina’s and her Mom’s for her wedding and both looked stunning!). After taking a short course at CAS or Center of Aesthetic Studies, she started her career. This entrepreneurial mother of two loves being creative–from decorating her home to making bento boxes to painting faces of models and brides. She has also recently been giving small group workshops at home on basic make-up techniques. Look her up at @beautylista on Instagram.
I got inquiries from my first workshop last month about make-up so I thought of approaching Angela for a simple step-by-step tutorial for the “no make-up” face transforming to an evening look. We chronicle the application, products and brushes used and I happily picked up a few helpful tips while shooting that I now use myself. This is for all the ladies out there! Enjoy.
Angela: I like taking notes! I go through my make up process mentally, and I list down the procedure and products I use when working with brides.
A: I’m particular with my personal make-up brush collection. I like using brushes with natural hair that are very soft and delicate on the skin – perfect for people with sensitive skin like myself. These brushes are all made in Japan, where they are meticulously handcrafted. Brushes (L-R) Suqqu cheek brush, Wayne Goss 01 foundation Brush, Wayne Goss 02 contour brush, Chikuhodo face brush.
A: My essential eye brushes: (L-R) eyeliner brush, brush for the crease and lower lash line, eye shadow brush, blending brush.
A: My make up base: (L-R) RMK Primer preps the face for foundation application and helps in making the make up last longer. RMK Creamy Gel Foundation gives me good coverage without feeling too heavy on the skin. It also has a semi-dewy finish that lasts throughout the day.
A: Put a dollop of foundation on the back of clean hands. Color of foundation has to match your skin tone perfectly and should disappear upon application. If you see a difference in shade upon applying, you don’t have the correct color.
A: Using clean fingers, apply foundation all over your face. I prefer using my fingers to apply foundation on myself simply because I don’t waste any product this way. The fingers also help in warming up the product into my skin during application.
A: My favorite concealers: (L-R) Nars creamy radiant concealer is smooth, hydrating, and gives a luminous finish. It can be used to highlight certain areas as well. Mac Prolong wear concealer covers dark circles and provides medium to full coverage. It also looks nice and smooth in photographs when used as a highlighter.
A: Apply concealer on dark circles and blend.
A: I used Mac studio sculpt in NC45 to contour my nose, forehead and hollows of cheek.
A: I strategically placed a darker color of foundation on the areas of my face that I want to slim down or push back, creating shadows. Remember to blend, blend, blend!
A: Shu Uemura Hard 9 is the Queen of eyebrow pencils. It looks natural and not too dark or harsh. I apply it on top of a dewy foundation over my eyebrows. Tip: have your pencil sharpened in the Shu make-up counter or use a blade at home for easier application. Maybelline Gel Liner: Aside from the fact that it’s inexpensive, it is smudge free and waterproof! Industry favorite Maybelline The Falsies mascara thickens thin lashes and is waterproof as well.
A: Eyebrow pencil application begins on the same vertical line following the edge of your nose.
A: The first step is to create a straight diagonal line to outline the bottom part of the brows.
A: Make the top line parallel to the bottom line like we did in the first step and fill in. The highest part of the arch should be here. Remember to round the arch a bit and avoid making it too sharp and pointy.
A: Clean and polish the brow by applying foundation/concealer to smoothen out the edges of your brows. This is crucial to achieving a clean-looking brow. Remember to blend the foundation/concealer into the rest of your face.
A: Too Faced A few of my favorite things palette. For easy make-up, it’s handy to have a good well-rounded palette that can create day to night looks. It doesn’t have to be big! I recommend a small and compact one for girls on the go.
A: I used a light cream-colored eyeshadow on my lids.
Next, how to simply add a few details to create the evening look.