02 Feb MAKEUP ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: MARTINA DIOKNO
How did you start?
Makeup is something I’ve been interested in for as long as I can remember. Growing up I loved watching musicals and the ballet so my interest in makeup went hand in hand with the love for anything theatrical. It didn’t help that my Lola bought me a bunch of kiddie makeup palettes when I was around 6 or 7 (probably so I would stop playing with her makeup). This same palette was used on my younger cousins, girls and boys alike.
In terms of getting into makeup professionally, I think I’d be considered a late bloomer. Having gone through a number of academic and career changes, including a stint in law school and the hospitality industry, I finally decided it was time to go for it! So a few days before my 31st birthday, I took the plunge and enrolled in a Professional Makeup Course.
Where do you buy your makeup?
The internet is a makeup artist’s best friend!!!
Thankfully we already have most major brands available in the Philippines so any big mall is my go-to but for everything else there’s always sephora.com or sephora.ph. There are also a few reliable local resellers on Instagram in case no one can bring back Sephora orders from the States. I’m also a big hoarder so I have stock of Japanese and Korean makeup from past travels. I love mixing Asian and Western products to complement Filipina features.
Top 5 Must-haves in your kit?
Eyebrow pencil, lipstick or gloss, concealer, highlighter and eyeliner.
A clean face is our version of a blank canvas. For clients who are on the go, I always have wipes and makeup remover handy. Primer is definitely the key to not only make the makeup last longer but to getting it to look its best. My current favorites are Smashbox’s classic Photo Finish Foundation Primer or their Photo Finish Primer Oil. I alternate between these two depending on skin type or the look we’re going for.
Favorite makeup brands and why?
The list is too long! But to name a few:
MAC – while many newer brands have surfaced, MAC will always be at the top of my list. It’s managed to become a modern classic by evolving throughout the years. Their lipsticks are still my favorite.
Too Faced – I first got hooked on Too Faced when they came out with lip plumpers years ago but as a makeup artist, their Chocolate Soleil Bronzer is my absolute favorite for contouring.
Marc Jacobs Beauty – Their Genius Gel Foundation gives such a soft, fresh look and I love using their gel liner, Highliner Gel Eye Crayon in Blacquer.
Shu Uemura – The Japanese are so good with anything eye-related. Aside from their cult classic eyelash curled, the pigmentation and variety in their eyeshadow colors is really something else.
Society staple Rocio Olbes-Ressano, the Palace’s Brand Ambassador Laetitia Meriguet and current titleholder, the reigning Ms. Tourism Philippines Third-Runner Up 2017, Sofia Grace Lopez Galve.
Secrets you wouldn’t share with others?
Don’t be afraid of a little oil and coconut oil is truly worth the hype. It can be used as a moisturizer, primer, highlighter, makeup remover, and the list goes on.
Who would you love to put makeup on?
Pia Wurtzbach and Alicia Vikander.
How do you keep up with new trends?
Thank goodness for YouTube, Facebook, Instagram or basically the internet. I felt it was important to study makeup professionally and I do plan on going back to school for the occasional extra course in the future, but given how fast trends come and go, the internet is really the best way to keep up, since everything happens in real time.
What are the techniques from the past that you cannot live without?
Contour contour contour! Also, the steps to applying makeup can be changed every so often but for a solid base, it helps to follow the order properly.
And – how to book you?
Email, private message, or a good old fashioned phone call:
You can also check out my Facebook and Instagram pages and send me a direct message.
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