09 Aug MAKEUP ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: PAMM MERRERA
1. How did you start?
I initially studied make-up and hairstyling courses here in the Philippines. But my drive for excellence led me to the U.S. in order to further my studies. I graduated with a Master’s in Make-Up Diploma course at the Cinema Make-Up School, one of Hollywood’s top make-up artist academies. Apart from Beauty and Fashion Make-Up, the course also included intensive training in Character Make-Up, Prosthetics and Special Effects.
My love for beauty began with a childhood interest in painting. As a kid, I used to paint to express myself and particularly loved experimenting with different colors and blends to create abstract art. But now, I use these artistic bent and creativity with eyeshadows, blush, and lipstick as my media, thereby elevating make-up to an art.
2. Where do you buy your make-up?
I buy from different brands here and abroad. I usually shop during my trips to explore and try what every has to offer.
3. Top 5 must-haves in your kit?
Eyebrow make-up, foundation, lipstick, mascara, eyeliner in nude color.
4. Skin Prepping
I find skin prepping one of the most important thing to make the skin look more flawless and to help the make-up last longer. I usually start cleaning my client’s face with a mild cleanser, toning it after focusing more on the t-zone, and then moisturizing it next. As for primers, I use according to the skin type and texture and only on the areas needed.
5. Favorite make-up brands and why?
MAKE UP FOR EVER – I love the HD foundation so much because it just looks so natural on the skin and it gives you a very healthy glow. Alot of their products are highly pigmented and of great quality.
JCAT BEAUTY/NYX COSMETICS – they have a wide selection of different types of make-up and is very affordable too.
ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS – I specifically love their brows and contour/highlight collection.
MAC COSMETICS – Their make-up line are part of my go tos because it was one of the most accessible brands here in the Philippines before everyone started coming in.
6. Famous clients?
Gina Rodriguez from Jane the Virgin Show, Enrique Gil, Ellen Adarna, Maxine Medina, Maria Ozawa, Janine Gutierrez, Isa Calzado, Anngelee Delos Reyes (Ms. Earth 2013), etc.
7. Secrets you wouldn’t share with others?
I believe there are no secrets that aren’t out yet when it comes to applying make-up, it’s mostly the combination of the those secrets you use that makes it your own.
8. Who would you like to put make-up on?
If I could dream big of working with hollywood stars, I would be thrilled to do Jennifer Lopez cause I think her make-up style is something that I’ve been admiring for years now. That J.lo GLOW! And in terms of that bronze look, Rihanna, Beyonce or Jessica Alba would come to mind. And the crazy eccentric looks, it would ofcourse be with Lady Gaga. A girl can dream!
9. How do you keep up with the new trends?
Social Media has the best updates when it comes to trends. Although not every trend should be followed, it’s always nice to be up to date. Some are fun to try, and some are best on photos but not really something you’d wanna wear out or try on clients. ?
10. What are the techniques from the past that you cannot live without?
Contour and highlight has been done and recreated and renamed many times, but they never really totally out of style. There are just seasons where highlighting (or now also called strobing) is much appreciated but I think they really go hand in hand in making someone’s features pop. Just depends on the event or time of the day will the intensity of it will be based on. ?
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