I was quite surprised when I did a search for blog reviews on Nikki Tiu’s past make-up workshops and only found a handful. I would think that a lot of the participants would have shared their experience with Nikki’s workshop. Then again, maybe I’m a bad researcher. I just wanted to know what to expect (and what kind of loot bag I’d get, haha).
Anyway, me and my high school barkada had been planning on going to a make-up workshop since last year. I was the one who suggested either we join the workshops of Nikki Tiu of Ask Me Whats or Liz Lanuzo of Project Vanity, since I also regularly read their blogs, I think they’re awesome teachers with beauty products and they’re very generous in terms of loot bags. Another contender was Mac’s workshops, but I guess the thought of all those snobbish make-up artists/ sales people in Mac didn’t appeal to my friends. Long story short, Nikki’s Corporate Girl workshop was the perfect fit in our schedules, perfect fit that it’s for us corporate girls and bonus points that it’s just in Ortigas, which is my area.
(Photo belongs to Nikki Tiu)
I consider myself an above average make-up user but not a professional and not a makeupholic. I can do my own make-up on special occasions and have even ‘perfected’ my everyday look. But my biggest challenge every time I do my make-up is concealing my dark under eyes which no amount of sleep, water or eye cream can fix. So aside from the huge loot bag I knew I would receive (hehe) and the bonding time with my girl friends, I wanted to seek Nikki’s professional advice for my dark circles.
Fast forward to 25 March (Saturday), me and two of my friends met up at Robinson’s Galleria and walked towards Eton Mall. I told them I wanted to be early so we could get good seats (eager beaver here) and by good seats I meant somewhere close to the front and an aisle seat for me, since I’ve been sick since last week and needed an aisle seat, just in case I had to cough or sneeze or blow my nose. Arriving about 45 minutes early, we were the first ones. Haha. That proved to be an advantage because we were the first ones to choose which seat we wanted and the first in line for the nail polish session, before the event started.
It was my first time to use gel polish. I never wanted to try it because it was expensive and was infamous for being hard to remove. But during the free nail session using Solique gel polish, I was a convert. The finish was so good. And though for some reason the polish on one of my fingers started to peel on the fourth day, it was relatively longer lasting compared to regular polish. And the nail artist said that gel polish doesn’t make nails yellow so that’s a plus.
Going inside the main venue, we were welcomed by tables where each of the 23 participants had a mirror, alcohol and a mini brush set. On our seats were a Cathy Doll cushion pillow – which reminded me of Homer Simpson’s donut – and our personalized loot bag.
In front was Nikki’s make-up chair with all the sponsors as backdrop.
Nikki and her team distributed what we thought was a light snack, which turned out to be a rice meal. I really enjoyed Heaven’s Barbeque meal – two huge pork barbeques, egg, rice and bbq sauce. Can’t believe this was my first time to taste it.
Right on time, Nikki started the workshop, even though there were still some late comers and though some of us were still eating. Love it! Basically, her workshop centered on how to put make-up appropriate for the corporate or office setting starting from the base, then eyebrows, eyes, cheeks and lips. All the products she used were included in our loot bag.
My favorite lessons are:
1. Lightly pat face when drying instead of rubbing face (I always forget this)
2. Primers should only be put where there’s a lot of oil
3. When using sunscreen, put a little amount on the back of hand to warm it up then apply lightly on face
4. Don’t be afraid to use lots of amount of correctors and concealers. The more is better. Put the most amount where it is the darkest and dab, dab, dab on every crevice of your eyes, including on the sides of nostrils
5. Putting on eyebrow powder/pencil should start at the middle. Use two or even three products for better looking brows
6. Contour sides of nose by connecting with your eye make up (hard to explain this)
7. The apple of your cheeks are at the lower part of your nose and right along your iris. When using blush, dab, dab, dab upwards.
8. Apply lipstick up and down, instead of left to right, as this exfoliates lips
9. Seal make-up with face mists (though I do this during retouch, I’ll start doing this also at the start of the day)
10. Dab, dab, dab everything. Haha!
See I learned something? Haha! There’s a lot more but those are some of my favorites. Afterwards, she had us do our own make-up while she went around and readily answered our questions. I had so much questions with regards to my undereyes. Hahaha!
Here’s my personalized loot bag and all of her very generous sponsors.
Now here’s all the things we got! Was super excited to open all of them. Haha. Of course, not all of the lip colors or eyebrow products would look good on me so without opening them, I decided to give them away to my cousins. My favorite products were the Nyx Corrector Pallette because really, my dark undereyes are my huge problem, the Poise and Cathy Doll pressed powders, Solique gel polish and top coat and the Pink Sugar lippie I won in the question and answer portion.
I went to the workshop not really expecting much but I’m super glad we went there. Learned so much and it was super fun. Nikki is super kulit, funny and very easy to talk to. Me and my friends are again planning to go to another one. Maybe on how to do evening make-up for special occassions?