I chose to enroll at HD Makeup Studio and Academy (formerly Basement Academy). A few friends of mine graduated there -- specifically Nikki of Askmewhats, Shen of Shen's Addiction, and Kim of The Beauty Addict. This is my station.
I chose this school because they're the only school which teaches HD make-up at the basic level. It's a separate advanced course elsewhere. Our instructors are none other than the founders themselves Jeave Gabiana and Steph Chua-Sing.
Sir Jeaves told us that he used to be an invesetment banker. Both he and Steph are US-trained. I like how they really instill discipline in each student. We have to be very clean whenever we work on models, we can't use the brushes to directly manipulate the cosmetics -- we have spatulas and palettes that serve as our "serving spoons" and mixing trays. Basically they lecture, demonstrate, and then it's hands-on time.
We drew lots to determine which model will go to which student. I got a very young girl who I estimate is about 14 years old. She has really thick eyebrows. Sir Jeave handed me a razor and told me to start shaving. I was terrified as I had never done it before. I think shaving her eyebrows alone took me a good one hour. O_o
I was tasked with creating a no make-up look for her. I borrowed Graftobian foundation from Steph since I had none that matched her skin tone. My darkest foundation was still too light for her. I used Sanford Eyebrow Pencil, Elf eyeshadow, Maybelline eyeliner, Maybelline Magnum Mascara, Graftobian blush, and Avon lipstick.
I was a lot quicker the second time around since I didn't need to shave her eyebrows. I used Graftobian foundation, Sanford eyebrow pencil, Fanny Serrano eyeshadows (never again will I use this as it was sheer torture to blend), Fanny Serrano gel eyeliner (this FS product is quite good), Graftobian blush, and Avon lipstick. I promise to be more detailed in my next posts. It was too nerve-wracking for me to go into full blogger mode during my first session.
Just to let you know, enrolling in this course entails quite a few things:
- Tuition fee is P18,500 inclusive of models. This is one of the reasons why I picked this school. Other schools ask you to bring your own. It's not easy finding a willing victim... er... model.
- You have to buy your own make-up, brush set, and other materials needed (cotton buds, wet wipes, brush cleaners, etc). I'm telling you now that you will spend thousands because I already have.
- You will go overtime because nobody leaves if as much as an eyebrow hair is out of place. My class was supposed to be 10am to 6pm. I got home almost 10pm. I spent something like 5 hours standing and doing make-up. My back was killing me when I got home.
- There is no mealtime break. Everyone votes for a place to order from and then someone will go get the food.
Will keep you updated on my progress as I go along... :)
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