When we asked Mayesa to narrow down her makeup stash to the items she can do any job with she presented us with the following: RMK Powder Foundation, Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream, Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Foundation, Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler, Hakuhodo Face Brush, MAC Duo-Fiber Stippling Brush, Viseart Eyeshadow Palette in 06, Kryolan Perfect Matt Primer, Chanel Powder Blush in 65, Senna Powder Face Sculpting Cream to Powder Foundation, Tarte SmolderEyes Amazonian Clay Waterproof Eyeliner, Tarte Matte Lip Tint in Exposed, Hope Girl Super Black Pen Eyeliner, Etude House Color My Brows Eyebrow Gel, Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette, and Illamasqua Lipstick in Over.
When it comes to celebrity favorites or makeup products she loves using for TV productions, Mayesa vouches for the Illamasqua lipsticks especially for matte finishes. “They don’t dry the lips as much and the color is very pigmented, she shares. Same goes for the Charlotte Tilbury lipsticks. Overall, Mayesa also tells us that the Charlotte Tilbury line is so hot right now among celebrities so she often uses the Filmstar Bronze and Glow Palette along with the eyeshadow palettes from the line that include The Vintage Vamp and The Dolce Vita. Of course, the Light Wonder Foundations are there for the "glow-from-within” effect. She often sets it with the RMK Powder and the Make Up Forever Mist and Fix Spray. For brows, Mayesa is also a believer in the Anastasia Beverly Hills DipBrow Pomade. For extra glow, she often reaches for the Ambient Lighting Palette and MAC Highlighter in Lightscapade. And of course, she is never without the cult classic Shu Uemura eyelash curler.
When it comes to affordable makeup and skincare products, Mayesa is never without the Purity Wet Wipes to clear mishaps and to clean brushes, the Clean & Clear Oil Control Film, a few bottles of eye drops, Red Cherry False Lashes, Innisfree Skinny LongLongCara, Etude House Color My Brows Eyebrow Gel, and the Maybelline Great Lash Mascara. She also lights a scented candle during makeup sessions to set a nice mood for her clients.
There are 15 items Mayesa considers the best of the best. For foundation, there is the Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Foundation, the Make Up Forever Multi-Use Foundation, and the RMK Gel Foundation. For concealing and even contouring, she likes the RCMA Foundation/Concealer Palette. She’s never without her Hourglass palettes (obviously). When it comes to blush, she often uses the Tarte Amazonian Clay Blushes or the Makeup Store Blush in Fresh Rose or in Diva. If not she’ll go for the Chanel Powder Blush in Rose Blush. For eyeshadow, she says that the Makeup Store Eyedust in Empire is good for a lot of skin tones. For lips, she actually prefers lip pencils. These include Kiko Precision Lip Pencil, MAC Lasting Sensation Lip Pencil, and the Makeup Store Lip Pencil.
For our shoot, Mayesa went for an au naturel look using the following makeup items: Chanel Natural Finish Loose Powder in Translucent, Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream, MAC Eyebrow Pencil in Lingering, Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Charisma, Charlotte Tilbury Lipstick in Bitch Perfect, Senna Face Sculpting Cream to Powder Foundation in #2, MAC Zoom Waterfast Lash, MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Utterly Becoming, K-Palette Real Lasting Eyeliner., Mistine Super Black Fixed Liner, MAC Black Extreme Mascara, Makeup Store Lip Pencil in Nude Beauty, Hourglass Eyeshadow Palette in Modernist, RMK Gel Foundation, and Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette.
Petite, soft-spoken, and funny: these are three words that perfectly describe Mayesa Delos Santos. It’s no wonder that she’s one of the favorite makeup artists of today’s It-girls like Isabelle Daza and Georgina Wilson. In fact, when we shot with Martine Cajucom a few months ago, the Sunnies Studios creative director immediately asked if Mayesa could be on-board.
Before all the shoots, TVC’s and other stints, however, Mayesa did start with almost no clue about the industry. Four years ago, she was working at a production house only to discover how many people work behind-the-scenes. “I was very clueless about makeup back then. I only knew of putting face powder and blush on my face,” she admits. But that didn’t stop her and her curiosity.“I studied basic makeup artistry in Center for Aesthetic Studies and that’s when I fell in love with the craft.”
Soon enough, she found a mentor that would give her the first steps she needed to create a full-blown career in makeup, “After finishing my studies and through random meet-ups with different makeup artists, I met Paolo Maranan whom I apprenticed for almost two years. With him I got exposed to magazines, TVC’s, and print advertisement shoots. He taught me everything I know.”
Describe your approach to beauty
Less is more. I don’t like piling on too much makeup. I adjust based on lighting but I always allow the skin to breathe.
What’s the best beauty advice you’ve ever received from your mother?
Don’t crack your knuckles. It will make your hands loose.
When did you feel you’re most beautiful?
When I’m happy and comfortable with what I’m wearing, and sometimes when I’m wearing false lashes.
Which product is your latest discovery?
The new Charlotte Tilbury foundation.
If you had a signature beauty trick, what would it be?
My style of makeup is to always enhance your face. Bring out the beauty within you. And not to totally change it.
What’s your guilty pleasure?
Listening to Justin Bieber songs.
Name one beauty faux pas that women should stop immediately
Stop tweezing your eyebrows or removing most of the lower part of it.
What was your first makeup purchase ever?
My very first makeup purchase was a Clinique blush in a rosy pink hue.
Who are your favorite celebrities to work with?
My favorite celebrities that I work with are the Diaz cousins. I like doing Belle’s makeup because she is a morena beauty and she’s the first celebrity who believed in me. Belle and her cousins, Georgina and Martine are like my product consultants. They hoard makeup and are always updated with the latest products. So [as a perk of being their makeup artist], I get to try these products from their kits first before I buy them since most of the products [they recommend] aren’t available here in the Philippines.
What is one signature technique you do for your clients?
Massaging with moisturizer and giving it time to settle before applying makeup.
What is one way to really make makeup last longer?
Always remember that your base is the most important. Start with a clean face. Use toner and then moisturizer. Blot skin using oil film to remove excessive oil. Apply primer and then start with your makeup.
How do you avoid makeup from caking up especially if you are going for a very full face?
Wet first and then dry. Liquid or cream first before sealing it with powder. And always layer. Not depositing too much product at a time. Deposit and then blend it and over and over.Deposit and blend it until you achieve your desired intensity.
What’s the best tip you have for makeup storage?
Just store your products in a cool,dry place. Don’t leave them in the car.
Who are your favorite makeup artists?
Wendy Rowe, Victor Henao, and Mario Dedivanovic
With just 10 minutes, what look is best done for the day time?
Stay as natural as you can be. Keep it fresh and just enhance your eyes and your eyebrows because it frames the total expression of your face and of course, more than anything else, we want our skin to look fresh with even tones. You can always play with lip colors and eyeliner later.
In the back of a car, what are the best products to have to elevate your look?
[Get a] brown or black eyeliner [as it] instantly changes your look from day to night, a highlight and sculpt kit, Benefit Bathina Body Balm, an eyelash curler and mascara [because] full and curled lashes opens up your eyes instantly.
What skincare products or remedies do you always have for clients?
Tea tree oil as an instant pimple remedy, Lucas’ Pawpaw Ointment for dry lips, the Charlotte Tilbury magic cream―it instantly enhances your skin, and eye drops.
Tweezing or shaving?
Which international celebrity do you dream of working with?
Favorite shops: Zara, Topshop, Stradivarius, and Ever New.
Favorite vacation spot: Any white sand beach.
Favorite dish and restaurant: I don’t really have a specific one as I like to explore different cuisines.
Favorite person(s) on Instagram: Mira Duma, Oraclefoxblog, Kendall Jenner, and Gigi Hadid.
Favorite person, period: My mother
Photos by Paolo Tabuena
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