I have just moved to another retail company last week, and my new work location is much farther from home than the former. This means that my daily prep time in the morning should be cut into half, otherwise I would be late for work. This includes doing my makeup routine quicker with techniques that will yield the best possible result in so little time. πŸ™‚ Luckily, SpeedyCourse.com invited me to attend the “Basic Day to Night Makeup Workshop,” which promised to guide and offer us some simple pointers to make sure we’re using everything from foundation, bronzer, blush, to eyeliner, mascara and lipstick right.

Hosted by makeup artist Ms. Gail Sarion, the workshop was held at The Bunny Baker Cafe and Cake Studio in Hemady Square, DoΓ±a Hemady St, New Manila, Quezon City. I had been wanting to visit this cafΓ© since the first time I saw their cute pastries and coffee art designs on Instagram. It was so timely that I finally had the perfect opportunity to kill two birds in one stone: hit The Bunny Baker and learn some pro tips from SpeedyCourse’s workshop. πŸ™‚

In this post, I’m sharing 20 makeup tips that every woman should know. But first, food! πŸ˜›

Basic Day to Night Makeup Workshop by SpeedyCourse (Bunny Baker Cafe)

Me-Ann, the model for this workshop, was selected from a group of attendees. We watched how her makeup was transformed from “day” to “night” while Gail explained how to use these products and how to achieve a natural makeup look that lets every woman’s beauty shine through.


Foundation – Hiding discolorations and imperfections is key to look more polished. Your best bet for a fabulous makeup base is to use a damp beauty blender in applying foundation. There are many types of foundation but Gail regards the cream foundation as her holy grail. While more expensive, investing in the original beauty blender will be more worthwhile instead of buying the cheap version which will last only for a few months. Fingertips are okay as well but not a good choice if you’re concerned about hygiene. Sponge absorbs more product while brushes might show streaks on the face. To achieve just the right amount of coverage with the right color, mixing different tones or shades of foundation can be done.

Powder – It’s always best to apply loose powder as a finishing touch after foundation for makeup to stay put for longer hours. This also keeps the face look fresh and oil-free without having to touch up many times in a day. Focus on the greasier or shinier parts (usually the T-zone) and then move on to the rest with light dusting.

Bronzer – I’ve never realized before how bronzers can make or change a face as it can highlight and accentuate features that you want to be noticed the most. Contouring works by defining underneath your cheekbones and jaw line, reducing the double chin, minimizing the width of the nose or increasing the nose bridge, and lifting the eyes. If you are to choose only between the bronzer and the blush, the bronzer is most likely the better one to go for. This is especially important for photos, as the light of the camera renders shadows and highlights better than the naked eye. The color of the bronzer and the eye shadow must be the same for a natural or a no makeup look.

Blush – When applying blush, smiling is known as common practice so you can pinpoint where the apple of your cheek is. However, Gail emphasized that this is not actually the right thing to do. A steady face should be your basis to know where the best part to put on blush since there are more times in a day that you keep a steady face than a smiling one. It was the first time I heard this tip and I thought it made sense.


Eyeshadow – A glittery eyeshadow or one that’s full of shimmer is just good if you’re attending events, parties, and social events. In normal occasions such as going to work or attending an interview, keeping it simple with a matte eyeshadow is advised. Use one that’s slightly darker than your skin tone and make sure that it’s applied only up to eye socket area and not all the way up to the lid below the eyebrows. For best results, use the same eyeshadow color as your bronzer. On the model, Gail used Espresso.

Eyeliner – Just like the eyeshadow, the eyeliner should be matte if you’re sporting a professional look. Get as close to the line of the eye as possible (where the lash starts to grow). Look down or look straight at the mirror when you apply the eyeliner to the gold on the outside of your eye.

Mascara – Gail said that all mascaras are the same and the difference is with the wand. A volumizing mascara wand is best to make sure that the lashes are properly coated, with zigzag or up-and-down motions. Most women apply two to three coats of mascara, but Gail said it would be best to apply as many as you want.

Eye Highlights – Just above the eyeshadow, eye highlights should not be ignored since these also help to define the eyes. Light colors such as white, creams, and pearls will look best for a natural eye makeup look.

Eyebrows – Eyebrows frame the face and the thickness and length of the brows can do wonders in making one look more beautiful. To determine the right eyebrow shape, following your natural growth of the hair is suggested. If you want to get a more expert advice, go to Browhaus and seek professional service in taming, trimming, and shaping (and even coloring) the brows to complement your facial features.


Lipstick – Bold lip colors are a no no in most workplaces. Gail advised to stick with your natural lip color when choosing lipsticks. Pink and not red looks more natural. Lining the lips is a must if you want a more defined look. Otherwise, you may look like a clown when you have mistakenly applied just outside your natural lip line. To create a matte effect that lasts much longer, hold a tissue over your lips and apply powder over the tissue.



Wrap Up

Made possible by SpeedyCourse.com, this basic day to night makeup workshop was great and not boring at all. Surely, reading from a blog or watching makeup tutorials on YouTube helps a lot, but it’s still different from seeing the tips applied live on the spot.

SpeedyCourse.com makes it easy to find training courses online. As an online course finder, it brings together training course providers who specialize in different fields and makes it easy for users to send inquiries directly to training providers with an online messaging feature on its site. It’s not only accessible in the Philippines but also in 15 other places such as Singapore, Australia, South Africa, US, UK, etc. Courses available can be filtered according to location (city or zip code), delivery method (classroom/person-led or online) or category. Soon, uses will be able to as well filter by date and price to know which training courses fit their schedule and budget.

The next makeup workshop will be held on November 14, 2015 at The CBTL Showroom in BGC. To know more about the upcoming event, visit their Facebook page here.


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23 Responses

  1. Marjorie

    Oh wow you accepted the job offer, that’s great! If I remember it right you are now working somewhere in Makati right? Let’s have coffee sometime πŸ™‚

    Now about the makeup. I sure would love to take this short course. I do makeup, but just the basic so it’d be great to learn some more. I love the Day look especially, I think I can pull that off hahaha…

    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Hi Marge! Yes, I accepted the JO and now I’m based in Eastwood. It’s a different company from the one I told you about haha.

      The day look is simple but it has class. I’m sure you can replicate it or show your own style with neutral colors that are safe and appropriate for the office setting. πŸ™‚

  2. Francis Balgos

    I was floored with the food. hahhaha!
    Nagutom ako bigla, and im about to step out for my night shift.
    This seems very timely for you..
    I hope mens make up could be as open an promising as this.
    I do think that men are as vain as women can be, but we have to be extra cautious with how we groom ourselves in that.

    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Men do wear makeup as well when attending special occasions such as weddings, engagement parties, etc. Artists also apply makeup so their skin will look better in camera. πŸ™‚

  3. Fernando Lachica

    There’s not much accessories for men than women. Of course, make-up can do a lot for women, and this short course will do for some. The food…no problem, it’s yummy as always.

  4. Sky

    The model seems so happy on the output of the day to night makeup. Surely this workshop helps a lot to career woman like you Kirstin.

  5. papaleng

    Rochkirstin is synonymous na talaga with foods. ha,ha,ha. Your make up tips are just great. sharte ko ito sa mga ‘mahilig magpaganda’ kong mga nieces.

  6. Gil Camporazo

    I am happy to know that you’re doing well in your new job. Keep it going. I am just around the corner, keeping watch of what is new, what is best and what is up in your mind. God bless.

  7. Gigi

    I have to learn how to do that!!! You did great! More tips on beauty and make up please πŸ™‚
    Congratulations on your new job too!

  8. Justine Chantelle

    The Bunny Baker! I always loved their cafe and has been a fan even before they had it. I also had my dressmaking workshop there. You’re really talented in doing make up!

  9. Mark

    I’m a guy and I don’t have any idea about this but I guess you are really doing well on this. The food especially the pasta and ice cream looks very delicious.


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