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Brush It Off

6 Nov

Cleaning and caring for your makeup brushes need not be a chore 🙂

 High quality makeup brushes can be very pricey.   For us makeup artists, it truly is an investment. These premium brushes are built to last a very long time. Some of the makeup brushes I’ve had for years still feel brand new. What is important is how to care for them.

An easy way to clean them is by using regular shampoo. You may even condition them if you want just like real hair. Since I use my brushes on different clients, I really have to clean them after every use. But for your personal brushes you may clean them twice a week to avoid bacteria build-up.

Another brush cleaner I love is Parian Spirit. This is the cleaner I use when I need my brushes clean and dry in between clients. You just have to swirl your brushes in a container with this cleaner and you’ll see the makeup and dirt come off instantly. Then using tissue or a paper towel, just wipe and squeeze off excess liquid and in five minutes, you may use your brushes again.


“Parian Spirit Professional Brush Cleaner is the go-to for top makeup artists and cosmetic brands because it does an overhaul on your brushes while conditioning the brush hair. It rids the brushes from oil, dirt and colors left by cosmetics. It is made with Florida oranges so it smells good on your next brush stroke.” -Sydney Go (COO, Nippon Esthetic Solutions).

Another wonderful discovery is this organic and eco-friendly water activated solid brush cleaner made at home by celebrity makeup artist, Xeng Zulueta. It is made from coconut and lavender extracts. “What’s great about this organic cleaner is that makeup brushes become safe for sensitive skin”, Xeng mentions. This is the more affordable and safer alternative from other high-end brands out in the market. One tub of 80 grams only costs P150.   I love this product because you can really see how much dirt and makeup are easily removed. It’s like giving them a bath with a bar of soap.


So now you’ve already washed your brushes. They’re wet and damp. What do you do next? For the longest time I would lay my brushes on a towel and let them dry overnight. But I noticed that the center of my brushes would still be damp in the morning. I also tried drying them upright and placing them in a pencil holder, but the bristles would end up drying in different directions. Until Xeng introduced the Makeup Junkie Drying Brush Stand to me!




“This awesome brush stand allows your brushes to dry upside down. You need to air all sides of the brush to ensure no moisture has trickled down the stem. Moisture causes bristles to break and bacteria to grow. Upside down drying preserves your makeup brushes. Flip it upside down and it becomes an instant makeup brush organizer and stand.” – Xeng Zulueta (@xengzulueta on IG and Twitter)

To be honest, washing my brushes became such a chore. But these products have made cleaning my brushes fun again! Seeing all the dirt come out of your brushes at the end of the day and seeing them organized in a cute stand makes me look forward to “cleaning time”.

For inquiries, you may email bellecat.studio@gmail.com 🙂








The Legends and The Classics

29 Apr

This was the first time I met the legendary, Miss Cecile Licad.  I was asked to do her makeup for the PR shoot for their upcoming concert, Miss Cecile together with Miss Lisa Macuja and Miss Lea Salonga.  I knew, as soon as I found out that these three world class talents were going to perform together, that this was going to be an extraordinary and unforgettable event!  I have never seen Miss Cecile perform live.  I just watched her play beautifully on the piano through YouTube videos.

I was so excited on my way to the shoot that day.  I was going to see my good friends Gela Laurel and Xeng Zulueta 🙂  Two of my closest and dearest makeup artist friends.  Gela was going to do Miss Lea’s makeup and Xeng was doing Miss Lisa’s 🙂  I was also very excited to work again with one of my dearest friends and fab fashion stylist, Bea Constantino 🙂  We’ve gone through a whole lot together (you know that, sister!).  Soooo glad she gave me the opportunity to do this shoot! 🙂  Thanks, Bea!!!  Special thanks also to my partner, RJ Dela Cruz, for styling Miss Cecile’s hair 🙂

These photos came out in the souvenir program.  Aren’t they stunning???  Stunning, talented and such a pleasure to work with.  Love being surrounded by extraordinary people like them.  So inspiring!

These beautiful photographs were taken by the one and only Sara Black 🙂  Another reason why this shoot turned out to be one of my favorites ever 🙂

After this shoot, I thought I wouldn’t be seeing Miss Cecile anymore.  She is based in New York.  It was such an honor just to be able to do her makeup that day.  A few days later, I got a call from Miss Terry, one of the producers of the show, The Legends and The Classics.  She asked me if RJ and I were free March 17 and 18 to do Miss Cecile’s makeup for the show!!! I was just so happy to hear from her again.  Checked my schedule right away as well as RJ’s.  We were both available.  Told Miss Terry right away, we’ll be there! 🙂  Thanks so much, Miss Terry! 🙂

This was a first for me.  I have never done makeup at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.  Like a child, I was busy exploring backstage!  Bea, who was there during the first night of the show, gave me a little tour 🙂  Bea, by the way, is also a ballerina and Miss Lisa has always been her role model 🙂

This was the line-up for the concert 🙂

Here we are at the makeup area of the Green Room 🙂 Brought only what I needed for Miss Cecile's makeup. She just wanted a simple look with focus on her lips 🙂

Learning the ropes.

Watching the legends perform backstage. I got goosebumps. Cried at some parts. Amazed the whole time. Lea, Lisa and Cecile were fantastic together on stage!!! There should be another concert like this again! 🙂

Saw another talented designer and musician, Kate Torralba 🙂 So nice to see Kate again! 🙂

What an amazing show... Bravo!

This was me standing in the middle of the stage after everyone in the audience left. Just had to know how it felt to stand centerstage in CCP. Another dream of mine. Haha!

Me with Miss Cecile after the second night's show 🙂 I'm one of your biggest fans, Miss Cecile. No words can describe your talent and dedication! 🙂 I will never forget this! 🙂

I really do hope to see Miss Cecile again.  If not to do her makeup, just to see her perform live again!  She was just amazing.  There were no lyrics to her pieces.  No words to describe what the song was about.  But I could feel her pain, her joy, her love just through the notes that she played.  I was blown away.  Never thought any person could actually play the piano the way she does.  If Miss Cecile does come back to perform again here in Manila, you must not miss that chance to see her.  You’ll know what I mean the moment she closes her eyes before she plays that very first note.