Senior student says makeup gives her joy and satisfaction
Whether it’s making ladies feel confident, having a bride feel beautiful, or enhancing client’s’ facial features, Gertie Bulaong, a makeup enthusiast from the Philippines, said it is very rewarding to see the happy faces of her clients when they see the outcome.
Bulaong, a senior majoring in ICS, said she is planning to do her internship with a makeup company after her graduation. She explained she was inspired by her mom to do makeup. “My mom is a TV commercial model. She would take me to her shoots and I would see the backstage where she is getting her makeup done. She sits in a really nice chair with so much makeup in front of her. It amazed me how much of a difference makeup can do to a person.”
Bulaong said her fondness for makeup started when she was 7 years old. She explained, “When I would get ready for school, I will pour a ton of baby powder on my palm and pretend I was a makeup guru.”
Bulaong continued, “I would speak in front of the mirror as if I had an audience. I would say, ‘Hi guys! Today I am going to teach you how to make smoky eyes.’ My mom caught me one time and yelled at me because I was already late for school. I said, ‘That’s all for today. Bye guys!’”
She said she started to be serious about makeup when she was a senior in high school. “We were getting our senior portraits done and I saw the person who was going to do our makeup used the same items for all of us. Since I didn’t like that, I decided to bring my own makeup. When my friends saw that, they asked me to do their makeup too.”
Bulaong explained how she mostly learned makeup through watching makeup artists and through YouTube videos. “I also took some classes when I was old enough to understand everything. I still study with YouTube [to this day]. I get the latest trends from YouTube and I practice remaking them on my own.”
She said she spends a minimum of $8 for her everyday foundation and $50 for a high-end foundation. Snapchat survey results show that Maybelline fit me is the foundation brand preferred by ladies because it is not greasy and it has high end staying power. Kristen Schlegel, a junior studying marine biology from South Carolina, said she likes the BB cream from Maybelline. “It is like foundation, but it’s not as heavy on the skin. Also, it is more natural looking and easy to take off,” Schlegel added.
“Some people think my craziest purchase was a $38 highlighter. I bought that highlighter mainly to highlight the top of my lips. I want my lips to look bigger, and I also use it on my cheeks and nose.” Bulaong said while laughing, “Highlight aims to bring forth face parts you want to bring forth.”
A $45 eyeshadow palette is Bulaong’s favorite. She explained, “I really love the Anastasia dip brow pomade because it is waterproof and sweatproof. I cannot live without my eyebrows. I feel like even if I only have my eyebrows, I am already made up.”
Bulaong said it takes her 30 minutes to do light makeup, meaning no eyeshadow and false eyelashes. Meanwhile, she spends two hours for glam looks, which include lashes, contouring, and highlights. She continued, “It takes me longer to do makeup on other people because I have to study their face and see what eyebrow shape suits them.”
Bulaong enumerated her perks as a makeup enthusiast. “It is my excuse to buy more makeup and walk in Sephora every weekend,” she said while laughing. “Makeup is a skill I can share with other people. It is very rewarding to see their happy faces when they see the finished product.”
Joyce Cabrera, an alumna from the Philippines, said Bulaong’s work is exceptional. “Gertie did my bridal makeup. She made me feel really beautiful on my perfect day and I was more than satisfied.”
Cabrera said Bulaong inspires her to become confident in her own skin. “I feel comfortable when she did my makeup. She is so gentle, friendly, and very talented. I trust her a lot. Makeup is just a layer of products that glam my skin, but real beauty comes from within.”
Cabrera continued, “I really recommend her because she does not do the makeup for herself. She listens to her clients and does it the way they want it. She does magic every time. Her brushes are her magic wands.”
Bulaong said one of her biggest struggles is makeup companies are always putting out new products; often faster than she is able to make enough money to buy them.
“When people ask to look like Kylie Jenner, it seems like they forget she has plastic surgery. I’m only a makeup enthusiast, not a surgeon,” said Bulaong. “I can use a Kylie lip kit on you, but I can’t guarantee you will look like her.”
Bulaong shared a tip for her fellow makeup enthusiasts to take care of their skin. She said to pick a skin care ritual and stick to it. Do not sleep with makeup on, and invest in a good moisturizer, she added.
“For those who want to start doing makeup for other people, it is important to be sanitary. Make sure you have a hand sanitizer close by, invest in wipes, and have a sanitizing spray at all times to clean your brushes,” said Bulaong.
Princess Donato, a senior studying EXS from Qatar, said Bulaong is a professional when it comes to makeup. “Gertie is a talented lady at her age. Her talent is what a lot of girls would like to have. She is good at doing different things. Not just one kind of makeup, but she can do all around with her passion.”
Gertie does what she loves, exclaimed Donato. “I love people like her because it helps me want to find my passion and have that be part of my everyday life.” Donato said she felt relaxed and comfortable when Bulaong did her makeup.