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Behind The Scenes Beauty: Maika Rivera

As a sense of continuity from my old and now defunct blog, I've decided to write about some of my favorite looks I've done in the past while also being able to integrate photos that I can't put on my official portfolio since I just took them backstage. These are also the same photos on my Instagram (follow me!) and a bit more. For reference, I use a Fujifilm X-A2 body with a Fujifilm 27mm f/2.8 lens. Also, some of these photos were taken quite a while back so I do apologize in advance if there are some products that I no longer remember.

To kick off this series, let's start with Maika Rivera - actress (The Blood Sisters) and a part of the Girl Trends on It's Showtime! This look was the first time I did her makeup around this time last year, which also served as a trial session for the Star Magic Ball later on in the year. Maika requested for a look that would photograph well on the red carpet and last throughout the night. She was also particular about how light and fresh she wanted her look to be.

Maika has great skin so I went for a thin layer of a long-wearing foundation (MAC Nourishing Waterproof Pro Longwear Foundation) over primer and set with no-color powder (RCMA) - also keeping in mind that she will be on-stage for It's Showtime! with this look for the day. I defined her eyes just a bit and focused more on opening up her eyes with a pair of lush lashes and the no fail trick of highlighting the inner corners of the eyes. A bit of peachy pink blush on the apples of her cheeks for a youthful and blooming flush.

Products used:


MAC Fix+

Missha Time Revolution Night Repair

MAC Fast Response Eye Cream

Cetaphil Daily Moisturizer


MAC Nourishing Waterproof Pro Longwear Foundation

MAC Pro Longwear Concealer

Happy Skin Glisten Up! Contour Stick

RCMA No Color Powder


LORAC Pro 1 & 2

Anastasia Master Palette (Mario)

Malissa Kiss Liquid Eyeliner

Maybelline Great Lash Mascara

Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Eyeliner

DUO Lash Glue


Milani Brow Wax

KPalette Liquid and Powder Eyebrow Duo 04

LORAC Pro 1 Eyeshadow

MAC Brow Gel - Clear


Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush - Tipsy

Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush - Amused

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow M540


Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette

BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector Opal


MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick - Ladybegood

MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick - Mademoiselle

Yay, there goes my first real blog post! Let me know what you guys think - if I should keep this up (or not HAHA I promise I won't be offended), what you guys want me to share about the looks, past look suggestions to talk about, etc. I'm new to this so any and all forms of feedback would be great.

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