Forest Spirit Makeup Tutorial

Forest Spirit aka Engkanto (in Philippines) makeup Tutorial. Enjoy watching!


Makeup Request: “Natural Look” Tutorial

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“Less is more”. This will be applicable for today’s post. If you’re a type of person who doesn’t want to apply too much makeup, here’s the best for you. You may also call this as an emergency makeup (in case you only have few products in your bag) too. For the busy mothers who have no time to wear makeups, I dedicate this to you. Like in my case, I’m a mom and a business woman, so I still need to look fresh and presentable.


A friend of mine [hello Jackie! 🙂 ] will attend a wedding and she only have the basic makeup. She also said that she doesn’t know how to apply some of it. But here’s the catch, she lives in Singapore so I couldn’t go to her place to do her makeup instead, I made this step by step tutorial (hair and makeup). I also refer to her products so that she can follow easily.

Imagine if there’s no brush and no foundation? what would you do? be resourceful. 🙂


So let’s get started!

*Make sure to clean your face first to avoid breakouts.

Step 1: Apply your favorite powder (optional: apply concealer and foundation before the powder) evenly. Don’t forget to apply on ears and neck or else you’ll look like a ghost! lol

Tip: add more powder under your eyes, less on forehead. Since we have limited materials, you may consider your baby’s powder if you don’t have foundation. 😛

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Step 2: Eye pencil on brows [pardon for my uncleaned brows]. You may apply the pencil directly but if you want to have softer brows, you can use cotton buds as your brush. (When I was a kid, I always use cotton buds for painting because I have no paint brushes available. Same strategy but this time, my canvass is my face. hehe) Just follow the line of your brows. I used brown pencil here. You can use any color that you like as long as it will not exaggerate your brows. You want to have a natural look, avoid too much application. Since Jackie has a beautiful, thicker, black brows (which complements her face) but she has no black eyeshadow or pencil, she may skip this part.

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Step 3: Eyeshadow. Apply it on your lids. The first eyeshadow should be 2x lighter than your skin tone. On Jackie’s part, she has a lighter skin tone so this color fits on her. Again, I used the cotton bud as a substitute for brush. You can use your fingers if you want.

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Step 4: Contour & Blend. Contouring (sounds-like conjuring, lol) is a kind of technique that gives illusion or shadow of a thinner nose, higher cheekbone, fuller crease and so on… (this is based on my opinion only) apply a darker e/s shade on your crease (and on lower lash line). This may be messy at first but bear with it, you can blend it and clean afterwards. Blend the darker shade inwards until it looks natural. The application on your lash line should be thin, do not overdo it.

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Here’s how it should look like:

preview contour

*Option 2 : Using Brown pencil and cotton bud, apply it on crease and lower lash line. Blend well.

step 4 option

Step 5: Highlight the center of your eyes (using white eyeshadow) for a dramatic effect. Blend this carefully together with the eyeshadows. Apply it on the corner of your eyes and on your  brow bone too. (oops, I wasn’t able to capture it… sorry)

step 5

Here’s the difference. You can see that if you use eye pencil, you’ll have a darker dramatic look while on the right side is more natural look so I go for the eyeshadows. 🙂

preview eyes

Step 6: Use your middle and ring (am I correct?) fingers when you use the blush.  Smile so that you can see the apples of your cheeks. Apply it in a circle motion then spread it outward. You may also want to use the same blush for your chin and forehead as the bronzer but you have to be careful on that. Small amount is good.

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Step 7: Lips! Apply it directly on your lips. You can add lip shiner for a glossy look but I prefer a matte color for a pinky natural lips.

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Here’s the preview: (Oh, and by the way, I wear different makeups on my eyes)

preview makeup

For the hair, you may refer to this photo:

Option 1

hair option 1

Here is the output. It looks like a mini moehawk with a side pop.

preview hair 1

Option 2

hair option 2

Tada! Simple yet neat.

preview hair 2

Hope you learn from this tutorial and if you have requests or questions related to this, it will be my pleasure to answer or do it… 🙂

For more makeup tutorials, you can check out my Youtube channel: Marga Manalo.

Thanks for dropping by! Paalam! [It means goodbye in Filipino]

DIY Hair Color [Blue]

I really wanted to dye my hair with an extreme and loud colors but I don’t still have the luxury to maintain it (or else, my hair might turn frizzy or damaged) so I decided to make a temporary hair color. I used blue mineral and a styling wax to flip my short hair. I didn’t color the entire hair, just few highlights and I’m satisfied with it. You can also try this at home if you are so bored with your hair. Enjoy!

Beyond the Colors: Getting Started as a Beauty Guru

Beyond the Colors: Getting Started as a Beauty Guru

“parang nung bata tayo. dati you always pretend to put make-up” [“when we were just a kid, you always pretend to put make up”] – Cathy Cruz, a childhood friend

Above was a Facebook comment on a make up album that I uploaded.

And so I finally decided (after sooo many years, my husband has convinced me) to document my makeup tutorials. As a backstory, I am a self-taught painter. I paint on canvass, fabrics (shirts), wall, and face. I did some face paint jobs before in some events. As a matter of fact, they were free of charge. I don’t charge them because I like what I’m doing. I just do it out of passion.

During my high schools days, I make my sister’s hair and make up for her hosting events. My most favorite theme that I did for her was the “rockstar” look because I love dark and gothic colors. Aside from this, I also did my own hair and makeup on my graduation and my wedding.

If we talk about makeup experience, I have tons of them which is too many to mention.

When I uploaded my first make up video which is the “Rage against Pink”, I (and few people) discovered that I excel more in avant-garde style. I received great feedbacks which encourages me to continue this path. In fact, I am collaborating with a certain cosmetic brand which suits my personality. A very unique and revolutionary one.

Here is my Youtube cover photo. You can take a look at it, just search on Youtube: Girlsipa or Marga Manalo.

This won’t be possible without the help of my friends and consultants. Thanks to Sam Lanuza and Allyne Nasayao. They are the real make up artists! I learned a lot from them. Above all, to God who really surprised me in providing this kind of career or journey. Lord! why did you exposed my real feminine side? lol Thanks for letting me do this!

Stay tuned for more avant-garde makeup tutorials. Halloween is near! Do want to see some horror prosthetics? zombies? It will be in series. 🙂

Daily Look Makeup

Here’s my daily look makeup. This is for busy people who have no enough time to wear makeups. Fast and easy!
Just using 1 product for all and your basic kit.

Featured product: Lynca Care [Candy Gal]

See you on the next post!

Million March / Visiting a Mentor

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So I’m back again on the track.

It was really a shock when I found out that our College Adviser/Mentor is sick. During that time, we were about to leave the house to attend the million march at Luneta when I received an sms that his condition is a serious one. It didn’t sink in to me until a few minutes of silence as I was surfing the internet. From that moment, I couldn’t lift a finger and just froze for a while. I locked into our room and thinking about it all over again which cause me a great migraine. So the appointment was delayed and we (husband and I) started to argue. Why am I so silent that time? He can’t help but blame himself because he thought that he did something stupid that made me mad or upset…

After long hours of silence…(about 4 hours) I finally decided to attend the march, rain or shine. This Million March is a one day event wherein all Filipinos are invited to attend to scrap the Pork Barrel. It is very happy to see that many citizens participated. We wear white to show peace and unity.


For the record, this is the first protest rally that my daughter attended. She participated too; dancing in front of the stage, feeling the rhythm of the music. We didn’t able to finish the event because we’re afraid of the heavy rain to come out.










Visiting Mr. Lito Casaje:

The following day, we visited our adviser, Sir Lito in his condominium. I was with my college friends and my husband. Seeing him again…I’m surprised with his looks. He doesn’t look ill. He looks healthy and happy. I bet his fighting spirit still lives in him. His love and passion for artistry didn’t fade. That’s what I admire in him. His living room is full of books and papers from his office and huge paintings from his fellow artists. I felt like I went back to my college days. Nostalgic. He lives alone and a maid is the only one taking care of his household chores. I feel sad for him in this aspect but thank God because He blesses our professor with caring daughters, that’s us, his students.



Before we leave, we gave him a little remembrance: A medium-sized frame provided by Sam with a flip cartoon animation made by me. We wrote our uplifting messages there to encourage him to fight his cancer and live the life of arts. In return, he gave us his first published book. It is his collection of short scripts. If you want to learn basic scriptwriting, you can purchase the book from him.


To our excitement for his recovery, Sam and Channa proposed to organize a fund raising and tribute for him. An event that is close to his heart, theater play. Our dreams are about to happen in months…for the reader, please pray for our Sir Lito Casaje for his fast recovery. He may still live longer and produce more theater plays in the future.