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A glamorous holiday look in 9 steps

With the holidays right around the corner, events and parties are happening left and right. Make sure you look your best for each one of them. Zee Lifestyle asks makeup artist Arnauld how to achieve a glamorous holiday look in nine simple steps, using MAC Cosmetics.

Get this sultry, dramatic look in just 9 simple steps

Get this sultry, dramatic look in just nine simple steps


Step 1: Skin Primer

Step 1: Skin Primer


Every great look starts with a great base. Prep your entire face using MAC PREP+PRIME Skin Base Visage.

This lightweight gel lotion is formulated with special-effect silicones that neutralizes redness and evens out your skin tone while making you look radiant. It also improves the application of foundation.

After applying, let it set for a minute or two.



Step 2: Foundation

Step 2: Foundation


Apply MAC STUDIO FIX FLUID Liquid Foundation.

Comfortable and long-wearing, this product combines a natural matte finish and medium-to-full build able coverage. It also protects your skin from the sun with broad spectrum UVA/UVB SPF 15. It blends easily and evenly, minimizing the appearance of pores and imperfections for a more flawless look.

This product is best for oily skin. It comes in 36 shades.



Step 3

Step 3: Concealer


Conceal flaws, skin discolorations and dark spots such as under eye circles using MAC PRO LONGWEAR CONCEALER.

This fluid concealer, available in 16 shades, provides medium-to-full coverage with a natural matte finish that lasts up to 15 hours.



Step 4: Eye Shadow (Base)

Step 4: Eye Shadow (Base)


The MAC PRO LONGWEAR PAINT POT is a long-wearing blendable cream shadow that can be worn alone or with other products. It also serves as concealer and eye primer, making the colors of your eyeshadow pop out more.

This product, available in 26 different shades, builds coverage without looking heavy or cake, and will not streak or crease. Here, Arnauld uses the Paint Pot in Painterly.



Step 5: Eye Shadow (Crease)

Step 5: Eye Shadow (Crease)


Apply MAC EYE SHADOW (pictured: Paradisco) on the crease of the eye to create definition. You may also apply it to the entire eyelid, depending on the style you prefer.

This highly-pigmented powder blends evenly and can be used wet and dry.



Step 6: Eye Shadow (Definition)

Step 6: Eye Shadow (Defining)


Overlay a darker shade using a cat-eye effect, and blend well over the crease. Arnauld uses the Espresso shade to create a more dramatic look.



Step 7: Eyebrows & Eyelashes

Step 7: Eyebrows & Eyelashes


Define your eyes with eyeliner. The MAC FLUIDLINE in Blacktrack provides the precision of a liquid liner with a silkier, softer finish. The product goes on foolproof with a brush in an easy dip-and-stroke action. Arnauld suggests applying this to your lash line using MAC brush in 266, 209 or 210.

After the eyeliner, open the eyes further with the EXTENDED PLAY LASH MASCARA, a  waterproof formula that lasts for up to 16 hours. Press the wand into the lashes as close to the roots as possible, and ‘shimmy’ the brush from root to tip. Continue to build until the desired effect is achieved.

Complete the look with the FLUID BROW GELCREME in True Brunette. This is a long-wearing waterproof gel in a pot that gives precise definition to eyebrows. Apply this product using the MAC brush in 208.



Step 8: Blush, Contour & Highlighting

Step 8: Blush, Contour & Highlighting


To achieve a natural looking shade, apply MAC POWDER BLUSH (pictured: Harmony) to cheeks, making sure to avoid harsh lines. You can also use this shade to contour at the same time.

Add a high-impact shimmering glow to the skin with MAC EXTRA DIMENSION HIGHLIGHTER (pictured, Whisper of Gilt). Sweep this formula to the upper cheeks, to the temple, and to the tip of your nose to sculpt and highlight your face. This leaves a luminous and well-defined finish.



Step 9: Lipstick & Finishing Touches

Step 9: Lipstick & Finishing Touches


Lip pencil is necessary for shaping, lining, or filling in lips. Arnauld applies the MAC LIP PENCIL in Trust in Red directly to the lips as a base. Then he applies MAC LIPSTICK in Diva using the MAC brush 313 for a clean and polished look.

Complete the holiday glam look with the MAC PREP+PRIME TRANSPARENT FINISHING POWDER. This is a silky finishing powder that provides an invisible way to set makeup.



The result: A glamorous look perfect for the holidays

The result: A glamorous look perfect for the holidays

MAC Cosmetics are available at Rustan’s, Ayala Center Cebu
Arnauld is available for bookings. Visit his Facebook page or Instagram account.

makeup artist Arnauld produced by AM&Co model April of Prestige Modeling Agency


Awesome Online-Exclusive Deals and Free Shipping Await Shoppers at the Newly-Launched Old Navy PH Digital Store


By Danica Ronquillo

Nothing screams “Americana” like Old Navy!

From trendy denims and soft cotton Ts to statement graphics and fleecy pajamas, Old Navy has been the first name in fun, classic fashion staples for the whole family since 1994. Known for high-quality pieces that fit every size, shape, and budget, this heritage brand has found a way to reach even more hangers in the digital age: OldNavy.com.ph.

While no stranger to the digital sphere, OldNavy.com.ph is the brands’s first standalone e-commerce, making Old Navy’s vast array of on trend apparel and accessories available to customers 24/7. The launch of OldNavy.com.ph will not only feature styles that can be found in their brick- and-mortar locations, but also seasonal essentials and online exclusives, like Old Navy’s activewear line.

OldNavy.com.ph customers can enjoy free shipping with a minimum order spend of Php 4000, as well as various deals and e-payment options to ensure everyone can be a part of the Old Navy experience.

Shoppers will still be able to find new arrivals in all Old Navy Philippines stores, including Bonifacio High Street, SM Megamall, and Shangri-La Plaza, as well as in Old Navy’s Viber community.

With this launch, Old Navy Philippines continues to be the pioneer of making comfort, quality, and style accessible to all. There’s something for everyone at Old Navy!

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37 Years of High Fashion; Arcy Gayatin leaves a Legacy of Edginess and Elegance

Arcy Gayatin: A Legacy of Luxury in Fabrication


By:  Allain Dumon Fonte 


The brand Arcy Gayatin gave the Queen City of the South a distinct reputation in the fashion industry.  The fashion line of Arcy Gayatin sets the bar higher each year for clothing luxury and fabrication techniques.


April Duenas, Nikki Gayatin and Arielle Gayatin for Arcy Gayatin—Photos by John Paul Autor from Lifestyle Inquirer.net


Araceli “Arcy” Ancajas Gayatin is the daughter Galileo Ancajas and Remedios Zanoria Ancajas who founded Cebu’s home brand, Gal’s Bakery.  Arcy went to the University of San Carlos and studied Political Science.  And just like Dr. Muccia Prada, who completed her Ph.D. in Political Science and established the luxury line of Prada, Arcy also got in touch with her artistic side and started her own fashion line.  However, it was not Prada that influenced Arcy.  Arcy was introduced to fashion and tailoring at a very young age by her mother, Madame Remedios Anacajas whom they dearly call Mama Eme.  Mama Eme was running a tailoring business back then.  It was called Arabel; named after Arcy and her sister Belma.  Ara from Araceli and Bel from Belma.  In those years, Arcy was fascinated by fabrics and was intrigued by how to manipulate the fabrics to come up with fashion-forward designs without compromising comfort and taste.


Arcy Gayatin (photo grabbed from Space Philippines Blog Spot)


After 37 years of creating haute couture pieces for the most fashionable personalities in the Philippines, Arcy Gayatin is now laying down her sketchpads and pens to rest.  As she enjoys her retirement, may be on a cruise to the Bahamas or a holiday to the Swiss Alps, Arcy Gayatin has left the fashion industry a legacy of elegant and edgy clothing ensembles that understand and define the shape of women; without compromising comfort and good taste.


Arcy Gayatin’s Pink Flamingo collection                                               Arcy Gayatin’s Sketch on a Terno


To salute the lady who brought Cebu fashion to the world, a retrospective exhibition of Arcy’s incomparable masterpieces can be seen today at Ayala Center Cebu’s The Gallery; curated by fashion editor and writer, Clint Holton Potestas, and interior and fashion designer, Jul Oliva.


BALANCE.  Arcy Gayatin is known for her perfect symmetrical lines when fabricating.  She knows how to balance edginess and class; understanding well the strength and the finesse of a woman.


RHYTHM.  Arcy’s expertise in draping and fabric manipulation can be seen in how she achieves rhythm between architectural lines and soft fabrics like silk and cashmere.


TEXTURE.  With her thorough knowledge on fabrics, Arcy Gayatin has achieved the perfection of fabrication by working on different types of fabrics and creating a single piece of art out of them. 


HARMONY.  The simplicity of the silhouette plus the intricacy of the details create a wonderful harmony, making Arcy Gayatin’s design a one-of-a-kind masterpiece.


The photos below show an up-close look at the intricacy and the exquisite craftsmanship of Arcy Gayatin’s fabrication techniques:


THE SPIDER WEB:  one of Arcy’s genius fabrication techniques.


MATCH and PATCH:  Arcy’s unique fabrication craft by patching layers of different types of lace and lace patterns


PLEATS: The perfection of symmetry in pleats on silk.


LA ROSE BLEUE:  U.P. student, Danielle Alessandra Deutsch, inspired by the artistry of Arcy Gayatin, designed this midnight blue dress.   The cabbage rose made from layers of silk organdy gave this evening ensemble a romantic appeal.

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Cebuano Haute Couture Shines at 2021 Cebu Wedding Expo

Photography by Rene Amodia

Forever at Soltana

by Allain Dumon Fonte

Soltana Nature Residences host the grandest wedding destination expo for 2021. In their grandiose Events at Soltana venue, wedding suppliers, event coordinators, events stylists, fashion designers, and exhibitors gathered to showcase their best to excited couples and clients.  The grand expo was opened by the Chairperson of Lapu Lapu City’s Tourism Commission and first lady of this historic resort city, Madam Cynthia Cindy King Chan; she was with city counselor, Hon.  Queenie Malingin Amman; Taft Properties COO and Vice President, Myra Lynn Gilig; Taft Properties CFO, Feliz Tiukenhoy; and Mr. Justin Gaisano of Taft Properties. 

Philip Rodriguez

To set the event’s mood, AD models Kevin Lahousse and Gingie Alducente acted as newlyweds joining the expo and leading the guests to the exhibitors’ booths.  Yet, the highlight of the event was the glamorous fashion show set in the world’s most visited wedding destinations, as the mannequins of AD models paraded the haute couture creations of Cebu’s A-list fashion designers.

Dexter Alazas

The show was opened by Miss Earth 2008, Karla Henry-Amman, wearing a bridal gown designed by Hanz Coquilla.  Her wedding mood was the historic streets and sceneries of Vigan, Philippines.  Coquilla created a Filipiniana-inspired bridal dress with perfectly constructed butterfly sleeves, exquisitely clean lines, and masterfully crafted bias skirt of balanced cones and flows.  Valerie Alvez showcased a bridal dress made of vintage Chantilly lace.  Alvez proved her skills in manipulating laces to be impeccable; the bow detail at the back added glamour to the dress, exuding luxury to the bride wearing Alvez’s masterpiece.  Wendell Quisido set her wedding theme to the dreamy beaches of Ipanema; and as her model glided on the runway, everyone in the audience dropped their jaws to the intricately detailed bridal dress that Quisido made. Quisido designed a bustier dress with well-balanced panels that wonderfully fitted the model’s figure; but what made Quisido’s dress jaw-dropping are the countless Swarovski crystals that covered the dress.  Dexter Alazas joined the fashion show with a 1920’s inspired wedding dress of vintage tulle and embroidered in the decade’s popular baroque patterns.  Alazas has shown the wonders of working with delicate fabrics and the opulence of vintage embroidery patterns.

Wendell Quisido

Valerie Alvez

The fashions show also brought us to the rich sceneries of Mallorca, Spain with Ren Manabat’s three-tiered wedding dress.  The labor-intensive layers upon layers of soft English tulle made Manabat’s artwork stand out, among others.  Another head turner is a dress that was carefully planned and architecturally constructed, the bridal gown designed by Protacio.  Protacio has obviously studied well which fabrics to use and how each fabric is sewn to the other to create an illusion of nudeness under layers of vintage Italian mesh. The dress was architecturally constructed like the Burj Khalifa where every piece sits perfectly with each other in harmony and balance.  Fashion connoisseur Marichu Tan-Geson created an extremely detailed bodice lined with Swarovski crystals, and a skirt made from layers of dotted soft English tulle.  Tan-Geson’s manipulation techniques on the soft tulle and how she delicately draped every layer of the tulle upon the other is interesting and intriguing.  With a work of art as beautiful as that, I could say that Tan-Geson is the Madame Gres of Cebu fashion.  The show ended with a groom and a bride wearing a 19th century English-inspired wedding ensemble by master couturier, Philip Rodriguez.  Rodriguez has proven once again his artistry and expertise in fashion by creating an empire-waist gown with ruffled sleeves made from dotted Italian mesh of 100% silk and vintage silk taffeta.  Rodriguez presented a truly elegant wedding dress; lesser on the intricacy but more on the richness of the materials being used.  The rarity of Rodriguez’s fabrics already makes his dress worthy to a MET gala exhibition. 

Ren Manabat

Protacio Empaces

Philip Rodriguez

The models wore the timeless and recherche jewelry collections from Royal Gem to match the bridal dresses of the featured designers.  Every jewelry piece is made to complement a woman who loves fashion and whose self-awareness dictates her own style.  From green sapphires to yellow diamonds, every jewelry piece is stunning.  No wonder why socialite and fashion icon, Heart Evangelista, loves and promotes Royal Gem. All models are wearing Shandar bridal footwear.

Philip Rodriguez

Marichu Tan-Geson

Hanz Coquilla

The Grand Wedding Destination Expo at the Events at Soltana will run until the 24th of May 2021 with exciting activities:  a maquillage session with Jessie Glova, a bridal make-up competition and show, a financial literacy session for new couples, a talk on real estate investments, a session  with Rod Bautista and Eddie Jamin from the Centerpiece Weddings and Events about wedding destinations in Cebu and the new norms in wedding celebrations, and a whole lot more of raffle prizes from Plantation Bar Resort and Spa, Solea Mactan Resort, Savoy Hotel Mactan, and others.

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