Too perfect, overly done eyebrows and contours—two things characteristic of pageant makeup, and two things makeup artist Gery Penaso helped Miss Philippines Universe Pia Wurtzbach veer away from. While there’s nothing wrong with uber plakado kilays and contours, a softer makeup look brings out one’s natural beauty even more. Isn't Pia look just fabulously ethereal at the preliminaries? That’s her own makeup handiwork, mentored by none other than Gery himself, who’s a firm believer in not overdoing your makeup.
Gery was Pia's makeup artist of choice for her It's Showtime hurado stint.
"Initially and as a pageant lady/beauty queen, Pia had comfort zones when it comes to makeup application and the challenge for me was to take her out of that mindset and gain her trust. She has improved a lot! If you have seen her in the preliminaries of Miss Universe, she did her own makeup there. I got a lot of calls after that congratulating me saying, ‘Parang ikaw yung nandun at gumawa ng makeup nya, ang ganda-ganda nya,’ It makes me really proud and fulfilled,” Gery shares. He has been doing Pia’s makeup even before she joined Binibining Pilipinas, and during the latter’s three tries in the local competition, for Binibining Pilipinas billboard shoots and editorials.
“She is simply a complete package and embodies a Miss Universe: Beautiful, fit, and smart. More than all of that she's unstoppable and hard working,” he says of his alaga. “She’s also always fun, she likes to joke around and talk to people, and the energy is always happy! She's very professional at work and I never hear her complain about anything.”
Pia sends her selfie from Las Vegas everday to Gery for their makeup check.
Here are Gery’s tips for aspiring beauty queens, or for those who simply want to radiate a queenly glow like Pia’s:
Know yourself very well. “This is important, especially if you're joining a pageant like Miss Universe or representing your country for that matter, one should understand her own strengths and weaknesses.”
Take very good care of your skin. “It’s an important part of Pia’s routine, and crucial if you want to have flawless makeup."
Do not overdo your makeup. “Know what works best for your features and always be confident.”
Gery, Boy Abunda, and Pia, during a The Bottomline episode taping.
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Photographs courtesy of Instagram.com/gerypenaso