A Beauty Chat With A ShuMaster | Clozette

We all want to have flawless MOTDs no matter the occasion. But in reality, getting a makeup look to be on point is easier said than done — various factors come into play such as products and techniques.

Luckily, we were able to interview Shu Uemura’s internationally accredited makeup artist Patrick Alcober last week at a makeup session with Shu Uemura Philippines! So, want to learn how to get flawless MOTDs every single time? Then just keep reading below for Patrick’s tips and tricks!

Shu Uemura makeup artist, Patrick Alcober


Can you tell us a little bit about your background as a makeup artist?

Well, I’m Patrick Alcober and I’m one of the Shu Uemura internationally accredited makeup artists here in the Philippines. And as an Internationally Accredited Makeup Artist, my roles are to do workshops, be a brand ambassador, do photoshoots for luxury magazines, and more.

I’ve been doing makeup for 12 years now, so I started out in 2003 with no makeup background at all. I was hesitant to sell skincare and makeup products at first, but since I needed the job, I agreed to take it. Only to find out later on that I liked it!

How would you define a unique Shu [Uemura] look?

A unique Shu look is about expressing individuality. It will give you a very natural look that will define your personality.

What are the 3 [Shu Uemura] products every girl needs in her makeup kit?

For Shu, we highly recommend the cleansing oil — every 7 seconds there’s a [Shu Uemura] cleansing oil sold worldwide! Next would be an eyelash curler. And the last would be are our eyeshadows because with smokey eyes and bold colours, it’s the only way for you to [really] express your individuality. Colours are very important.

What are your tips for girls who are looking to play around more with makeup?

You should really be more experimental with colours because it’s a way for you to express and unleash your inner self. You should sit down and really try different shades because it’s when you get yourself involved that you actually see that some of the bold hues actually look good on you!

When you work with clients, what are some of the common mistakes you see with their brows?

It’s different for every personality. When you do eyebrows, it has to have a gradient effect — so from light to dark — because there are others who can fill in their brows and create a nice shape, but it’s flat. There’s no dimension at all, so when you go to a low-lighted area, you can see how dark your eyebrows actually are.

Second [mistake] of course would be the shape. Sometimes, when you overdo your eyebrows in a square or standard shape, you can look intimidating, snobbish, and not approachable. That’s why, when I recently went to Japan, we were trained to create brows that gave a ‘sweeter’ impression. And to do that would be to make it a little rounder to soften the face! However, it doesn’t always necessarily have to be round, as long as it complements the person’s features.


Shu Uemura Philippines is located at SM North Edsa, SM Makati, Shangri-La Mall, Powerplant Mall, Rustan's Makati, and Alabang Town Center 



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Getting healthy, hydrated skin is no easy task. It requires a consistent skincare routine that is composed of a number of products that are often bulky or very expensive, and more. But what if there was one product that could act as a face moisturiser, hair serum, weekly spa treatment, and so much more?

Yup, we’re talking about Bio-Oil — the skin saviour that has helped us get soft, hydrated skin from head-to-toe! So for this upcoming Lunar New Year, if you want to get radiant and gorgeous-look skin just in time for the celebrations, keep reading below for the 5 awesome ways you can use Bio-Oil!


Multi-tasking moisturiser

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If you suffer from dehydrated skin, or just want to amp up your skin’s hydration, then this dry oil will be your new go-to! Packed with nourishing extracts and vitamins, Bio-Oil will help your skin retain moisture, leaving it soft, supple, and refined. You can apply this with your weekly face masks or mix it in with our favourite moisturiser, or just apply it on its own on clean skin for maximum absorption and results.

Makeup primer

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They say to not prime is a crime, but they never mentioned how primers can be so costly. But now you don’t have to worry about expensive primers because this oil can be used as both a foundation primer and highlighter! Mix it in with your favourite primer for an extra glow, or use it on its own by applying a tiny amount all over your face for an all-over radiant and dewy finish. You can even use it as a highlighter on your cheekbones for a touch of healthy sheen!

Acne scar healer

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You can stop worrying about painful and scary laser treatments now because Bio-Oil can heal your acne scars just as well. This non-comedogenic dry oil is excellent as an acne scar healer because it balances your skin by hydrating and soothing dry, irritated areas caused by acne products! 

Frizz fighter

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Living in a tropical country with high humidity levels is never good for hair. But thanks to this lightweight oil, you don't have to worry about frizz and fly-aways anymore! Soft, sleek hair is now just a drop away! 

Body conditioner

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Want to amp up your body skincare routine? This oil will easily do that for you! Bio-Oil can be mixed in with your favourite bath products for an indulgent at-home spa treatment to restore your skin to its youthful radiance. Because of its gentle ingredients and conditioning properties, you can even use it on its own to hydrate even the driest parts of your body such as the heels and elbows.


What do you love to use Bio-Oil for? Tell us in the comments below!

Bio-Oil is offered in three sizes in Singapore (60ml: SGD $15.50, 125ml: SGD $25.90, 200ml: SGD $35.90), and is available at all leading pharmacies, selected departmental stores, and hospitals in Singapore.


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It could be due to hormones, environmental changes, or just plain stress, but the feeling of waking up with quite a number of new pesky spots is disheartening. During these days, called “bad skin days,” we know the feeling of not wanting to go out into the world.

But the world, whether we have good skin days or bad skin days, still goes on and we have to move with it. Which is why we’re kicking bad skin days to the curb with products that will fight them off for good! So, do you want to learn how to power through a bad skin day? Then keep reading below for the list of products you will need!


A gentle cleanser

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We know it’s tempting to get your most powerful cleanser and try to remove the blemishes away. But dont, because you might do more harm than good. When it comes to spots and pimples, gentle cleansers are the best option! So take your most gentle cleanser and softly massage your face, wash it off and pat your skin dry! And remember, never ever rub!

Ice cubes

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It’s unconventional, but hear us out on. Applying ice cubes over a pimple actually reduces the swelling and redness! Just make sure that the ice isn’t fresh from the freezer and has melted a little bit, so you don’t break any veins on your skin. Gently rub it all over your face or your spots, pat it dry, and in a few minutes, your skin’s redness and sensitivity will disappear!


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To get through a bad skin day, you should never ever strip your skin with harsh products. Hydrating it is one of the most important things to do -- the new pimples might have popped up due to your skin being dehydrated, forcing it to produce more oil. So once you’re done icing your skin, lather on your favorite moisturiser and let your skin drink it all up!


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Another important thing when getting through a bad skin day, or any day for that matter, is to always apply sunscreen before going out. Since your skin might be extra sensitive, don’t aggravate it even more by allowing the sun to zap it with its harmful UV rays. Use a sunscreen with at least an SPF of 30 before leaving your house, and if you’re going to be under the sun a lot, keep reapplying it every 2 hours.

Foundation with salicylic acid

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When you’re breaking out, it’s best to leave the skin alone by not applying makeup over it. But if you really want to, use foundations that have salicylic acid in them so that they treat your skin as well! And even better would be to use a hydrating foundation so that it doesn’t dry out your skin even more!

Bold lipstick

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If you want to divert attention away from your breakouts, wearing a bold lipstick will not only help, but can amp up your confidence too! Whether you want to rock a berry shade, a classic red, or a vibrant fuchsia, is up to you. Bold lipstick will not only brighten up your look, it will also add a chic touch to any OOTD you want to rock!


How do you power through bad skin days? Share with us your tips in the comment section below!