A Quick Beauty Chat With MAC's Al De Leon | Clozette

For every season, there is a corresponding ‘signature’ makeup look – how spring is all about bright colours and pastels; while winter is about dewy skin and red lips, and so on – that most of us follow. 

If you think that this year’s Fall/Winter beauty trends will revert back to berry lips and flawless, matte skin, you are in for a surprise as what we found backstage at Manila Fashion Festival F/W 16 was the opposite. Hint, hint, there were a lot of natural, glowing skin! 

So in our quest to stay ahead in our beauty game (and help you in yours, too), we sat down with head makeup artist for MAC cosmetics Al De Leon during Day 1 of the 4-day affair for a quick beauty chat; and got her two cents on her beauty predictions, favourite looks, and more! 


What makeup looks are we going to see [for day 1 of MFF]?

To me, there are 2 interesting looks – 1 of Cheetah Rivera’s violet smoky eye with glitter; and Anthony Ramirez’s dark, Egyptian-inspired cat eye.

What are the makeup products you used to create the looks?

To create the dewy skin that will be seen in tonight’s show, we used a lot of the Face and Body and Studio Waterweight foundations because they both automatically give you dewy skin. As for skincare, I like to use the Prep + Prime Moisture Infusion Serum and Lightful C Marine-Bright Formula Softening Lotion.

If you were to translate the violet smoky eyes and the extreme cat eye in real life, how would you advise people to recreate it?

For Cheetah Rivera’s violet smoky eye and glitter, I’d probably skip the glitter and try silver eyeliner on the lower lashline and the inner corner of the eyes. You have to try it! It will brighten up your eyes and it’s a good mix with violet.

And for Anthony Ramirez’s look, there’s nothing wrong with having a cat eye look. But I wouldn’t apply it as big and as saturated as Anthony would have it on stage.

What’s your favourite makeup trend for Fall/Winter 2016?

I think it will have to be bare skin – bare, healthy, glowy-looking skin – that we will actually see a lot of in MFF.

Which makeup trend would you want to “disappear” for Fall/Winter 2016? 

I wouldn’t want it to disappear but it’s not requested for this season – contouring. Some designers specifically ask to not have contouring. But with Cheetah Rivera’s we will see some contouring on the cheeks.


Don’t we all crave for that healthy glow of sun-kissed skin all year round, even on the cloudiest of days? Benefit Cosmetics recently launched three new additions into the Hoola Family at Naumi Hotel’s rooftop pool to give a glimpse into what a Benefit TANtasy would look like.

No longer will you have to waste your precious time on the tanning bed. No longer will you have to fret over orange-stained palms. No longer will you have to wreck your brains when making a decision between cute bikinis and ugly tan lines; the new Hoola products have got you covered – allowing you to look effortlessly TANtalizing and glowing (both your face and your body) all day long!

Guests were greeted by huge inflatable floats, comfy poolside chairs, smoothies blended with VitaCoco coconut water, as well as light canapés to get us into a carefree, vacation mood. The ever-bubbly Benefit team also demonstrated to us the application methods of the new Hoola products, dropping a few tips to ensure our successful transformation into bronze beauty babes!

Everyone’s heard of Benefit’s Hoola Matte Bronzer, a cult-favorite in the beauty world. Now, with the new Dew the Hoola – a liquid matte bronzer – we can all look slimmer but yet, with no glimmer! The creamy texture of the bronzer melts easily for seamless blending; accompany it with the use of the Hoola Bronzing & Contouring Brush and it delivers that all day chiseled look. There is also glycerine in the product, which works to protect your skin from the harsh sun while keeping it supple and smooth.

Besides the face, Benefit Cosmetics took bronzing one step further with the launch of the Hoola Zero Tanline Body Bronzer. The product has a transfer-resistant, 12-hour long formula that will leave a natural tan through the day! It comes with a sponge applicator at the top of the bottle, allowing easy application without exposing yourself to greasy, orange hands. Its buildable formula makes the product suitable for all skin tones, fair or dark. 

Plus, here’s a bonus: using the Hoola Zero Tanline Body Bronzer immediately brings you back to the beach and reminds you of a relaxing vacation with its citrusy sandalwood scent. Are you ready to Hoola?


The Benefit Hoola Bronzer Family is available at all Benefit counters in Singapore.



From makeup to clothes to lifestyle, everything we do has got something to do with our personality. Same goes with our choice of scents. There’s something about fragrances that can affect our mood and feelings for the day, making us nostalgic or empowered.

There are a lot of scents out there that we prefer for our own unique reasons. Want to know what your favourite scent says about you? Keep reading to find out. 


Musky scents

Musky scents are either pleasantly strong or sweet that makes it hard ignore. That’s why people either love it or hate it. If you’re the former, then you’re definitely someone who loves to leave a mark on the people you meet. Mysterious but charming, you’re the type who would rarely engage in small talk but much rather go for conversations that seek meaning. Bold and solid colours define your personal style.
Floral and citrus scents

If you love scents that reminds you of flower fields and getting in touch with nature, then you’re someone who’s bubbly, warm, and free. You enjoy being in the company of the people you care about and are not afraid to show it. Just like your colourful personality, you also love going for fun prints and textures for your fashion pieces.

Earthy scents

Sandalwood, amber, patchouli-- if these are scents you can’t get enough of, then you’re someone who loves the idea of adventure. You love exploring new places and meeting new people. Great art and music keeps you going and it reflects on your effortlessly chic fashion choices.

Classic scents

If you love signature fragrances like Chanel No. 5 or CK One, then you’re someone who’s sophisticated without even trying. You’re known amongst your friends and peers for your strong yet caring personality. You love going for versatile and functional fashion pieces.

Fresh scents

Just like your choice of fragrance, people know you for being charming and refreshing. You can light up a room by simply being yourself and you’re up for almost anything. Because of your outgoing attitude, casually chic pieces are your favourite!


Did we get yours right? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below!