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Freelance Make Up Artist and Stylist who shuttles between New York, Italy and Dubai, Anna has been in the Make Up industry since 1996. She trained under Mario Dedivanovic and Scott Barnes in NYC and has a certificate for Hairstyling from Cinema Make Up School A true lover of all the elements of Fashion, she studied Fashion Design and Styling at the prestigious Istituto Europeo Di Design in Milan, Italy.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009


VOGUE Cover done by Mr. Meisel, which I am lucky to have.







Everyone has idols or icons who constantly inspire them and of course I am no different.

I have always been very vocal about the people who inspire me, whose work I follow and this post is dedicated to the men and women who never ceases to amaze me.

My love affair with Make Up started when I was very young. I was, I think in my first year in High School when I finally found out who was making those beautiful faces of Paulina Porizkova, Estelle, Elaine Irwin and it was none other than Kevyn Aucoin, probably the best Make Up Artist that ever lived! To pay homage to him, I named my Make Up Kit, The Kevyn. At first, I was just amazed by his work but after reading more about him, his experiences and causes, all the more that I realised that Kevyn did deserve all the success that he had. He was not only a talented man but his heart is as beautiful as the images that he has created. There are tens of thousands of Make Up Artists out there (me included) who will forever be grateful for the inspiration that he has provided.

Taking photos is perhaps one of my passions and from the days when I would cut a 135 black and white film in my uncle’s studio, I’d say my preference for Black and White photos has simply intensified, so it will not be a surprise if the works of the late great Herb Ritts just moves me nor should the sight of me jumping up and down like a lunatic in Musee D’Orsay clutching the book of Patrick Demarchelier. (Yes, I was). For me, and this is my biased opinion, the beauty of the composition of a photograph is never more apparent than when it is in Black and White. But of course I am also moved by the images done by Steven Meisel. For some reason, his photos always has this ethereal feel to it. Could it be his post modern approach? Whatever it is. It works for me and his almost 10year collaboration with Franca Sozzani, the incumbent Vogue Italia Fashion Editor, proves this so. Mr. Meisel is also responsible for putting the super in model and catapulted Amber Valleta, Linda E, Christy T and Naomi C AKA The Trinity among a few to supermodel status.

By now, you'd notice that I love women who do not apologise for their intelligence, beauty and charm (their high pay checks too!) and in every fashion editorial this magnificent woman makes, i see this kind of woman, beautiful, strong, oozing with appeal, classy and she is no different from the women that she styles in these editorials. Emmanuelle Alt for me epitomises the ideal Alpha Female. She can be in army boots and cargo pants but there is always something so feminine about her style. By far, one of the very few women I have seen who looks amazing sans maquillage.

Though Kevyn and Herb are no longer here, their works will forever inspire me and for Steven and Emmanuelle who are still here, may your works continue to push us to exceed the expectations that we have set for ourselves.

Sunday, December 27, 2009


With Great Company, I guess everything becomes a big plus!

My Look for Christmas: Bronze Eyes and Red Lips

I am so fullll!!!!

Another 'loves' or guilty pleasure is this Cheesecake from Chilis with Double Espresso

I got a bronze lippy for Malen :)

I love giving presents as much I love receiving them. Here's Haidee about to try her new INGLOT lippy from me. I chose pink for her.

Next to Italian Cusine, Mexican dishes rocks in my list. :)

The Scampi, The Ranchiladas and The Double Quesadilla. YUMMMY!

Enjoying my pinacolada already. Next stop.... the mains

Pinacolada, Sunrise and Margarita.... Our Drinks for the night

Christmas is the time for celebration. Why shouldn't we? A king was born in our midst, giving us renewed hope. And since this Joyous day falls in December, the last month of the year, it is also the perfect time to reflect on the year that was

Although I was and still am far from home, my daughter and the rest of my family, I was very happy to celebrate this joyous day with everything that i like :).

I sincerely hope that you all had a great Christmas and heres to 2010! :)

Saturday, December 26, 2009


For a less christmassy look go for a paler lip. MAC Spice Lipliner with Shiseido Lipstick in Indigenous Rose
I applied the Make Up Forever Sculpting Kit on the hollows of my cheek and sweeped some Sabaya Blush in 02 on the apples of my cheeks

Lastly, applied MAC Cream Colour Base in Pearl on my cheek plane and bridge of the nose.

MAC Lipstick in Russian Red completes the look.

Nails by N Bar and colour in Pouf Daddy.

For the Face I applied INGLOT AMC Foundation with MAC Studio Finish Concealer. Set the look with T. Leclerc Poudre Compacte Dermophile in Terre de Sienne

I lined the upper water line with Make Up Forever Khol pencil in 1K as well as the lower water line.

Pull the colour to the lash line with a MAC 266 brush and using the same brush apply the same Eye shadow colours on the lower lid

I lined my lash bed with Sabaya liquid Eyes in 01 (which I hardly do, if by now you notice. :))

Finally, I curled my lashes and applied two coats of Rimmel Glam Eyes on my upper and lower lashes.

I primed the eyes with MAC Soft Ochre and applied INGLOT Eye Crayon in 526 from the lash bed to the crease (its green) Love the consistency of this pencil. Very easy to blend.

I used the Coastal Scents 88 Ultra Shimmer Eye Shadow Palette.

I applied the lightest green on the tear ducts, followed by a medium shade and the darkest green on the outer corners.

I used a black shadow on the outer V of the eye to emphasise the crease.

I know, I know, this is beyond cheesy but I can't help making a look that combines Green and Red! Sorry Guys! To make it look less cheesy, made two versions of this look. Hope you like them.

Merrrryyyy Christmas! :)


The Look with all the elements

The Look

Not in my usual Prada sunnies, traded it for some street style aviators.

When going for accessories and they have the emblem of the brand, opt for something small like these earrings.

When I mentioned to Ria (proud owner of My Strawberry Shop) that I was going to write a blog about Chanel, she happily gave me these earrings and I cant be happier! Thankkkkk you sooo much!
Nothing says Chanel more that a quilted bag :)

The Chanel inspired coat from MANGO, updated with multiple zips

Lady meets rocker. Pearls and studs look great together.

Buckle Up with these boots! This is, by the way, another purchase for this season that I absolutely did not regret! Thanks to My Strawberry Shop!

I am a very sensible shopper, meaning I do not need to shop every weekend. On top of that I think I am very practical. :) However, every season, I find myself lusting after some pieces and though I try to be rational and say that it is a need, most often than not it falls into the third category of purchases, which is, 'I GOT TO HAVE IT!' Thankfully, these irrational purchases (?) finds so much longevity in my closet and can be styled in sooooo many different ways.

My first take on 'I need, I want, I got to have it for Autumn and Winter' is this uber fab jacket that I got from MANGO. It resonates the charm of Chanel at 1/4 of its price! Chanel is synonymous for luxury and what better way to update this jacket than by putting in some elements fit for strutting this classic in the street :)

Wednesday, December 23, 2009


But I ended up loosing the beret and the coat. siiiiggghhhh. I miss white christmas!

Took out my jacket and beret but maintained the long sleeves

I started with this.

In response to my girlfriend/co blogger's post about the frustrating weather n Dubai, you are not alone, Mariyah! huhuhuhu.


I absolutely love this song! It makes me want to dance and I cant even begin to tell you how much I love the make up of Kelly Rowland :)

In as much as I would like to do the make up on myself, I honestly think that I will not give it justice, so, I was very happy that my friend Nay was there to sport the look!

Hair and Make Up: Anna de Leon

Photography: Tinayum


So, where's the party? :)


Close up on closed eyes

Step Eight: Using the unknown brush, sweep some white irridescent eyeshadow on your brow bone and tear ducts

Step Nine: Curl your lashes, apply mascar, brush it to separate the lashes and then apply another coat. Do not forget to apply some mascara on your lower lashes, i find that it makes the eyes look super sultry. :)

Step Five: Blend with a MAC 217 brush
Step Six: Use the MAC 266 Brush and line the lower lash line with the dark violet eye shadow
Step Seven: Smudge some Feline Pencil on MAC 219 and smudge the lower lash line

Step Four: Use another flat shader brush (sorry, I dont know the name if this brush as its cover got ripped off because of too much soaking in the water. You can use the MAC 239.

Using this brush apply a lighter violet (lilac) over the crease.

Step Three: Using INGLOT's 13P Brush pack on MAC's pigment in Violet from the lash bed all the way to the crease. Do not sweep the pigment but press it on the eye area. You want to achieve a high concentration of colour on the lash bed.
Step Two: Line the upper water line with your Kohl liner. I used MAC Feline. Make sure that you smudge it along the lashes. Line the lower water line and use an angled brush like the MAC 266 to pull down the colour to the lower lashes.
Other Kohl Pencils to try: Make Up Forever and INGLOT. Very easy to blend
Step One: Use an eyemake up base. For this look, I used Coastal Scents Gel Liner and I applied it from the lids to the crease.
Using an eye make up base ensures that the eye make lasts longer and it makes the colour more vibrant.

This is for Tracy and though its not a video, hope this helps :)

If you will notice, I hardly ever line my lids when I do smokey eye, instead, I give myself a harder time with more chances of me poking my eye by lining the upper water line. I just find this technique better at defining the eye, making the lashes look thicker and getting a better base for smoking the eyes. This is especially good if the consistency of your kohl pencil is very blendable.

Kohl Pencil and a pencil brush like MAC's 219 will work very well as a base for smokey eyes.
Here goes the look for the day. :)

Monday, December 21, 2009


And lastly nothing spells 'I am incharge' better than a black pant suit, teamed with a multi strand pearl necklace

Break the boredom of black by strutting in coloured heels.

A Structured Jacket paired with a dress with distinctly feminine touches like lace can never be wrong. Femininity used correctly is power but dont mistake with 'Cleavage from here to Mexico'
A Single strand pearl necklace never fails to make me feel uber feminine!

Gone are the days when the Cardigan was left for grannys. First Lady Michelle Obama brought it back to the mainstream but wearing bold cardis, cinching the waist. Ways to modernise this reliable piece of clothing is dime a dozen. Leather is not just for bikers and rockers, its also for women who are working their way up the corporate ladder. An Unlikely Couple but it works

Dont be afraid to use patterns! Its the best way to liven up your winter wardrobe too!

Keep the lines simple and give it a pop of colour with a vibrantly hued brooch.

Keep the elements simple and impeccable.

Pair the LBD with with a destructured trench for a polished yet feminine look

Yes, you can wear sleeveless. , not just too haltered and since you are showing a bit of skin, keep the hemline to your knee. Michelle Obama wore a sleeveless LBD for her official White House photo. If Mrs. O can do it, so can you. :)

'All the women who are independent, throw your hands up at me! All the mommas who making dollars, throw your hands up at me!'

One of the reasons as to why I love Destiny's Child is because they constantly empower women. The lyrics of their songs never fails to get me in the mood to conquer the world! hahahaha. One song of theirs, which I listen to every morning before dressing up kind of inspired me to do this post, its called NASTY GIRL.

'Nasty put your clothes... why don't you' and while you are it make sure that you are dressing your way to the top.

We are now the new breed of women, proudly bringing home the bacon in our stilletos! We are the Alpha Female and here are the new rules of Power Dressing.
1. A lint remover is a black loving person's best friend.
2. Ensure that the hemlines are properly sowed.
3. Even if you are wearing black, people do notice if you ironed your clothes.
4. Wearing heels is power but an over exposed feet may be better off left in parties. You can still exude femininity by using pumps.
5. Keep your make up polished.
6. Ensure that your shoes are clean, nothing is worst that seeing an impeccably dressed woman with bad shoes!