Up close with Making MEGA in Rio cover star Pia Wurtzbach's makeup artist Pong Niu, Pong let us in on the secret on how to achieve Pia's look on the cover.
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The Making MEGA in Rio cover star Pia Wurtzbach is a daring lioness against the brushing waves and enormous rock formations of the Copacabana beach. On the scorching summer heat of Rio, Pong weighed the setting, season, and the cover star for the look's inspiration. Complementing the golden boulders where Pia fearlessly poses, Pia's beauty look was inspired from the glowing reflection of sunlight on the waters of Copacabana beach.
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Embellished bodysuit with hood by NERIC BELTRAN[/caption]
Before we even go further Pia's look
, under her heavy highlights was a properly prepped skin ready for an all-out shoot. Pong prepped Pia's skin using a Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream Moisturizer, Clarins Eye Cream, and there's no way they can skip the sunblock and Lucas Papaw to hydrate Pia's lips.
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After priming Pia's face with Pat McGrath Primer, we zoomed into her eye look. "I exaggerated the shadow on the crease of her eyes as I take inspiration on the depth of the sea," shares Pong. This golden shimmering lids was made possible with Tom Ford Eye Color Quad in Body Heat and Golden Mink and Pat McGrath Mothership V Eyeshadow Palette. As she carefully takes the heat into consideration, she skipped the eyeliner and mascara to avoid unwanted smudge.
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Embellished jacket by JUDE MACASINAG[/caption]
Slide down to Pia's cheek bones, Pong opted for major highlights using Tom Ford Shade and Illuminate, Charlotte Tilbury Beauty Light Wand and Mac Margin Powder Blush which is Pong's personal favorite. Get that exact powerful pout as Pia with nude lips from KKW Beauty.
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Pong gave extra attention to some parts of Pia's face that would gorgeously look shining. "I focused on her eyelids—inner corners of the eyes, above the cheekbones, bridge and tip of the nose, and the cupid's bow," shares Pong.
Now that summer is fast approaching, could this look be the best to cop for your next beach trip? Well, Pong Niu would definitely give it a resounding yes. However, since the summer heat in the Philippines does not quite differ, Pong recommends to lessen the shadow application on the crease while keeping it ferocious like the Making MEGA cover star herself.
Photography by DOOKIE DUCAY
Creative direction SUKI SALVADOR
Art direction JANN PASCUA
Fashion direction JEB FRONDA
Styling LYN ALUMNO assisted by RJ ROQUE
Beauty direction TRINA EPILEPSIA BOUTAIN and MARELLA RICKETTS
Makeup PONG NIU
Hair JAN EDROSALAN
Sittings editor PEEWEE REYES-ISIDRO
Shoot coordination ANGEL JACOB and THEA MARTIN
Produced by ARCHIE CARRASCO
Publishing JANINE RECTO
Shot on location at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Special thanks to RIKKA INFANTADO FERNANDEZ, BRAZIL PRODUCTION SERVICES, MOI BUSTO and CARMELLI DAET