An unexpectedly lucky experience at the Estée Lauder Foundation Classroom Workshop

If you had asked about it a few years ago or even as recent as a few weeks ago, I would never have thought that I would be attending an Estée Lauder workshop – or even model for a makeup demonstration. But alas, Friday would be the day that would change all of that, and in some way, change my life as well.

Around a month ago, my friend Rae (whom I met through blogging) tweeted to me about Project Vanity looking for contributors. (She herself is a contributor to PV, which is the Philippines’ top beauty resource!) I’ve always wanted to write about beauty as evidenced by my humble website, but I’ve also wondered if I could be good enough to at least make a wage out of it. Without hesitation, I sent in my resume and after a few weeks (and a mock article later), I got the e-mail welcoming a few others and I to the Project Vanity Editorial Team. We’re still under probation of sorts, but after a certain number of articles we’ll be full-fledged members!

Ms. Liz (the editor-in-chief and founder of PV) informed us through our group chat about the Estée Lauder Foundation Classroom event to be held at SM Aura on the 17 June. I was hesitant to go, but after a little prodding from fellow staff Angela, I said I would attend. It would be the first time for me to attend a beauty event, and it happened to be for such a prestigious brand! I had no idea what to expect, so I went to the event with open eyes and an open mind.

I couldn’t get a proper photo of the event place, but it was at the open area near Uniqlo and Marks & Spencer. I would assume that is where indoor events at SM Aura usually take place because it’s very spacious! I also happened to be one of the first people to arrive– I think I was really excited and nervous.

After I registered my name, I was lead towards a makeup station and introduced to my assigned makeup artist, Ms. Clarisse, to get my skincare prep done.

The front, with the stage area. The makeup demo was done on an elevated platform, which is why the chair appears to be higher than the table with the makeup.

I failed to take a photo of my skincare prep as I was listening to what she was talking about. However, I remember that she used the Micro Essence Skin Activating Treatment Lotion, and the Advanced Night Repair Serum which is the product they’re most known for! Needless to say, I couldn’t stop (gently) poking my face as my skin felt so soft and smooth.

As she was spreading the products onto my face, I was approached by the Estée Lauder Global Makeup Artists who were going to give the workshop demo, Bobby Wang and Vincent Xu. They said hello and introduced themselves to me, which I of course, reciprocated. They are very tall and good-looking, and you can definitely tell by the way they carry themselves that they are professionals! After that, they went around observing the other participants.

As I went to take my seat at the front row, Bobby came up to me and asked if I could be his model for the makeup demonstration.

Honestly, I was shocked.

But of course, I said yes! (internal screaming)

Estée Lauder Global Makeup Artist, Bobby Wang. (more internal screaming here)
Estée Lauder Global Makeup Artist, Bobby Wang. (more internal screaming here)

Now, I won’t go into detail about the workshop itself (because that’ll be covered by Katsy in a future entry on Project Vanity, heehee), so I’ll just give a few tidbits. First, I can’t tell you how amazing it is to experience having my makeup done by someone as prestigious as Bobby. (He and Vincent and other Global Makeup Artists conduct Estée Lauder workshops within Asia, and this really helps to bring the brand out. Marketing-wise, this also helps to introduce the brand to a younger audience, especially since Kendall Jenner is their current poster girl and endorser!) He works quickly yet meticulously, with light hands. Truly, the hands of a master!

@marianner06 getting her eye makeup done by @esteelauder’s Bobby Wang #projectvanitycom #esteelauderph

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He did a half-face for comparison, and then when he dismissed the audience for their makeovers, completed the other half so I could watch with a mirror what makeup he used and what techniques he made use of to apply them.

So.. here’s the result!

Serving you some smoky-eyed glowy goodness.
Serving you some smoky-eyed glowy goodness.

Here’s a list of products used:

  • Face:
    • Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in 3W0 Warm Creme
    • Double Wear Stay-in-Place Flawless Wear Concealer in 1W Light and 3W Medium
    • Double Wear Stay-in-Place Powder Makeup in 1W2 Sand
  • Cheeks:
    • Pure Color Lip and Cheek MultiStick in Alluring Pink
  • Eyes:
    • Magic Smoky Powder Shadow Stick in Cool Ash and Indigo Smoke
    • Double Wear Zero-Smudge Lengthening Mascara
    • Brow Now All-in-One Brow Kit in Dark Brunette
    • Little Black Primer (to set and define brows)
  • Lips:
    • Pure Color Lip and Cheek MultiStick in Alluring Pink
    • Pure Color Envy Lip Volumizer


And of course I couldn’t skip getting a selca with the master himself!

(even more internal screaming)
(even more internal screaming)

There were three of us PV girls at that session  (the first for 4 for the day), and then the lovely Ms. Carissa, Brand Coordinator for Estée Lauder, led us to the Estée Lauder store (the first stand-alone store in the country!) for a surprise – she made us choose a lipstick, and we could get it engraved! I think I felt my insides drop, I couldn’t believe it!

I chose the Pure Color Crystal Lipstick in Crystal Baby – she said it was the best-selling Estée Lauder lipstick in Japan! And also, for some reason it’s associated that when you wear it, you can nab yourself a boyfriend – and I couldn’t turn away from that, rumor or not! :p

The engraving machine is by the counter.
The engraving machine is by the counter.


My lovely Crystal Baby, and my name etched on the cap.
My lovely Crystal Baby, and my name etched on the cap.
The store exterior. Isn't it pretty?
The store exterior. Isn’t it pretty?


Following the event, Katsy, Rae, and I went to Jollibee for a late lunch, as we all hadn’t eaten yet (the workshop was 11am-1pm). After that, we parted ways and I wandered around SM Aura for a bit before returning to the workshop, because I wanted to see how Vincent Xu works!


Watching him was a treat! He speaks little English, so he needed an interpreter as he discussed the workshop in Mandarin. He is very lively when it comes to giving instructions and interacting with the crowd! When their session finished, he was making his rounds. And of course.. you know I don’t pass up an opportunity for a selca!

He's adorable. (cue heart melting)
He’s adorable. (cue heart melting) Also, I really like how my hair looks here–

I was able to chat him up for a bit. I heard from the emcee (she and I talked a bit before the first workshop started) that he was Liu Wen’s makeup artist and he not only confirmed it, but also said that she is his best friend (again, more internal screaming).

Overall, it was a great experience! I even got to test the makeup to its full limits, because I was going to meet a friend at Makati Cinema Square in the evening. Not wanting to spend too much on a taxi, I decided to WALK all the way there. According to Google Maps, that’s a distance of THREE KILOMETERS. I, of course, sweat profusely during my leisurely walk. Pulling out some tissues from my bag, I gently blotted off the sweat and amazingly – none of the base makeup wore off. I guess the 15-hour wear time isn’t as far-fetched as I thought, because even after a late dinner with my friend Lala back at SM Aura and hanging out at her house until past 1AM, it still looked really good. Though I did have to blot a couple of times because my skin is really oily! As for the eyeshadow, it creased (probably because there was no primer involved) but still managed to look nice and smoky and sparkly. The lip colour wore off after dinner, but I don’t mind reapplying. The cheek colour faded but it made me look like I had a nice, healthy flush – which I really like! The brow and lash makeup held up surprisingly well! (I mean.. he did put 4 coats of mascara on my upper AND lower lashes – and there was no transfer or smudging AT ALL.)

I felt incredibly lucky that day.

It meant a lot to me because not only did I attend an Estée Lauder event and Bobby Wang did my makeup, but because he asked me to be his model in the first place. I’ve never really thought of myself as pretty or beautiful, but when an Estée Lauder Global Makeup Artist thinks you’re good enough to sit on the chair and let him do your makeup, that’s got to count for something.

Thank you, Bobby 哥哥 and Vincent 哥哥.

Thank you, Estée Lauder Philippines.

And of course.. thank you, Project Vanity for the privilege of being part of your team.

2 thoughts on “An unexpectedly lucky experience at the Estée Lauder Foundation Classroom Workshop

  1. Love the makeup look they gave you and so lucky that they gave a lipstick and even have it engraved! Do they have that service in all of their Estee Lauder branches? I wouldn’t mind splurging on some good makeup products. Can’t wait for more of your Project Vanity adventures. Congrats! 😀

    1. The Estée Lauder branch on SM Aura is their only stand-alone store, so I don’t think the regular Rustan’s counters have it. 🙂 I know I still have a lot to save up if I want to buy anything from there but I think it’s worth it. Thank you, Gellie! ♡

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