behind the look

Joanne Reyes Pidlaoan

Skinsational Make-Up artist

Takes us through this glowing shoot!

Obsessive organiser, Dr.Lipp lover and make-up extraordinaire, Joanne Reyes is a magician with a beauty kit! We just looove this glowing look!

Can you tell us about the chosen look? What was the inspiration for it?

This shoot I wanted to experiment with soft pastels keeping it fresh and fun but also wearable.

What products did you use to create the look?

To prep skin I used Smashbox primer oil, Embroylisse lait creme concentre, eye cream and Dr Lipp nipple balm on lips. A light application of Laura Mercier tinted moisturiser and Becca highlighter in Champagne Pop. On brows I love using Sunnies Face Lifebrow pencil and gel on top. The lip colour I used is Charlotte Tilbury “The Duchess” and NYX clear gloss and on the eyes is Make Up Forever matte eye shadows in “mimosa” “neon pink” and ”purple”. To finish the look I used Eyekos Black Magic mascara and liner.

Any tips for anyone at home wanting to recreate a similar makeup look?

Apply an extra layer of moisturiser to get that skin looking glowy and healthy. You can also use a pink blusher on your lids if you don’t have pink eyeshadow. Curl your eyelashes to get maximum volume.

What was the vibe like on set? Can you talk us through the day?

It was such a fun day! All we decided on was the colour of the background, so random but sometimes it’s something as little as that that can lead on to more ideas. The vibe was so chill, I remember there was a new born puppy on set and that just made our day!!

Dec 2019

I’ve gone through so many lip moisturisers - Dr.Lipp is the only thing I use on myself and in my kit now. Actually twice I’ve forgotten it while I’ve been out and have gone to buy a brand new one just because I don’t trust anything else! I have converted so many people!

Dec 2019

What would you say your signature beauty look is?

I don’t really have a signature beauty look but I always make my work wearable, I like to go by the “less is more” mantra.

Do you use cruelty-free beauty products in your kit? 

Yes. I especially love using Inika they’re a great clean beauty brand. I think it’s important to educate and familiarise yourself with what you have or buy and understand where it comes from and how it’s made. After all the products in your kit are a representation of you.

What can we all do to be a little bit more green or ethical as a make-up artist?

Little steps. If you carry straws in your kit use non-plastic, use biodegradable wipes, change the cotton pads you use. Small changes makes a big difference; in time it’ll become a habit.

What would you be doing if you were not a makeup artist?

I graduated from university in Film & TV production and met a makeup artist on set, I was a sound and editing engineer (lol). I reckon I would have carried on doing that. I don’t think it would have lasted long though, I have a major thing for organising & may have been the next Marie Kondo or become someone like @thehomeedit or @beverlyhillsorganizer – obsessed!

What items should everyone have in their kit?

Carrying on from my obsession with organizing, my must haves are definitely my organizing equipment. Things like brush pots, portable bin, a tool belt (recently bought one it’s a game changer) it just changes the way you work and makes you more efficient when you have limited time. As they say “Clean Space, Clean Mind”!

Who is your dream client?

Zendaya! Need I say more!?!?!?!?

Do you have any career highlights so far?

I can’t really sum it up in one occasion, but those full circle moments are always mind blowing. One of my first jobs was working at the food kiosks in Wembley Arena, it was late starts and late finishes and I’d come home either smelling like beer or fried food. On one of my earliest makeup jobs I got the opportunity to work with a dance company. They hired me for a concert and it turned out to be in Wembley Arena! I remember coming off back stage and walking through the halls passed the food stands, it was a humbling moment!

What is a day in the life like for you?

The thing about this job is your day is never the same! I could be doing a video shoot with a 6am start on a 12 hour day or working with a personal client at 5pm and be with them in just over an hour.

What is the best piece of beauty advice you ever received and what is the best piece you could give?

Don’t pump your mascara up and down as the air will dry out the product. Store your gel eyeliners upside down so the tip won’t dry out. To find your foundation shade swatch it along your jawline. Always take your makeup off at the end of the day!!!

Dec 2019