By Bong Vil­lanueva as told to Kia Jo­hanna Lamo

Palawan Daily News - - Feature -

Iam Bong Vil­lanueva, lo­cally known as “Bong V”. I am the owner of Bong Vil­lanueva Sa­lon. I do make-up for celebri­ties, for beauty queens and for other peo­ple mak­ing them stand out and be glammed up, mak­ing them feel beau­ti­ful in­side and out­side.

Be­liev­ing that a face is a blank can­vas, I say foun­da­tion can be your base, the con­cealer will do the trick of hid­ing away those blem­ishes, those im­per­fec­tions, and the dark spots of the past.

I am cer­tain that make-up is al­ways an art and more than art; it’s more than a tool for beauty, it is also a tool of heal­ing a bro­ken heart, of lift­ing some­one’s con­fi­dence, some­one’s self-es­teem and in gain­ing some­one’s per­son­al­ity.

For so many years, I have been a beauty artist. And I started dis­cov­er­ing my ta­lent as beauty artist when I was just in high school. I started with do­ing man­i­cure and pedi­cure dur­ing col­lege while on a part time job on a sa­lon, un­til then, my pas­sion kept burn­ing.

The beauty artistry is more than a beauty care to me, it has been my bread and but­ter. It helped me cross the bridge of paucity when we used to eat noth­ing but bananas.

But every­thing needs hard work, ded­i­ca­tion and per­se­ver­ance, so I worked hard for my pas­sion, striven on it. I stud­ied sev­eral make up classes all over the world to mas­ter the science of beauty artistry.

Un­til years slipped by, I started my own busi­ness, Bong Vil­lanueva Sa­lon. I treat my busi­ness as a job, as some­thing that I still have to work hard for. I al­ways be­lieve that learn­ing is some­thing that is con­stant and cir­cu­lar, it should be con­tin­u­ous and un­end­ing. Learn more un­til make up blend­ing be­come your car­dio ex­er­cise.

My busi­ness is not just a busi­ness. It’s a hub for mak­ing lives even more beau­ti­ful, for mak­ing peo­ple feel beau­ti­ful in their own skin.

It’s amaz­ing how I feel the ful­fill­ment of mak­ing peo­ple more beau­ti­ful. It’s such a great feel­ing see­ing my clients happy af­ter get­ting a makeover. I feel mag­i­cal in­side—an im­mea­sur­able joy sparks within me. See­ing them get out of their self and look­ing at them wear­ing make-up with the bet­ter ver­sion of them­selves is such an ac­com­plish­ment for me. When I make some­one bet­ter, I make my­self bet­ter, too.

Make up is just a set, but it re­ally taught me a lot in life, when your life isn’t per­fect, at least your make-up is. So wake up and make up, to make up your life.

Make-up is putting self-con­fi­dence that is painted di­rectly to the face, so wear con­fi­dence like how you wear make-up.

Next, keep your lashes high, your heels and your dreams high. Al­ways aim for the best one and never give up for it like how you worked hard for that winged eye­liner of yours.

Third, I al­ways be­lieve that “Ki­lay is life”— your brows are the frames of your face; they may make or break your face. Brows are the only thing that gets in shape with­out go­ing to the gym, so keep them in shape for brows speak louder than words.

Thou shalt keep thy brows on fleek; have that fire in your soul and a killer pair of brows, and if I were to be trapped in an is­land and had to choose for only one make-up to bring—it would be eye­brow liner!

My fourth re­minder would be to never un­der­es­ti­mate the power of a good lip­stick. Wake up ev­ery day with a good smile and a good lip­pie. It may not solve all your prob­lem, but at least it’s a good start to get the spirit up.

Fifth, don’t feel inse­cure. Just get up with a good spirit and make your con­tours on point, get your cheek bones sharp enough to kill all the bad vibes in your life.

And lastly, blend your make-up harder, and work with your life harder.

Al­ways be­lieve in your­self, your smile is the great­est make-up you could wear ev­ery day.

Palawan Daily News asked me, “Do you get threat­ened by com­peti­tors and other make-up artist?” I gave them a smile and replied, “No, be­cause I have my tal­ents and it is al­ways great to have a healthy com­pe­ti­tion.”

My ad­vice to those as­pir­ing to ven­ture the beauty in­dus­try is to prac­tice more and more, watch Youtube videos and be ded­i­cated and pas­sion­ate al­ways.

In the name of beauty, may the wings of your eye­liner be al­ways even, may thy brows be al­ways on fleek and may your lip­stick con­quer the world.

Once again, I am Bong V, make-up is an art, beauty is spirit!

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