Dress Up In Your Most Festive Fancy

Cheetah Rivera draped Opera coat. Borgy Angeles

Cheetah Rivera draped Opera coat. Borgy Angeles

Come as you are and enjoy the season with your unique beauty.

Sequins on the runways, effervescent color on the red carpet, and glittery makeup everywhere—the sartorially inclined are clearly enjoying a long-awaited renaissance. There’s an excited buzz in the air, as the world thrives with a revitalized sense of creativity and a greater appreciation for the value of community.

As people come together to toast to family and friends, there’s no better time to raise a glass to your own uniqueness than now. With revelry in the air, gleam in made to measure local designs complemented with hair and makeup looks that accentuate your assets while allowing your natural beauty to take center stage.

While self-love may not necessarily be found in a bottle, a palette, or anything you can buy, it could be in gentle words whispered to self, or in time spent enjoying little indulgences. This season, come as you are, albeit bedecked and bedazzled, and revel in the spotlight.

“There’s a fearlessness to the looks, and an illicit allure even, perfect for women who are unafraid to take charge.”

The eyes have it, so make an entrance with bold statements. Nothing gets the party started more than high-octane shine, a look that will give you an instant glow-up. At its most iconic, the trend emerges as waves of iridescence, replacing the traditional smokey eye with all-over metallic shimmer or dabs of glitter on unexpected placements. Makeup artist Robbie Piñera elevated this cut crease look with a 24-karat treatment as he framed golden lids with dark tones of shadow.

For a sultry statement eyeliner, go for a classic cat eye, or opt for a modern take with a variety of shapes, angles, and lines anywhere in the eye area. “There are no rules as to where the line should start or finish and sharpen the edges for more drama,” says Piñera.

Festive fancy

With a glittery revamp of Y2K fashion, makeup kits transformed into veritable jewelry boxes, filled with gems of every cut and color. For another look, Robbie artfully placed holographic sparkles to frame the eyes in elegant fashion.

Michael Leyva lilac dress. Borgy Angeles

Nothing is more riveting than moody makeup that oozes grit, grunge, and attitude this season. Piñera gives the look a rich, mysterious spin rendering bold smoky eyes in dark plum pulling the shadow outward and upward to create this season’s shape or glossing over lips that’s almost as dark as night. Take note of the color purple, which will carry on as next season’s palette of choice.

Dennis Lustico beaded emerald dress and petal top. Borgy Angeles

Fearless fashion

There’s a fearlessness to the looks, and an illicit allure even, perfect for women who are unafraid to take charge. Pastel and glitter which will transition from holiday to spring. “Choose a matte pastel color like cerulean blue, neon fuchsia, or canary yellow on the upper lids then play it up with contrasting glitter bombs to highlight the under eyes,” describes Robbie.

Cheetah Rivera all looks. Borgy Angeles

While makeup looks were out to make a statement, the hair of the season welcomed its real characteristic and a pared back approach, oscillating from sleek minimalist ’dos for those with straight hair to organically-styled natural waves and amping up the volume for curled locks.

In lieu of manufactured glamour, Toni&Guy’s creative director Cherry Reyes notes that there is a movement towards “embracing the natural texture of hair, adding volume and definition by maintaining the shape and allowing the curls to bounce.”

Randolf sheer print top. Borgy Angeles

Tresses that are styled loosely into top knots exude instant chic and are “versatile and fresh,” according to Reyes. She’s also a fan of soft waves, with locks cascading effortlessly in face-framing layers.

For hair this season, it’s not only about how it’s styled, but also about how it’s parted that’s key. The Gen Z tribe is quite insistent upon their Tiktok-borne center part, while Millennials are still keen on their beloved side parting, albeit a bit modernized with locks parted really deep down one side.

For a bit of edge, there’s nothing more sublime than slicked back, wet look hair. Sexy with both a tailored pantsuit as well as a slinky LBD, it will make a confident statement at your next get-together.

Dennis Lustico all looks. Borgy Angeles

Photographer: Borgy Angeles, Beauty Editor: Joyce Oreña, Stylist: Patrick Galang. Makeup: Robbie Piñera. Hair: Noel Muncada and TONI&GUY team. Nails: Extraordinail. Models: Janine Tugonon, Graciela del Fierra, and Sherlaine Yap. Art Director: Jann Pascua. Production Design: Jo Claravall. Producer: Bianca Zaragoza. Multimedia Artist: Gabbi Constantino. Stylist’s Assistant: Adam Pereyra. Shot on location at Casa Buenas. Special thanks to Casa Luxia and Newport World Resorts

This article was originally published in Vogue Philippines’ December 2022 – January 2023 issue available now.

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