Latest Stories

Backstage Pass

Beauty expert Jigs Mayuga reveals secrets to ‘lit from within’ glow that women want


JIGS Mayuga

If there’s anyone the beauty industry trusts to give it a good face, c’est Jigs! Probably the country’s most fashionable slash crushable aesthetician, he’s most known for his ability to transform people.

He started by doing makeup for magazines and weddings, then meteorically rose to fame, working with famous celebs such as Bea Alonzo and Andi Eigenmann for covers, print advertisements and TV. He studied in makeup schools abroad, and was chief makeup artist of L’Oreal Paris in the Philippines.

Jigs boasts of a holistic approach to makeup, which translates to grooming yourself, eating well, exercising and doing whatever it takes to become your most beautiful self. He tells us how it can benefit you in ways that stretch far beyond mere physical appearances. In fact, it might just be the real power of beauty.

I learned my makeup techniques from… The Center for Aesthetic Studies in Manila (2004); Beauty Base in Bloombsbury, London (2007); Makeup

JIGS Mayuga with Bea Alonzo

Institute in San Francisco (2008); and Fashion Up-to-Date School in Milan (2009).

My approach to beauty is… Holistic in the sense that I think women and men shouldn’t just concentrate on applying cosmetics but also by taking care of their skin, eating right, getting enough exercise and having a great work/life balance.

Lately I’m excited about…  My new roles as brand ambassador for Pond’s BB cream and as a MAC Cosmetics makeup artist.

Second to makeup, I enjoy… Writing about men’s grooming for Preview Men and for Esquire where I am a contributing grooming editor. I feel that, through the years, I’ve gained quite a following from men who ask me about men’s skin and hair products via

MAC Xtra Dimension Skinfinish

Twitter or even in person.

From my most recent reviews, items that men should consider trying are… Camopaste clay (available at Jing Monis Salon), Shiseido Men Skin Empowering Cream, Clinique Skin Supplies for Men Shaving Cream, Lab Series for Men BB Tinted Moisturizer and Dove Men Body Wash.

Five items every woman should have in her makeup bag are… Pond’s Flawless White BB+ Cream, MAC Brushes, MAC lipstick in RiRi Woo, MAC Mineralize Foundation and MAC Xtra Dimension Skinfinish.

Makeup hue that Filipinas should try this season is… Bright eye shadow that really pops. It’s time we experimented with colorful eye shades after years of just using neutrals.

Makeup practice I’d like to ban for Filipinas is… Overplucked eyebrows and super-light foundation, unless you want to look like a witch.

You’d be surprised to know that the most difficult people to work with are… Some mothers of the bride. Some are quite endearing, don’t get me wrong, but a few can be quite difficult

MAC Mineralize Satinfinish SPF 15 Foundation

while the brides are actually very relaxed.

Apart from makeup, I have a massive stash of… Body washes. I have one for every mood. I love Dove Men Body Wash, Kiehl’s Body Wash in Rosemary and Coriander. I am currently in love with Malin + Goetz Rum Body Wash. Super yummy!

Top 5 grooming tips

In honor of Father’s Day, Jigs is offering his confidence-boosting solutions for men. Here are five ways a man can take things up a notch in the world of grooming without looking “too done.”

1. Leave shaving cream on for a minimum of five minutes to avoid nicks and cuts.

CLINIQUE Skin Supplies for Men Cream Shave

2. Always emulsify hair products between your hands before applying to your hair. I always see men with chunks of product in their hair. That’s not cool.

3. It’s OK to groom your brows. One way of doing it without making it girly is by tweezing in between your brows and shaping ABOVE, not below, your natural brow line.

4. Know your barbering terms (clipper length, tapering, texturizing, thinning shears) if you want a salon-quality haircut from your friendly neighborhood barber.

5. Go to the gym. It will sculpt your physique as well as your face. This is my best grooming advice. Trust me on this.

Jigs Mayuga’s photo from Metro Magazine and his 5 grooming tips from StyleBible.ph; his choice products come from Rustan’s, Watsons, Essenses Rockwell and Greenbelt 5, and MAC, Clinique and Kiehl’s boutiques nationwide. Follow jigsmayuga on Twitter and Instagram.

Follow Us

Follow us on Facebook Follow on Twitter Follow on Twitter

Recent Stories:

Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.

Tags: beauty , Father's Day , Jigs Mayuga , Lifestyle , People , Women

Copyright © 2014, .
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94
  1. How to enjoy Buntod
  2. World bids Gabriel Garcia Marquez ‘Adios’
  3. How Zsa Zsa Padilla found Conrad Onglao; Sharon Cuneta played Cupid
  4. ‘Wild West’ Masbate’s pristine marine gems
  5. Kim Atienza: At home with art and design
  6. How Margie Moran-Floirendo keeps her dancer’s body
  7. Life lessons I want to teach my son
  8. Garcia Marquez left unpublished manuscript
  9. Historic Fort Bonifacio tunnel converted into a septic tank
  10. Wanted: Beauty queen with a heart that beats for the environment
  1. How Zsa Zsa Padilla found Conrad Onglao; Sharon Cuneta played Cupid
  2. Are your favorite malls open this Holy Week break?
  3. ‘Labahita a la bacalao’
  4. Miss America: Don’t suspend teen over prom invite
  5. Historic Fort Bonifacio tunnel converted into a septic tank
  6. This is not just a farm
  7. How Margie Moran-Floirendo keeps her dancer’s body
  8. Why is the lifestyle set now afraid to wear jewelry–before Kim Henares?
  9. 12 other things you can do at Pico de Loro Cove
  10. President Quezon was born here–and so was Philippine surfing
  1. How Zsa Zsa Padilla found Conrad Onglao; Sharon Cuneta played Cupid
  2. Mary Jean Lastimosa is new Miss Universe Philippines
  3. Did Angara ruin Pia Wurtzbach’s chances at Bb. Pilipinas?
  4. Dominique–Gretchen and Tonyboy Cojuangco’s daughter–now an endorser
  5. Vinegar test helpful vs cervical cancer
  6. From Jeannie to mom of suicide victim
  7. San Vicente beaches hidden but not for long
  8. Borgy and Georgina are back; others are off–again
  9. Why is the lifestyle set now afraid to wear jewelry–before Kim Henares?
  10. Sen. Angara: I thought Pia Wurtzbach gave a good answer


  • Wildlife bureau chief recommends returning large croc to wild
  • Nueva Vizcaya town gets irrigation systems
  • Napoles ‘not fit’ to be state witness – Luy’s lawyer
  • DOH releases names of Etihad passengers yet to be tested for MERS-CoV
  • Sayyaf man linked to Sipadan kidnapping falls
  • Sports

  • UST posts twin kill in Filoil pre-season cup opening day
  • Wizards beat Bulls in OT to take 2-0 series lead
  • Pacers rally past Hawks 101-85 to even series
  • David Moyes out as Manchester United manager
  • Nadal to face fellow Spaniard at Barcelona Open
  • Lifestyle

  • Haneda International Airport: A destination on its own
  • Wanted: Beauty queen with a heart that beats for the environment
  • Kim Atienza: At home with art and design
  • Life lessons I want to teach my son
  • Sweet party for Andi Manzano
  • Entertainment

  • Ex-Fox exec denies allegations in sex abuse suit
  • Kris Aquino backtracks, says Herbert Bautista and her are ‘best friends’
  • Summer preview: Chris Pratt enters a new ‘Galaxy’
  • Bon Jovi helps open low-income housing in US
  • Summer movie preview: Bay reboots ‘Transformers’
  • Business

  • McDonald’s 1Q profit slips as US sales decline
  • SEC approves SM’s P15B retail bond offer
  • $103M Vista Land bonds tendered for redemption
  • Oil slips to $102 as US crude supplies seen rising
  • SC stops Meralco power rate hike anew
  • Technology

  • Engineers create a world of difference
  • Bam Aquino becomes Master Splinter’s son after Wiki hack
  • Mark Caguioa lambasts Ginebra teammates on Twitter
  • Brazil passes trailblazing Internet privacy law
  • New York police Twitter campaign backfires badly
  • Opinion

  • One-dimensional diplomacy: A cost-benefit analysis of Manila’s security deal with Washington
  • No ordinary illness
  • Reforest mountains with fire trees and their kind
  • Day of the Earth
  • When will Chinese firm deliver new coaches?
  • Global Nation

  • Cha cha train to follow Obama visit?
  • No word yet on inking of US-PH defense pact during Obama visit
  • Filipina, 51, shot dead by 24-year-old American boyfriend
  • China, rivals sign pact to ease maritime tensions
  • Visa-free US trip? Do not believe it, says consulate