Quantcast
Latest Stories

Backstage Pass

What this makeup wizard learned from his mentor

By

KAKUYASU Uchiide

Makeup wizard Kakuyasu Uchiide, international artistic director of the Shu Uemura cosmetics line, is heavily involved in product and visual development and is regularly featured in top fashion magazines in Japan and around the world.

After joining the brand in 1988 and learning from Mr. Shu Uemura on the possibilities of make-up, Uchiide aspired to become a makeup artist. He eventually joined Shu Uemura’s atelier team, guided by Uemura himself.

Starting with the fundamentals, from obedience to challenging boundaries and breaking from tradition and finally graduating to transcendence and mastery, Uchiide learned not only how to walk the “road of cosmetics” as a makeup artist, but also developed as an individual.

As the successor to Uemura, he has played an active role in fashion. He has worked for numerous high fashion collections, including those of Japanese designer Tsumori Chisato and French fashion house Rue Du Mail.

VIKTOR & Rolf lash collection

During a recent visit to Manila, Uemura shared his knowledge about makeup and what he has picked up in the world beauty circuit.

Makeup philosophy

My makeup philosophy in three words is…  shin-zen-bi, which in Japanese means truth, goodness and beauty. I believe that makeup should not only be dramatic, but also honor the individuality of the wearer.

What I enjoy the most about my work with the Shu Uemura atelier team is… creating something new. I love offering/sharing what I make. I love to make people happy, I believe that it’s the makeup artist’s job to fulfill the customer’s will perfectly. I enjoy everything that I do in my job, every part of it.

In makeup, I believe…  everything (from skin to all parts of the face) should be perfect because that’s the job of a professional makeup artist. I do not choose just one particular part of the face to emphasize.

KAKUYASU Uchiide doing a makeup demonstration

The most valuable piece of advice given to me by Mr. Shu Uemura is… makeup can make everyone beautiful as long as it’s not overdone.

Memorable countries that work has taken me to are… Paris, France: Paris Fashion Week (it is always exciting to work in their fashion shows); Karl Lagerfeld collaboration (it has always been my dream to work with Karl Lagerfeld); New York, US: I recall my recent photo shoot with renowned photographer Solve Sunsbo for the new look of the brand.

It’s memorable because I have always wanted to work with him. His work is very impressive.

Among all of Shu Uemura’s brand collaborations, my favorites are… Karl Lagerfeld—it’s my long-time dream to work with him; Tsumori Chisato—she has a totally different taste from Shu Uemura, especially with what I’ve done. Her style is more romantic and cute, but until that point (collaborating with her), we had never made those kinds of products.

That’s why I had learned a lot from her because I was able to do something different and new.

Viktor&Rolf (Tokyo Lash Collaboration)—through this collaboration, I discovered the possibility of expression with the use of eyelashes, which is not only about extensions, or to volumize. I learned that it is a kind of accessory for the face.

My all-time favorite Shu Uemura products are… Ultime8 Cleansing Oil, Tsuya Essence, UV Underbase Mousse, eyeshadow and brushes.

To update your look, color hues and shades… pink, orange and green are perfect, cool colors this summer.

The Shu Uemura products I use daily are… Ultime8 Cleansing Oil, Redjuvenus skincare line, and Tsuya Essence.

Cleansing oil

Kakuyasu believes that cleansing is an essential step to having beautiful skin. So much so that one of the products he uses daily and highly recommends is Shu Uemura’s Ultime8 Cleansing oil.

SHU UEMURA Tsuya Skin

Since the birth of the first oil-based cleanser in 1967, Mr. Shu Uemura continued seeking to improve its quality, based on his philosophy, “Tradition is a continuous process of innovation.”

Today, Shu Uemura’s iconic cleansing oil has reached new heights, metamorphosing into a fine and sublime beauty cleansing oil, Ultime8.

It is a fine combination of eight exquisite, botanical-origin oils, designed to effectively remove oxidized sebum and long-lasting makeup, including hard-to-remove waterproof mascara from pores and skin surface in a single step.

It’s so effective that, on the average, one bottle is sold every seven seconds around the world, based on Shu Uemura worldwide sales in 2011.

How to use: Take three to four  pumps of cleansing oil into the palms of your hands. (may be used with dry and wet hands). Rub gently on your face. Wet face to emulsify cleansing oil. Rinse thoroughly with water.

Available in all Shu Uemura botiques and counters for P6,200 per 450 ml bottle.


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: cosmetics , fashion , Fashion & Beauty , Fashion Magazines , Karl Lagerfeld , Shu Uemura



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
Advertisement
  1. 12 other things you can do at Pico de Loro Cove
  2. Lover’s quarrel linked to hunger – study
  3. Encounter with a ‘Mangkukulam’
  4. ‘Kamias’ for fever, ‘siling labuyo’ for headache–first aid in the kitchen
  5. How Vitamin B can be a remedy for ‘manhid’ and neuropathy
  6. Summer treat for your aspiring astronomers
  7. Sarah Geronimo and Matteo Giudicelli sing ‘All of Me’–and we all swoon
  8. Marcos grandson to wed beautiful Rocha scion
  9. 90 percent of Filipino households don’t practice proper toilet hygiene, sanitation
  10. ‘Heaven is for Real’: Nonfiction book on life after death reaches screen
  1. Dominique–Gretchen and Tonyboy Cojuangco’s daughter–now an endorser
  2. Why is the lifestyle set now afraid to wear jewelry–before Kim Henares?
  3. Marcos grandson to wed beautiful Rocha scion
  4. France makes work beyond 6 p.m. illegal
  5. Sarah Geronimo and Matteo Giudicelli sing ‘All of Me’–and we all swoon
  6. South Koreans crave Asia’s smelliest fish
  7. How Vitamin B can be a remedy for ‘manhid’ and neuropathy
  8. Ever heard of HydroBob?
  9. 90 percent of Filipino households don’t practice proper toilet hygiene, sanitation
  10. Boots Anson-Roa to wed in Eddie Baddeo
  1. Mary Jean Lastimosa is new Miss Universe Philippines
  2. Did Angara ruin Pia Wurtzbach’s chances at Bb. Pilipinas?
  3. Dominique–Gretchen and Tonyboy Cojuangco’s daughter–now an endorser
  4. Manila in shock over model Helena Belmonte’s death
  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. Sen. Angara: I thought Pia Wurtzbach gave a good answer
  10. Ex-Givenchy model fights for ‘Yolanda’ survivors

News

  • Drug firm Novartis to help Leyte firefighter
  • Fears grow for hundreds missing in South Korea ferry capsize
  • Robot sub makes first complete search for plane
  • uFly fires flight simulator who appeared on CNN
  • DPWH allots P1.2 trillion for PH roads
  • Sports

  • Federer would skip tennis to be with wife, newborn
  • Manny Pacquiao in PBA? If so, he’ll wear No. 17
  • PSC sets Blu Girls US training
  • Power Pinoys settle for 7th place
  • Successful coaches to get raise
  • Lifestyle

  • Pro visual artists, lensmen to judge Pagcor’s photo contest
  • ‘Labahita a la bacalao’
  • This is not just a farm
  • Clams and garlic, softshell crab risotto–not your usual seafood fare for Holy Week
  • Moist, extra-tender blueberry muffins
  • Entertainment

  • Jay Z to bring Made in America music fest to LA
  • Why Lucky has not bought an engagement ring for Angel
  • Derek more private with new girlfriend
  • ‘Community’ star happy with return of show’s creator
  • Jealousy is kid stuff
  • Business

  • PH presses bid to keep rice import controls
  • PSEi continues to gain
  • Number of retrenched workers rose by 42% in ’13
  • PH seen to sustain rise in FDIs
  • Gov’t subsidies to state firms fell in first 2 months
  • Technology

  • DOF: Tagaytay, QC best at handling funds
  • Smart phone apps and sites perfect for the Holy Week
  • Tech company: Change passwords or suffer ‘Heartbleed’
  • Filling the digital talent gap
  • SSS to shut down website for Holy Week
  • Opinion

  • Editorial cartoon, April 17, 2014
  • A humbler Church
  • Deepest darkness
  • ‘Agnihotra’ for Earth’s health
  • It’s the Holy Week, time to think of others
  • Global Nation

  • Japan says visa-free entry still a plan
  • First Fil-Am elected to Sierra Madre, Calif. city council
  • UC Irvine cultural night to dramatize clash of values in immigrant family
  • Filipino sweets and info served at UC Berkeley Spring Fest
  • Milpitas, California kids wrap up a successful run of ‘The Wiz’
    Marketplace