MUA Spotlight On: Lauren Quiambao

Hey all! I’m finally getting things back on track with this series! So, let me introduce you guys to this beauty!

Lauren is a 22 year old Make Up Artist from Pittsburgh, PA. Growing up in Las Vegas, fashion, art, and city life has always been a part of her lifestyle. Make up came to her at a young age. Maturing through high school, watching Youtube tutorials and practicing on herself – she became known at her high school for being rather good at make up. From doing friends make up at sleepovers, to friends hiring her to do their make up for homecoming and prom dances, it has always been something she loved to do. Come college, she branched out for awhile into art programs such as painting & photography. When finally there was a job posting online for Sephora. This is where it all turned for the better. After studying, taking a test in front of a Sephora Corporate Beauty Educator and finally earning her certification, she realized that this is what she wants to do. This is her passion.

What is your favorite high-end brand?

One of my absolute favorite brands is Make Up Forever. Their foundations are flawless, from sheer coverage to full coverage foundation. There is a product suited for everyone. Their lip liners are a must for any look, waterproof & smudge proof. It’s my go to lip product.

What are 3 makeup items you couldn’t possibly live without?

Eyebrows are a must for me, so my Anastasia Brow Powder in “Granite” is an every day must have. Also, my black winged liner is an every day essential for me. my favorite liner being Kat Von D’s tattoo liner. My favorite everyday lip would be Make Up Forever’s lip liner in “14c

What’s your favorite drugstore brand?

My favorite drugstore brand has to be Eyes Lips Face, also known as E.L.F. It has great products at an amazingly reasonable price. Their lashes are only $1 and perfect for everyday wear!

What type of beauty product do you buy the most of (mascaras, concealers, lipsticks etc)?

My translucent powder from Bare Minerals is probably what I go through the most. I get rather oily in my T-Zone and that powder keeps me nice and matte all day long!

What is the most common makeup faux pas that you see?

Some of the most common faux pas that I see are two of my biggest pet peeves. Clients that want a foundation 5 times darker than their skin color & clients that coat so much mascara on that they start to resemble spider legs.

Do you have a “beauty budget” or do you spend freely?

I try to limit myself to “must haves” or specific looks for clients, but sometimes a new product comes out that I just HAVE to try. 😉

What’s your favorite lipstick?

That’s a tough one. I’d say I have 2 favorite lipsticks. Both from Nars being their Audacious collection in “Anna” & their Matte Lip Pencil in “Train Bleu.”

Describe your everyday makeup look.

You’ll never catch me without my contour or eyebrows! That’s a must. I used to be an everyday smokey eye type of girl, but now I limit myself to just a winged liner with a nice medium brown in the crease of my eye.

What’s your favorite mascara?

Currently my favorite mascara obsession would be from the Buxom “Mascara Bar” & I just so happen to use the leopard print one!

Is there any celebrity that you get your makeup inspiration from & why that celebrity?

I would have to say Kylie Jenner. She always looks flawless, while looking as if it took minimal effort. Also, we all know her lip controversy, but she’s been my inspiration for my overdrawn top lip. It really evens out my lips and makes them look much fuller!

Do you have some favorite beauty gurus? If so, who?

Of course I do! Two of my favorites, just happened to recently release two amazing lip collections to their lines! Jeffree Star has been an inspiration to me since MySpace was a “thing”. The colors and boldness that he incorporates into his look are just amazing. Another of my favorites would have to be Anastasia Beverly Hill’s account, her eyebrow products are what first got me attached, but her new lip line is simply gorgeous!

If you could leave the house with only ONE makeup product, which would it be?

It would be a hard battle between lashes & drawing on my brows, since I’m naturally pretty minimal in both. I would have to lean more towards my Anastasia brow powder, since brows are really what enhance and shape the face.

Are there any brands that you try to avoid?

Growing up, Bare Minerals was always a brand I wasn’t found of. I have fallen madly for their eyeshadows though! The pigments are absolutely beautiful.

Do you usually “haul” or buy items here & there?

Honestly? Depends on the bank account! If I’ve got a bit extra to spend, you better believe it’ll be a make up haul! Typically I just go for whatever needs refilled in my collection though.

What’s your favorite skincare brand?

No doubt about it, GlamGlow, is my all time favorite skincare brand. They have a mud mask for all skin types & they newly just released a cleanser collection which I of course am a HUGE fan of! If you haven’t tried it, take it from me. You’ll fall in love with the brand!

What is one beauty tool/brush that you’d recommend to anyone?

A Beauty Blender, hands down. I was always sketchy of the product, that is until I bought one for myself. It flawlessly blends all types of foundations on my skin, and I can’t live without it!

What is one beauty product that you’d recommend to ANYONE & why?

One beauty product I would recommend anyone to try would have to be a Becca highlighter. This brand has an amazing variety of highlighters for all skintones and they gorgeously brighten up anyone’s face!

If you had to give up one makeup item for the rest of your life, which would it be?

Probably blush, I don’t wear it too often, I mainly just stick to a highlight & contour.

What is your absolute pet peeve when it comes to other people’s makeup?

As mentioned before, my absolute pet peeve is when a client wants a foundation shade 5 times darker than their skintone. PLEASE, if you want to be darker, St. Tropez self tanner is your friend people. Then you can go for that darker shade.

Share a beauty tip/trick/hack.. whatever you’d like to call it. Lol

My favorite & clients’ favorite trick is to make the lips look fuller, especially if the top lip is thin while the bottom lip is nice and full. Take your favorite lip liner and line just outside of the top lip to the desired shape, while filling in the bottom lip as normal. And ta da! A Magically evened out full set of lips!

What’s the best way for future clients to reach you?

The best way to reach me is through my cell phone whether it be a call, text, or email. It’s always on me!

Lauren.Quiambao@me.com

(724)513-8446

IG: @LaurenQuiambao

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