Filipino makeup brand Ever Bilena has crowned a young aspiring cosplayer, Trisha Denise Montero, 24, as the newest "queen of cosmetics" in the second year of its EB Big Beauty Challenge.
Montero, a full-time mom and a makeup lover, wowed the crowd and the judges with her look, which used only matte lipsticks, eye shadow shimmers, liquid liners, other makeup products and a set of prosthetics.
"It took me two weeks to prepare for the look, and I actually slept in the makeup for two days kasi ganun katagal to put on the makeup and prosthetics," Montero said.
Aside from being a busy mom, Montero is also a student and an aspiring cosplayer who dabbles in the arts and makeup.
"My course is related to fashion and mahilig talaga ako sa arts, so I was drawn to makeup. Na-discover ko na makeup is just another medium to express myself and my creativity," she shared.
Montero said that among the brand's picks, her favorites are Ever Bilena's blush and liquid lipsticks.
"Their products have really good color pay-off, nagi-stay and [high] quality talaga."
During the grand finals of the annual challenge, EB's Magic 10 finalists, including Montero, were tasked to create "extraterrestrial" looks in the Face-Off.
They were free to interpret the theme, with no limits to their
imagination or creativity.
"I just want to say to others, don't be afraid to explore your creativity and artistic side through makeup. It really helped me to boost my confidence and gave me another way to express myself," Montero said.
The young grand winner took home P100,000 worth of prizes (P70,000 cash, and P30,000 worth of EB products), and signed an exclusive contract with Ever Bilena Cosmetics.
The winners including Montero; Katherine Catiis who was named People’s Choice; Zjhay Taupan who earned the second spot; and Hajie Alejandro who won the first spot, were awarded early April at a restaurant in San Juan, Metro Manila.
The first runner-up, Alejandro is a 19-year-old makeup lover who said that he started using cosmetics when he was in high school.
"I got into makeup in high school when I joined a competition. Mahilig talaga ako sa painting but napunta ako sa makeup. God really has a plan for me dahil sa makeup, ito 'yung nakapagpaaral sa akin. It's really my passion," he said.
Taupan, 27, is also young millennial who joined the challenge out of love for makeup.
"Going into the grand finals, inisip ko lang na win or lose, getting into the top 10 was really a privilege. I just want to encourage and inspire others to try makeup dahil kahit di ka marunong, madaling matuto. And with Ever Bilena, masaya mag-experiment," he said.
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