TheFabZilla ChitChat: Project Makeunder

it’s the same woman, ‘yo!

I’ll keep my intro short and sweet this time. Chitchat is our mid-week break from product reviews. It’s when I share a piece of my mind from the most mundane to overly dramatic women’s dilemma. No holds-barred here so chime in.

I am more than certain that I wasn’t the only humanoid who was pleasantly surprised with Nicki Minaj’s understated look last weekend at the MTV Awards. Her red carpet photos dominated all of social media and while I wasn’t a fan of her music, I like the less than garish a.k.a makeunder outcome. Beautiful and flawless, #girlcrush here.

Pre-Nicki, we’ve seen Spooki, I mean Snooki Polizzi graduate from Oompa Loompa scare to the fabulous woman that she is now. Add Christina Aguilera and Katy Perry to the growing list of celebrities who wittingly chose the project makeunder road. Now whether that’s a smart career decision or not, still it’s a breath of fresh air to see these girls looking more natural once in a while.

Makeup is an art, therefore it has no rules. It’s a form of personal expression so I’m not here to say what is wrong and acceptable. And just so you know, I road test each makeup in all of my reviews even if it means rocking neon pink lips or dark smokey eyes in scrubs! Sometimes patients ask me what lipstick I’m wearing but probably most of them think who the hell is this RN walking like a painting, hahaha! In pretty normal days ‘tho, I keep everything simple.

Not being a complete hyprocrite here but honestly, I do get distracted with over-chiseled/ contoured face, uber caky foundation and over-emphasized brows (I’m talking about concealing eyebrows 3 or 4 shades lighter than skin color). I’ve seen some I secretly wish I can do a makeunder with, not because I’m a  nosy ass stickler but it’s just that “less is definitely more” sometimes. I know, I know, it’s none of my goddam business. Pardon my french, ‘told ya this shit is unedited. I love makeup but I’m not afraid to embark on a makeunder101.

What about you?




  1. April 16, 2014 / 8:27 am

    First… no matter what you rock – made over or under… you are seriously HOTNESS. With that said, I am very much liking the Makeunder of Nicki Minaj and I thought it was a great look on her. I need to do this type of post – I've been sitting on it for a while now since everyone has been asking me what I do to my face lately since my skin looks good… lmao I love your blog posts and your witty-ness about them, I think this is one of my favorites 😉

    • April 17, 2014 / 5:42 am

      Thanks Honey! Once in a while, it's great to see heavily made-up celebrities don something neutral. Yes, I think you should do a how-to post/ simple skincare/makeup for busy mommies.

  2. April 16, 2014 / 8:35 am

    Make-unders are so important on these celebs. The Ke$ha make-under is one of my faves.

    • April 17, 2014 / 5:44 am

      you had me googled just to refresh my mind on Kesha. does it mean I'm too fricken' old?? LOL

  3. April 16, 2014 / 10:09 am

    I totally agree on less is more when it comes to makeup. In my opinion makeup should just enhance our natural beauty and just hide little here and there. But if the result of makeup looks like something that doesn´t even look like you even more, then…. I think you have used way too much makeup. Btw I aboslutely loved Nicky Minaj´s red carpet look this time! She looked pretty!

    • April 17, 2014 / 5:47 am

      I tell you a lil story. Where I do my banking, there's a teller who I find so pretty but her garish makeup is something that quite distracts me. But who am I to interfere. If she's my friend 'tho, I'd be thrilled to do a one-day makeunder session w/ her 🙂

  4. April 16, 2014 / 12:19 pm

    Oh wow I had not seen that lates Nicki Minaj photo, GORGEOUS! I love to see the transformation on celebrities when they change their look. Honestly, I'm almost always in makeunder mode myself, ha! I think I need a "makeover" instead :).

    • April 17, 2014 / 5:48 am

      You funny gorgeous-looking lady. You don't need a makeover!

  5. April 16, 2014 / 1:43 pm

    I agree that less is more. I hate the "halo" brows. I have no clue how that even became popular.

    • April 17, 2014 / 5:48 am

      who invented the infamous halo brows, telllll meeee. LOL

  6. April 16, 2014 / 2:00 pm

    Even though I love bright looks, a make under is needed sometimes. I think I needed a make under in high school though!

    • April 17, 2014 / 5:49 am

      LOL! I was a total makeunder in highschool. Acne and eyeglasses, geek!

  7. April 16, 2014 / 2:58 pm

    I believe the makeunder is a sorely underused concept! I, for one, would love to see more of it going around.

  8. April 16, 2014 / 3:08 pm

    any ever seen avril lavigne's make under? she is seriously beautiful

  9. April 16, 2014 / 4:11 pm

    Ha ha ha ah…. I LOVE this post!!!! OMG soooo many celebrities need to get a "make under" for sure. Less is totally more. And so many people actually look way better as themselves and not the clown like persona they are trying to encompass. Great post!!!

    • April 17, 2014 / 5:50 am

      I get it when you work in a creative environment but sometimes too much is really too much. eye sore, oh no.

  10. April 16, 2014 / 4:16 pm

    You are so stunning with and without makeup!

  11. April 16, 2014 / 4:54 pm

    I love your eyeshadow on the left

  12. April 16, 2014 / 5:33 pm

    I love that bold eyeshadow look, but the gold lame' lips! oh, disco! lol. You rock both a dramatic look and the more subtle one. I think the 'makeunder' is a tough one for a lot of girls, because it's really hard for us newbs to use makeup to look natural. It's harder than it looks! I love watching makeup tutorials on YouTube to get ideas on blending and making foundation look natural, etc.

    • April 17, 2014 / 5:53 am

      that bold makeup on the left was a halloween collab w/ some bloggers, it's supposed to be a bollywood makeup. true, hard for noobs to look natural when wearing makeup. right now, i'm pretty much ok w/ bb cream, mascara and lipstick. it's a phase that will pass…..

  13. April 16, 2014 / 7:11 pm

    I saw that pic if Nicki Minaj and almost fell over. Who knew that much loveliness was lurking under all of that foolishness? 😀 I have no objection to different makeup styles, I am very do your own thing but a nice makeunder often releases more beauty than tons of makeup ever could.

  14. April 16, 2014 / 7:49 pm

    I love both, you're gorgeous no matter what you do! I really like the make under because it's what I would wear BUT I love ohhing and ahhing over bold looks that you pull off perfectly!

    • April 17, 2014 / 5:56 am

      thanks Angela. It's nice to pull off dramatic looks once in a while. I guess, as with anything, we need to delight ourselves w/ a new twist to break life's monotony

  15. April 16, 2014 / 9:46 pm

    There is a time and place to go glam and go natural–I like to do both.

  16. April 16, 2014 / 11:47 pm

    I really like both looks! That first one is over the top but looks so so fun! 😀

    • April 17, 2014 / 5:57 am

      thanks Laura. t'was a halloween collab w/ some beauty bloggers

  17. April 17, 2014 / 12:15 am

    I like both looks. But I tend to go for a more natural look for me.

  18. April 17, 2014 / 1:30 am

    Oh I'm sure I've committed every makeup crime known in existence, from overchiseled brows to wrong foundation color, but these days I mostly practice the "less is more" mantra.

    • April 17, 2014 / 5:57 am

      LOL. Count me in, esp back in the day when makeup is a new territory.

  19. April 17, 2014 / 1:52 am

    I love a good make under myself. I can't tell you how many times I see someone wearing makeup that I think looks off. BUT I also think makeup is a entirely personal choice and who am I to say anything. =)

    • April 17, 2014 / 6:53 am

      I agree. I just shut up but if it were a very close friend of mine, no doubt I'll encourage a makeunder even in one day.

  20. April 17, 2014 / 1:55 am

    You look way younger with less makeup. I can see that other look going for a club or evening out partying. I feel like less is always more also.

    • April 17, 2014 / 6:52 am

      Thanks much. Less makeup makes one looks more youthful 🙂

  21. April 17, 2014 / 2:41 am

    You need to go watch Snog, Marry, Avoid on youtube RIGHT THIS MINUTE.

    • April 17, 2014 / 6:51 am

      I immediately googled it and watched it. Project Makeunder indeed! I watched that episode where 2 girls went back to their old dolled up look

  22. April 17, 2014 / 2:51 am

    I think Nikki is SO beautiful with natural makeup!!

    • April 17, 2014 / 6:50 am

      Yeah, I saw her instagram photos, she's naturally beautiful

  23. April 17, 2014 / 2:52 am

    I couldn't have agreed more with you there is no rules for makeup

  24. April 17, 2014 / 3:03 am

    I usually do the less is more look and it works for me. You look amazing either way!

  25. April 17, 2014 / 6:19 am

    You look fantastic!!! I love the lip color you're wearing on the right.

  26. April 17, 2014 / 3:47 pm

    Sometimes I want to just come to Hawaii to hang out with you. Your Chickchat posts always crack me up! Good thing Snookie is not longer flaming orange.

  27. April 18, 2014 / 6:49 pm

    I totally agree with Cindy – there's a place and time for both. You are a natural beauty!

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