One of the things that most of us have been given, despite the sudden change in our lives, is being able to take the time to think about what makes us truly happy. As we continue to find ways to comfortably adjust with everything that’s happening around us, beauty has remained a constant—albeit for work or personal reasons.
Whether you chose to go more minimalist on your beauty routine or have decided to try those bold looks you’ve never designed to touch before, getting ready to “face” the world is something that gives most of us joy.
With a passion to make every client feel and look their best, celebrity makeup artist Pong Niu has made her fondness for beauty her life mission. “I started as a makeup artist back in 2008 after I resigned from Saudia Airlines. After 8 years of being a flight attendant, I wanted to do something I’m passionate about and would not grow bored of,” shared Pong. Her fascination with female makeup artists while browsing thru magazines, while she was based in Jeddah as a cabin crew, made her think about a profession in the beauty industry. “I initially wanted to start a salon, but my husband discouraged me. So, I prayed and pondered over some more on what I can do instead. I’ve always loved doing my own makeup, so I told him I wanted to study cosmetology, and he was fully supportive. God paved a path for my new career; from the choice of school to the place that I had to live in Singapore, and every opportunity I had. I am now in my 13th year as a makeup artist,” Pong reminisces with a smile.
With a lot of names under her belt including Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach, Jolina Magdangal-Escueta, Coleen Garcia-Crawford, Georgina Wilson, Megan Young, Solenn Hessaff, Sushmita Sen, Dayanara Torres, Cat Arambulo-Antonio and Ching Cruz—Pong has proven her talent in the industry and is continuing to do so.
But she thought, why stop there? Her unending passion for beauty has given way to a lot of opportunities, but Pong wanted to do more.
Meet The NiuYou
Rewind back to five years ago when Pong visited a beauty fair in Hong Kong and was struck with the idea of “why not make my own brand?”. Without much hesitation, she decided to brainstorm on ideas and thus, NiuYou was born.
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Her first baby under the brand was the Hush Brush Cleaner. As a makeup artist, one has to be very particular with the brushes one uses for clients—same goes for Pong. After an unfortunate incident that destroyed her beloved tools, she decided to formulate her own formula (with the help of a friend) that truly cleanses, disinfects and most importantly, gentle on brushes.
With a lot of choices in the market, it’s hard to pick one that would fit a certain individual’s needs and standards. Keeping this in mind, the artist decided to add another product under her brand that would finish off one’s look. “I use lashes a lot but it’s hard to find affordable ones that are nice– and that’s where Vavabloom Lashes come in,” says Pong. She adds “My goal is to have individuals be able to enhance their eyes even without the help of a makeup artist. Especially now that everyone is either always on a video call or wears a mask when going out, your eyes are the first thing that people will notice about you. Lashes help you pull off a wide-awake look, even if you had only a few hours of sleep!”
Finding the best lashes for your needs is not a one-size-fits-all instance. Apart from each individual being partial to a specific style, our eye shapes also play a huge factor in our choice.
One can’t go wrong with NiuYou’s Vavabloom lashes—with five different designs per tray, you have more options to choose from depending on your mood or the occasion: whether it’s for video call meetings, dining out with friends, weddings, or that much-awaited date night.
One of her celebrity clients, Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach, has tried and tested Vavabloom lashes, “There’s really a big difference when you have the lashes on and if you don’t. It adds drama, it just completes the look. Parang may kulang kasi pag walang lashes,” the beauty queen shares.
A great pair of lashes can instantly help boost your confidence. It helps complete your look and make you look put-together even on no-makeup days.
As of now, Vavabloom lashes have ten trays you can choose from—6 designs made up of (human hair) and 4 designs made of double strands (high quality synthetic fibers). Out of the ten styles, nine were named after clients-turned-friends who have supported her throughout her journey while one was named after Pong’s daughter Ylyna Niu: beauty queen and actress Kylie Vezosa; actress Coleen Garcia-Crawford; actress Jolina Magdangal-Escueta; beauty queen and actress Teresita Winwyn Marquez; business woman Katrina Ponce Enrile; entrepreneur Cat Arambulo-Antonio, socialite Ching Cruz, business woman Joy Lao, and Pong’s dear friend Brenda Shearer.
“I’m hoping to have more products in the future like lash glue and more eyelash designs. Let’s wait and see,” Pong says with a smile.
With the holidays slowly trickling in, make sure to add NiuYou’s Holiday Gift Box to your gift list for family, friends, and co-workers. Make sure to get one for yourself too to get that next level beauty look in just a few minutes! Purchase through their IG website (@theniuyou) and make sure to watch out for NiuYou’s website coming this December.
Whatever your preference—be it bold, natural, or anywhere in between—get that look-at-me-lashes you’ve always wanted with NiuYou.