Client: Charmy Salvador for Mutya ng Antipolo 2013

I’ve always wanted to doll up a beauty pageant contestant, so when my cousin, Kuya Cookie, asked me to take care of one of the candidates for Mutya ng Antipolo 2013, I did not think twice and said “Yes”. We tried several looks for Charmy, but she eventually chose to have straight hair, because curly hair made her look chubby. Here are her photos:

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Updo for Charmy – one of her look options

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Rear view of the Updo

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Her official swimsuit photo – really glad with how much volume her hair could hold up

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Here’s Charmy with straight hair. She had this look for the sponsors shoot.

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Charmy and I backstage during the pageant

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She wasn’t crowned Mutya ng Antipolo 2013, but she won the hearts of her fellow candidates – Miss Congeniality

It was a fun experience, and the monetary compensation was good as well. Unlike Charmy, most of the candidates were “handled” by makeup artists or stylists. From what I heard, the common practice in beauty pageants like this is to bring your own candidate for auditions and as a makeup artist or stylist, you won’t get paid. So, if you are a makeup artist, you’ll have to search for a candidate and a stylist to provide the gowns and shoes. “Handlers” have to go through lengths just to be part of beauty pageants.

By the way, here’s the girl who won the pageant:

Her name’s Bernadette Salinel. I don’t know who did her makeup, but must I say, I love her hair! She’s very pretty, and I think she had a knack for beauty contests. 🙂

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