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The Coven’s Supreme – Avant Garde Makeup

I’ve always wanted to experience doing makeup for magazines. During my spare time, I would draw ideas and concepts for high-fashion and avant-garde shoots. Did you know that I once auditioned as a makeup artist for Mega Fashion Crew (made-for-TV competition)? Well, I didn’t make the cut. I guess it wasn’t for me…just yet! Anyway, from time to time, I’d drag my sister into indulging my ideas, and we would find a model to work with us. We wanted to have a stylist, but unfortunately, I’m bad at networking, so I really don’t have any designer/stylist friends. We just asked the model to bring her clothes and shoes.

I used to be a big fan of American Horror Story, but I became too occupied to watch the show. I finished the series until The Coven season, and was eagerly waiting for the start of the following season. So, in anticipation, I worked with my sister on doing an avant-garde shoot inspired by The Coven. We loved how Jessica Lange portrayed the role of the coven’s Supreme, and we wanted to make our own version of the witches’ queen bee. My sister was the photographer for this shoot, and she also created the headdress that the model was wearing. Martina Fausta Diaz agreed to model for us. If you’re from Antipolo, and you feel like you’ve seen her before, well, you’re right. She won one of the crowns for Mutya ng Antipolo 2014.

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If you’re a photographer or stylist, and you want to do a collaboration on a high-fashion shoot, contact me!

 

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Sultry Makeup for Airah Basilio

Some months ago, Airah sent me a message via Facebook asking me to do her makeup for a photoshoot. The photos would be used as promo images for a pageant she joined at Mapua Institute of Technology. She mentioned that the shoot’s theme was 50 Shades of Gray so I gave her a sultry look. Minor problem though, I left my curling iron! Since Airah’s face was round, I just used my flat iron and put her hair in a high ponytail.
Here’s Airah without makeup:

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Here’s Airah in sultry makeup:

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Slightly exaggerated the contours to make her face look longer and thinner.

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Pageant Makeup for Roselle Vytiaco

I haven’t spent much time with Roselle, but after working with her twice, I can say that she’s the kind of girl who sets her heart at her goals and does her best to fulfill them. She is dedicated to whatever endeavor she pursues, and her passion translates to professionalism. Whenever I work with her, she takes care of her own needs, and makes sure that she keeps me posted about her competition’s schedule. It’s hard to find young girls with the same quality as hers nowadays.

Roselle hired me to do her hair and makeup for Our Lady of Peace School’s annual Bb. Kalikasan. The first time I worked with her, I provided her with smokey blue eyeshadow, this time she opted for a natural look. She wanted to have light makeup with earth colors. I gave her a doll face look for the competition.

Here’s her before shot:

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Still looking fresh and pretty without makeup!

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Doll Face Makeup

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Half up-half down braids and curls

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Roselle’s gown created by her classmates. It was made from recycled materials like banig, Tipulo leaves, and even an old school uniform skirt.

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Roselle’s gown created by her classmates. It was made from recycled materials like banig, Tipulo leaves, and even an old school uniform skirt.

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Roselle with her partner. His apparel’s made of recycled materials as well.

As I’ve mentioned, Roselle’s dedicated to winning at life and she gives her 100% with what she does. She gracefully walked the stage and answered the question about environmental awareness above par. Needless to say, she won the competition and even received special awards like Ms. Photogenic and Best in Recycled Costume. Proud of this girl, and always happy to work with her!

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Screengrabbed from Roselle’s Instagram account

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Pageant Makeup for Marjorie

Marjorie has the built and looks fit for a beauty pageant contestant, and with enough practice and training, she will gain the potential to compete in major pageants in the country. She’s currently a senior high school student at Our Lady of Peace School Antipolo. Chosen by her peers and class adviser, she competed against about a dozen of contestants for their school’s annual Bb. Kalikasan pageant. Marjorie hired me to her hair and makeup for the pre-pageant and the pageant proper.

For the pre-pageant, she rendered a belly dance performance.

Here’s her Before shot.

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Marjorie had good skin with virtually invisible pores.

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For the pageant proper, I gave her a smokey eyeshadow with pinkish nude lips.

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Marjorie wearing a gown made of recycled materials such as Tipulo leaves and even empty chip bags

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Marjorie wearing a gown made of recycled materials such as Tipulo leaves and even empty chip bags

Marjorie won one of the special awards for the pageant. The title holder, Roselle Vytiaco, also hired me to do her hair and makeup. Watch out for the new blog post about her!

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Catwalk Makeup for Brielle Corrales

“Beauty and brains.” That’s what I heard about Brielle the first time I worked with her. I did her makeup for her high school graduation ball, and I could tell that she really was beautiful. Months after, she contacted me and asked me to do her makeup for a fashion event at her university. We had a lot of time to spare to talk about her life, so I asked her about her course. She’s taking up Biochemistry at the University of Santo Tomas because she plans to go to med school afterwards. Her mom, who by the way was a very accommodating person, also said that she qualified for a pre-med course at the University of the Philippines Los Baños. On a superficial level, she indeed embodied the phrase, “beauty and brains.” But what really made believe that she lives up to her reputation was her attitude. I am familiar (not on a personal level) with most of the popular students from her high school, and I asked Brielle what she thought of them. She never spoke ill of her peers and only had kind words about them. For me, that’s what “beauty and brains” really meant–always wishing well for others and knowing how to maintain a good reputation and harmonious relationship with your peers. She will always be one of my favorite clients to work with.

Here are some photos my sister took during the event:

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With flash and without flash

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Brielle on stage

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Street Style Look

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By the way, the fashion event was a competition, and as talented as she was, Brielle won one of the three awards for the night. 🙂
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Hairstyling for HD Makeup Studio & Academy

I’ve always been thankful for what I learned from Sir Jeave and Ma’am Stef of HD Makeup Studio & Academy. If it not for them, I would’ve not been able to build the confidence to pursue a career in makeup and hairstyling. They helped me to become equipped with the right skills and knowledge to be called a “professional HMUA”. The investment really paid off! So, whenever I have the time, I try to volunteer as a hairstylist for their graduations.

Here are some of the hairstyles I did for them:

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This is my HMUA friend, Raven. She also wanted to try to model for body airbrush makeup.

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Airbrush makeup was done by Sir Jeave and Ma’am Stef’s students.

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Catwalk Makeup for Roselle Vytiaco

It’s always thrilling to get clients for a fashion event. So, I was excited when Roselle Vytiaco contacted me to do her makeup for her fashion school graduation. Roselle took up modeling classes under Trend Classic Models International and as a final requirement, they would walk the runway with three looks. The theme for her first look was all-white, and when I saw her dress, I deemed it appropriate to give her a flapper-ish vibe.

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Lighting was bad backstage, but I have a copy of her snapshot on stage

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Photo courtesy of Trend Classic Models International

Roselle’s second look was street style. I decided to give her a faux mohawk for this one.

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Her third look’s theme was royalty. Since Frozen was a big thing during that season, I decided to join the bandwagon and create my own version of Elsa in Roselle. ;p

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Braid headband, side braids, half updo + sparkly highlights

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Photo courtesy of Trend Classic Models International

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A closer shot of her makeup

Bonus: Roselle and I! 🙂

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Haggard Makeup Artist mode ON!