Archive for May, 2010


Trina was already booked with another makeup artist when she had her trial makeup with me. I guess she wasn’t completely satisfied with her first one so she decided to go for a second trial.  Also, she wanted to try airbrush makeup since her first one was traditional.  My mindset during the trial was, “MUST CONVINCE  HER TO BOOK ME INSTEAD!”, and I succeeded in persuading her =)


Her main concern is that she has acidic skin. How will you know if yours is acidic? Normally, when you put on makeup, it reacts with the skin and turns at least 2 shades darker than the rest of your skin tone. Not really a pretty sight. More often than not, women with oily skin have this problem. The solution is to use foundation that is 2 shades LIGHTER than your skin tone. Of course it looks odd at first,  but by doing this, when the makeup turns darker, it will more or less be the same shade as your skin tone. It really is tricky for a makeup artist to do makeup on this type of skin because some react within minutes of putting foundation while others react an hour after. So for a bride-to-be with acidic skin, it’s really important to have a trial makeup first so your makeup artist could get your foundation shade right.


Before I post headshots of Trina, I just had to write about the wedding gown made by Aureo Alonzo, or Tatang, as he is fondly called. I was simply awed by the design and beadwork, and it has the longest train I’ve ever seen on a bridal gown! Also, the thing about having your gown made by Tatang is that you can’t see it until the wedding day itself. You simply have to trust him and his team. Isn’t that nerve-wracking?

Dimple (my hairstylist) and I were also quite nervous because Trina said he is also very particular about hair and makeup. We breathed a sigh of relief when he complimented her hair and makeup. Coming from Tatang, it meant a lot!

Here’s Trina’s “before” photo:

and after:

Check out the hairstyle too! Love that headpiece =)

More photos from East Digital (I worked with them almost every weekend this May!):

Wala lang, just wanted to post this pic with Martin Nievera. Must be fun to have him as the host =p

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PBB’s Melai (Fun Fearless Female, Cosmopolitan Magazine May 2010)

Yes, she’s as crazy in real life as she is on TV. Even though, she didn’t have any sleep the night before this shoot, she was talking a mile a minute to everyone. Epic quote:

Cosmo Team: Melai, anong maipapayo mo sa readers ng Cosmopolitan?

Melai: Cosmopolitan?? Ano yun? Lipovitan lang ang alam ko. Char!

She really didn’t know what the hell Cosmo is and what the hell we’re shooting her for. Hahaha!

Makeup by Kris Bacani

Hair by Edwin Sayson

Styling by Donna Cuna-Pita

Photos by Christian Halili

Behind-the-scenes photos by Regina Belmonte grabbed from

she’s surprisingly sexy!

gumi-Greek goddess effect!

“Melai, mukha kang mayaman!” the onlookers were shouting


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The Perfect Pair (Asian Dragon Weddings Magazine)

I love Asian Dragon magazine (a bi-monthly magazine that caters to the Filipino-Chinese community) for trusting me with their beauty editorials. When they said they will be coming up with their first ever wedding magazine and they asked me to do a bridal beauty ed for that, I was very excited! I thought I’ll be doing different versions of the natural, no-makeup look that’s usually requested for weddings, but I was wrong. Asian Dragon wanted to put an end to that. They requested for dramatic looks because, according to them, “why would you want a washed out and sparingly powdered face on your wedding day?”

Though I disagree with that statement (most makeup artists would tell you that natural look is anything but washed out, it’s actually harder to pull off because you’re still actually putting a lot of product on the face but making it seem like you’re not), I was still up to the challenge of doing dramatic looks that are still wearable for weddings. Come to think of it, there really are some people who don’t like the natural look for their big day, I’ve had some bridal clients who request for smoky eyes or dark shades of lip color, and it worked out completely fine. In the end, bridal makeup doesn’t equate to natural makeup, it’s whatever makeup or look the bride wants =)

Before I post the photos, here are some tips for the bride if they want to veer away from the no-makeup look:

1. If you decide to go for smoky eyes, stick to the blacks, browns, and plums. It’s not the time to go crazy with metallic green or blue eyeshadow.

2. Consider wearing false eyelashes. It will definitely add drama to your eyes.

3. Having a vintage/old Hollywood theme is a trend right now. Red lips with winged eyeliner will definitely suit this theme.

4. Though you’re wearing darker shades, ask your makeup artist to still keep the whole look soft and romantic.

Makeup by Kris Bacani

Hair by Jerry Javier of L’Oreal Professionel

Model: Vanessa Matsunaga of Mercator

Jewelry: Jewelmer, Diamante, Indulgems

Photos by Marcel Lainez

(apologies for the poor resolution, these are just scanned from the magazine)

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I needed a break from doing natural makeup for weddings and editorials and it came in the form of this fun shoot. Kim, the model, invited me to have a gothic-inspired shoot with photographer Louie Araneta in this place along Libis where you could play airsoft. The place is actually just one big empty lot with ruins of an old house; it’s perfect for our concept.

This is one of the few shoots where I didn’t use mascara, eyeliner, and false eyelashes on the model. Normally whenever I do makeup for photography these three are always in use, because you really need to exaggerate the eyes or else it would look washed out in photos. But for this one, I wanted the emphasis on the lips. Also I sort of wanted to try out those looks that you normally see on European models in fashion shows– no eye makeup, just contoured cheekbones and great skin.

Oh and check out the loka-lokahan hair by Dimple which completed the look. After we did the hair, makeup, and styling, the two kids who were observing us do the whole thing asked, “Ate, bakit niyo po siya ginawang aswang?” Kim said, “Dadalawin ko kayo mamaya!” Hahaha!

Makeup by Kris Bacani

Hair by Dimple Callada

Model: Kim Castro

Photos by Louie Araneta

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Women’s Health feature on my skin care routine

Angela Sy, Women’s Health magazine’s managing editor, asked me months before if she could feature my skin care care routine in their May issue. I think they want to do a story on what products women use with regard to their skin type, and I was to represent those with normal skin.

I always say that proper skin care is definitely more important than knowing how to put on makeup. What good is makeup if your skin, the canvas, is not taken care of? No amount of foundation, no matter how good or expensive it is, will make your skin glowing if you haven’t prepped it the right way.

So here’s what was published in the magazine, too bad they they had to shorten or omit some of my answers. You could find after the photo the full transcript of what Angela asked me, which is basically my whole skin care routine. I’m not saying that those with normal skin do the same as what I wrote, but do the basics of skin care and you’ll be fine– CLEANSE, TONE, MOISTURIZE, EXFOLIATE, AND SUNBLOCK!

You have normal skin, which means you rarely have breakouts. What DO you do when you get a rare pimple? Which products do you use to treat pimples?

I put salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide on the pimple to dry it out.

What moisturizer do you use? Why are these moisturizers good for your skin, any ingredients that keep your skin healthy? What kind of moisturizers would u recommend for people with normal skin?

I use 2 different moisturizers. In the morning I use Mary Kay MelaCEP Whitening System Day Moisturizer with SPF15. I don’t really need to whiten but in brightens and evens out my skin tone. SPF is already incorporated so I don’t need to put sunblock.

For night I use Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion. It’s a no-frills basic moisturizer. It’s the first brand that I’ve tried and I’ve stuck to it ever since.

I recommend lightweight moisturizers, since you don’t really need that much additional moisture.

Is normal skin more prone to burning? Do you use sun block? What sunblock do you use?

I don’t think it’s more prone to burning, but I still use sunblock. My day moisturizer and tinted moisturizer have SPF. If i know I will have prolonged exposure to the sun, I substitute my day moisturizer with L’Oreal UV Perfect Ultimate Protection Liquid with SPF 50.

Any other products in your beauty bag that you use religiously? Please give your top 5 and what makes each product special for normal skin, or simply, why these products are your favorites, a reason why you would recommend it.

1. Cleanser: Clinique Facial Soap- leaves my skin clean and refreshed but never taut or dry. A bit pricey but a bar lasts me almost 2 years!

2. Toner: Mary Kay MelaCEP Whitening System Freshener- removes excess dirt that may not have been removed by the cleanser. I’ve also noticed that when I use toner regularly I rarely get blackheads.

3. Exfoliant: Nu Skin Exfoliant Scrub- I use this once or twice a week to remove dead skin cells. This has lots of spherical beads that are not harsh on my skin.

4. Mask: Mary Kay Customized Skin Care Mask- I use this when I feel my skin is dull. My skin instantly feels smoother and refreshed after I leave it on for at least 10 minutes.

5. Lip Balm: Blistex Lip Tone with SPF 15- My absolute favorite! It has a hint of color that matches the color of my lips, moisturizes well, has a tinge of chocolatey taste, and has SPF 15 (lips don’t tan but they do burn). All for less than 100 pesos. I keep one in my drawer, one in my makeup kit, and one in whatever bag I’m using.




Bing was my boss when I was still working in Lamoiyan Corporation (makers of Hapee Toothpaste). She was crazy enough to get me as one of her bridesmaids, and even crazier to book me as her makeup artist for her wedding day, knowing fully well that this is the perfect time for me to avenge for all those days of slavery. Haha I’m kidding, of course. Bing was a great boss, so I want to make her as beautiful as possible. And I guess it doesn’t hurt that her makeup is my wedding gift to her. Aaahhh, the perks of having a makeup artist for a friend! =p

It was a pretty busy day because not only do I have to do her makeup (plus the bride’s and groom’s mothers, too), I myself have to look presentable and be in my dress in time for the photo opp with the whole entourage. It was my first time to be in this makeup artist/bridesmaid role, and i must say it was a lot of fun! For a change, I’m surrounded with friends and not by complete strangers. I usually enjoy wedding preps even though I’m doing makeup on people I barely know, so being surrounded by friends was extra fun and extra kulit.=)

Here are some photos from Bing’s brother and from official photographer Bern Mejias (sorry wasn’t able to get decent before-and-after photos, it was the first day I used my new cam and I didn’t know how to work it yet):

can you see Kris the bridesmaid? =)

Congratulations Mrs. Cavestany!

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