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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