Archive for August, 2010

Man on Fire: Christian Bautista (Cosmo Magazine August 2010)

One of the questions that people always ask me is “Sino nang pinakasikat na celebrity ang namake-upan mo?” I’m not really into celebrities, but once in a while it’s good to be booked to do makeup for them just for the bragging rights. So I was really excited when Cosmopolitan magazine got me to do Christian Bautista’s grooming for their August issue’s Man on Fire. I now have Christian Bautista in my list of sikat people I’ve put makeup on!

Grooming by Kris Bacani

Styling by Sidney Yap

Photos by Heidi Pascual

Shot on location at Alpadi, Antipolo

If you’re wondering, he’s really nice and sweet in person. He made an effort to talk to me and ask me how long I’ve been doing makeup, what was my work before being makeup artist, the usual getting-to-know-you stuff.

Here are some behind-the-scenes photos by Regina Belmonte:

awww he actually smiled at me! hehe =)

You could view more behind-the-scenes photos from

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A Surprise From MARY KAY Cosmetics!

I regularly do makeup for Mary Kay Cosmetics. Last month, they called me up and said they’re gonna replenish my stock of Mary Kay makeup. I thought I was gonna get a few shades of the foundations and powders, but this is what I got instead:

I was in makeup heaven that day! I know I wouldn’t be able to use everything right away, but my low EQ made me open and test everything. Haha =)

I’ll blog about my favorite products from Mary Kay soon when I have more time, so for now I’ll just leave you guys with that pic. =)

P.S. For those who will ask, I don’t sell them, ok? They just get me as their makeup artist but I’m not a beauty consultant/distributor.

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Rainbow Transmission

I collaborated with Edric again for another shoot, and this time I was able to stay to change looks. I’m so happy with the beauty shots he took, you could really see the detail of the makeup. I’ll take this opportunity to tell you how I did the makeup and what products I used to achieve those looks (since you could now buy it from me! =))

Hair and Makeup by Kris Bacani

Styling: Nina Gatan

Model: Raleene Cabrera

Photos by Edric Chen

How I did the eye makeup in above photo using Makeup Designory products:

1. I used Black eyeliner as eyebrow pencil to fill in the brows. I wanted to make them bold so I exaggerated the shape a bit.

2. For eyeshadow, I used Sunset and mixed it with a bit of Sunflower for the base, and contoured the eyes slightly with Firebrick. Now I have this golden-orangey color =)

3. I lined the eyes with Black Cake Eyeliner, and extended the wing way up almost to her eyebrows.

4. Last but not the least, I added false eyelashes to enhance the eyes more.

For the second layout, I wanted to retain the bold eyebrows and the winged eyeliner, so instead of removing makeup (with the exception of the orange eyeshadow), I just added more makeup to change the look. Here’s how I tweaked it:

1. Using an angled liner brush, I dipped it in the eyeshadow color Ice and made a thin line under the eyes and winged it up also.

2. I made a really thin black line underneath the white line using the Black Cake Eyeliner again. What I like about the Cake Eyeliner is that you could really control the thickness or thinness of the lines (with the help of a liner brush), as you could very well see in the photo above.

3. For the lips, I used lipstick in Ladybug shade. Your lips couldn’t get any redder than this!

That last photo is my fave =)

If you are interested in buying any of the products I featured or knowing their prices, get in touch with me 0917 629 3303 / 577 02 55 / I could also do meet ups so you could test the products. Check out for more awesome makeup products! All stocks on hand =)

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On My Way Back

I always find time to do test shoots and work with new photographers. Two weeks ago, photographer Edric Chen invited me to do makeup for his shoot, and I agreed right away because I liked his previous sets. Too bad I wasn’t able to stay for the duration of the shoot since I had to rush to my makeup studio to do makeup for a client.

Edric showed me a makeup peg with burgundy smoky eyes, and I instantly remembered the makeup in Prada’s Spring/Summer 2008 ad.

Of course I wouldn’t exactly copy the style, but I wanted to do the gold shimmer in the inner corner of the eyes just like in the ad. So here’s the outcome:

Makeup by Kris Bacani

Styling and Model: Domz Tiu

Photos by Edric Chen

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As a makeup artist, clients always ask me, “What’s the makeup brand that you use most often?” or “What’s a good makeup brand that you could recommend to me?” My co-makeup artists, upon seeing my eyeshadow/blush/foundation palettes, always ask me “What brand is this?” or “Where can I buy this?” I always have a hard time answering these questions because the brand that I most often use was not available here in the Philippines before, so I always end up just recommending the other brands that are available here.

But finally, it’s here! And more importantly, you could buy it from me! I wanted to sell a brand that I truly use and believe in, and I’m happy to announce that I’m now selling Makeup Designory (MUD) Cosmetics, the brand of my makeup school in New York.



At Make-Up Designory (MUD), creating honest make-up products and providing quality education has been our passion for the past decade. We plan to stay loyal to that tradition. That’s what makes us different from other make-up brands. We conduct rigorous testing for our MUD line of products through industry experts and up-and-coming make-up artists at our highly regarded schools in Los Angeles and New York, to ensure we meet professional standards for today and tomorrow.

So whether you dare to be different, prefer polished and professional or simply want an all-natural look, MUD promises quality, long-lasting wearability, flawless application and radiantly accurate color. With our systematic lines, precision tools, how-to guides and insider tips, we’ve eliminated the frustrating guesswork. Just simple, smart, versatile make-up. No wonder MUD has been the expert choice of make-up professionals for the past decade.


Whether you’re a pro or just a makeup enthusiast, I guarantee that you’ll l find something that you love in MUD makeup. Here are some of my faves:



These 3 shades are what I always use to create the natural look. Aside from these three, there are 38 long-lasting colors to choose from, ranging from matte, satin, to shimmery finishes. What’s more, the eye colors are very pigmented, so a little goes a loooong way. I gave my mom some shades two years ago, and she’s so amazed that until now she’s not finished with it, given that she uses it almost every day! What I like about it too is that since they use superior ingredients, the color that you see in the compact is definitely the color that you’ll get when you apply it on your face.




This shade makes your cheeks, well, glow. This peachy pink shade is a deadringer of Nars’ Orgasm blush, but with less shimmer so it’s perfect for everyday use (and more affordable too!) Just like the eye colors, the cheek colors are also very pigmented and long-lasting. Check out more shades here.








My secret product for removing dark undereyes. We always read in the magazines that we have to use yellow based concealers for dark undereyes, but really the best shade is a salmon colored concealer to counter the blueness/grayness of the undereyes. My clients always wonder how I’m able to conceal their eyebags, and this is the product for it. There are also shades of concealers that counter redness, you could check out the full range here.



Just how good is this product? It was awarded in Mega Magazine’s July 2010 issue as one of the best eyeliners in the market now. This is water-activated, so definitely it wouldn’t dry out like other cake liners. Since you would be using an eyeliner brush with this, you could create very, very precise lines with it, whether it’s a thin or bold one. Again, and I can’t stress this enough, it’s also long-lasting. I’ve had mine for almost two years, and I’m not even halfway through the product.






These are my lifesavers. Makeup artists lug around lots of colors, so putting them in palettes is a good way of organizing them while at the same time also saving space in the makeup kit. It’s also a great way of saving money, because instead of buying several colors that come in compacts, you could just buy the refills (which are less expensive) and insert them in the palettes.

What I like about the MUD palettes is that refills fit in snugly in the holes. There are no extra spaces once you fill it in, so the eyeshadows and blushes are less likely to break if ever you drop the whole palette. It’s also magnetic so even if you turn it upside down it wouldn’t fall off. I’ve dropped my palettes countless of times, and the eyeshadows and blushes didn’t break! I’m betting my life that yours wouldn’t too if ever you buy these babies.

Lastly, the eyeshadow palette could also fit MAC eyeshadows, and the blush palette could also fit Makeup Forever eyeshadows, so that’s definitely a plus.


All I can say is that if you want honest, high-quality, no-frills makeup that does the job, then do explore Makeup Designory Cosmetics. It doesn’t matter if you’re a pro makeup artist or just starting out with makeup, I guarantee you that you’ll love it. I use it personally for everyday and for weddings, magazine photoshoots, fashion shows, print and tv commercial shoots, and it’s never failed me.

Do check out for more products, and contact me for the price list in Philippine pesos. All stocks on hand.

0917 629 3303 / 577 02 55

I could also do meet ups so you could personally test the products.

Happy makeup shopping! =)

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Cherrylie didn’t have trial makeup with me, so I saw her for the first time on her wedding day. I was very relieved when she liked the natural look i did on her. I was with her in the bridal car to retouch before the wedding, and she told me that she has a tendency to not do the thing that she’s supposed to do when she’s nervous. Like with her first job in a call center, she didn’t go to work. The first time she received a call as a call center agent, she was unable to speak! So thankfully, she was able to walk down the aisle even though she was very nervous. Otherwise, we would probably have a case of runaway bride!

Here’s her before photo:

and after:

Here are more photos from Niceprint Photography:

Their baby’s dress is a mini version of Cherrylie’s gown. So cute!

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