Archive for October, 2010

Man on Fire: Tom Rodriguez (Cosmopolitan Oct 2010)

When I first saw Tom Rodriguez as Angelica Panganiban’s husband in the movie Here Comes The Bride, I loudly whispered to my friend Ajjie, “Who’s that guy?!? Ang gwapo!!!” I don’t really watch a lot of TV so I haven’t seen him before the movie, and I didn’t know that he joined Pinoy Big Brother. All I know is that he’s too darn cute! Fast forward to August, Cosmo booked me to groom him for their October issue’s Man on Fire. Kilig!!! =)

Grooming by Kris Bacani

Styling by Sidney Yap

Photos by Jake Verzosa


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I can’t quite comprehend how Tricia Gosingtian can command such fanaticism among, well, everyone who adores her. Case in point: My two 2nd cousins (ahem, Rosy and Trisha), both studying at Ateneo, asked me when they saw Tricia’s photos of this shoot in herĀ Tumblr— “How did you know Tricia? We LUUUUV her.” Barely an hour after she posted these pics, one of her 20,000 plus followers booked me for her graduation pictorial because she liked the smokey eyes I did. Few days after that, yet another one of her followers emailed me asking if I could pretty please do a video tutorial on how I did her smokey eyes. Can someone please explain to me how this could happen?

This is my 2nd time to work with her, the first time she was the photographer, and now the model (I guess you have to be specific when booking her, she’s the ultimate slashie– photographer/model/stylist/she could also do hair and makeup). Photographer Edric Chen organized this shoot with other contributors.

Makeup by Kris Bacani

Photos by Edric Chen and Tricia Gosingtian

Shot on location at Pioneer Studios

with CoExist‘s Camille Co, her makeup also done by me =)

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Wedding Portfolio 2010 Part 2

A month after my first wedding portfolio shoot for the year, I decided to organize another one. I wanted a different feel and look from my first one so I decided to collaborate with another photographer. Good thing Jay Tablante, whom I regularly work with print ad shoots, was up for it.

I didn’t want to do the usual natural looks because I have a lot of those already, so I decided that this shoot will be more dramatic, perfect for those brides who aren’t afraid to use more color. Or maybe, these looks could serve as the second look, I’ve had brides who wanted to have natural look for the church and wanted a different one for the the reception.

I borrowed gowns again from my friend Camille Garcia. As for the accessories, I borrowed the gorgeous headpieces, earrings, and cuffs from accessories designer Angela Angeles. Jay offered to shoot in La Huerta Estate since he knows the owner and we regularly do magazine and test shoots here. It’s this old stone house in Antipolo which was transformed into an events venue with beautiful greenery surrounding it.

Enjoy the photos! =)

(P.S. These photos are unedited, that way you’ll really see it’s all my makeup work and not retouched)

Airbrush Makeup by Kris Bacani

Hair by Dimple Callada

Wedding gowns by Camille Garcia

Accessories by Angela Angeles

Models: Arianna Barouk, Ann Laggui, Bb. Pilipas 2006 Lian Ramos (special thanks to her cousin Tracy Aquino for hooking me up with Lian, I’m sooo lucky she agreed to be my model! =))

Photos by Jay Tablante

Shot on location at La Huerta Estate, Antipolo

Eye color palette used for Ariana: Dulce de Leche, Spanish Gold, and Graphite (all from Makeup Designory)

Eye color palette used on Ann: Honeysuckle, Pink Grapefruit, Cajun Spice, and Pomegranate (all from Makeup Designory)

Eye color palette used on Lian: Sunset, Tea Tree, and Onyx (all from Makeup Designory)

If you’re interested to buy Makeup Designory eyeshadows and other products, you could contact me at 0917 629 3303 or email me at so I could send you price list in pesos. =)

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I’ve been getting more and more overseas brides lately, and Rhina’s one of them. She and her husband is based in Abu Dhabi. Her wedding is also my first time to work with Atty. Raymond Fortun as the photographer. It was quite surreal to see him in action, because I clearly remember watching him on TV during Erap’s impeachment trial when I was in high school. From high profile lawyer to wedding photographer– how’s that for career change?

Here’s Rhina’s “before” photo:

and after:

with hair done and in her wedding gown:

here are more photos from official photographer Raymond Fortun:

You could view their on-site AVP here.

Airbrush Makeup by Kris Bacani. Hair by Edwin Sayson.

view my official website here =)

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Wedding Portfolio 2010

Even though I already have lots of photos from my real brides, I still find time to organize my own photoshoots for my wedding portfolio. It’s a great way for me to try out new makeup looks and hairstyles that brides-to-be could refer to for inspiration if they’re not sure what look to go for for their wedding day.

It’s also probably the only time that I have full control of a shoot, normally someone dictates to me the look and I just always follow. With my shoots, I can choose the photographer, the models, the clothes, everything! It’s pretty exhausting but at the end of the day it’s all worth it once I see the final output.

For this year, I did two shoots. I’m extremely lucky to have very talented and generous friends who are willing to help me out!

For the first one, I asked one of my favorite photographers, Stan, to shoot it. I don’t know how he does it, but my models always look glowing in the photos, even though he does very minimal post processing. I also like the fact that he doesn’t retouch the makeup at all, so what you see in the photos are really all my makeup work, no “magic” done through Photoshop.

Also, Camille, a good friend of mine and classmate in Ateneo and who’s family owns The Glass Garden, was generous enough to let us shoot there. The garden setting provided a really beautiful backdrop for the photos. Camille is also a very talented bridal gown designer, so she also let me borrow some of her gowns. Now that’s hitting two birds with one stone! =)

Airbrush Makeup by Kris Bacani

Hair by Dimple Callada

Gowns by Camille Garcia Bridal Couture

Models: Ann Hua of CLay Management, Barbie Salvador, and Jho Flor

Photos by Stan Ong

Shot on location at The Glass Garden

For Jho’s look, I did what my chinita clients always request– “make my eyes look bigger!” So I did this by putting natural looking false eyelashes and made soft smokey eyes with pale pink and medium brown eyeshadow shades. I wanted to make her look like a blushing bride so I airbrushed pink blush with a hint of shimmer on the apples of her cheeks. And finally, for the lips, I used this pink shade that instantly brightened up her face. The brushed up hairstyle is perfect for those with small faces like Jho’s. Doesn’t she look so sweet? =)

Barbie has this amazing morena skin color that instantly reminds me of summers and beach weddings, so I wanted her to look like a sun-kissed bride. I used dark gold, copper, and shimmery dark brown shades for her eyes. I complemented the eyes with bronze cheek color that has tiny flecks of gold that mimicked a sun-kissed glow without looking oily. I kept the lips natural looking with caramel colored lipstick topped with lip gloss.

This year, I’ve been getting more and more clients who want to have their hair down on their wedding day, as opposed to the more traditional updo. It definitely looks more relaxed and laidback. I call this the Juday hairstyle. If you’ve been living under a rock and don’t know how Juday looked like on her wedding day, Google it to see how she looked like. =p

I wanted to do a vintage look for this shoot and when I saw Ann’s face, I knew she could definitely pull off that look. Vintage has definitely caught on this year, I’ve been seeing more and more brides going for the 50s look with pincurls, fascinators (those little hat things with net that semi-covers the face) on their heads, defined eyebrows, and the trademark red lips.

I wanted to do a modern take on this, so I asked Dimple to do a hairstyle that resembles the waves of the pincurls without actually doing pincurls. I kept the eyes matte with bone and taupe shades. Next I put winged black eyeliner on her top lashes, but I didn’t use intense liquid eyeliner because I still wanted to keep the whole look soft. I put the palest pink blush, barely noticeable because I want the focus on the eyes and lips. And last but not the least, the look wouldn’t be complete without red lipstick.

Up next, I’ll be posting my second bridal portfolio shoot with more dramatic looks! =)

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