This editorial is a double feature for me– I was quoted on how I started as a makeup artist, and incidentally I also did the makeup on the models in this article. I’m really flattered that my job is considered a dream career, it really is a dream come true for me! Ever since I started doing makeup full time last year, I’ve always looked forward to every single day of work. I am forever thankful for all the bookings and projects being given to me, and I love the fact that I am surrounded with creative and energetic people who are as passionate as me with their respective careers.
“Do not waste the vast majority of your life doing something you hate so that you can spend the small remainder sliver of your life in modest comfort. You may never reach that end anyway.
Resist the temptation to get a job. Instead, play. Find something you enjoy doing. Do it. Over and over again. You will become good at it for two reasons: you like it, and you do it often. Soon, that will have value in itself.”
— Adrian Tan, in his speech to a graduating class in a Singapore university two years ago
Makeup by Kris Bacani
Hair by Edwin Sayson
Styling by Rachelle Que
Photos by Cyrus Panganiban
Just in case you’re having a hard time reading the text, here’s what’s written under MAKEUP ARTIST:
This dream job involves being familiar with makeup tools and knowing how to use them to enhance the physical features of your clients. Your services will be needed for special events like birthdays and weddings, and a plethora of commercial gigs: magazine and print ad shoots, TV commercials, and even movies.
Getting familiar with face shapes, colors, and blending– and a lot of experimentation and practice will turn you into a pro. “When I was just starting out, I practiced on a lot of faces until I became very confident that I could enhance the face of anyone who sits in front of me,” shares professional makeup artist Kris Bacani.
Like Kris, you could start by collaborating with your friends who are trying their hand at photography and modeling. “I did makeup for free on the models in exchange for the photos. It was a good way for me to expand my network and build my portfolio,” she adds.
Aside from these, it’s also crucial to save up money to build up your own makeup kit. Makeup itself can be a bit pricey, even more so quality equipment that will assist you in getting the job done right.