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She Boldly Goes (People Asia Magazine)

I’m a fan of tribal and animal prints, so I’m loving this fashion editorial ๐Ÿ™‚

Makeup by Kris Bacaniย for Makeup Designory Manila

Hair by Elaine Ganuelas of L’oreal Professionel

Styling by Kai Magsanoc

Photos by Darrel Pobre

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Dream Designers (Martha Stewart Weddings May 2012)

In three shooting days, I got to see prominent wedding designers’ masterpieces side by side each other. I got to compare their style and aesthetic, it’s so hard to choose which one’s the best for me!

Makeup by Kris Bacani, Pong Niu for MAC Cosmetics, and Albert Kurniawan for Nars

Hair by Eddie Mar Cabiltes and Borge Aloba for L’oreal Professionel, and Miki Kierulf

Styling by Jae Pickrell

Models: Jasmine Maierhofer, Rissa Mananquil-Trillo, Fatima Rabago, Bea Soriano, and Luisa of Mercator

Photos by Lilen Uy and At Maculangan

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More Cosplay Stuff (for Digital Photographer Phils Magazine)

After these cosplay shoots, I got to do another cosplay-themed one, this time for Digital Photographer Philippines (DPP) Magazine. I haven’t checked out the mag though, and I don’t know which issue it came out, so let me know if you’ve seen these so I could hunt for a copy. ๐Ÿ™‚

When doing cosplay makeup, the most important thing you have to remember is to make the eyes look abnormally huge, like those of anime characters. How? There’s lots of tutorials in YouTube, but here are some tips:

1. Make the model wear contact lenses that make the pupils larger. This alone will instantly make the eyes seem bigger.

2. Pile on the false eyelashes. For the upper lashline, I usually put 2 falsies on each eye, one on top of the other. You also have the option to put falsies on the lower lashline, to make the eyes look cartoon-like.

3. Extend the whites of the eyes (what do you call them scientifically?) by putting white eyeliner on the waterline. If you want to make the eyes look bigger, you could extend the eyeliner all the way on the lower lashline itself, just like what I did for this shoot.

Makeup by Kris Bacani

Models: Kaye Razon and Janeena Chan

Styling and Photos by Tricia Gosingtian

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8 Dream Careers for You: Make Them Come True! (Sarah Magazine)

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.ย 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:

The Works:

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 There:

Getting familiar with face shapes, colors, and blending– and a lot of experimentation and practice will turn you into a pro.ย “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.

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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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Christian Bautista (Cosmo Centerfolds 2010)

I was quite surprised that the former lean and lanky Christian Bautista now has a hot bod. Just goes to show that to survive showbiz here, having six-pack abs is now a requirement, even for singers (well, maybe with the exception of John Lloyd Cruz!)

Watching Christian work out with his personal trainer before the shoot made me want to run to the gym after and do crunches. He does work out hard!

Grooming by Kris Bacani

Styling by Sidney Yap

Photos by Heidi Pascual

Btw, because of this gig, I scored VIP tickets for the Cosmo Bachelor Bash held last Sept 9 at the World Trade Center.

I tagged along my friend Yucel so I won’t look stupid, um, unleashing my wild side by myself. =p

All I can say is, it definitely was a wild, wild, night!

Check out more photos from this event at

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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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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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