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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. 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. “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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Kris Bacani for GoNegosyo’s Women’s Entrepreneurship Summit

It was quite an honor to be featured as one of the women entrepreneurs in GoNegosyo’s Women’s Entrepreneurship Summit held last February 2010 in World Trade Center. Too bad I wasn’t able to go there myself to see this video being played in big white screens, so good thing I got a copy of the video.

Going into the makeup business is definitely one of the best decisions I’ve made so far. Technically, I am merely a glorified employee and not yet a business owner because I don’t have people working for me; if I don’t work or move, I will still not earn! But being self-employed definitely inspired me to put up my own business in the near future. I still don’t know what it is, whether it would be makeup related or not, I just know that I will still be my own boss and not return to the corporate world.

I saw this video just once because watching myself makes me cringe! I have to post it though, I hope somehow this would inspire other women (and men) to strike out on their own.

Mabuhay ka, Pinay!

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Philippine Online Chronicles Feature

A few weeks after my DollFace Cosmetics feature, Tanya Baldovino of Philippine Online Chronicles emailed me to ask if she could feature me in the beauty and fashion section of their site. How can I say no to free advertising? You could read my write up here =)


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Feature in DollFace Cosmetics Website

DollFace Cosmetics has been popular among makeup artists and beauty junkies for their affordable palettes. Imagine, 88 eyeshadow colors for as low as P800! They also offer other products such as brushes, gel liners, and pro equipment. I am currently lusting for this zebra print lipstick palette:

They also regularly feature makeup artists in their website, and Pearl, the owner, asked me if she could feature me and my works there. I readily agreed of course! You could check out the whole feature here. Thanks so much Pearl! =)


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Women’s Health feature on my skin care routine

Angela Sy, Women’s Health magazine’s managing editor, asked me months before if she could feature my skin care care routine in their May issue. I think they want to do a story on what products women use with regard to their skin type, and I was to represent those with normal skin.

I always say that proper skin care is definitely more important than knowing how to put on makeup. What good is makeup if your skin, the canvas, is not taken care of? No amount of foundation, no matter how good or expensive it is, will make your skin glowing if you haven’t prepped it the right way.

So here’s what was published in the magazine, too bad they they had to shorten or omit some of my answers. You could find after the photo the full transcript of what Angela asked me, which is basically my whole skin care routine. I’m not saying that those with normal skin do the same as what I wrote, but do the basics of skin care and you’ll be fine– CLEANSE, TONE, MOISTURIZE, EXFOLIATE, AND SUNBLOCK!

You have normal skin, which means you rarely have breakouts. What DO you do when you get a rare pimple? Which products do you use to treat pimples?

I put salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide on the pimple to dry it out.

What moisturizer do you use? Why are these moisturizers good for your skin, any ingredients that keep your skin healthy? What kind of moisturizers would u recommend for people with normal skin?

I use 2 different moisturizers. In the morning I use Mary Kay MelaCEP Whitening System Day Moisturizer with SPF15. I don’t really need to whiten but in brightens and evens out my skin tone. SPF is already incorporated so I don’t need to put sunblock.

For night I use Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion. It’s a no-frills basic moisturizer. It’s the first brand that I’ve tried and I’ve stuck to it ever since.

I recommend lightweight moisturizers, since you don’t really need that much additional moisture.

Is normal skin more prone to burning? Do you use sun block? What sunblock do you use?

I don’t think it’s more prone to burning, but I still use sunblock. My day moisturizer and tinted moisturizer have SPF. If i know I will have prolonged exposure to the sun, I substitute my day moisturizer with L’Oreal UV Perfect Ultimate Protection Liquid with SPF 50.

Any other products in your beauty bag that you use religiously? Please give your top 5 and what makes each product special for normal skin, or simply, why these products are your favorites, a reason why you would recommend it.

1. Cleanser: Clinique Facial Soap- leaves my skin clean and refreshed but never taut or dry. A bit pricey but a bar lasts me almost 2 years!

2. Toner: Mary Kay MelaCEP Whitening System Freshener- removes excess dirt that may not have been removed by the cleanser. I’ve also noticed that when I use toner regularly I rarely get blackheads.

3. Exfoliant: Nu Skin Exfoliant Scrub- I use this once or twice a week to remove dead skin cells. This has lots of spherical beads that are not harsh on my skin.

4. Mask: Mary Kay Customized Skin Care Mask- I use this when I feel my skin is dull. My skin instantly feels smoother and refreshed after I leave it on for at least 10 minutes.

5. Lip Balm: Blistex Lip Tone with SPF 15- My absolute favorite! It has a hint of color that matches the color of my lips, moisturizes well, has a tinge of chocolatey taste, and has SPF 15 (lips don’t tan but they do burn). All for less than 100 pesos. I keep one in my drawer, one in my makeup kit, and one in whatever bag I’m using.