Believe it or not, your favorite artistas don't look as flawless as they do on TV as soon as they wake up. Most of them are backed by a team of talented artists who make all the magic happen.
Makeup Artists to Filipino Stars
Here, we're zooming in on one of the indispensable members of that team: makeup artists. Below, we gathered the 22 names who doll up the biggest stars in the country on a daily basis—names that you, too, should definitely keep on your radar:
1. Juan Sarte
To see all the stars that Juan glams up, all you have to do is check out his hashtag: #1nmymakeupchair. But as a primer, he's the go-to MUA of Judy Ann Santos, Maine Mendoza, KC Concepcion, Gretchen Barretto, and the list just goes on and on.
2. Lala Flores
It's no secret that Lala, with her years of experience in the industry, has already mastered the art of creating camera-ready looks. In addition to being the creative color consultant for Avon, she's been the favorite MUA of Angel Locsin, Solenn Heussaff, and Isabelle Daza for years.
3. Steven Doloso
Steven is your best bet for understated glam, which is what he does for Ruffa Gutierrez and Marian Rivera. Tip: He also has his own makeup supplies store that will help you get started with your own career.
4. Bambbi Fuentes
Bambbi knows fresh glam like no other, which is why he's also Marian Rivera's go-to makeup artist. His endless supply of bridal makeup looks on his Instagram account can attest to this, too.
5. Ting Duque
It doesn't matter if you want a barely-there look or red carpet-ready makeup, because Ting has all bases covered. No wonder Bea Alonzo, Sanya Lopez, Charo Santos-Concio, and Janine Gutierrez always call on her for a glam sesh.
6. Jigs Mayuga
This flight attendant turned celebrity makeup artist is the talk of the town not just for his skills but also for his articulation. Apart from making sure that stars like Shaina Magdayao and Angelica Panganiban are always ready for the camera, he's highly sought after for spearheading makeup workshops as well.
7. Mickey See
Nobody leaves Mickey See's makeup chair without looking 10 times more radiant than they naturally are. He has mastered the fresh, barely-there look for his clients, as seen in his work on his muse Liza Soberano.
8. Denise Go Ochoa
Simply put, Denise Ochoa is every bride's dream. She's also the one responsible for Kathryn Bernardo's show-stopping looks, so you can rest assured that she will nail any kind of look just fine.
9. RB Chanco
RB works best with a power woman as a canvas. Her usual clients need no introduction: Kris Aquino sits on her makeup chair almost on the daily, while also being on-call for Erich Gonzales. Oh, and did we mention she was Miss Universe 2016 Iris Mittenaere's makeup artist when the French beauty queen won the crown?
10. Gela Laurel
Glam but never overdone. Gela's understated aesthetic has made her one of the It girls' favorites and a no-brainer choice of MUA for Sarah Geronimo.
11. Owen Sarmiento
Working with celebrities with vastly different styles is a testament to Owen's versatility. He's either freshening up Maja Salvador for a TV appearance or going all out with copper lips with Yeng Constantino.
12. Albert Kurniawan
Originally from Indonesia, Albert has made a name for himself in the Philippines with his polished techniques. He's a favorite of Heart Evangelista, Toni Gonzaga, and countless Filipina beauty queens for a reason.
13. Effie Go Iñigo
Effie's mastery of blush and highlight could possibly be every makeup-wearer's dream skill. The many Instagram selfies of Janella Salvador, Sofia Andres, and Sarah Lahbati are proof.
14. Don De Jesus
You simply can't go wrong with booking Don for your big events. He'll make you the most photo-ready one out there with on-fleek everything. Just ask Janine Gutierrez and Sanya Lopez!
15. Robbie Piñera
With a muse as adventurous and naturally stunning as Anne Curtis, Robbie knows how to maneuver both editorial makeup and TV-ready looks. His warm smokey eyes are a celebrity favorite, armed with his blending brush that can do no wrong.
16. Anthea Bueno
Here's a makeup artist that truly knows how to get a glow going. She strobes the likes of Ylona Garcia, Leila Alcasid, and Kelsey Merritt to golden perfection, nailing the lit-from-within look with a stroke of a brush.
17. Mark Qua
As the lead makeup artist for Laura Mercier in the country, Mark knows the best tricks to achieving a flawless base. It's probably why Elisse Joson hasn't looked back since.
18. Gery Penaso
Having the privilege of doing Pia Wurtzbach's makeup so often is bound to give a makeup artist attention, especially if you're as talented as Gery. His clientele also includes the likes of Maxene Magalona, Bianca Gonzales-Intal, Max Collins, and Miss Universe 2017 Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters once last year!
19. Mikka Marcaida
Despite her mastery of uncomplicated beauty looks, Mikka isn't afraid to add a pop of color here and there to make a statement. Her work on Sarah Lahbati and Yassi Pressman never fails to wow us every time.
20. Jelly Eugenio
If you've heard about "drunk blush" or have seen it on Nadine Lustre at least once, you're probably familiar with Jelly's work already. A quick look at his feed is all it takes to get you to try new beauty trends.
21. Jason delos Reyes
A muse and artist relationship like Jason and Gabbi Garcia's is truly a rare find. (Other than being a match made in beauty heaven, the two actually share birthdays, too!) That said, the makeup artist has completely nailed two of Gabbi's makeup non-negotiables: dewy skin and warm eyes. No wonder the actress carries a golden glow with her 24/7.
22. Anton Patdu
A look isn't complete without a luxuriously strobed cheek, and for that, we can always depend on Anton. The makeup artist and model manager is the creative behind Claudia Barretto's chicest and rosiest looks, proving that he has that keen eye for detail required of a celebrity makeup artist.
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