If you weren’t in the industry, what would you be doing?
I’d probably be working in a hospital. Before I was a full time makeup artist, I used to work in that field.
How would you define your signature look?
Fresh and natural. Effortless beauty.
Who is your beauty icon?
Alicia Fernandez Posadas! I’ve always thought of my mom as the most beautiful.
Who is your dream client?
Madonna, Anna Wintour and Oprah Winfrey.
What is your pet-peeve when it comes to typical Fiipina make up? How would you remedy it?
Apparently, there are still a lot of Filipinas who’d rather have white skin and they resort to procedures that make the skin peel. I don’t like it when I have to apply makeup on a face that is peeling. [Applying] moisturizer usually helps the flaking. Scrubs also work to exfoliate dead skin cells.
I also don’t like over-plucked eyebrows. Feathery strokes when applying makeup on the brows is a temporary fix, but the best solution is to just let the brows grow.
What is the first thing that you look at before applying make up on someone?
Skin tone. It’s like a canvas to put your base on. I also try to pinpoint the features that I want to enhance and those I’d like to fix. The looks that I do are inspired by the natural beauty of the woman—her beauty as an individual. Every woman has a different look and a different aura.
What is your best makeup tip?
Anyone can do this simple makeup trick—for brighter, more expressive eyes, curl the lashes well then apply a single or double coat of mascara and you’re ready to go!
What is your favorite current makeup trend?
Dewy skin that's soft and lustrous. It’s young and fresh. I also love bushy eyebrows.
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