At this point, there's no impeding Belle Mariano's climb to the top. The He's Into Her actress has come a long way from being a cute little girl on Goin' Bulilit to cementing her spot as a one of the current generation's brightest stars. And if you think otherwise, well, she has a populous fanbase ready to convince you.
Someone who's always been a fan of the Gen Z actress is her makeup artist Jake Galvez. Upon shedding her child star status, Belle sat on his makeup chair and began her transition into a bonafide leading lady. More than just collaborating on beauty looks together, the two have developed a special bond that exists even when all of the shoots have wrapped up.
Check out our interview with Jake to find out what it's like glamming up the Belle of the ball.
Makeup Artist Jake Galvez Talks About What It's Like Working with Belle Mariano
Please describe the first time you met.
"Belle was introduced to me by her handler, Edith, six years ago. Belle’s mom, Kat, was looking for a makeup artist that [would] take care of her looks, since she was transitioning from a Goin' Bulilit star to a teen idol. And ever since we’ve been working together nonstop!"
How did you end up working together? How long have you been working together since?
"Our first makeup session was absolutely perfect! Our personalities matched and she loved my work!"
How would you describe Belle as a client?
"Belle is such a pleasure to work with. She enjoys creating different makeup looks every time. I also love that she collaborates with me [sometimes] to create a makeup look that's perfectly Belle. As an artist, she’s a perfect beauty muse because she’s not afraid to be different and she can pull off any look!"
How has working with Belle impacted your career as a makeup artist?
"Belle has given me the opportunity to explore new makeup styles and looks. As a makeup artist for years now, sometimes I tend to repeat the same looks. But for her, I always come up with something new."
As her makeup artist, what can you say about her personal style/aesthetic?
"Belle’s makeup style is youthful and trendy. She’s becoming a young trendsetter and we always make sure that we do looks that are original or that we’ve never done before. She likes experimenting with makeup! She gets really excited especially [when] we create performance looks [for a] concert or for ASAP or editorial looks.
"What I like about Belle’s face are her eyes. She’s a mix of Filipino [and] Spanish so she has mestiza features and Asian eyes. I get a lot of inspiration from Thai or Korean beauty style of makeup, which is polished yet still youthful and fun."
Has your personal relationship developed since you first met? How would you describe Belle as a friend?
"Very much closer than ever! We spend so much time together, whether at work or outside work. We enjoy eating out, [working out] together, [sharing] so many stories and secrets, [laughing] about things, and sometimes [crying] together (laughs)!"
What’s your most unforgettable moment working with Belle?
"[We have] so many unforgettable moments together but one was probably our first international trip together, [which was to] Thailand. We bonded well and had a great time, along with her mom Kat and the entire glam team."
What’s something interesting about Belle that her fans don’t know?
"What people do not know about Belle is that she is very kind and thoughtful even behind the cam. She would always message everyone from her team [to] say her thanks every [time] we work [together]."
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