Ivana Alawi has had the entire country at her beck and call for years now. Perhaps it's because of the wacky, down-to-earth antics in her vlogs, or her lavish lifestyle of P12 million diamond rings and designer swimwear, but people close to her will tell you that none of it is ever smoke and mirrors. As it turns out, Ivana is always just Ivana no matter the circumstance.
That is, at least, what makeup artist Paul Unating tells us. The Preview 50 Most Influential Beauty Guru awardee attests to the fact that Ivana is as authentic as one can get, and he's had all the pleasure of brushing on his signature "angelic" look on her for the past few months. Getting to do so is an experience that, he says, has "changed his life."
Below, read up on our interview with Paul to find out what it's like dolling up "The Nation's Fantasy":
Paul Unating on Being Ivana Alawi's Makeup Artist
Please describe the first time you and Ivana met.
"I was shocked [and] amazed [at] how beautiful she is in person. And she’s very kind, as in, no filter ang ugali. Sobrang nervous ako kasi [I was going to do] makeup [for] the one and only Ivana Alawi."
How did you end up working together? How long have you been working together since?
"[We've been] working for almost six months now. I messaged her on my Instagram before [about working together], like years na ata. I was shocked kasi she replied, "Yes, we can," and doon na nagsimula lahat.
How would you describe Ivana as a client?
"She’s different. I can say na she is really kind, generous, and unfiltered. One of the most genuine celebrities na naayusan ko. She's [a] very caring and loving client. She’s one of the most humble [people] that I know."
How has working with Ivana impacted your career as a makeup artist?
"She literally [changed] my life to the point na normal people and potential clients trust me because of [her.] [There's] a little pressure kasi most of my clients [request for] the famous sexy foxy eyes of Ms. Ivana."
As her makeup artist, what can you say about her personal style/aesthetic?
"Ms. Ivana's [style] is more on comfy streetwear outfits, but she is flexible. I think she can pull off any style or look."
Has your personal relationship developed since you first met? How would you describe Ivana as a friend?
"YES! But, I'm still shy. She's like you're older sister. She will take care of you and treat you as her true friend. [There's] no doubt why she’s blessed."
What’s your most unforgettable moment working with Ivana?
"I think when she [assigned me to an] endorsement shoot. I was shocked kasi first makeup [session] lang namin that time and she trusted me agad to do her [look] for [an] endorsement."
What’s something interesting about Ivana that her fans don’t know?
"I think Ms. Ivana is very vocal and honest with her fans and we can see it naman sa vlogs niya. That's why I can't answer this [qiuestion.] I think the interesting part of Ms. Ivana is that she's very geniune, honest, and she really appreciates lahat ng efforts ng fans niya."