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I decided to share one of my best experience in doing engagement shoots. I had the privilege to work with two artistic and amazing photographers, Julie Barecenas and Mervin Alcachupas, plus the coolest couple ever, Marvin and Rose Ann. This was the first project that I had to combine makeup artistry, styling and art direction. The couple were very much willing to do what was conceptualized.
As an artist, each of us had different views and perspective on how we wanted to showcase our talent but all our hard work paid off. Collaborating with different artists was not really hard at all especially if all aimed for one purpose – to create wonderful photos. It was very overwhelming to see the results of our combined efforts, ideas and hard work. I’d like to share to you these photos that were taken before the actual photo shoot.
Photography by: Julie Barcenas
I met the bride in July when I was still studying at Make Up Forever/Maquillage Professionel School of Make Up Artistry. She was model during that time. I never thought that she was serious about getting me as her Hair and Makeup Artist on her special day! It was nerve wracking since the last time I had done makeup for weddings was almost a year ago (I didn’t have any formal training during that time).
I got to know the couple on their e-session shoot. I helped them organize and create a story board for their engagement shoot. They wanted to have a vintage feel which is somewhat similar to the movie – The Notebook. I researched on the materials and pegs that we used to achieve what they wanted. I gave them the pegs and asked them to send me any similar wardrobes they have on their closet. They sent me all their clothes and shoes and then I tried to mix and match what they have.
At the day of the shoot, I just paired their wardrobes with beautiful accessories and hats. For the make up, I just made sure that it was light and a bit nude at the start of the shoot progressing to a bit dark and vintage until the end. Check out their cool AVP (created by Margaret Siason)
Wedding Plans before wedding proposal? So extraordinary!
I met this couple a month ago and told me that they were planning to get married in march 2013 and that they would like me to be their Stylist and HMUA for their big day. I asked them if they wanted to have an e-session or prenup shoot (a term we used here in Manila) and they said yes! They wanted to have a different kind of concept and so I shared some ideas which they immediately loved.
They chose a great location in Zambales called Capones Island. This island has the most gorgeous light house and landscape that is best for photoshoot.
When we got to the island, I thought it was easy to get to where the Light House was located. I was carrying my heavy makeup train case and a big bag full of makeup and hair products that time. I never thought that we had to literally climb to the top. It was so tiring and a bit scary because at one point we had to cling to a rope to get us to the next level.
When we got to the top, it was haven! It was really beautiful up there but I had to do my thing so I pulled out the products I need to use for the shoot. First peg was marilyn and james dean! Here are some of the shots (photos by Julie Barcenas)
Second peg was Avant Garde Fashion. I borrowed this gown from a friend who’s a Designer (Belin Fliyelet) and then used a blazer and tied it at the back to give a different look. I changed her eye shadows and lip color to match her outfit. If you notice the shoes was suppose to be a ballet shoes but since we could not find one. So, I used pink ribbons and wrapped it around her legs in a criss cross manner.
Third Peg was Bohemian Concept! This part was the most dramatic and romantic one. While we were busy directing and shooting the couple, the groom went down on his knees and from his pocket he grab a black box and reached out for her hand. He then showed her a beautiful ring and popped the most lovely question “Will you marry me?” They started crying. I thought it was just part of the shoot then I realized it was for real. I actually witnessed the most extraordinary proposal ever. This happened at theedge of the cliff! Here are some of the photos courtesy of Julie Barcenas!
I really love weddings! It gives a moment of peace, love and joy. I was so lucky that I became part of this lovely couple’s most special day. The bride wanted a look that will just enhance her beautiful features. I decided to use Make Up Forever’s HD Primer and Face and Body Liquid Foundation no. 34 and then for her eyes I used this gorgeous Stila”s In the Moment Eye Shadow Palette for a more natural and fresh look.
I enjoyed working with this couple. I get to see they’re wacky and most intimate moments during their e-session until their big day!
Photography by: Smart Shot Studios
I had the privilege to work with the glam team! I received an sms message from the ever so gorgeous model, Farah Ramos, and asked me if I would be interested to do her hair and makeup for a collaboration shoot. I didn’t think twice and I immediately said yes.
She introduced me to her friends, Loi Villarama (a fabulous stylist) and RV Mitra (Super great photographer), and then they showed me some pegs of the look they want for the shoot.
On the day of shoot, I saw the most elegant and extravant gown ever! These gowns were created by Veejay Floresca, a famous designer in Manila. I really had a great time working with these great people and I look forward in working with them again.
The Floresca Collection!
Stylist: Loi Villarama
Photographer: Rv Mitra
Model: Farah Ramos
Hair and Makeup: Maws Francisco-Diaz
I love doing makeup so much that even during breaks and free time at the office I would ask my colleagues to model for me. I would just use whatever it is inside my bag and start applying the makeup on them.
I never imagined that I will be leaving my office job to become a full time Make Up Artist.
Here are some of my previous works:
April 14 , 21 & 28
Day 1 and 2 – Most tricky part of the course. Never thought it would be as difficult as math. Face symmetry was one of our subjects. I thought applying foundation and shaping the eyebrows was just a piece of cake. I never thought that everything needs to be measured…hahaha…but it was really fascinating when you see the results. Another challenge was choosing the right tone and color for foundation. Its a make or break thing. You don’t want your model to look too white or too dark. Combination and Mixing is the key.
For this Hands On Training, I used Make Up Forever’s Face and Body foundation No. 34 as it matches the skin color of my model. It was my first time to use liquid brow kit so I’m kind of testing what color would be best for my model’s brow. Result- too dark….Well, learned my lesson!
Day 3 – Facial Balance, Eye Shape & Lip Correction