December is the busiest month in a year because of the Christmas season. Most couples would have their wedding schedule before the “Ber” (Sept – Dec) months to avoid traffic, year end mall sales, family reunion, parties and all other stuff happening during this season. For many, inviting relatives and friends is a challenge since most are busy doing shopping, vacations and family get together. But my client took a brave step and opted to have their special day on the 28th of December. The plan was a success! Their closest friends and relatives were all their and gave their support to the couple. All enjoyed and had so much fun witnessing as God joined them as one.
It was a memorable experience because I was able to witness their most joyous and heart warming moments as they exchanged vows. During the reception, the couple showed off their talents as they performed and danced for their guests. It was really nice to see newlywed couple enjoying and having fun on their wedding day. Here are some of the photos taken while I was doing her hair and makeup before the wedding ceremony:
I always forget to take a photo of the client before I do the makeup. Good thing she reminded me to take a picture of her so she can see the “Before and After” shots. Most wouldn’t want their pictures taken without any makeup on! She’s really oozing with confidence and that’s what makes her really gorgeous!
All products used are waterproof that’s why even after dancing for an hour the bride still looks stunning.
Products used: Make Up Forever, Smashbox, Stila, PAC and Fairy Drops Mascara
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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.
We had to climb to reach the top of the hill where the famous old light house is located
Contouring her eyes
first test shot while doing her makeup
Second test shot to check the light and makeup
Fixing his hair before the shoot
Doing another test shot
Changing the makeup and wardrobe for their Avant Garde theme
Actual location where the photos were taken
Unprocessed photo by Julie Barcenas
Another great location where we did our boho theme
Photography by: Julie Barcenas
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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)
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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!
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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!
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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:
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They say being a Makeup Artist is easy. Eye shadow and blush would already complete the look but all the idea were wrong. My love for make up started when I was still in High School. In grade school we were already taught on how to groom ourselves. Teachers would ask us to bring grooming kits that has the basic products we need like powder, gloss, comb etc. When I reached High School, I started to add more products in the bag. I bought lipsticks (I remember my first lipstick was from MAC and its PLUM), cheek stains and pressed powder
My fascination in Make Up Artistry grew when I started reading chic magazines such as Candy, Cosmo, Vogue etc. I would try to mimic the technique by applying makeup on myself. Friends appreciate on how I put makeup and they I could try it on them. Then a friend asked me to do makeup for her bridesmaids. I was a bit hesitant since I had no formal training but with guts I accepted the challenge. With just a few products on hand I was able to do makeup for her 4 bridesmaids along with my best friend who’s also a make up enthusiast. Everything went well and that made me decide to enroll in Make Up School.
When I got in, I thought the course was as easy as one-two-three but the knowledge I had was definitely not enough as it requires different techniques and approach. Who would have thought that Make Up Artistry and Geometry is a combination? Hewww! I though I already escaped from Math. Face symmetry is very important especially not all has a perfect eye, face, or nose shape.
I really learned a lot from Maquillage Professionel. I had very good instructors (Sir Mio Robo and Ms. Mikee Raymundo) who are very passionate with their profession and loves to share their ideas, techniques and do’s and don’ts in makeup. They’re not only professional but also fun to work with. I would really love to advance my skill and enroll in the same school.