Pushing the conventional limits of beauty norms, these are the Filipino makeup artists that are continuously making their mark.
Doing your own makeup is one thing, but painting somebody else’s face is another. From understated glam to flora and fauna-inspired looks, these Filipino makeup artists keep on defying today’s beauty standards with their craft.
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With an eye for runway and au naturale looks, Anthea Bueno’s artistry is sought-after by top celebrities like Ivana Alawi, KZ Tandingan, Janine Gutierrez, and Kelsey Merritt. She’s best known for the no-makeup makeup glam, no wonder clients go to her for clean, skin-baring looks.
Often avant-garde and otherworldly, Sylvina Lopez, also known as Slo is a self-taught makeup artist. She specializes in SFX makeup just like how she created this cyborg beauty for James Reid’s SODA music video and Frankie Pangilinan’s look on her NYLON Manila cover.
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The way Jelly Eugenio paints one’s face impeccably still makes us wonder what kind of magic he has. With muses like Catriona Gray, Nadine Lustre, and Vice Ganda, he has the ability to transform anyone with his meticulous makeup skills.
Mac Igarta’s mastery of his craft is evident with his versatility in both grooming and glam. His muses are James Reid, the Gibbs sisters, Ian and Paolo Pangilinan, and SB19. Don’t you just love the range?
Experimental and edgy makeup artist Jia Achacruz has an obsession with colors and the kitschy aesthetic. Her notable works are with SB19’s Ken, Josh and Justin for their NYLON Manila cover, Daniel Padilla at the Black Magic Ball 2019, and all of her crazy looks on Instagram.
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Oh, to be mugged by Zidjian Paul. The looks that this makeup artist creates often has an underlying tone of grit and vulnerability all at the same time. Artists like Jess Connelly, BJ Pascual, and Carl Jan Cruz are some of his notable muses.
Raffy So’s editorial looks are mostly brought to life by flora and fauna and preserved insects. As exotic as it sounds, Raffy also displays his flexibility with making the skin look as clear as day.
Katch Mejias has been working in the industry for more than 10 years. She’s no stranger to colorful looks and has been doing both hair and makeup for different publications, beauty brands, celebrities and even has her own salon. One of her memorables works? Kathryn Bernardo’s Halloween makeup last year.
Subtle and understated glam is Jorence Delimos’ game. The balance that this makeup artist puts in his looks has earned him muses like Niana Guerrero and Hannah Locsin.
Being in the industry for more than 20 years isn’t easy, but Xeng Zulueta is still at the top. She constantly reinvents herself with looks that range from painterly, edgy, to futuristic.
Did someone say otherworldly? Makeup artist Marlyn Ocampo is known for her bold and adventurous transformations. She’s also been noticed by RuPaul’s Drag Race and is the very first winner of the NYX Face Awards in the Philippines.
Chuchie Ledesma is a makeup artist that’s been on the radar for quite sometime because of her stunning lip art and ethereal looks. She also created a series of Filipino street-food inspired beauty editorial that made a lot of noise online.