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14 Best Makeup Artists in the Philippines
Let’s all give it up for makeup artists.
Not only is the job of a makeup artist incredibly challenging, but it also requires a ton of creativity and technical skill. It’s no surprise that celeb makeup artists have amassed large followings of their own on social media. From Philippine Fashion Week to editorial makeup, here are some of the most sought-after professional makeup artists in the Philippines right now.
14 Popular Hair and Make-up Artists in the Philippines
1. Tingue Duque
Ever wonder who might be the makeup artist behind some of your favorite celebs and beauty queens? The makeup artist in question might be none other than Ting Duque. From press con ready looks to natural glam for any event, celebrity makeup Cristine Duque knows how to bring out your features and make you the head turner of any big event. Her team has worked with clients that include big names like Bea Alonzo, Janine Gutierrez, Lovi Poe, and even Charo Santos.
2. Jigs Mayuga
Beauty columnist, host, and makeup artist to the stars Jigs Mayuga knows how to paint a beautiful image through makeup and his words. Formerly a flight attendant, he’s now one of the leading MUAs in the makeup industry and in showbiz for his artistry as well as his makeup workshops. He does event glam as well as offer professional beauty and make-up services for private clients.
3. Robbie Piñera
Ever wonder why Anne Curtis has a beauty that never falters, no matter what event she’s attending? Thank Robbie Pinera, one of Anne’s most frequent makeup artists and a part of her beauty team. Robbie is no stranger to working with big names. His creativity can be seen in Anne’s understated glam all the way to Shay Mitchell’s Hollywood glitz.
More recently, he transformed Liza Soberano into a femme fatale for her Metro magazine cover shoot. Looking to hire a professional for your event? Robbie offers hair and makeup services for weddings.
4. RB Chanco
RB Chanco is a make-up artist for celebrities, special events, and fashion. Her fresh and creative style can be seen in how she brings out the natural beauty of each of her clients through different elements of makeup. She’s done makeup for up-and-coming starlets as well as established personalities, most notably Kris Aquino and Jodi Sta. Maria. She’s also worked with Erich Gonzales and 2016 Miss Universe Iris Mittenaere.
5. Mickey See
A large part of offering makeup services is bringing client’s requests to life. That’s where Mickey See excels at, especially when he’s working with women who know what they want (Liza Soberano and Pia Wurtzbach, no big deal). Apart from offering professional services to celebrities for special occasions, editorial photoshoots, and red carpet events, he also specializes in bridal makeup, whether it’s for a prenup shoot or wedding.
6. Juan Sarte
With 139k followers under his belt, Juan Sarte’s name has been synonymous to celebrity makeup artist for years. Part of discovering his love for beauty and makeup were his sister’s dolls that he played with as a young boy. Now, you can see his artistry on his clients Maine Mendoza, Judy Ann Santos, and Lea Salonga, who look nothing short of showstopping in every event.
7. Denise Ochoa
Any bride-to-be who wants to pull out all the stops for their bridal makeup knows Denise Go Ochoa is the woman to go to. A creative makeup artist for celebrities as well as non-celebs, Denise has made a name for herself in the beauty industry for her ultra-soft and feminine glam. You’ll spot her clients wearing wispy, doll-like lashes and a light, barely-there eye for an ethereal glow.
8. Owen Sarmiento
There’s a lot you can do with simple makeup products, and that’s what Owen Sarmiento showcases. Each of his clients sports a versatile look whenever they’re sat in his makeup chair, because Owen doesn’t settle for less. The tremendous amount of love and effort he puts into bringing out the beauty of his clients is apparent. He’s worked for wedding shoots, event glam, fashion projects, and more. Take a look at this golden eye-and-brown make-up combo on May-May Entrada as an example.
9. Jia Achacruz
Jia Achacruz is the make-up artist that loves to experiment. From SB19’s Nylon shoot to Daniel Padilla’s 2019 Black Magic Ball costume, the young professional is widely known for her unique style that moves away from typical glam and instead favors crazy colors that look like art pieces. If you’re a fan of editorial looks reminiscent of the 90’s club scene, popping neons, and abstract designs, then you’ll love her work.
10. Katch Mejias
Looking for a professional makeup artist to hire during your wedding day? Katch Mejias is a Metro Manila-based professional hair and makeup artist who knows how to turn any event into something more than a special occasion. This seasoned makeup artist knows how to turn anyone into a blushing bride for their big day, so availing of her hair and makeup services is a sure investment. Katch knows how to bring out anyone’s beauty with her refined hair and makeup skills and understated glam. She even has her own salon.
11. Anthea Bueno
From Kelsey Merritt to Angel Locsin, Anthea Bueno has captured the essence of many stars in the showbiz and beauty industry. Her makeup style is different from others: it brings out the natural glow of Filipino skin and celebrates it, as you can see in the beauty of her clients. Her looks showcase natural, dewy makeup that leaves you looking fresh. Here, we see Kelsey Merritt in beautiful freckles and a sultry eye.
12. Jelly Eugenio
Another makeup artist who knows how to empower women on their wedding day is Jelly Eugenio. Perhaps you know her as the make-up artist behind the Sarah Lahbati and Richard Gutierrez wedding. Maybe you recognize her as one of the makeup artists of Nadine Lustre and Catriona Gray. She’s a seasoned makeup artist in the fashion industry who knows how to keep up with the best hair and makeup trends.
13. Xeng Zulueta
A veteran in the industry, Xeng Zulueta still manages to upgrade her looks. She’s perfected the art of subtle glam as well as edgy, futuristic styles. You’ll often see her works on fashion campaigns for magazines like Lifestyle, Mega, and Speed. She also posts videos of some of her makeup looks in motion.
14. Slo Lopez
Rounding up our list is experimental MUA Slo Lopez, a self-taught beauty guru who loves to go out of the ordinary. She’s done fashion shoots, editorials, music videos, and even Youtube sensation Mimiyuuuh’s makeup.
Who is the Number 1 Makeup Artist?
What makes the makeup industry in the Philippines dynamic is that each one brings something different to the table. Plenty cite Juan Sarte as one of the best makeup artists in the country, while Denise Go Ochoa has the most followers on Instagram.
Which celebrity makeup artist should I hire for my special day?
There are plenty of things to consider when hiring makeup services for your wedding day or special event. What other events do they specialize in? Do they offer a trial makeup session? Do they only work in a salon, or do they offer home services? Here are some things to think about so you can rest assured you’re getting the best hiring service possible.
The most important factor is overall quality of their makeup services. You will want to get the best quality for your big event, and one way is to check reviews of their services. Scrolling through their social media will help give you an idea of how their team works and what kind of styles they tend to go for.
Another factor in considering your makeup artist is their specialty. A versatile makeup artist will bring out the best version of you, and they’ll also be able to bring your creative vision to life. Some work with airbrush makeup.
Airbrush makeup often lasts longer than the traditional brush-and-powder. By using an airbrush to apply tints and hues, there is more pressure applied on the skin, thus preventing melting of makeup on the skin. However, if you don’t want an airbrush look, go for a traditional makeup artist instead.
You can also select a make-up artist that knows how to do hair. However, in a time-sensitive setting, it’s better to go for a separate professional for your wedding hair.
In the Philippines, hiring a professional celebrity make-up artist for your event will cost anywhere from 10,000 to 50,000 pesos.
Our country is rife with talent and creativity. If there’s a thing or two we could learn from these artists, it’s that beauty is all about bringing out one’s best features and celebrating what makes us unique.
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Joey is an AB Psychology graduate of the University of St. La Salle – Bacolod. Her life’s passions include writing, film, and spending hours on end binge-watching fashion vloggers on Youtube.