I’m Kris, a New York trained makeup artist and makeup teacher from Manila. I also teach yoga, if I’m not busy daydreaming where to wander next. Champion eater and napper. Dog-mom of Eagle and Archer.
Most days I am running around the city—in a hotel for a wedding makeup gig, in a studio for a fashion photoshoot, or in a classroom teaching aspiring makeup artists or cheering on your average working girl to perfect that winged eyeliner. Unpredictable, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.
I’m mostly known for my bridal makeup. Doing that natural makeup look seems easy, but there’s more work to it than meets the eye to make you look effortlessly airbrushed and stunning. I believe that things that require subtlety and restraint are the hardest to pull off, and bridal makeup is no exception. But hey, I do the hard work, and your only job is to sit back and nonchalantly say #iwokeuplikethis. 10, 20 years from your wedding, I’d want for you to look back at your photos and and see not the makeup, but the joy and love that radiated from your face that day.
Not a fan of the natural look? Then I can smoke that eyeshadow and put on scarlet red lipstick on you, no problem. I’m lucky I get to balance the nudes and pinks of weddings with edgy clients who are not afraid to pile on the color. Getting to lead the makeup team of major runway shows and do makeup for top fashion magazines in Manila keeps me on my toes with the latest shades and trends, too. Whatever look it is, be it for bridal or fashion, there’s one thing I can assure you—I keep it classy. All. The. Time.
My parents have instilled in me the value of good education, and I’m extremely fortunate to say that I’ve been given the chance many times over to be taught by the best. I was trained in Makeup Designory New York, the “Harvard of makeup schools’. And during my stint as the National Education Manager and Chief Makeup Artist of Make Up For Ever Paris in the Philippines, I got first dibs on the latest products, trends, and techniques of this prestigious brand. New York and Paris, what more can I ask for?! So really, teaching for me is a way of giving back and paying forward to people who are as passionate in this craft as me. My goal is for them to be way better than me. I continue to teach in Makeup Designory Manila, and I conduct specialized and intensive workshops throughout the year, both for pros and non-pros.
When I’m not busy with work, you can catch me in my neighborhood yoga studio, sweating, twisting, and bending it out ‘til I achieve pretzel perfection. I love it so much, I had myself certified in Thailand to teach it! This is probably the reason why most people tell me I exude a calm and light aura, my yoga extends off the mat. Say it with me—Ommmm….