Kris Bacani Makeup Artistry | alex leyson
Kris is a New York trained makeup artist and makeup teacher from Manila.
weddings, manila, philippines, mua, makeup
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“I just depended on my instinct when I booked Kris. I was never a fan of makeup and I didn’t know any makeup artists then. Kris made feel like im a princess on my wedding day. I didn’t even have to retouch my makeup even though I was crying really hard on my way down the aisle. Relying on my instinct was the perfect decision that I made! I really had fun working with you, Kris. Thank you!” – Kara



Nicolai Melicor Photography

I’ve been working a lot with the talented Nicolai Melicor lately.  Here are some portraits that she took with our brides Mayleen, Jan, Veron, and Seaneen. Thanks Nicolai for sending these over, and I hope to work with you again soon!




“I had a hard time choosing my makeup artist for my wedding since I knew very little about makeup and didn’t know what to look for in a makeup artist. Plus, I didn’t want to end up with the usual makeup artists who insist on a heavy-handed style and who would turn me into someone I’m not. But Kris was a real find and she understood exactly what I was looking for even before I knew it myself. She gave me a simple, fresh look, while still making me more beautiful than I thought I could be. Thanks, Kris! You’re the best!” -Lyn




The first few times I did Abu’s makeup was way back 2007. I was just studying basic makeup artistry then in Center for Aesthetic Studies and she was one of my ever willing guinea pig-slash-model during classes. I really have a soft spot for my supportive friends who have helped me start out. To make her even more awesome in my eyes, Abu and his husband Bede brought me to Korea for their engagement shoot!




I’ve been doing makeup for Ateneo batchmates lately,  everyone’s getting hitched one right after the other! Deng and I both took up the same course, and I was surprised to learn during our trial makeup that we also both worked for the same company, URC, briefly. That’s where Deng met Seph. Check out their wedding photos below 🙂




Monica is one of the constants in my life. We’ve known each other since Prep in School of the Holy Spirit, and as some girls can attest, all-girl convent schools are the perfect breeding ground for life-long friendships. There were whole years that we have neither seen nor talked to each other, but when we do, we simply pick up where we left off. We probably get along well because we’re both Scorpio– in Monica’s world, pretty much everything can be explained through your zodiac sign.



Three days before her wedding, Sara got dengue fever. Yep, you read that right. Deadly dengue. I seriously don’t know how she was able to recover in such a short span of time, but I guess walang sakit sakit pag ikakasal! Looking at the photos, she didn’t look the least bit sick, agree?



When I was a freshman in Ateneo, I sat beside this friendly and chatty girl during our English block orientation seminar. Camille and I instantly became friends, and all through out college we’d have other classes together. A few years after graduating, I soon bumped into her again when we started working in the wedding industry– I as a makeup artist and she as a bridal gown designer (plus, she manages the family-owned events place The Glass Garden). We both started on the same year, and we helped each other through several collaborations. Looking back, it really is amazing how far we’ve both gone in our respective careers. I couldn’t be happier when she asked me to do her wedding makeup, it really is something when a co-supplier trusts you for her own big day. I should be congratulating Camille and Martin for their wedding, but this post is sooo delayed, I should be congratulating them now for their baby girl Ava!


#krisbacanimakeup on Instagram

I’ve been more active recently in Instagram than in blogging. Here are some of my makeup related posts there last August and September. Follow me @krisbacani!