Thanks for coming to my site! If you want to know more about me as an artist, the best thing to do is to click on the pages (on the links above) and read my blog posts. There are images of make-up I’ve done for lifestyle events such as weddings, as well as prints for beauty and fashion spreads in my blog as well as in my portfolio. There are great make-up and beauty tips in some of the articles, and also some featuring me -thanks to my team (Hi Mia and the “teamworks” crew!). Thanks also, to the beauty editors and writers I’ve had the pleasure of working with!
I love being part of creative shoots and being involved in making someone’s art and vision come to life. My work is so much fun, but more than that, it’s extremely rewarding. I’ve been a make-up artist for more than ten years now (Actually, sitting here editing..it’s now been about 15+ years, but let’s just say “more than ten years”.. Makes me feel better, age-wise! Dec 18th 2012). I’ve met so many beautiful people along the way! To be part of helping someone find confidence in oneself again, or simply to make someone feel extra “pretty” and help put a big smile on their face, is truly amazing.
I never planned on being a make-up artist although i had always been into art and design in school. (In fact my background is in Business Marketing!) It all started back in college and university, when I was a working student at The Body Shop, London UK. My manager put me in charge of the Brand’s make-up line in the store, and thereafter, I received valuable training from the head quarter’s school in Great Titchfield Street, where I met The Body Shop’s International Make-up Artist and Consultant, Chase Aston. He’s done as many as 57 fabulous covers for Cosmo magazine and numerous covers and editorials for Vogue and Elle among others – not to mention his work with top celebrities and fashion models like Kate Moss, Claudia Schiffer, Britney Spears and Cameron Diaz.
He taught me how to have fun with make-up (after all, you can simply wash it off at the end of the day!) and showed me the secret of great looking make-up: “Blend, blend blend!”
After 18 years in the UK, I moved back to my motherland, the Philippines, where I landed the job of Make-up Artist and Brand Manager of The Body Shop, Colourings (later re-launched as The Body Shop Makeup). The friendships I had made and the experiences learned in that role are still what I draw from to this date. It wasn’t all fun, but it certainly was extremely valuable to my personal and professional growth. I look back on those 4-5 years with The Body Shop team with so much fondness.
During my last couple of years in the Philippines, I made the transition of being Brand and Make-up Consultant for TBS to that of Rustans’ Essenses (a high-end beauty hub with a focus on well being and Spa treatments) Cosmetics and fragrances. (I’ll admit, the thought of going from a single international brand to multiple international renowned brands at first, terrified me. But the move proved to be just what I’d needed after all the “training” I had received at TBS). Brands such as: NARS, Laura Mercier, T. Le Clerc, Paula Dorf and Urban Decay, introduced me to new beauty tips, make-up skills and wardrobes. All essential to what my career would later lead up to in my passion for sharing my knowledge and skills, as a Make-up Trainer and freelance make-up Artist.
I live in Toronto, Canada with my husband and adorable little Noelle Alexandra, but am hoping to return to Makati, Philippines in a couple of years. I’m still loving my job but at the same time, still introducing myself to new clients and business contacts in the Beauty industry. So, I hope you can join me in my journey and drop me a few comments, suggestions and even a Testimony like those sent in by friends I’ve had the joy of meeting and working with in the past.
“If you feel good, you look good. And if you look good, you feel good!” (But don’t forget to do good, too!)Merry Carlos-Baguio