Old Hollywood Makeup


Here are some photos that I took on-set while shooting with Katinka Tromp in Rotterdam.  The makeup styling was inspired by movie stars of the 30’s, 40’s & 50’s. I can’t wait to see the final product!

Photo shoot Makeup for Ripe Wussy-Free in Amsterdam

Makeup for Ripe Wussy-Free in Amsterdam

Makeup for Ripe Wussy-Free in Amsterdam

A few weeks back I was asked to collaborate on a photo shoot for Ripe Wussy- Free, an exclusive street-style clothing line straight out of Amsterdam.

It was a fun day getting to work with the styling team and lovely models from Ripe Wussy-Free. The look was edgy & fresh for Spring.

You can check out the following link to see more photos from the shoot, as well as to get yourself some pieces from the Ripe Wussy-Free collection:  http://ripe-wussy-free.tumblr.com/post/110631077644/the-ripe-look-threesome

Holland’s National Wedding Show / Love & Marriage Beurs – January 31, 2015


Yesterday I attended Holland’s National Wedding Show / Love & Marriage Beurs at the Ahoy Centre.  I wanted  to check out this year’s latest bridal trends in makeup, hair, and fashion. If you are needing a makeup artist for your wedding this year, inquire soon as dates are booking up fast!

Canada Philippine Fashion Week 2014 – Toronto, Canada

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Earlier this month, I was asked to be a key makeup artist for Canada Philippine Fashion Week in Toronto, Canada.  I was more than excited to be a part of the fashion week festivities for two reasons. First, runway makeup is so much fun to do. And secondly, I am of Filipino heritage, and I’m also Canadian!

Canada Philippine Fashion Week (CPFW) is a showcase of the best in haute couture, style, innovation, culture and creativity of the Philippines. It is dedicated to the promotion and development of Filipino fashion talent in the Philippines and Canada, all for a good cause – the Kol Hope Foundation for Children, a charitable organization that helps children with disabilities in both countries.

I was delighted to hear that MAC Cosmetics would be providing the makeup for all the shows…that is a lot of makeup!  My old co-worker and friend Kim Timbol, was the Associate Makeup Director for CPFW.  We worked together at MAC for many years. Under her direction and along with some other MAC artists, past & present, we braved the wild and crazy backstage scene, getting all the runway models ready and looking their best.





The Power of Makeup

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Hey everyone, I realize I don’t blog nearly enough so I thought I would post some videos that I have come across in my travels which illustrate the power of makeup.  Love it or hate it, makeup can do wonders for people with poor skin conditions, acne, birthmarks, or even conspicuous tattoos which need covering up.  These videos are just incredible:




I’m back!


Hello everyone!

For those of you who know me, you’ll know that I just came back from a 7-month hiatus.  I was working abroad, living the dream, working on a cruise ship for Holland America Line.  More specifically, I worked on 3 cruise ships:  the Maasdam, the Eurodam, and the Rotterdam.

No, I wasn’t doing makeup on board (although I gave a few makeup lessons to fellow crew members).  I was a Port Shopping Lecturer.  I looooved this job because it combined my love of shopping with my love of cruising! Basically, this job involved getting up on stage and giving talks on the various ports we would visit, and informing the passengers about all the great shopping opportunities to be had.  While I was in the ports of call, I’d visit the recommended stores and help the passengers with any and all of their shopping needs.

In 7 months, I visited 18 countries spanning North America, the Caribbean, Central & South America, French Polynesia and Hawaii.  What an incredible experience!  I made new friends from all over the world and I have memories that will last a lifetime.

Of course I missed home immensely!  It’s great to be back.  Will I do it again? Maybe…But, I’m here for the summer!  So, if anyone needs a makeup artist for weddings, showers, photo shoots, special events, or whatever the case may be, drop me a line because I’m back!

Time To Spring Clean Your Makeup


A good friend of mine has started her spring cleaning today.  And I thought to myself, “I really need to spring clean my makeup.”

If you are like me, and you hoard cosmetics like you just might need to do the makeup for the entire cast of Cirque De Soleil one day…it might be a good idea to sort through your stash and toss a few things.

Ladies, listen up!  Like food, beauty products can go bad.  Eating bad food can make you sick, and so can old makeup.  It can serve as a breeding ground for bacteria; and at best it can cause minor skin irritations but at worst, you can develop serious eye and skin infections.  Yuck!

Here are a few tips on how to clean up that makeup bag, or bathroom drawer, or drawers in my case:


Wash them!  I don’t know why so many women don’t know, or never thought that it might be in the best interest of  good hygiene to wash their makeup brushes??!!  You wash your face everyday, why not wash your brushes?  Good makeup brushes aren’t cheap either, so you’ll be extending their lifespan by keeping the bristles free of excess oil, dirt, and makeup.  Your brushes will thank you and so will your face.  I wash my personal brushes every week or two.  I always wash my professional brushes between clients. There are many different brush cleansers on the market but I personally prefer MAC’s Brush Cleanser.  I also like to use a bit of shampoo and conditioner to keep the brush hairs soft and clean.  When you wash a brush, never get the entire brush wet, try to keep the top of the brush ferrule dry (the metal part). Always lay brushes flight to dry.


Toss time: 6 months for liquid or cream foundations and concealers, 2 years for powder. If the makeup is separating, or smells off, get rid of it.


Toss time: 3 months.  Mascara and liquid eye liner containers are dark, wet environments that can harbour all kinds of bacteria. This is why you should be replacing them every 90 days.  Women always complain that their mascara is clumpy. Well that’s probably because it’s older than 3 months!  Here’s a tip, avoid pumping your mascara wand as this forces air into the tube and can cause mascara to dry out prematurely.  Here’s another tip, when you first open a new mascara, smell it.  Become familiar with the smell of a new mascara so you can recognize when it goes bad (a very chemically odour).


Toss time: 2 years.  Pencil eye/lip liners have a longer shelf life since they are essentially rendered fresh and clean with every sharpening. It is a good idea to sanitize your sharpener with rubbing alcohol.


Toss time: 6 months for cream eye shadows, 2 years for powder. I am a huge fan of cream eye shadows as bases for my powder eye shadow.  Many women use their fingers to apply them.  To prevent bacterial contamination of cream eye shadows, or any makeup that you like to apply with your fingers for that matter, make sure that you wash your hands before applying them to your eyelids; or better yet, use a clean brush.


Toss time: 2 years for lipstick, 6 months to a year for lip gloss.  Lipsticks can dry out which is a sure sign to throw them out. Lip glosses on the other hand have a shorter lifespan because of their high moisture content which can also serve as a breeding ground for bacteria.


Did you know that many of the containers your makeup comes in are recyclable?  So don’t be too quick to toss them in the garbage.  Better yet, if you are a MAC girl, you should know that MAC  has a recycling program called BACK TO MAC.  They are the only cosmetic company in the world that allows you to bring back your old plastic and glass containers for recycling.  But that’s not all, if you bring back 6 containers, they will give you a FREE  full-size lipstick, eyeshadow or lip gloss! (insert happy dance here)


Welcome everybody!


Welcome to my site!  I have FINALLY taken some time to create this makeup blog/website…bear with me everyone as it is a work in progress and a new learning experience!  But I hope to use it to showcase some of my recent work and to discuss new makeup trends or products that I love (or hate for that matter) LOL.  Thanks for visiting!  N