20 Jun Makeup Artist Spotlight: Ria Aquino
How did you start?
I started in the fashion industry as a member of Lourd Ramos’ makeup team for Philippine Fashion Week and assisting my mentor, Bobby Carlos. I did a lot of work for Philippine Star, specifically fashion editorials with Luis Espiritu, and Women of Allure feature shoots. I was also a guest makeup artist for MAC Cosmetics, and still working with the brand now as an Affiliate Artist. I left my corporate job to do makeup full time, and it was the best decision I’ve ever made. Currently, I’m mostly busy working on weddings, commercial, and editorial projects
Where do you buy your makeup?
Mostly when I travel abroad or online, in Sephora, or Camera Ready Cosmetics since they offer discounts to professional makeup artists. I love shopping cosmetics in Japan and in London. I also buy makeup when I attend makeup shows such as IMATS in Sydney last year.
Top 5 Must-haves in your kit?
Beauty blender sponge, MAC Fix + finishing spray, RCMA no color setting powder, Shiseido edge free lash curler, and MAC Fast Eye Response to prep under eye skin area.
Skin prepping is a very important step in makeup application since it conditions the skin and helps create a flawless base. After cleansing the skin and removing any residue oils from the face, I like to start by moisturizing, either by applying MAC Essential Oils for very dry skin, or Cinema Secrets Foundation Silicone-based Primer for combination skin, or a mattifying lotion for oily skin such as MAC Timecheck Lotion. On the under eyes, I always put MAC Fast Eye Response as it is hydrating and contains silicone, which helps fill in lines and does not cause the foundation or concealer to budge compared to using a regular eye cream. On the lips, my go to moisturizing product is Lucas Pawpaw (my clients like how great it feels on the lips), and before lipstick application, I swipe MAC Prep + Prime Lip. The eyelids is one of the oiliest parts of the face so I always a primer such as MAC Paint Pot, usually in Soft Ochre or Groundwork.
Favorite makeup brands and why?
I love MAC Cosmetics – I believe this brand has the widest range of products that fit both personal and professional use. Aside from MAC, I love using RMK, Charlotte Tilbury, Shu Uemura, Temptu and Face Atelier. These brands are great on the skin, and deliver great quality and color payoff.
I have worked with famous celebrities such as Megan Young, John Lloyd Cruz, Jasmine Curtis Smith, Mariel Padilla and Kim Jones in the past. On a regular basis, I work with prominent personalities such as Daphne Osena Paez, Steph Kienle Gonzales, Nicole Andersson, Camille Co, Paloma Zobel, Kai Lim, Marga Valdes and Mia Arcenas Branellec.
Secrets you wouldn’t share with others?
I love sharing beauty tips, so I don’t really keep any secrets! 😉 But if there is a makeup hack that I wouldn’t openly share is this: for those that would want to effectively protect their makeup from excessive sweat, an effective primer is applying an anti perspirant or deodorant on the face, before makeup application. Sounds funny, but stage performers or dancers would use this trick. 😉
Who would you love to put makeup on?
I would love to put makeup on Angelina Jolie! I think she’s beauty personified! Locally, I would love to put makeup on Liza Soberano – she really has the most beautiful face in the showbiz industry now.
How do you keep up with new trends?
I follow a lot of international makeup artists such as Pat McGrath, Hung Vanngo, Patrick Ta, and Rae Morris. I also follow fashion titles such as Vogue and Allure a lot, and other runway news. Attending makeup shows such as IMATS also help a lot. MAC Cosmetics holds regular makeup trends report, open to the press and their pro members.
What are the techniques from the past that you cannot live without?
Using bare hands is a great way to apply product on the skin. The warmth of the hands is a great way for the product to be absorbed well on the skin. I like massaging the primer on my client’s face, and making sure it is evenly applied. Sometimes, I also use my fingers to blend product.
How to book you?
You may reach me through email, [email protected], or message me in my Instagram account, @reeaquino.
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