Makeup Artists Remember Fanny Serrano
A pillar of beauty in the local fashion, film, and entertainment industry, celebrity makeup artist Fanny Serrano has passed away at the age of 74
Fanny Serrano, beloved celebrity makeup artist and icon, has passed away at the age of 74.
His death was confirmed to ABS-CBN News by his daughter, Patpat Miranda, on May 11. “Papa died peacefully in his sleep between 8:45 to 9 p.m. last night at his residence in Morato, Quezon City,” she said.
Tita Fanny (or “TF,” as he is lovingly called), was born Felix Fausto Jr. in 1948, and began his career by working as an assistant at a salon.
He would become an irreplaceable pillar of the beauty, hair, and fashion industry in the country, finding muses—and close, lasting friends—in actresses like Sharon Cuneta, Amy Austria, and Lorna Tolentino.
Several makeup artists of this generation, including Lala Flores, RB Chanco, Owen Sarmiento, and Chuchie Ledesma spoke about Tita Fanny, remembering him fondly.
"There was one time I was doing Yeng’s makeup, and him for Kiray for a music video. I just recall seeing his customized wooden makeup station that folds, which he would bring when he works outside of his salon. But I what I cannot forget is how I really looked for him to send him a letter just to introduce myself when I became a makeup artist. And to tell him how much I idolized him. So I stumbled upon his Facebook account and sent him a message, to which he replied to. He then invited me for lunch over at his house in QC. Kaming dalawa lang. Then he showed me his works that he compiled. Nagulat siya alam ko lahat kung saan na-publish yung mga ginawa nya. Even for some, kung sino gumawa nung damit na suot nung subject. Sabi nga niya, mas alam ko pa daw yung iba kesa sa kanya. Dun siya naniwala na fan nya talaga ako. From then on, we became friends." —Owen Sarmiento, Makeup Artist
"The passing of a legend is always a sad one. He has touched, influenced and impacted so many lives in the celebrity, fashion, and makeup industry. The first time I got to work with TF, as he was fondly called, was back in 1996 for a magazine cover. I was still working as a professional model and he was already an icon. Like a maestro working on a blank canvas, he worked his artistry, truly original and special. Years later, when I joined the makeup industry, he has been one of the most supportive artists of my new career. I will never forget his kindness and the bright light he imparts on everyone." —Lala Flores, Makeup Artist
"Boss TF, as I’d fondly call him, was one of the nicest if not the nicest beauty legends that I’ve ever met. Without judgment, he accepted me as his assistant during Philippine Fashion Week 2012. I was a 2-year-old makeup artist then. During my stint as his assistant I learned how to do the hulas-free makeup that looks skin-like and flawless on camera. He generously shared all his creative tips and techniques without ever holding back. He just made sure that I practiced each time I could and shared whatever techniques I’ve learned from him. He was never madamot with anything. From food, makeup knowledge, even to his iconic sea sponges, he gave and he gave as if he had an unlimited supply of everything. Perhaps that’s why he was so blessed beyond measure. He may have already left us but I will forever remember his kindness, humility, and his Christ-like heart for service, creativity, and worship." —Chuchie Ledesma, Makeup Artist
"When I was growing up, I already knew that he was a “haligi” in the makeup industry. He really was one of my idols. I really looked up to him as a makeup artist. And so I joined this certain event as a makeup artist. Yung takot ko sa kanya, parang na-starstruck ako, but he has this presence na alam mong mabait siya, pero parang may presence siya na hindi mo malapitan. Pero nilakasan ko loob ko na lapitan siya because I really wanted to talk to him. So sabi ko, “Hi tita Fanny. I’m RB Chanco, I’m also a makeup artist. I super idolize you, I’ve heard so many stories about how you put makeup. I’ve heard about how you put makeup on ma’am Charo [Santos-Concio], Kris [Aquino], yung mga icons in the industry—ang dami kong narinig na stories na innovative yung paglagay mo ng makeup.” Tapos yung sagot niya sakin sobrang tumatak. He said, “RB, don’t idolize me. You should not idolize a human being. You should only idolize God. Appreciate my art, but not me as a person, because we only idolize God.” Up until now, I still follow that. So now, when I see the people I admire, I appreciate their artistry and their craft, rather than them as persons, because you should only idolize God. It’s not connected with makeup, but because of that, I saw him from a different perspective. He’s so into God, very religious. That added to my appreciation for him as a person." —RB Chanco, Makeup Artist
Celebrate Tita Fanny's life starting today, May 12 at 6 p.m. at the Arlington Memorial Chapels. In lieu of flowers, the family would welcome donations both charitable and toward the funeral costs.
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