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Attention, Aspiring Makeup Artists, Stylists, And Photographers! These Experts Will Share With You Their Tricks Of The Trade

Three experts show aspiring stylists, photographers, and makeup artists how to up their Instagram game.

Theirs are names that have become big in the industry, with an average career span of 15 years putting out incredible images in glossy magazines and ad campaigns. The shift to digital has changed the playing field, observe photographer Sara Black, stylist Bea Constantino, and makeup artist Jigs Mayuga, and they are now on a mission to help those who are starting out through a boot camp that they will be holding on August 11 to 12, 2018 at In The Flow Studio in Makati. 

Scroll down to read more about this bootcamp through this exclusive interview with Metro.Style:



There is a definite difference in their workshop, as it integrates the three main components of a successful shoot, instead of tackling their individual expertise separately. There is a reason for this, they say. “We formed a ‘tribe’ because we got to know each other’s work through the different shoots that we did together. When we were starting out, we got to know each other better because with print there were pre-prod meetings to plan out a certain shoot—which is often booked months in advance. When you are starting out, you don’t get to network these days because with digital, you are asked to produce at a faster pace. It is harder for you to meet your contemporaries,” Sara explains. “A bootcamp that combines the three elements can help them find people whose aesthetics fit each other.”

Networking can help their participants get together to craft their personal shoots that reflect their style, the way these three used to do, where they even ended up at a cemetery one time for a personal project.         



On the self-improvement side, Jigs says that learning about the other disciplines can give you an edge over the others. “Most of the clients today look through Instagram to check out your work. I know a lot of makeup artists who are now learning photography and even videography. Because of the access to videos and behind-the-scenes photos, things are done differently now unlike before where they would look through the beauty 'before-and-after' pages of the magazines to look for inspiration.”



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Jigs also observes that most of the makeup artists on Instagram these days showcase their work in a controlled environment. “Most of them do their makeup on themselves, with the same lighting and background. It is much different if you are going to apply makeup on someone else, with a lot of variables such as skin tone, the required look, and the lighting. With our workshop, we give them opportunities to practice on models in a simulated setting and then we give them constructive criticism as a class.”  



Bea adds that they will also discuss the business side of getting started. “This, I believe, is the first all-in-one integrated workshop that aims to make each student understand the three major fields: photography, makeup and styling. I found that my work has evolved once I understood how integral each field is in producing great, collaborative and cohesive work. We also aim to teach our students about the not-so-glam part of the job: attending meetings, making presentation decks, and even quoting one’s rates properly.”



The road to recognition

The three recall their journey to get to where they are now in their respective careers. There are horror stories too, they laugh, but it is all part of the package towards establishing a name. They all agree that there is a lot of hard work—and patience—needed before you get to see your credits appear regularly on big projects.  



Sara took on modelling jobs to finance her first studio. “It was really small, and parking was a problem,” she recalls. “There was a time when I got sick, because I was taking on several projects in order to break even.” Her big break was the Star Magic Catalogue, where she shot all the celebrities that were signed under the talent management company. “It gave me access to the celebrities, which in turn led me to shoot for projects such as their endorsements.”

The makeup artist in Jigs was evident even during his high school days when he would do stage makeup for school plays. At college, he would accompany his friends to the makeup counters and help them pick out their lipsticks and foundation. After he left his work as a flight attendant, he applied to study makeup artistry and was soon working the counters of Shu Uemura as a counter manager. The brand fielded him to photo shoots where he was able to expand his network. “One thing I could say that helped me a lot is that I kept studying. When I moved to L’Oréal, I asked them to let me attend workshops abroad so I could transcend the basics and keep up with trends. My mother is into academics so I think I got that need for constant learning from her.”

It was in Bea’s plans to become a professional dancer. “I had been one all my early life, but after coming home from my brief time in dance school in Manhattan, I realized that I wanted to pursue another field upon my return to Manila. I had no idea what I wanted to do but a friend randomly asked if I was looking for a job which I, of course, was. I said 'yes' and the next day, I was a very young and clueless fashion assistant for a magazine. I fell in love with fashion styling and the creative process and now I’m on my 15th year.” Her biggest break, she adds, would have to be being able to dress up Paris Hilton during her first trip to Manila and was able to make her wear Filipino designers.

There are challenges towards that rise to recognition, but they say it has all been worth it. The common answer as to why they have stayed so long in what they do is that there is always a creative challenge involved, where their “day at the office” is different every single time.


Soft skills

Their biggest piece of advice for newbies in order to be successful: deliver. Jigs explains, “When I do workshops, I tell my class that what will set them apart from other MUAs is not just their skill but also how professional they are on the job. You have to be on time—and well-groomed—at the shoot. You can’t be seen as a beauty authority if you do not present yourself well. Then when you are on the set, make sure na nababantayan mo ang trabaho mo, make sure that everything is plantsado that not even an eyebrow is out of place. They won’t book you again if they need to photoshop so many things because you weren’t doing your job.”   

To get the bookings, it is also now about how you present yourself online, shares Sarah. “They look through your Instagram and want to interact with you as a brand. This means that as a photographer, stylist, or makeup artist, you have to package yourself to incorporate your personal style and aesthetic. For example, if a client is looking for someone who can do street style, they will look through your account to see if you are the right fit for them because you embody the look they have in mind.”  

Bea says it all succinctly: “I always say this: this job is probably 20% skill and 80% attitude and professionalism. No matter how good you are, if you are unpleasant to work with, you will not go very far. Always be nice. It’s that simple.”


Fashion Bootcamp is open to both hobbyists and those who are thinking of building their career in these creative fields. To find out more about the integrative workshop, email or call 903-6761 or 0977-1975883