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Portraits: Alyssa

Make-up, Photography: Elisa Aquino / Modeling, Styling: Alyssa Lapid

When I have the opportunity to mentor younger people through talks and workshops, I always tell them, “Actively pursue your craft, perfect your style – but do not limit yourself.” I learned how to shoot portraits at 18, to write about beauty and do make-up at 22, and at 24, I’m (finally!) learning how to shoot with artificial light – my biggest insecurity as a photographer. The more I learn, the more I’m amazed to see how God put these desires in me I’m discovering really complement each other.

On Alyssa: (Base) Flormar Mat Touch Foundation, Nichido Final Powder in So Natural (Eyes) Zoeva Rose Golden Eyeshadow Palette, Stila Eyes Are The Window Shadow Palette in Mind,  (Cheeks) Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso (Lips) MAC Lipstick in Diva (Others) Essence Pure Nude Highlighter, Banila Co. So Strobing Stick, NARS Blush in Madly as bronzer, MAC Fix Plus, L’Oréal Infallible Make-up Extender Setting Spray

Hire me/Collaborate with me: mail@shemakeshimknown.com


Portraits: Niki Colet

Make-up, Photography: Elisa Aquino / Modeling, Styling: Niki Colet

We were 2 gawky girls fawning over Makati’s red light district – in chunky heels – mesmerized by the glaring signages, hole-in-the-wall restaurants, and the occasional foreigner with a young Filipina. It was a bizarre side of Manila we hardly saw, and it was fantastic.

We found ourselves at Filling Station, a 24-hour authentic American diner playing good ol’ songs from the ’50s. Old posters and vinyls were plastered everywhere. Antique telephones were situated in every table. After having our Mexican fix (great but expensive food, by the way) and a tall glass of Root Beer Float, we managed to discover more spots in the area that offered enough light for a good photograph. The night was strange and crazy – definitely worth remembering for a very long time.

Listen to Niki’s song One Day. Follow her on Soundcloud, Facebook, and Instagram.

On Niki: (Base) L’Oréal True Match Liquid Foundation in Nude Beige, (Eyes) Morphe 350 Eyeshadow PaletteZoeva Rose Golden Eyeshadow Palette, Maybelline Hypercurl Mascara (Cheeks) Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso (Lips) The Balm Meet Matt(e) Hughes Liquid Lipstick in Loyal (Others) Essence Pure Nude Highlighter, NARS Blush in Madly as bronzer, MAC Fix Plus, L’Oréal Infallible Make-up Extender Setting Spray

A good red lipstick is forever a staple in every woman’s kikay kit. A stand-out in my Best of 2016: Beauty entry was definitely The Balm’s Meet Matt(e) Hughes Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Loyal.

Hire me/Collaborate with me: mail@shemakeshimknown.com


Portraits: Hannah

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Hair, Make-up, and Photography: Elisa Aquino / Modeling: Hannah To

Writing about God has been so difficult for me lately. The universe seems so dark and unforgiving. It takes so much courage to make sense of grace. Photography lends a hand during these trying times. When I don’t want to think, and when I feel the need to escape from reality, it takes me back – no matter how long I’ve abandoned it. There are days when I tell myself that I shouldn’t be taking photographs – more so, have it as my bread and butter – I am bad, I am not enough, I could never be someone I’m proud of. Then, there are these strange, unforgettable nights when I’m so certain that this is what I want to do for the rest of my life.

On Hannah: (Base) Maybelline Dream Velvet Foundation in Natural Beige (Eyes) Stila Eyes Are The Window Shadow Palette in Mind, Zoeva Rose Golden Eyeshadow Palette, Fashion21 Double Up Mascara (Cheeks) Sephora Colorful Blush in Shame on You!, Beauty Treats Perfect Powder Blush in Pink Flush (Lips) Sleek MakeUp Matte Me in Birthday Suit (Others) Essence Soo Glow! Highlighter in Bright Up Your Life, Sleek MakeUp Blush in Suede as bronzer, MAC Fix Plus, Petroleum Jelly


Portraits: Olympía

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Listen to Olympía on Soundcloud.

Watch the official music video for Nothing Wrong here.

Photography: Elisa Aquino

Make-up and Hair: Rachel Torres


Portraits: Hannah

On our last day, Hannah and I toured our colorful neighborhood and found the most animated backdrops.

Lately, I find that it takes very little to commit to creativity. Sometimes, it only takes devotion and a heart which desires to find beauty in every corner.

Photography and Make-up: Elisa Aquino

Modeling and Styling: Hannah To

Shot in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia