Portraits: Niki Colet

in at February 17, 2017

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.

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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.

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Elisa Aquino

Elisa Aquino is a portrait photographer, life(style) writer, passion blogger, and beauty rookie from Manila, Philippines. This platform exists to document her daily musings and to showcase the life-changing power of grace to transform women from ashes to beauty.