Meet the ‘Makeover Masters’


In the glamorous world of beauty, makeup artists are considered gods. For who do top celebrities, brides-to-be, and debutantes, among others, run to in order to look their best? With a wave of their hands, makeup artists can truly make magic.

But as with any competitive industry, it takes talent, hard work and years of experience to rise and make a name in this realm of beauty. Recognizing this, SM Beauty thoughtfully organized a long-overdue toast to six of the country’s best makeup artists to date, calling them the “Makeover Masters.”

Comprised of six famous artists, the Makeup Masters comprise of including Cristine Duque, Denise Ochoa, Jake Galvez, Mickey See, Robbie Piñera, and Jigs Mayuga, who were feted at glamorous event at The Makati Shangri-la Hotel.

There, their success stories were recalled, where in turn they generously shared their views on what makes a woman beautiful.

Cristine Duque (right) with her muse Denise Laurel

Cristine Duque (right) with her muse Denise Laurel

Christine Duque. With 26-years of experience under her belt, Duque is definitely one of the biggest names in the local beauty industry. The master takes pride in her very sophisticated, clean and feminine touch in doing makeup for her clientele that includes Miss World 2013 Megan Young, Best Actress awardee Jennylyn Mercado and Denis Laurel.

Asked what makes a woman beautiful, Duque gracefully said, Duque “Compassion, empathy, and kindness are and will always be what makes a woman beautiful.”

Denise Ochoa (left) with Jodi Sta. Maria

Denise Ochoa (left) with Jodi Sta. Maria

Denise Ochoa. Another makeover artist with more than a decade under her belt is Ochoa who has been in the makeup and hairstyling industry since 1999. She is the talent behind Kathryn Bernardo, Jodi Sta. Maria and Toni Gonzaga, and has mastered the art of enhancing instead of transforming.

“Everything can be beautiful, you just have to see beauty in everything,” Ochoa shared.

Tony Galvez. Galvez, on the other hand, has had the advantage of getting mentored by an industry legend, his uncle Tony Galvez. But this did not make the young Galvez rest on his laurels; in fact, he even pursued cosmetology trainings abroad. Ultimately, Galvez was able to come up with his own unique style that made him the go-to artist for industry darlings Marian Rivera and Andi Eigenmann.

“It is important for the artist to get to know the client’s personality. This will make the client feel more comfortable, allowing her innate glow to shine through,” Galvez tipped for aspiring makeup artists.

Mickey See. Also included in the Makeover Masters 2016 list is See who has Liza Soberano and Jolina Magdangal for clients.

“I don’t put makeup to change the way a person looks, but to highlight and enhance her own beauty,” Makeover Master See said during his recognition.

With experience that spans for over a decade, See has made a trademark in the industry for his unmatched glamorous smokey eyes. In 2010, he won the Make up Artist of the Year Award together with Lourd Ramos and Claire Diokno.

Robbie Piñera with muse Anne Curtis

Robbie Piñera with muse Anne Curtis

Robbie Piñera. Among the six, Piñera could be considered as one of the newbies but this artist—who has only been in the industry for seven years now—has already had the privilege to work abroad for Rogue cover in Paris and Tokyo and for a fashion editorial in London, among his many international stints.

“Real beauty comes from the goodness of the core. It’s the sum of what is in your head, heart, and gut,” Piñera, who also served as the makeup coach for Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach, said in true beauty pageant manner.

Jigs Mayuga. Mayuga—who has earned steady clients because of his masterful work in achieving facial symmetry using makeup—has for years, been the only artist to touch the faces of industry beauties such Bea Alonzo, Shaina Magdayao, and Chesca Kramer. Known to truly care for his clients, Mayuga is also loved for taking into consideration his clients’ skin conditions in every ‘makeover’ he does.

“Trends may come and go but true beauty comes from within,” Mayuga finally noted.


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