"Clean makeup, simple and elegant" is the vision for each bride Nina's Touch Studio's Nina Dumpa. Nina specializes in natural-looking makeup, but her style varies depending on the type of affair. While she can do different looks for brides, one thing remains constant: her commitment to making each bride (along with her groom and their entourage) look her most beautiful.
A makeup session with Nina usually starts with a glowing skin palette. She favors using airbrush makeup because it's lightweight, long-wearing, and gives an effortlessly flawless look. She completes her makeup creations with eyebrows shaped according to the face and lashes that frame the eyes.
Browse through Nina's online portfolio and you will notice how her past clients, women of various features, skin color, and age have been transformed not into different people, but the same ones, only a bit more confident, satisfied, and glamorous through her touch.
The story of how Nina got started in the makeup business is also as inspiring as some of her clients' love stories. Nina opened a salon thinking she could learn the ropes by experience. As she and her staff entertained more clients, she realized that she needed more than just hands-on learning if she were to become a top industry practitioner. She set out to get professional training, starting at the Ricky Reyes Institute, then proceeding to study Artistic Makeup at the LaSalle International School of Fashion. Three years later, and hungry for more challenges, she found herself headed to Cinema School in Los Angeles, USA. In LA, she divided her time between makeup schooling and collaborating with top photographers and models.
From her humble beginnings, her portfolio has started to take the shape of one she had previously just dreamed of. When she came home to the Philippines, she teamed up with Filipino photographers and models, eventually getting hired to lend her makeup expertise to movies, magazines, television commercials, and model books.
Her foray into weddings was as serendipitous. A simple invitation to a bridal fair led to booking seven brides on the first day. She hasn't left the industry since, forming friendships with other industry players, collaborating with brides and moms of brides, and even training newbies in the wedding make-up profession.
Today, Nina regularly shuffles back and forth Metro Manila and Boracay to do weddings and hold makeup workshops. But she hasn't stopped trying to earn her stripes--this make-up artist tirelessly continues to improve her craft by attending classes overseas and by devouring magazines and books that showcase the latest trends. Her latest bold endeavor, however, has to do with the belief that beauty is holistic. She set up Savasana, a home spa, to promote overall well-being to her clients.
The dreaming doesn't stop for Nina. With plans to branch out her make-up studio and bring Hollywood's makeup school style to Manila, she continues to widen her reach.