Wedding memories stay forever. Whether in the form of pictures, in the recollection of the bride and groom, or in the stories of family and friends, the wedding day is rarely forgotten. Hence, to look and feel truly amazing on the day she walks down the aisle is one thing an engaged woman fervently wishes for. Many brides have named "finding the right makeup artist" as one key to feeling calm during her wedding day and truly enjoying it.
One makeup artist that is best in enhancing one's natural beauty is Ria Aquino. She studied makeup under Maquillage Professional in 2008 and after a couple of years, left her job as an Assistant Brand Manager to pursue makeup artistry as a full time career. She started her professional career under the mentorship of Bobby Carlos and Lourd Ramos, which enabled her to work on fashion shows, beauty pageants, magazine shoots and advertising projects. Currently, she is an Affiliate Artist of MAC Cosmetics and continues to work on fashion and lifestyle magazines, advertising and TV, working with celebrities and high profile personalities in society.
Her foray into the wedding industry was more natural than intentional: clients in both her personal and professional network started to book her for their weddings, which brought more referrals. Ria finds it very fulfilling to work with brides, making them look and feel their best on their wedding day.
"Fresh, radiant, and [blessed with] timeless beauty" are the three adjectives Ria uses to describe her brides. She believes that the key to achieving this is creating the perfect canvass, which is beautiful glowing skin, as well as bringing out life in her bride's eyes. For Ria, it's important that the makeup will reflect her bride's personal style and taste, so when working with a client, she gets to know them by asking about particular facial features they want to emphasize, beauty concerns, their wedding dress, and going through hair and makeup pegs that appeal to them. She highly advises brides to go through a trial, especially those who are very particular with their look. Being familiar with a client's preferences, concerns and special needs is very helpful in creating an environment that is calm and effortless on their big day.
Making someone look and feel most beautiful on their special day is something Ria is very passionate about. She keeps her skills and knowledge on makeup up-to-date through her exposure in the fashion industry and her affiliation with MAC Cosmetics, getting consistent training on the latest makeup trends and techniques.