Opposites Attract

Here are some shots from a fashion editorial-esque shoot with photographer and good friend, Bardo Wu, and new friend Ecks Abitona. The concept of the shoot was mixing high-street fashion brands (Topshop, Uniqlo, F21, etc) with local indie brands (Salad Day, Randolf, etc), as well as mixing different fits and silhouettes for an article published on Young Star some months back. It was a quick and fun shoot around my village – I had no idea my village could be so grungey-photogenic.

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I kept the makeup simple since it was more of a fashion story editorial, but built the color with every layout. Slight cut-crease eye with a cat’s eye just for some edge to go with the clothes, defined brows and a pop of color on the lips for this first layout.

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Lipstick change for the second layout! Haha, you can still see the first lipstick on the other photo. I kept it there cause I like how the look changed so much with just a change of lip color. The first one still feels sweet and prim, but the violet made it look a bit more playful to go with the top.

These were actually extra layouts since we had some time so her lips here are already natural, to match the simpleness of the outfit.


This is my favorite shot from the whole shoot. Her contour is just… BAM.

Read the article! The Philippine Star – Young Star on February 6, 2015

Photographer Bardo Wu

Model Kate Bautista of Prima Stella MGT.

Styling Ecks Abitona

Makeup Nicole Ceballos

Assistant Jake Jereza


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More throwback material coming your way. This one is from a test shoot with clothes pegs good for Europe in the sweltering heat of Manila. It was really blazing outside, and our model Cedric was such a trooper in his 3-layer outfits. Pawis Patrol was in full effect, not just for our model, but for all of us in the team.


I guess I don’t really have much to say about this shoot, aside from the face that Cedric has one of the nicest faces I have ever seen and worked with. He practically glows. And his nose is just gorgeous. I love beautiful noses.


Check out this entry on Behance

IMG_9084Photography Johann Bona

Styling Meg Manzano & Angela Go

Model Cedric Pasco of Elite Models

Hair and Makeup Nicole Ceballos

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Fly Art

I’m not going to try to post my works in chronological order since it doesn’t really matter much at this point HAHA. This is a shoot close to my heart for many reasons. 1) I love Fly Art, 2) I love the people behind Fly Art, 3) (at that time,) my phone wallpaper was Fly Art, 4) My laptop wallpaper is Fly Art, 5) It’s for their first collection.

To those of you who have been around the internet for a while now but STILL haven’t heard of Fly Art, it’s a project that brings hiphop and fine art together. Pretty sure you’ve at least stumbled across their work online. If you haven’t yet, please head on to http://flyartproductions.tumblr.com. You’re welcome!

12270026Compared to my previous post, this is a real no-makeup makeup look. Foundation, concealer, setting powder, eyeliner, mascara, full brows, contour, lipstick, the works. The real challenge for me in this shoot is that the photographer shot in film, so I wouldn’t have been able to take any test shots and see how the makeup looked on camera. Also, it was my first time to shoot with film. With my limited knowledge in photography, especially film photography, I just tried to make sure, to the best of my ability, to make it look seamless.


The flash was direct, something I rarely encounter in shoots, so I avoided using highlights for fear of them looking like disco balls, but I didn’t want them too look too matte, so I just used a light dusting of setting powder.

12270005The brows were slightly defined and filled in, but kept quite undone. To keep the softness of the look, I used brown eyeliner on top and loaded up on mascara. Instead of using eyeliner to define the lower lash, I applied a little bit of mascara at the bottom lashes.


Check this out on Behance.

12270020 12210007Safe to say I was quite relieved with the outcome of the photos. I was really nervous while waiting for the set ’cause I have no idea how the makeup would have come out. It was a fun gamble for me, since whenever I show my portfolio to other people or when they mention my work, they always mention how much they love the makeup for this particular shoot. That definitely gave me the self-esteem boost I needed as an artist, but as always, aim to be better. :)

Producers Toni Potenciano and Gisella Velasco of Fly Art (https://www.facebook.com/flyartproductions)
Photos Ralph Mendoza
Styling by Sam Potenciano
Model Elena Ortega and Bea Alonso Te
Makeup and Hair by Nicole Ceballos
Special thanks to Benjamin Abesamis and And A Half Design Studio for the location



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Field Day

Resurrection post #1: My makeup work for Field Day PH, an instagram store that sells super classy and pretty accessories. It was a last-minute shoot on a hot Sunday afternoon, but when you’re presented with a team like this, it’d be a bad idea to say no.


The model was Chanel Olive Thomas, who is also a Ms. Philippines-Earth aspirant. The makeup was quick and easy, just that right glow for the summer. I wouldn’t classify it as no-makeup makeup look, cause this was actually even less than that. Chanel had really nice skin to begin with, so just a few corrections here and there. And since I liked her freckles, I didn’t cover them. Lots of highlight on this one despite the really bright sun and chances of oiling up and perspiration. One of the funniest agreements I had with the photographer on this look was “no artista brows!” So I kept it full and natural, without looking blocky and too filled in. We were racing against the sun, so I skipped the eyeliner, loaded up on mascara, pat on a little bit of clear gloss and we were ready for the first layout all in 20 minutes or less.

IMG_6701The sun was definitely burning that day and it was undoubtedly summer all over. Usually, I prefer shooting indoors where the makeup will hold better, but the sunlight just brought out the highlights of the makeup so nicely, I didn’t really complain too much.

IMG_6776After the shoot I brought home the pair of earrings Chanel is wearing on the photo above and gave them to my mom. My mom loves earrings, but I’m unfortunately allergic to them HUHU.


Check out my entry of this on BehanceIMG_6731Follow Field Day on Instagram (@fielddayph) and I’m pretty sure you’ll find yourself buying something, anything from their store. I know I would, if only I wasn’t allergic. :(

Photos by Ralph Mendoza

Styling by Margaux Alampay

Makeup by Nicole Ceballos

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Hello, again. (And again, and again)

It’s been around four years since I started this blog, and I do not deny that in those four years, I’ve abandoned and tried to resurrect it so many times it’s sad. Recently, a handful of people I’ve come across have brought up the fact that this blog exists, though I haven’t been regularly updating it for a long time now. The common question I get when I’m working on a client or an old friend I haven’t spoken to in a while is, “aren’t you a blogger?” To which I never know what to answer, considering how the blogging sphere has changed so much since I started this blog. I feel old, but back then it was all just about sharing thoughts and ideas – nothing professional.

So, hello, again. I’m Nicole – Nix for short, Nixxole for fun. I’m not exactly a blogger, as compared to someone who simply has a blog for thoughts, travels and perhaps my journey as a makeup artist. I’m not a religious poster, but I will try to post from time to time. I’m still not a pro at this blogging thing though, so I hope you guys are kind in comparing me to all the bloggers out there now.

Here is a photo of what I look like now. Although this photo is 6 months old..


Photo by Tarish Zamora and Nikki Ruiz

Makeup by Nicole Ceballos

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