Since 2013, renowned King of Makeup Transformations Paolo Ballesteros has been gaining a massive social media following because of his spot-on makeup transformations.
Through his makeup wizardry, the Eat Bulaga! co-host and actor has morphed into Hollywood A-listers, including Miley Cyrus, Beyoncé, Katy Perry, Tyra Banks, Taylor Swift, Kim Kardashian, and many other familiar faces.
We asked the makeup chameleon if there was anyone else on his to-do list.
He said, "Hmmm…ah yung ano, yung past na Miss Universe, si Miss France.
"Dahil kasi parang ginawa kong panata sa sarili ko na yung kada Miss Universe parang gagawin ko yung mga winners, e, parang ganun."
Paolo was referring to Iris Mittenaere, the former Miss France who inherited the Miss Universe crown from Pia Wurtzbach during the 65th Miss Universe pageant held last January 30, 2017, at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Paolo added, “Actually, napraktis ko na siya, e. Hindi ko pa lang nabibigyan ng time.
“Kumbaga na-i-sketch ko lang sa mukha ko kasi madali lang kasi medyo kahawig ko.”
PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) caught up with Paolo at Limbaga 77 restaurant last November 7, during the presscon for Barbi D'Wonder Beki, his solo movie scheduled to open in local cinemas this November 29.
Paolo also wished to include classic beauties in his transformation book, including the iconic Hollywood belle, Grace Kelly.
“Mga tipong ganun, mga Elizabeth Taylor,” he revealed.
GAL GADOT. His "impression" of Wonder Woman actress Gal Gadot was well-liked that no less than the Hollywood actress herself took notice.
He recalled, “'Nagku-comment siya dun sa mga... Tsaka nagre-reply siya, ganyan-ganyan."
Many other makeup artists had tried to nail the Wonder Woman look, but only Paolo got Gal's attention.
And to think he never even tagged Gal in that post. How did he initially react to Gal's comment?
He admitted, “Una, nagulat din, di ba? Pero siyempre natuwa.
“Pero hindi ko naman kasi ginagawa iyon para mapansin niya or something.”
Paolo never imagined that his Wonder Woman "sketch" would be on Gal's radar.
Mustering a guess, he remarked, “Siguro nakita niya, ‘Oh, Wonder Beki,’ tapos bakla.
“Never naman akong nag-expect ng mga ganyan-ganyan, e.
"Nakakatuwa lang kasi ayun, yung pagod mo e natuwa naman pala yung tao na ginagaya mo.
“Kasi mas mahirap yung mabanas siya, e, di ba, na magalit siya."
BEGINNINGS. Looking back, Paolo recalled that his very first transformation project was Angelina Jolie. Why did he choose her?
A friend showed Paolo a YouTube video of an Asian artist.
“...Pinanood ko sa YouTube 'tapos sabi ko, ‘Ah, ang galing naman nito.’
“Actually, pinapanood sa akin ng kaibigan ko.
"Sabi niya, ‘Tingnan mo 'yan, o! Parang Asian siya 'tapos kamukha niya si ganito.’
“So pinanood ko 'tapos tinry ko. Una kong try, si Tita Eula yung lumabas!
"Kamukha ni Eula Valdes. Kamukha naman talaga, e!
Parang konting laki lang ng lips, 'tapos ayun na, siya na.
"Pero siyempre ginagawa kong iba yung technique nung sa akin.
"Kasi iba yung mukha ko, e, pero same-same lang din."
According to Paolo, “Yung mga marami ngang lumalabas ngayon,'tapos tinata-tag pa ako ng mga friends ko."
Among them is the Croatian makeup artist Marina Mamic who has been getting her fair share of acclaim and recognition on social media because of her remarkable makeup transformations.
He said, “E, nag-uusap pa kami niyan sa Instagram dahil siyempre parehas kaming ano...
"Pinapanood ko rin yung videos niya before, 'tapos kino-congratulate ko siya dahil ngayon, lalo siyang nakikilala.”
What does Paolo's daughter, Kiera Claire, think of his dad's uncanny talent?
He said, “Wala, natutuwa naman siya!
"Buti na lang mahilig din siya sa makeup-makeup.
“Ano, yung simpleng ano lang naman, e, parang okay sa kanya na, ‘Oh, Daddy is Wonder Beki!’
According to the proud daddy, Kiera's favorite is his Gal Gadot transformation.
“Nagpa-picture pa nga siya sa standee ni Wonder Woman,” the Eat Bulaga! co-host added.
FULFILLMENT. His is a different art, but it is ephemeral unlike a painting that stands the test of time.
His face "paintings" are inevitably washed off, where is the fulfillment in that?
“Siguro yung satisfaction, kasi mahilig ako sa challenge e, yung, ‘Ah kaya ko ‘to!’
“Ganyan 'tapos gagawin ko, ‘Kinaya ko ba?’ Yung ganun.”
If he doesn't do his makeup transformations to gain attention, then why does he do them in the first place?
He mused, “Kasi siguro dun lumalabas yung creativity 'tsaka yung pagiging artist, e."
After all, his artistic talent is in his blood, his great grandfather being the National Artist Fernando Amorsolo, one of the greats among Filipino painters.
Paolo acknowledged, “Iyon nga, e, kaya nga... feeling ko dun lumalabas.
"Kasi hindi ako mahilig mag-painting, e, sa canvas per se, di ba?
To help preserve his "works of art," Paolo disclosed that he has been considering the possibility of compiling all of his works in a photo book.
“Ang tagal ko nang plano 'yan, last year pa!
"Kaya lang iniisip ko kasi, gusto ko kasi one-man ano, e...
"Gusto ko ako yung magpi-picture, ako yung magme-makeup, so iniisip ko pa lang, napagod na ako.
“Siguro pagka merong mahaba-habang bakasyon. Iyan, baka.”
WORKING ON OTHER FACES. Paolo has been using his own face as his canvas.
Given a chance to work on other people's faces, whom would he choose?
“Uunahin ko na si Tita Eula,” he said without batting an eyelash.
The award-winning dramatic actress also happens to be Paolo's aunt.
“Kasi ang tagal na niya akong kinukulit na makeup-an siya, e.
“E, sabi ko naman sa kanya, ‘E, dyusko ang ganda-ganda mo na!
"Kamukha mo na si Angelina Jolie.’”
Who else are on his list?
“Si Wally 'tsaka si Jose,” he replied, referring to Wally Bayola and Jose Manalo, his Eat Bulaga! co-hosts.
The three of them are also together in the forthcoming movie, Trip Ubusan: The Lolas Vs. Zombies.
How about female subjects?
“Si Lola Tinidora [Jose] at si Lola Nidora [Wally],” he replied again in jest.
He explained, “Igagaya ko sa makeup ko na bilang Lola Tidora.
"Kasi bilang, di ba nag-umpisa yun si ano muna, Lola Nidora?
"'Tapos, nung start minake-ap transformation ko siya, ginaya ko yung mukha niya.
“'Tapos, nung lumaon nagkaroon na ng sariling parang character si Lola Tidora [Paolo].
"Siya yung bongga mag-makeup so parang medyo naiba na yung ayos niya.
"Although iyon pa rin ang mga kulay, ganun pa rin ang mga suot namin.
“So feeling ko, nakakatuwa siguro pag ita-transform naman sila.
"Yung kahawig ko naman, yung magiging kamukha ko naman, ganun.”
He also wants to transform Maine Mendoza into... “Kamukha ni Alden!"
Then he chuckled, "Para may challenge."
His movie Barbi D' Wonder Beki opens on November 29.