Most Influential Filipinos in the Gulf: Jessie Tabla – Tastemakers

Jessie Tabla

Make Up Artist


Being part of this year’s Illustrado 100 came as a big shock to Jessie Tabla. As a Filipino makeup artist who is used to working behind the scenes, he never expects to be recognized for his work in any large scale – but his impressive body work has earned him the spotlight.
This year, Jessie headed the makeup artist team for Vogue Fashion, organized by Vogue Italia Editor-in-Chief Franca Soccani. He also did make-up for Gerard Butler, Frieda Pinto, and other celebrities. Of his achievements, Jessie testifies: “Hard work really pays off. I get the kind of jobs that I’ve been getting because I am always on my toes, learning new skills and expanding my talent.”


Photo by Alex Callueng; Photography Assistant – Bethoven Filomeno Special thanks to – Giordano, Nikon, Liali Jewellery, Lulu, Mitsubishi and Western Union.


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