Paolo Ballesteros’ makeup transformation skill is unparalleled. The Filipino actor and television presenter received international acclaim after the photos of his impersonations went viral on the internet. He has 1.7 million followers on Instagram, where he time and again shares his different avatars.
The man whom Teen Vogue referred to as “probably the greatest makeup artist in history”, hails from an artistic family. He is the great-grandson of Fernando Amorsolo — the legendary Filipino artist. His father as well is an artist, but Paolo took an outlandish path to express his creativity, transforming his own face to canvas.
Paolo is specialised in transforming into female celebrities, and is said to have drawn his inspiration from a youtube video on Angelina Jolie’s makeup transformation. To date, he has copied the looks of several A-list celebrities from Hollywood, not to mention singers, models and reality show stars. The one person whom Paolo found as most difficult to transform into was pop star Beyonce.
The 33-year-old who holds a degree in Mass Communication, has been active in the showbiz industry for almost 15 years, with several movies and television series to his credit. He often plays the role of a transvestite.
Lately, he transformed into Julia Roberts for the movie Die Beautiful, where he plays the role of a transgender woman.
Paolo’s recent ‘Game of Thrones’ impersonations was lauded by many, including the show’s cast members. The impressed GoT fans likened Paolo to the Many Faced God. His impersonation of Cersei Lannister was impeccable that it’s hard to tell him apart from Lena Headey, the actress who plays that role.
Check out some of Paolo Ballesteros’ incredible makeup transformations.