After completing her undergraduate education at McGill University, Iya decided to pursue her true passion: makeup. 

She started her exploration in Inter-Dec College in Montreal. Here she learned how to hone her skills, as well as develop her own style.

Iya has had the chance to work in Montreal, Vancouver, New York and Manila. As a part of the MAC Cosmetics Philippines PR team, she has published work in Lifestyle Asia, FHM Philippines, Philippine Daily Inquirer, RED, Rogue, among other publications. Iya has participated in Philippine Fashion Week and the Manila Fashion Festival. On top of she has also worked on theatre productions and ballets like Piaf, Nine, Rock of Ages, Paano Ako Naging Leading Lady, La Cage aux Folles, Godspell, Bituing Walang Ningning and Firebird. Lastly, she has worked on Philippines Next Top Model and Fox Sports Minute. 

Iya has also worked on features and shorts like Flotsam, Me the Terrible, Gemini, and Lost in Transit.

To expand her skill set into special fx makeup, she has completed the makeup diploma program at John Casablancas Institute in Vancouver. 

Iya is currently based in Vancouver, Canada.