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I started JKo Beauty in 2016 after working as a freelance makeup artist for over 20 years. People often ask how I got into the beauty industry, I always respond with, "I always knew I wanted to be a makeup artist!" I consider myself very fortunate. Not only do I enjoy what I do, I absolutely love it. I believe in following your heart and passion...the rest will fall into place.
I am so honored and excited to share that Philadelphia Magazine recognized JKo Beauty as of the Top 20 Wedding Hair and Makeup Artists in the Philadelphia area. JKo Beauty also received the 2018 & 2019 Best of Weddings Award from The Knot and the Couples Choice Award from Wedding Wire. In addition, voted #1 for the Best Wedding Hair and Makeup category for 2017 through Philly A-List, Voted #1 On-Location Makeup 2019 Philly Happening List, Top 3 of the Philly Happening List 2018 for Best On-Site Makeup. JKo Beauty was selected by the editors of Philadelphia Style Magazine as a "Makeup Maven" in their Best of Style issue in 2018 & 2019.
I am a published, full-time, licensed cosmetologist with over 23 years of professional experience. In 2002, I graduated from Westmore Academy of Cosmetic Arts in Los Angeles, California. In August of 2012, I relocated to Philadelphia from New York City. Over the years I have had so many incredible opportunities and experiences...my favorite work is always with brides. I believe your wedding day is truly one of the best days of your life. To me, it is such an honor to be chosen to be a part of the day.
I believe brides should look and feel the like most beautiful version of themselves on their wedding day. A classic and timeless yet modern, stylish look is what I always recommend. Whether you choose a natural, fresh look or a dramatic, sultry style to your makeup, it should still enhance your natural beauty. My clients love that their complexion looks flawless yet natural and feels lightweight. Makeup should look beautiful in person, but should also photograph and wear beautifully throughout your big day. After all, it is probably the most photographed day of your life.
Ongoing education is a priority to me. I regularly attend workshops, seminars and industry trade shows to continue my education and development.
Additional Certifications and Advanced Training:
*Certification in Spray Tanning
*Anastasia Beverly Hills Expert Brow Stylist
*Temptu Airbrush Makeup
Some of the great opportunities I have had are working under Paul Starr, celebrity makeup artist and author of Paul Starr On Beauty, several seasons of both New York Fashion Week and Los Angeles Fashion Week, Miss USA and Miss Teen USA Pageants, working in salons and day spas and doing both hair and makeup for commercials, catalogs, tv, print, video and more.
Cosmetic companies and retailers I have worked with:
("Artist in Action" June 2010, "Makeup Artist in the Know" Fall 2010 and Summer 2011)
(National Makeup Artist)
Yves Saint Laurent
(Luxury Beauty Boutique)