Jill K. graduated with a Business degree from Pace University. She had no idea what to do with her life and went on to work at Pace Law School as a Faculty Assistant while pursuing her Masters in Education in the evening. She worked on the weekends at a local Bagel Shop in Mahopac where she grew up. In 2005, her MAC makeup collection expanded and Jill K.’s small hobby and interest in makeup grew. On one of her many trips to the MAC Counter in Nordstrom at the Westchester, she was offered a part time job. This part time job became Jill K.’s world. She discovered her dream, passion and life’s mission. “It was my second day of work and I knew…this is what I had to do, for the rest of my life!” Jill K., possesses a one of a kind intense, passionate and goal oriented mind, heart and spirit and knew Cosmetics was where she needed to be. She quit her job at the Law School and terminated going for her masters and pursued her passion and never ever – not for one second looked back. Her career with MAC, filled with education, immeasurable, indescribable and amazing experiences lasted 4 years. Jill K., accepted a promotion working as a Business Manager for Bobbi Brown. Working for another Estee Lauder brand molded Jill K., into a well rounded, polished and Luxury Makeup Artist. By 2009, Jill K. left Retail without ever glancing back, she discovered while working for MAC she loved providing makeup services, she had no interest in Retail and sales, although experienced great success. Working in Retail afforded Jill K. the opportunity to build a solid clientele and reputation in Westchester County. Jill K., is proud of her #1 Rule of Thumb, “I never ever say No.” This rule of thumb was the inspiration for a makeup service company. In 2009, Jill K. attended the New York School of Esthetics and earned her New York State Esthetics License. She discovered a need for a makeup course at the school and was asked by the owner to develop a curriculum. In 2011, Jill K., had the only curriculum in New York State to be approved and went onto teach the first Advanced Makeup Course in Westchester County.
JKFlashy has been the recipient since 2009 of “Best of Weddings by the Knot & Wedding Wire. In 2012, JKFlashy was awarded “Best of Wedding Makeup” in Westchester County by Westchester Magazine. The awards, editorial, media and press coverage JKFlashy has experienced is countless. At the end of the day, Jill K. genuinely feels as if she won the lottery. To be able to do what you are most passionate about and positively impact lives each and every day is amazing and will never be taken for granted.
Tara has always been a creative person. She grew up loving painting and drawing which led her to enroll in Ricci’s Academy of Cosmetology in 2001. She has been a hair colorist and stylist for 12 years and has always embraced the creativity and challenge of a “make-over”.
Tara trained with JKflashy in the fall of 2010 and began to work as a JKFlashy Luxury Artist the following spring. Learning about makeup techniques in an industry that is constantly evolving has been a wonderful journey for Tara. She has loved every minute of being a JKflashy Luxury Artist and looks forward to helping you decide what your look for your big event will be!
Ashley T. has always considered herself an artist and believes that people pose the ability to be creative, some ignore it, some embrace it. It took her years of college and various career changes, a Bachelors in Communications to stop ignoring the need to have art in her life.
In 2012 Ashley T. discovered that she could fuse creativity and a career melodically; Makeup Artistry. Word of mouth led her to the New York School of Esthetics. She enrolled in Jill K.’s Advanced Makeup Course at the New York School of Esthetics. The experience changed her life.
In September of 2012 Ashley T. began to work for JKFlashy. Her experience thus far includes: Weddings, various events, photo shoots, Westchester Weddings Cover Shoot, Prom Guide Cover Shoot and The Knot Gala.
Ashley T.’s ultimate satisfaction is to make clients feel great about themselves. “It is an amazing feeling to see a client look at themselves in the mirror and say “wow,” beaming with confidence.”
Jessica studied at the University of Bridgeport and Adelphi University majoring in physical education and health. There had been always an interest in the art of make up. With a deep desire to take makeup artistry to the next level, Jessica found herself on the website of The New York School of Esthetics. In the blink of an eye, she was in the Advanced Makeup Course classroom and her Instructor was, Jill K. An Internship with JKFlashy developed into the position of a JKFlashy Luxury Makeup Artist.
“We are like a blank canvas and we pick and choose what to highlight and express through the art that we make. My job is just to bring out all the best and all the beauty from within to the forefront so that the image is complete, real, and simply breathtaking.” ~ Jessica Guerrerio, 2013
Jackie has always been passionate about the Cosmetic Industry. Her career started with doing makeup at childrens party’s. Jackie expanded her career when she enrolled in the Advanced Makeup Course and met Jill K. Jackie continues to pursue a college education at Western Connecticut State University, majoring in Communications.
“Jill has always been such an inspiration to me since day one of class, and working for her has taught me everything I need to know about makeup, and with the help of her I can finally pursue a dream I’ve always wanted.” Jackie loves making other people happy. When a client looks in the mirror and smiles Jackie’s day has been made!