Jill K. had always said “In another life time I am going to be a Makeup Artist.” Her journey and path in the Cosmetic Industry can be summarized in one word, DREAM!
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.
Bios for the rest of the JKFlashy team coming soon!