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Makeup artist Jaleesa Jaikaran talks about her career in beauty and fashion

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Jaleesa Jaikaran is a makeup artist, content creator, and beauty business coach. She primarily works with brands on campaigns, content creation and product development projects. Her work has been featured in publications like Elle, Glamour, Essence, Instyle, and Teen Vogue. She is the host and creator of “The Life of a Makeup Artist,” a beauty podcast that gives an inside look at how artists really live. She shares everything from beauty talk to business chats with industry insiders and founders. Jaikaran recently collaborated with Crest and UOMA Beauty to launch a holiday deal for beauty enthusiasts.


Briefly describe what you do and the area of beauty you work in.

I work as a makeup artist in beauty and fashion. I’m either doing makeup for beauty brands or for fashion shoots like MAC Cosmetics, Coach, Instyle Magazine and Teen Vogue. I also create content around makeup and skin care spanning across multiple platforms.


What does a typical day look like for you?

Every day is always different. Some days I am on set, so I am spending time reorganizing my kit and prepping for the shoot. Some days I am on camera or creating content at home. One thing that’s constant with my days is my morning routine. I meditate in the mornings and find that my beauty time is almost therapeutic. I’m all about celebrating natural makeup with a splash of color, so one of my favorite beauty duos is a white smile with a fun lipstick. I always reach for my Crest Whitening Emulsions because of the easy application and fast results, and I love the UOMA Beauty lip collections — they have every color for every mood I’m in.

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