Jessica has enjoyed playing with makeup for as long as she can remember. At five years old, she was given her first lipstick and immediately discovered it was an excellent medium with which to write her name on the inside of her neighbor’s clubhouse. Her mother, fond of the drug store makeup impulse buy, supplied Jessica with shoeboxes full of her makeup “mistakes”. By eight, her mom received calls from concerned teachers that she was wearing eyeliner to school. But her mom, who is totally super cool, figured there was far worse trouble a kid could get into.
Jessica was able to hone her craft by being a long time assistant of Gucci Westman, who at the time was the artistic director of Revlon, and now the director of her own line Westman Atelier and long time first assistant to Jodie Boland, global ambassador of CK One Color Cosmetics. During this period, Jessica had the privilege to be on set with top photographers like Annie Leibovitz, Peter Lindbergh, Robbie Fimmano, Mark Seliger, Raymond Meier, Ben Watts, Liz Von Hoene, and Paola Kudacki, just to name a few.
With almost 20 years in the industry, she has worked with numerous celebrities, including Sam Smith, Charlie XCX, Honey Boo Boo, rapper Sammy Adams, Mandy Patinkin, John Schneider, Santino Fontana (Hans from Frozen), and Oscar winners Bobby and Kristen Lopez (the musical geniuses behind Frozen). Her work has appeared in All Hollow, Bambi, Destination Iman, Filler Magazine, Interview Magazine, Miami Living, Modacycle Magazine, Ms., Nu-Mode Magazine, Nylon, Sesions, Steve Madden Magazine, Un-titled project magazine, Vanity Fair, The Wild, and WWD, as well as having worked on campaigns for Bertolli, Black and White Scotch, Dominos Pizza, Gilette Razor, and the Logo Channel.
Jessica is popular with photographers, models, actors, hair stylists, wardrobe stylists, and well, just about everybody, due to her convivial personality and ribald sense of humor.
Licensed cosmetologist/hairstylist Candi Russell is one to watch. Former Disneyland Resort character wig stylist/ makeup artist, and Dry Bar hair stylist, Candi received her education from Riverside Community College Cosmetology school. Currently freelance artist, Candi has worked with clients ranging from all areas of the entertainment industry including; celebrity personal trainer Melissa Alcatrez, recording artist Dondria, Fashion designer Michael Costello and many more. Candi has also worked on shows such as Love and Hip Hip season 5, Family or Fiancee,This Close, 7 signs pilot as the key hairstylist well as worked with Dancing with the Stars jr promo, fashion designers, music videos and a multitude of editorial photoshoots. Only two short years after graduating cosmetology school, Candi is making waves in the industry.As a professional eager to advance in the industry she has also received advanced training from celebrity stylist Tokyo Stylez on wig making as well as training from esteemed celebrity stylist Kim Kimble’s Extension Academy and celebrity makeup artist AJ Crimson’s makeup course. Russell knows the importance in not only investing in her craft but also not limiting herself.The sky is the limit for this incredible stylist who is only just now getting started.
VANESSA DIONNE, Emmy award winning makeup artist, has supervised over 80 theatrical productions in her 22-year makeup and hair career. Hollywood Bowl design credits include Annie, Mamma Mia! A Chorus Line and Spamalot. Walt Disney Concert Hall design credits: Mass, Trip to the Moon, Nixon in China, Theatre of the World, Alice in Wonderland, Così fan tutte, Frank Zappa’s 200 Motels and the Marriage of Figaro. Dionne is head of hair/makeup at the Walt Disney Concert Hall/Hollywood Bowl and works at CBS on The Bold and the Beautiful. Dionne was the head of hair/ makeup at the Dolby Theatre for Cirque du Soleil’s IRIS; assistant wigmaster at Los Angeles Opera; hair and makeup supervisor at the Mark Taper Forum. Dionne recently received Best Theatrical Makeup, Best Theatrical Hair for Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Mamma Mia! at the 2018 IATSE Makeup Artist and Hairstylist Guild Awards.
Deidra Chattams is a celebrity hair stylist from Dayton, Ohio who’s been in love with the elements of hair her entire life.
She understands the technology of hair restoration and continues to master her craft by constructing facial and cranial prosthesis for cancer patients and those with other terminal illnesses. Her illuminating spirit and vivacious personality caused her to generate lots of buzz amongst the Black Hollywood scene. Her goal is to serve men, women and children that strive for radiant healthy hair. In 2011, Deidra gained exposure after a video of her signature design, “Hair Tattoos” featuring a braided self-portrait went viral on Youtube. She became known as “The Hair Artist” creating hairstyles ranging from fashion-forward to simple and chic. Deidra felt it imperative to educate others on the principles of preserving the integrity of their own hair and is now driven with her passion for creating a plant-based hydrating hair care system formulated to restore natural hair textures and stimulate hair growth.
Deidra uses her spare time sharing her gifts of hair and beauty services for various community outreach organizations including haircuts and styles for children going back to school, homeless centers, domestic violence facilities, drug treatment programs and those with cancer and other terminal illnesses.