Welcome to ByJakeBailey.com
For as long as I can remember I have been fascinated by beautiful women.
I spent my childhood preoccupied with old movies and the astounding beauties that starred in them. Marilyn Monroe was of particular interest as you can see by these drawings I did between the ages of 6 and 9.
Marlene Dietrich, Greta Garbo, Lana Turner, Ava Gardner, Sophia Loren, Audrey Hepburn, on and on and on…..
In provincial Salt Lake City during the early 80’s this fascination with women was enough to give my parents a glimmer (a dim glimmer) of hope that I might interested in marrying a woman one day. This was not to be the case .
Through my career as a make up artist beautiful women would however become the central them in my life. My job in fact is to make them even more beautiful. I am lucky enough to spend my days surrounded by a rotating cast of outrageously talented, unique and special women.
This site is not only about make up. While I intend to share with you my favorite products, beauty secrets, tales from behind the scenes, makeovers and demonstrations I am also excited to share my experiences as I pursue a new creative challenge…..Photography. Photography has always been a passion of mine and a few years ago I began to incorporate it into my work. I began photographing my favorite clients and friends. Experimenting with make up and lighting and just being creative and having fun in general.
This is my first “professional” photo shoot . My dear friend and longtime client Paris Hilton told me that they needed a photo for their New Year’s invite and asked if I would do it. Paris knew that I loved photography and being the lovely and generous friend that she is…gave me a shot.
The inspiration for this shoot was a famous portrait of Joan and Jackie Collins by Annie Leibowitz.
What I didn’t know was that the Hiltons are very good friends with the Collins sisters.
Months later a friend of mine was at Joan Collins house for dinner through a series of circumstances that would take entirely too long to explain and he saw that a large print of my photograph was hanging in her house!
The Hiltons had given her a print of the photo as a gift since it was inspired by them!
I do hope that it’s true because I worship Joan Collins!
My good friend Jenny Cho did hair and I did make up. I didn’t have a stylist so I did it myself borrowing from friends and using Paris’ closet. Paris’ vintage disco dress is from Seilians and Nicky’s sequined jumpsuit is by Oleg Cassini. I bought on Ebay for 50 bucks!
Accessories were borrowed from my friend Doris Raymond at The Way We Wore.
Nicki’s sunglasses are Courrèges and Paris’ sunglasses are vintage Pucci. The disco ball was from a garage sale on Fountain and currently hangs from my lemon tree in L.A.
I used the same Nars gloss on both girls. A sheer cherry shade called “Misbehave”.
To make the most of Paris’ enviable legs I applied MAC strobe cream to add the perfect amount of shimmer and glow.