Jessica Smalls is a New York-based makeup artist and groomer. Born and raised in Harlem, Jessica was diagnosed with a rare skin cancer at the age of 18. The illness led to her explore the world of beauty – a realm that restored her sense of self, fueled her artistic passion and empowered her to see beyond societal standards of black women.
Today, her celebrity clientele includes Janelle Monae, Mary J. Blige, Omari Hardwick, Nia Long, Ava Duvernay, Yara Shahidi, Usher, Miguel, Cardi B, John Legend, and many more. She has contributed to publications such as Vanity Fair, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, and Essence and has collaborated with world-renowned photographers Annie Leibovitz and Inez and Vinoodh. Smalls has worked with major brands including CoverGirl, The Gap, Tiffany & Co., Lancôme, Kiehl’s, Pepsi, and Converse.