Pursuing her passion for makeup, fashion, and hair design, Jaycie Ganek started her own on-site makeup service which works throughout the Chicago area. Makeup by Jaycie, headquartered in Arlington Heights, Illinois, provides hairstyling including up-dos, period styles, extensions and wigs, as well as professional makeup application for weddings, portraits, and editorial photographs.
Even before her professional engagement with aesthetics, Jaycie knew she had a knack for art and beauty. She enjoyed working with different styles, colors, and fabrics, and making people feel confident and beautiful. "I just love art and I love working with people and making them feel special," says Jaycie.
After graduating from Elmhurst College with a degree in Business Art and having attended the Makeup First School of Artistry in Chicago, Jaycie felt equipped with the necessary skills to undertake her own business. Jaycie jokes that a bad makeup experience before her senior prom inspired her to never let anyone be subjected to the same ordeal.
At Makeup at Jaycie, she offers her makeup services to brides, television commercials, fashion shoots and personal portraits. Her expertise is extensive and nuanced, seamlessly adapting to the needs of different clients and letting their best sides shine through. From high profile events to intimate portraits or a small theater production, Makeup by Jaycie has the know-how to tackle any project.
Wedding makeup can be especially stressful, but Jaycie has a way of making clients feel at ease. For instance, every bride has her own vision of what she wants to look like. A makeup artist has to not only possess a keen understanding of his or her craft, but also a perceptiveness and approachability in communicating with her clients. "I love calming their nerves, I love making them feel invincible, and I also just love getting to know my brides and their families," remarks Jaycie.
Today, Makeup by Jaycie is in high demand in a lot of different business venues, in addition to more personal settings, including music videos with nationally recorded artists, television shows for companies such as ESPN, The Travel Channel, National Geographic, WTTW, MTV2, and WCIU. Jaycie has recently been awarded "The Knots" Best of Weddings and Wedding Wire's "Couples' Choice" distinction several years in a row, and freelances for Chicago's NBC morning news spot.
Jaycie has certainly enjoyed working on high profile jobs and the associated glamour, but her passion and dedication are essentially fueled by her personal relationships with her clients. Being able to enhance someone's appearance and showcase their most beautiful features is an art that Jaycie has studied for many years. Her ability to connect with people, however, is a natural talent that facilitates her job and makes her day-to-day fulfilling and enjoyable. There is something unique and satisfying about revealing.