Get to Know a Hair Stylist & Makeup Artist: Jackie K Styles

Among other huge decisions that have to be made in preparation for a wedding, choosing someone to do your hair and makeup is a big decision. Enhancing your natural beauty on your wedding day is especially important, since it’s your big day. You want your beauty to shine, and you want to feel confident and fabulous. If you have a vision of what you would like your hair and makeup to look like, it is important to find someone who can take that vision and apply it personally to you. We happy to have Jackie Kalmenson with Jackie K Styles as a guest on our blog!

How and why did you decide to specialize in hair and/or makeup?

Jackie: After years of styling my friends hair and doing their makeup for fun they encouraged me to make a career out of my hobby. I decided to take their advice and looked into cosmetology school. I started out getting my certification in Fashion and Glamour Makeup in NYC followed by my NYS Cosmetology license from the Learning Institute of Beauty Sciences.

What is the mission of your company?

Jackie: To enhance women’s beauty and help them feel like the best version of themselves.

Where do you get your inspiration?

Jackie: I get inspired from watching red carpet events, what’s trending in celebrity style, and from each of my clients. We all have our own style that comes from within.  I have fun getting to know my clients and matching their personality with their hair and makeup look.

What is your favorite type of event to do hair and/or makeup for?

Jackie: I truly enjoy doing hair and makeup for weddings. I get to meet a lot of people, be social, and creative! What better way to spend my day!

How do you make sure that the hair and/or makeup is exactly what the client is looking for?

Jackie: I ask the client to show me pictures of hairstyles that they like. Pinterest has become the go-to for searching for styles! I also make sure to consult with them before I start styling. Honesty is the best policy. If I think a style won’t work for that individual I will give my professional opinion. I want to be sure that my client and I are on the same page.

What is the most important thing to keep in mind when choosing a hair style and/or make-up for a client?

Jackie: I always consider what will enhance the clients’ best features. Whether it’s a certain hair-style that would look great or what colors to use when doing their makeup, I don’t create beauty, I enhance it!

What is your top tip for current and potential clients?

Jackie: When choosing a style for yourself don’t just think about what will look good…think about what will make you feel fabulous from the inside, out. It’s amazing how a jazzed up version of ourselves can give us such a great boost in confidence!

How far in advance should someone book you?

Jackie: Approximately 4 months.

Would you mind sharing a photo of one of your favorite events and tell us why it’s your favorite?

Jackie: Rebecca’s wedding was one of my favorite weddings to be a part of!  She has been a client of mine for the past 7 years. Over these years we have become great friends and it was so much fun to be a part of her and Mitch’s day!  Not only did I get to style her hair, I got to see them make their vows and celebrate with them after!

I was also lucky enough to work beside some uber-talented wedding professionals, Karen Brown New York, Samantha Mittler with The Dessertist and makeup artist Kelly Hushin.

What is the best way for potential clients to get in touch with you?

Jackie: The best way to get in touch is through email: or by phone: 516-375-6081.

I can also be found through my website,

Wedding Wire:

Or The Knot:

You can also follow Jackie K Styles on FacebookTwitter and Pinterest.

A Willy Wonka (post-Sandy) Bar Mitzvah!

Now that things are starting to normalize in Manhattan, last week feels like a blur. I had several friends without power and water due to the aftermath of Sandy, all looking for places to relocate. Even though my apartment building was right on the border of the outages I lucked out and continued to have all utilities which enabled me to take in friends who weren’t so lucky.

While all of that was happening, the bar mitzvah that I had been planning with my client since July had to be completely re-planned in three days. The venue was located in Chelsea and they were not expecting to have power back until sometime on Saturday, the day of the bar mitzvah. Since we couldn’t take that risk my client and I discussed alternatives with the most viable solution being to have it at their Synagogue. The final decision to change venues was made on Wednesday and I knew I would need to see the space as soon as possible to get a better idea of what we had to work with. Public transportation wasn’t in service and cabs were rare to find due to the gas shortage so my only option was to ride my bike to the Synagogue. I meet with the special events coordinator and the catering representative, Shari Vermeulen. Before we met we were told that the Synagogue had restrictions on the food that could be served – it all had to be kosher which we hadn’t originally planned for. This presented another obstacle but the executive Chef, Angelo Sessa from Sezz Medi and Shari didn’t miss a beat – in less than 24 hours they presented us with a new menu that met all of the kosher requirements!

The next hurdle was to make sure that all of the vendors could still deliver. Our A/V company Tallen had to be relocated from their New Jersey office to Philadelphia, our DJ company Scratch Events was without power and staff were working from home, our Long Island gluten free baker was without power and had no means of communication and our custom 36” balloons were trapped in the Party City on 14th Street with no way of getting them back in time. Needless to say we had a lot of challenges ahead of us!

In the end the bar mitzvah was a success! All of the vendors were able to make it into the city and my friend who had to relocate to my apartment due to not having water or electricity was nice enough to help me pick up balloons from another party city and deliver them personally by a Zipcar that was already running on empty due to the gas shortage.

Although the plans for the party weren’t exactly what I had prepared for, the most important thing was that the bar mitzvah boy was happy and had a great time!

To see pictures, please visit the Karen Brown New York Facebook page.

Willy Wonka!

I had a lot of fun shopping today for a client gift and getting into the spirit of her son’s Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory bar mitzvah theme! When meeting a client for the first time I like to come with a themed gift and I chose candy from the Willy Wonka kiosk at the Times Square Toys “R” Us and a custom made “golden ticket” chocolate bar from Jacque Torres!