Beauty Secrets of Jackie Gomez

Jackie Gomez may only be 29 years old, but she is already one of the most sought-after celebrity makeup artists in the industry. When she’s not working with Victoria's Secret Supermodels or Solange Knowles, she’s primping up another one of the prettiest faces in music, film and print.

Born into an artistic family, the Colombiana learned early to use makeup to express herself. “I was intrigued by how a woman could transform her face with lipstick and mascara,” says Gomez.

It was while working as a nanny for the children of a Sony Music Entertainment executive that she realized she had a future in makeup. “I gave my boss a friend’s demo CD and he asked me who had done her makeup for the cover. When I told him I had, he was so impressed. He referred me to assist the top makeup artists his label worked with,” she says.

By age 26, an agency signed her. Today, Gomez’s work also graces the pages of fashion magazines such as Allure and Elle Mexico. Then in 2010, she and her husband, a businessman, launched the beauty agency Top 5 Management.

According to Gomez, persistence and focus are the keys to becoming who you want to be. “You’re often met with people who doubt your talent, but confidence is very important,” she says. “When a celebrity I’m working on gets up from the chair without even looking into the mirror, I know I did a great job.”