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Meet Jensen Cook

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jensen Cook.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
I first started my makeup journey at age 12. I was very interested in the world of special Effects Makeup doing gruesome cuts, wounds, zombies, demons, you name it. As time went on, I branched out into the world of beauty and fantasy makeup. Since then, I’ve been posting my crazy looks on Instagram and TikTok and have started gaining a large following on my platforms. I also do freelance work for brides, boudoir photo shoots, people who need makeup for Halloween, and all the girls who need makeup for our school dances.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Makeup will always be a smooth road for me because it’s like my therapy. Makeup (especially in the past year) has helped me escape from reality and tune out the world for a short time. It helps me recenter myself and always me to express emotions that I can’t quite explain with words. I think one of my biggest challenges is trying to stay creative and do bigger and better with each look I do. Another one is probably adapting to people’s different styles and preferences when they come to me for makeup. However, I always learn something new whether it’s a crazy look on myself or a beautiful, sultry look for a client.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I’d say I classify myself as a beauty and special effects makeup artist. But I like to keep people guessing so I just say, “I’m a makeup artist!” My specialty is definitely in prosthetic and colorful, fantasy makeup. I’m known for scary SFX and bright colors. What I’m most proud of is how far I’ve come with my art. I first started with simple looks and now I’m creating things that I never thought I could do. I’m also proud of the confidence that makeup helped me gain. I was always so afraid of people’s judgments and opinions when seeing a boy in makeup. Now I can confidently walk into a public setting looking like a drag queen with no care in the world. Everyone’s art is special in their own way, but what I feel sets me apart from others is being so diverse in my skill. I can turn myself into a hideous demon, full fantasy body painting, or do a dramatic rainbow smokey eye.

What do you like and dislike about the city?
I’m not locating directly in the city of Phoenix. Quite a few miles away actually. I live in Pinetop, AZ. But what I like about best where I’m from is all the special people I’ve meet and that have excepted me and loved me unconditionally. Also, the scenery here is beautiful and we actually get all four seasons. Kind of strange for Arizona, I know. The thing I like least about here is probably how small it is. Everyone knows everyone and that can get kind of old sometimes.

Pricing:

  • Halloween makeup $80 – $110
  • Bridal makeup – $100
  • Bridal trail makeup – $75
  • Prom or homecoming makeup $80

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Image Credits
Ashley Cherry, Jensen Cook, Athena Alarcon.

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