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Meet Nini Jenkins

Today we’d like to introduce you to Nini Jenkins.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I first arrived to USA in 2005 as an exchange student. After while I met my amazing husband whom I have been married to for 13 years. I have decided to stay in here and pursue my dreams like any other young immigrant. I worked as a nanny for a while and then I got a job at the Law Office where I met this amazing person who became my friend and who also inspired to do what I do today. My friend Yolanda was a part time makeup artist who suggested that I should go to school to learn makeup. Eventually I quit my job and enrolled myself into a Makeup First School of Makeup Artistry, located in Chicago. All of this turned out to be an absolutely amazing experience. After graduating makeup school, I worked tirelessly and did every job that came to my way and went after every opportunity to grow and become a better artist. I would never in a million years think I would be where I am today from Soviet kid raised during war to Makeup Artist in Chicago working with an amazing people.

Please tell us about your art.
I really want people to look at my work and get inspired. I want people who think things are impossible to think otherwise. I want someone to wake up and say I want to do makeup because I saw her work and I want to learn and grow. I want to help people achieve their goals and dreams because I know how hard and confusing it can be when you are a new artist. For me doing makeup is everything. It sets my soul on fire, it makes me complete. There is no better feeling than making someone look and feel beautiful.

As an artist, how do you define success and what quality or characteristic do you feel is essential to success as an artist?
Success is not an easy word to define but I think once you feel happy inside and satisfied from the work you do that is your success. You do not need to be famous or working with celebrities to be successful. It really is a personal thing and I think my understanding of success is different from someone else.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
These days everything is online and digital so my work can be seen on my website or my Instagram.

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Image Credit:
Photo by John NG, Mark Serrano.

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