Jestina Howard has worked as a professional makeup artist for 30 years in the areas of print, television, video, live performance and private consultations. With years of experience and tireless commitment, she is a highly sought after cosmetics professional throughout the country.
Her work has appeared in dozens of local, national and international trade publications, magazines, and newspapers, as well as commercials and telecasts. Some of her clients include Birmingham, B-Metro, Black Enterprise, People and Essence Magazines, The Food Network, Saks Inc., Belk Inc.,UAB, WBRC FOX- 6, FOX Sports, MTV, Nike, Vulcan Materials, Golf Channel, PGA Tour Entertainment, Regions Bank and the list goes on. Over the years she has also been a freelance makeup artist for major cosmetic companies MAC, Bobbi Brown, Lancôme and Elizabeth Arden.
In 2003 Jestina created the Aware Cosmetics product line to further service her clients and others. The products are paraben, talc and gluten-free and not tested on animals. A portion of the product sales are donated annually to the American Lung Association of Alabama to assist with their mission. She also serves on the organization’s Lung Force Council. This cause is close to Jestina’s heart because several of her family members has either passed away or is living with lung disease.
Not one to rest on her laurels, Jestina attends beauty trade shows and conferences in New York, Miami, Las Vegas, Atlanta, New Orleans and Los Angeles regularly. This helps her to stay abreast of current trends, techniques and new products. She holds a certification in photography and video makeup from the Barbara Salamone Conservatory of Esthetics in Chicago, IL along with an airbrush certification from Dinair. She has attended training sessions with makeup legend Joe Blasco, Sam Fine, makeup artist and author of Fine Beauty, Emmy award-winning makeup artists Eve Pearl and Todd McIntosh, Dina Ousley, award winning makeup artist and founder of Dinair Airbrush System and Michael DeVellis founder of The Powder Group and The Makeup Show.
Additionally, Jestina has been a regional broadcast beauty spokesperson for Proctor & Gamble's Beauty Brands for several years and she is booked regularly as a beauty expert for WBRC FOX 6 and WCFT ABC 3340. She is also the former beauty editor for Go Haute and My Scoop online magazines.
As a beauty expert, Jestina is qualified and available to provide quotes for beauty stories and do television beauty segments.
Years as experiences
Unparalleled Level of Service
I want to make people aware of how to enhance their look with cosmetics effortlessly, which in turn will make them feel and look great.
I want to create awareness about lung disease, which is one of the top 4 diseases that cause the most deaths globally.
*Aware Cosmetics donates a percentage of product sales annually to the American Lung Association of Alabama to help aid in education, research and advocacy.
"I just want to thank you so much for the WONDERFUL job you did on my daughter. You had such a calming effect on her and I am truly grateful for you and your talent as well as your compassion! She had a grand time and I know it is mostly due to the confidence you gave her!!!”
"Birmingham Magazine counts on Jestina as a crucial creative source. Whether it's sharing fashion and makeup trends with us or putting that "just right"? face on our models at photo shoots, I always know that she will come prepared with everything we need- including a special sense of style and professionalism. The bonus is that Jestina is also completely awesome and fun to work with. When she's working on our team, we know even a long day will be enjoyable and that everyone will be beautiful when they get up from her chair."