Aware Cosmetics & Makeup Services


Jestina Howard has worked as a professional makeup artist for 26 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 B-Metro, Birmingham, People and Essence Magazines, The Food Network, Saks 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 regional 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 makeup clients and others. The products are paraben, talc, gluten-free and not tested on animals. Annually a portion of the product sales are donated to the American Lung Association of the Southeast to assist with their mission. This organization is close to Jestina’s heart because several of her family members either passed away or has lived with lung disease for a number of years.

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 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 artist to the stars, Sam Fine, author of Fine Beauty, Emmy award-winning makeup artists Eve Pearl and Todd McIntosh and Michael DeVellis, makeup artist and founder of The Powder Group and The Makeup Show.

Additionally, Jestina is a regional broadcast beauty spokesperson for Proctor & Gamble's Beauty Brands such as Olay, Cover Girl, Pantene and Vidal Sassoon. She is booked regularly as a beauty expert for WBRC FOX 6 and WCFT ABC 3340. She is a former beauty editor for Go Haute and My Scoop Online Magazines and a current contributing beauty/style writer for The Birmingham Times.



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