Lake Charles native Jessika See grew up participating in the pageant scene and has always been interested in make-up, beauty, and style. Two years ago, her Aunt Val, nearing the end of her battle with cancer, asked Jessika for a special favor. She wanted a make-over . . . hair, make-up, a new outfit. Jessika was glad to grant her aunt’s final request. "She was so happy, it was like a breath of fresh air had been breathed into her ailing body,” says Jessika. "She smiled from ear to ear and had a blast posing in front of the camera. She told me I have a gift for making women feel beautiful.” Soon after, Jessika decided to make a career as a professional make-up artist and started her business, J.See Make-Up. She is in high demand and works on location, specializing in weddings. Her business calendar is booked most every weekend of the year. "My goal is to help women feel beautiful from the inside out.”
Jessika says you don’t have to spend a lot of money to have a winning make-up routine. Several of her personal everyday favorite cosmetics are inexpensive drugstore items. "There is so much affordable make-up out there that’s just as good as high-end products. Every woman wants to feel beautiful and should have that opportunity without having to break the bank.” But she does warn women that with make-up, you do often get what you pay for. "Sometimes the price tag does affect quality. Coverage and length of wear may be inadequate.
Jessika enjoys sharing tips and good deals on social media sites. Here’s a rundown of some of her favorite make-up bag bargains.
L’oreal Telescopic Mascara – This mascara can make anyone look like they have long lashes. It has an odd narrow brush that grabs each lash from root to tip. Build upon the lashes as the day goes on without clumping and flaking. $6-9.
Maybelline Fit Me! Foundation – Comes in several shades and two finishes -- matte/poreless and dewy/smooth. To find your right shade, Jessika suggests taking your old foundation bottle with you to match color. $6-8.
Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer -- This product works as a concealer and highlighter all in one and is great for skin of all ages. The soft built-in round tip makes concealing under the eyes easy and smooth. Gives a very natural finish and feels light-weight with zero creasing. Also use to highlight between eyebrows and forehead. Another tip is to always buy concealer a shade or two lighter than your foundation. $6-8.
Elf Color-Correcting Powder– Use under the eye and other areas you highlight with concealer. Gives a bright flawless look under the eye. $6. Elf is one of Jessika’s favorite brands. She also recommends their blushes, $3.
Revlon Colorstay Eye Liner – Whether you prefer a stick, gel, or liquid liner, Jessika says all the best can be found at drugstores, but she especially likes this Revlon gel liner. $6. If you prefer a liquid liner, try N.Y.C. Liquid Liner in matte black. It has the perfect brush for that desirable effortless wing. Under $3.
N.Y.C. Liquid Liner in matte black – This liner has the perfect brush for that desirable effortless wing. Whether you prefer a stick, gel, or liquid liner, Jessika says all the best liners can be found at drugstores. Under $3.
NYX Microbrow Pencils -- Full sharp brows are all the rage. But for those of us not blessed with them, we fill in! $10
For eyeshadows, Jessika suggests buying individual colors, rather than pallets. "Shadows are packed with more pigment and you get more bang for your buck with individual shadows like the ones made by Wet n Wild for only .99 cents apiece!
For lips, Jessika likes NYX butter glosses, $5, and Elf matte lipstick, $3.
Jessika’s most important make-up bargain tip? Do your research! "When you find an expensive product you love but don't want to break the bank buying it, use your best friend Google to see if there is a popular drugstore dupe for that product.”