Alana J. was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. From an early age, she found a love and passion in makeup. Every morning, she would watch her mother meticulously apply her makeup before work. A young girl intrigued while playing in her mother’s makeup, she developed the dream of becoming a makeup artist.
While studying at Hampton University as a Theatre Arts major, she would volunteer for many theatre productions. It was during this time, she recognized her true passion for makeup and decided to pursue it full time. After returning home from her studies, she secured a job at MAC Cosmetics. It was there she grew technically proficient and versatile, and began to develop her own style and technique. After two years with the company, she decided to venture out on her own. Since doing so, Alana J. has assisted noted industry artists including Reggie Wells, Oslyn Holder, Sir John and Lottie Standard; she has also participated in numerous Mercedes Benz Fashion Week events as an assistant to key makeup artists. She is currently hard at work building her client list, which already boasts the likes of Jones New York, Fox News Network, as well as the key makeup artist for the Baltimore Ravens Cheerleaders.
Alana J. provides makeup for celebrities, events, fashion shows, advertising, commercial and editorial print, and is available to travel locally and internationally. She divides her time between New York City and Washington, DC.