My name is Jennifer Bentley, and I am a licensed esthetician, makeup artist, private tutor and writer living in Oklahoma City. My interest in makeup and skin care began during my childhood, sparked by several familial beauty influences in my life, including my mother, my grandmothers, and several aunts. Though all beautiful in outward appearance, a few of these presences in particular inspired in me the philosophy that true gracefulness and beauty comes from within and that cosmetics only accentuate one’s appearance. Nevertheless, when I jokingly asked for last minute marriage advice just before strolling down the wedding aisle, my grandmother did giggle and say, “Don’t ever let him see you without your face on!” My mother, I believe, echoed, “At least a little mascara and blush. . . and lipstick! Don’t forget the lipstick!”
Needless to say, my makeup and skin care experiences began early. Childhood friends will recall my attempts to inconspicuously wear blush on my cheeks in third grade, to every-so-slightly adorn my lids with sparkly blue eyeshadow in fourth grade, and to brighten my naturally dark undereyes with concealer in fifth grade. Equally as memorable was my commitment to a complete Estee Lauder skin care regime, including cleanser, toner, moisturizer, and possibly even eye cream (just a light, gel formula), starting in fifth grade. Furthermore, I still possess the journal writing assignment from sixth grade where the teacher asked what three items we would keep if stranded on a desert island. I wrote a complete dissertation about mascara and concealer, though I thoughtfully added a Bible as the third item. Also, during my sixth grade year I chose to produce lip gloss for my science fair project. Though I'm uncertain today how creating lip gloss from a mixture of Vaseline and various shades of my mother's discarded lipstick colors heated in a double boiler pan in our home kitchen actually qualified as an "experiment," I did successfully produce a colorful array of soothing and hydrating lip glosses encased in unique, rectangular, sliding-lid containers purchased from Klee’s gift store in Casady Square. Notably, we had first attempted to approach chemists in the Oklahoma City area with a request for chemical ingredients listed on the label of Revlon lipsticks; no one was able or willing to help. Hence the melted Vaseline/lipstick combo ensued. Certainly, these pre-teen experiences marked the beginning of my journey into the field of beauty.
During my teenage years, various friendships blossomed through my many rudimentary facials performed in my bright, yellow tiled bathroom. I practiced countless makeup applications and makeovers upon willing participants (both live friends and life-sized Barbie heads) in front of mirrored medicine cabinets lit by gigantic, scalding-hot, 120 watt stage bulbs. Amidst my college years in Boulder, Colorado, when granola and grunge reigned, my peers in Sewall Hall established my nickname, "Glamourpuss," a title inspired by my well-known, colorful collection of at least 15 Chanel nail polishes displayed alphabetically upon my miniscule, dilapidated dorm room desk. While attending college, I began work as a receptionist and later earned the title "spa manager" at a small but growing spa called Essentiels, where my exposure to and interest in skin care products, lessons, and business abounded. As I had earned my B.A. in English Literature, however, I opted to move home to Oklahoma City where I utilized my college degree and pursued my career as a high school and junior high English and writing teacher at my alma mater, Heritage Hall.
In my later twenties, I married, started a family, and continued to tutor and teach; but I consistently read about and studied beauty and skin care trends. In my later thirties, I revisited the beauty industry and started a full time job in makeup artistry and retail sales at a local boutique. With retail hours and obligations taking a toll on my family life, I chose to take the risk of becoming a free lance makeup artist. After researching the state requirements, laws, legalities, and ethics involved in pursuing such a career, in 2010 I enrolled in and graduated from a local beauty college, passed the required exams, and became a licensed esthetician and cosmetic studio owner. I opened my own studio in 2011, beauty b.
I have worked as a bank teller, a nanny, a spa manager, an actor, an educator, a coach, a tutor, a cosmetic sales associate, a makeup artist, an esthetician, and a small business owner; I am a daughter, daughter-in-law, sister, sister-in-law, aunt and friend; and one of my favorite titles remains “wife and mother.”
Diplomas, Degrees, Resumes, and/or References from (and many thank-you's to): Heritage Hall School in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado; Essentiels Day Spa in Boulder, Colorado; Fullerton Agency in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Betty Stockard School of Dance in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Erna Krouch Preschool in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Christ the King School and Catholic Church in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Bethany Beauty College in Bethany, Oklahoma; Oklahoma State Department of Cosmetology; and countless family members, friends, students, teachers, brides, models, debutantes, homecoming queen candidates, mentors, clients, contemporaries, affiliates, associates, and aquaintances across the United States and around the world.