Jado is a Professional Makeup Artist and Beauty Trainer, born in St. Petersburg, Florida. In 2003 he relocated to Kuwait in The Middle East, before moving again to The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia - where he continues to reside in Jeddah city. Prior to that Jado earned his first degree in Fashion Design from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) in Los Angeles. Jado's creativity went beyond the dress; the designs he imagined always included a makeup story, juxtaposed the backdrop -story... he knew he had to continue learning if he also wanted to have a say in the makeup and set designing.
He distinguished himself from his peers by enrolling in FIDM's Advance Visual Communication program, where he was one of just six students chosen annually. His decision to pursue another discipline, which he didn't realize at the time, was the start of a chain reaction that led to his profession in beauty and makeup.
In Middle East, he joined MAC Cosmetics' Artist Training & Development department, and was in charge of developing & up-skilling over 300 artists in the region in his role of National Trainer, particularly focused on Kuwait & Saudi Arabia at the time. This went on for over 11 years before he struck out on his own to pursue his passion for Editorials. Working with some of the greatest industry creatives, photographers, designers, models, filmmakers, curators, producers, and art directors to produce some of the region's best Editorials.
THE MAKEUP ACADEMY
During the lockdown, Jado decided to put his 18+ years of makeup and cosmetics knowledge into a series of informative video lessons that would eventually become The Makeup Academy. Jado started from the ground up, knowing nothing about filming, producing, video editing, or video content production. He also had to get used to standing on the other side of the camera for a change, since he had usually been behind the camera / backstage.
From designing the drawings used throughout the course to shooting in front of a green screen, video editing, and content development, Jado handled it all himself. The Makeup Academy is finally ready to share with the world after a year of lockdown.