On Tuesday, November 29, the death of renowned independent makeup artist Jason Kelly of Cleveland, Ohio, was reported on Facebook. Clients and friends of the family were shocked when he passed away.
The public was not informed of the factors that led to his demise. Funeral plans will be revealed by the family or authorities later.
Everyone is grieving Jason Kelly’s passing, remembering him, and praying for him. On social media:
“Jason Kelly was the only reason I semi liked makeup. He showed me it was ok to explore, be funky with it, and if you didn’t know …he is the reason 45 didn’t look like an orange ball of dust during the RNC in Cleveland. He was supposed to show me how to do my eyeliner so I look like Prince and Little Richard all while wearing his super Grover muppet hands shirt. And I had dreams of him being my wedding MUA. Now he is with the Ancestors telling them they still need to moisturize. May your brushes always be clean and your hands never cramp. RIP.”
Kelly spent most of his life in Cleveland, Ohio, despite being from Stanford, Connecticut, where he was born. Between 1992 to 1994, after completing his education at St. Joseph’s, he attended M’Lord Cosmetology School to further his cosmetology studies.
Kelly had worked as a freelancer for YSL, Giorgio Armani, Laura Mercier, Stila, Urban Decay, Chanel, Two-Faced Cosmetics, and numerous more cosmetics brands in addition to MAC, Lancome, and Philosophy.
He provided cosmetic services for the Cavalier Girls’ annual swimsuit calendar and nationally televised games, as well as the national anthem talent, which included American Idol contestants Taylor Hicks and Melinda Doolittle and ESPN sportscasters Lisa Salters, Hubie Brown, Mike Breen, Annie Myers, Tina Dixon, and Todd Harris. He also served as the makeup artist for the NBA Cleveland Cavaliers.
Also, he collaborated with the following people and groups: Yolanda Adams, Aaron Carter, Hilary Duff, Taylor Hicks, Melinda Doolittle, Lyfe Jennings, Kelly Chapman, UK singers Mina, LeVert, Lana Burton, Fionna Faulk, as well as numerous other upcoming artists.