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Elanor Roosevelt once said; “the future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” Since turning her passion into a business, Hayley Jeans future is looking very bright. Move over Mecca, Haley Jean is coming through.

Photography by Monique Lovick Photography

Tell us a little bit about Haley Jean Makeup Artist.

I’m a makeup artist and hairstylist based in Orange, NSW. When I’m not doing makeup for a wedding or special occasion, I host workshops and events to make people feel more confident and comfortable in doing their own makeup.

My workshops have become a crowd favourite. They are hands-on experiences where you can recreate one of my most popular makeup looks on yourself using professional makeup products and tools. I’ve worked so hard to offer an exciting experience for everyone to improve their makeup skills and confidence in a relaxed and creative environment. I provide makeup workshops for groups and private one on one classes for all skill levels. And last year, I started offering workshops for other professional makeup artists and those aspiring to have a career in makeup.

I also sell the makeup products I use in my professional kit and the workshops online to make them easily accessible, especially for those in the Central West.

How did you begin your journey as a business owner?

My journey as a business owner started when I was 18. I had just finished my HSC, and I didn’t know what I wanted to do next. I was uploading makeup tutorials to Youtube when I was 17 and started doing people’s makeup as a hobby and for some extra pocket money. A few of my friends got me to do their graduation makeup, and then my younger sister and her friends for their formal, and I LOVED it! It was then I studied makeup online to ensure I knew everything about hygiene and skin while completing a business course. And with that I turned my passion into a business, and eight years on, it’s still the best decision I ever made.

What has been one of the highlights of your career?

There are so many beautiful memories that I have had over the years. For five years consecutively, I was lucky to be awarded the Best Makeup Artist in the Central West in the Bride's Choice Awards! I’m so grateful to be recognised by all my beautiful brides who have chosen me to be a part of their special days. My makeup workshop events are so much fun! I did a workshop for the Jumbled team's Christmas party last year, and we had an absolute ball. I love nothing more than makeup, nibbles, and local Orange wine mixed with vibrant women. I’m excited to do more of these this year. One of my biggest highlights has been moving my business from home to a salon. I love working at Parlour O (when I am not traveling for weddings); working alongside such a fantastic group of women is incredible.

What’s the best piece of business advice that you have ever received? A succinct and prominent piece of advice always at the forefront of my mind is; “community and collaboration over competition”! There is plenty of work for everyone, and we can all help each other. Forming relationships with like-minded people is one of the best tools for growing a small business. Collaborating with other businesses is terrific for your creativity and mindset and gives you new opportunities to expand and promote your business.

Photography by Kirsten Cunningham

Do you have a woman leader as a mentor or are there specific women who inspired you and why?

There are so many incredible women that I look up to every single day, and many are locals. Some of the incredible women that inspire me are; Amy Van De Ven (Quest Apartments), Jessica Hickman (Upstanding Academy), Katie Baddock (Grounstone Cafe), Pip Brett (Jumbled) and Sophie Durham (Digital Wonder). Orange is extremely lucky to have them, and I’m so grateful to call them my friends.

What’s on the horizon for Haley Jean in 2023?

I’m almost at capacity for weddings this year to which I am grateful for, but have left some availalabilties for more workshops. And I would love to host more Christmas parties again at the end of the year. I’ll be adding more makeup products to my website soon, which gives anyone attending my workshops easy access to all the products they used. Trust me, I have done my research and know the best makeup products on the market, and they’ll soon be available at You’ll find everything from foundation to lipstick - I will have you covered. Pun intended!

Location: Orange | NSW

Facebook: haleyjeanmakeup


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