Meet our experienced event and wedding makeup artists!
Jill Fulop has been in the cosmetic industry for more than 25 years, having begun her work in San Francisco working for various makeup artistry lines. She found her passion to be actually making up faces and interacting with her clients. She was moved to King of Prussia, Pennsylvania with her husband to help open up the new Nordstrom, moving from there to a regional position in Nordstrom’s cosmetics buying offices.
The frequent, extensive business trips took a toll on Jill and her new, young family. She stopped traveling for Nordstrom and began to work special events for Bobbi Brown cosmetics locally. It was then that she decided to test the waters and begin a new venture…start a wedding makeup artistry business with her good friend, Kelly.
Jill’s entrepreneurial spirit kicked in as she realized that the Philadelphia area needed artists that traveled to them. The last thing a bride should be worrying about is traveling on her wedding date…except to her venue!
With Jill’s strong background in the industry combined with an intense customer service-driven spirit, Face The Occasion Makeup Artistry became an instant success and was widely received.
In addition to her training and experience with Nordstrom and Bobbi Brown, Jill has been trained in MAC, Trish McEvoy, Lancome, Estee’ Lauder, Nars, and Chanel. Every year she attends artistry shows in NYC and keeps informed of any new cutting edge products and techniques.
After making up thousands of faces, Jill has found that she has figured out how to ask simple, yet telling questions of each individual. These questions allow for her to nail down the exact look that the client will feel most comfortable with. Usually, that look is NOT about making the person look dramatically different from who they truly are. It’s about giving them and elegant and tastefully enhanced look to their natural beauty. When she is done with her application, her clients feel beautiful and confident.
During her 25 years of working in the industry, Jill has met many famous faces. When you meet Jill, ask her about her artistry work on Elton John, Billie Jean King, and Mary Carillo! She has also had the pleasure of working with a couple of NYC Rockettes and other well known celebrities.
With all this time in the wedding business, Jill has come to recognize the importance of not just focusing on the bride, but also being very aware of the others involved in the wedding, specifically mothers, sisters, best friends, and grandmas. She never tires of helping each individual feel their best and most beautiful on such a special, joyful occasion.
After relocating from Los Angeles in 1996, Kelly Quinlan, a professional makeup artist, realized the immediate need for freelance makeup artistry within the Philadelphia area. Just a few short months later, in the fall of 1997, Face the Occasion was created. Kelly, along with her co-founder and business partner, Jill Fulop, set out to offer clients an experience that they couldn’t receive in a salon. The newly created company brought the salon experience and professional makeup artists to the client.
In both L.A. and Philadelphia, Kelly continued to train for several years with reputable cosmetic companies such as Bobbi Brown, Chanel, Lancome, MAC, Nars, Stila, Trish McEvoy and other makeup artistry lines. She achieved all of this while furthering her knowledge within the makeup artistry business; Kelly had the opportunity to work alongside celebrity makeup professional Bobbi Brown and her “dream team” of makeup artists during her local personal appearances, all while furthering her passion of creating beautiful faces.
Over the past several years, Kelly has been fortunate enough to work both in Los Angeles and in Philadelphia with each area’s hottest photographers, hair stylists, event designers, and planners. This opportunity has allowed her to network with these talented professionals and build relationships that can only benefit the clients they work for.
While Kelly is mostly called upon to do Wedding & Special Event makeup, she has also worked with film, print, and fashion photo shoots. Her work has appeared in “The Knot Magazine”, Lehigh Valley Style Magazine, Merci New York, and popular websites such as Etsy, Style Me Pretty, Wedding Wire and Wedding Bee, just to name a few.
With over 20 years experience as a professional makeup artist, Kelly’s philosophy has never changed. She genuinely cares about and listens to all of her clients. Kelly gives creative input that keeps both the client and camera happy, and above all else, she has built a reputation as being a highly regarded artist that both professionals and past clients love to recommend.
Over the past few years Kelly has donated much time and money into supporting and educating women dealing with and battling breast cancer. After two close friends and a family member were diagnosed with the disease, Kelly knew she had to get involved. Both Kelly and Face the Occasion proudly donate and participate in the Susan G. Komen 3Day for the Cure that takes place in Philadelphia every October.
When Kelly is not working she enjoys running, cooking, gardening, painting, and anything to do with home decorating. Most importantly, she loves spending her free time at home with her husband and three young children.
Darien Wildstein comes to Face the Occasion with a very impressive résumé and work experience. Before relocating to Philadelphia, she was raised in the beautiful state of Vermont. Her passion for makeup artistry goes back to her childhood.
As a licensed esthetician, she is very focused on selecting the highest quality products and using them in a safe and effective manner. She prides herself on educating her clients on the importance of skincare and leading a healthy lifestyle.
She also makes herself available for commercial video and photography productions, and working as a freelance artist for Bobbi Brown Cosmetics.
Darien has always been careful to listen to the needs of her clients and guide them as they brainstorm into creating the perfect look.
As a newlywed herself, she understands the importance of a woman’s wedding day and a first look. That being said, she will bring a professional and calming presence to any special event or wedding day. When Darien is not doing makeup, she enjoys reading, cooking, and spending time with her new husband and her adopted dog named “Sunny.”