Jake Bailey was born on March 16, 1978, and passed away on October 23, 2015.
Jake was an American make-up artist and photographer.
Jake attended Judge Memorial Catholic High School in Salt Lake City and graduated in 1996.
Growing up in Salt Lake City, Bailey was a performer in numerous theatrical productions and developed an interest in makeup artistry while assisting set artists.
He would become assistant to the Salt Lake City Opera’s make-up designer and wig master.
By the age of 18, Bailey had moved to New York City, where he perfected his technique at makeup counters and through apprenticeships with artists including Kevyn Aucoin and Pat McGrath.
He would go on to collaborate with some of the top photographers in the fashion and entertainment industries including David LaChapelle, Tim Walker, Mark Seliger, Norman Jean Roy and Ellen von Unwerth, he would become a passionate photographer himself.
Jake’s work appeared in publications including Vogue, Vanity Fair, Allure and Harper’s Bazaar.
He has worked with Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Ashley Benson, Kate Beckinsale, Selena Gomez, Karlie Kloss and Gwen Stefani.
Jake died at age 37. His assistant found him slumped over the wheel of his SUV at his home on the morning of October 23, 2015, dead from an apparent suicide.
An autopsy is to be completed by the L.A. County Coroner’s Office, but it appears that he may have suffered carbon monoxide poisoning.
His death drew tributes from celebrities on his long list of clientele including Paris Hilton, Mariah Carey, Maria Menounos, Octavia Spencer, and Emmy Rossum.