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Cheekadee Makeup Artists is one of the leading makeup artistry companies in the country today. Serving Philadelphia, New York and New Jersey, as well as surrounding areas. Cheekadee is known for its exceptional customer experience and our artists are recognized as some of the industry’s finest.

Cheekadee specializes in wedding makeup, special event makeup, makeup lessons, boudoir makeup and collaborates with leaders in the film, print and other media industries in the development of various projects.

Cheekadee was awarded Best of Philly for Makeup Application in Philadelphia Magazine in 2011.

Cheekadee has received the Brides Choice 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 by

Additionally, Cheekadee was named Best of Philadelphia Makeup Artists 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 and 2012 by My Fox Philly’s Hotlist.

Cheekadee and our artists have been featured in Redbook Magazine, Philadelphia Wedding Magazine, Brides Magazine, Philadelphia Style Magazine, Current Magazine as well as on national websites and blogs including Green Wedding Shoes, Wedding Bee, Wedding Wire, The Knot, Style Me Pretty, Indie Bride and Rock and Roll Bride and Martha Stewart Weddings.

Past clients include: the cast of Glee, Philadelphia Phillies, RuffNation Records and Film, University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University, Jefferson Hospital, PA Lottery, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Chanel Cosmetics, Shop Mamie, QVC and Conde Naste Publishing. Cesar Millan, NBC The Today Show. Michele Lepe, The Sprout Network.

In addition, our artists have trained and worked as part of national cosmetic teams, doing runway and film makeup. Cheekadee has also collaborated with top modeling agencies (Ford and Next) and have had work published overseas.

Cheekadee is also affiliated with several prestigious makeup groups, including: The Powder Group Pro, On Makeup Magazine, Naimie’s Cosmetics, Makeup Forever Pro, Smashbox Pro, MAC Pro, Tarte Cosmetics, Urban Decay, Nars and Face Atelier.

Cheekadee was awarded Best of Philly for Makeup Application in Philadelphia Magazine in 2011.

Cheekadee has received the Brides Choice 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 by

Cheekadee has received the Couples’ Choice Award 2016

Additionally, Cheekadee was named Best of Philadelphia Makeup Artists 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 and 2012 by My Fox Philly’s Hotlist.

Our Artist

Our services run deep and are backed by over ten years of experience.


Owner, Lead ArtistCreative DirectorDirector of Training

Nina is the proud owner of Cheekadee makeup Artists. She has over 10 years of professional experience in all facets of makeup and styling. Her warmth and personality has won the respect and confidence of clients all over the country. Born in Philadelphia and raised in Los Angeles, Nina grew up around the fashion and film industry. Upon moving back to Philadelphia in 2004, Nina trained with Chanel cosmetics and worked with Chanel’s National Makeup Team. A versatile artist, she’s done runway makeup for the Phildephia Phasion Phest as well as countless photo shoots. She works continuously on styled wedding shoots with some of the best photographers in the industry. She’s been featured on many reputable sites such as Style Me Pretty,The Knot, Ruffledblog, Green Wedding Shoes and Philadelphia Wedding Magazine. She has also worked as a makeup artist for television and such films as “Benny the Bum”, “Mother’s day” (w/ Mellissa Leo), “Sea of Tranquility” several others. During the past several years with Cheekadee, Nina has grown a large fan following based on her exceptional skill and genuine desire to help people feel beautiful. Her reliability and professionalism are what make her and her team unique. Cheekadee is the go-to choice by photographers and event planners alike. Cheekadee’s services include makeup for photo, film, video and special events in New York, Los Angeles and Philadelphia. She is an absolute pleasure to work with and a welcome and caring presence on your special day. *Provides Airbrush application as well.

FFEvents & Studio Manager

Jo is our Events & Studio Manager and will communicate with you throughout your wedding makeup process. She will be updating her bio shortly. We are excited to have Jo as a part of our Cheekadee team!

Senior Artist, Operations Assistant

Cheryl has over 25 years of professional makeup and hair experience. With over 200 brides in that time, she has been featured in several publications in the beauty industry as well as lifestyle and editorial print. She has attended and been a part of hundreds of trade shows including NY Fashion week, and continues to work in commercials & film.

Cheryl’s clientele also includes celebrities, musicians, and other well-known socialites in the NYC area. She creates natural but noticeable looks that have graced the red carpet, as well as fresh every day looks. Cheryl is also well versed in working with every gorgeous skin tone.

Senior Artist

Prepare yourself for the ultimate makeup experience. Aja has been doing makeup for over 15 years. Since childhood she has had an undeniable passion for the art of makeup.  Beginning her makeup career at the age of 17, her natural talent was recognized early.  Deciding to perfect her craft she traveled to New York and trained under celebrity makeup artists.  She was one of the premier face designers of the first Giorgio Armani counters in the region.

Aja has trained with other prestige makeup lines such as: Laura Mercier, Chanel and MAC cosmetics to name a few. Aja has worked on numerous celebrity clients, including: Jill Scott, Patti LaBelle and Marcia Ambrosious for TV, film and video.  

We are excited to have Aja as a part of our Cheekadee team!

Senior Artist

Nicole is a New York and Philadelphia based makeup artist who has been working in the industry since 2003. A Philadelphia native, she developed her love of makeup while studying Fine Arts and performing in musical theatre. This led her to move to Toronto to attend Complections College of Makeup Art and Design where she studied beauty, fashion, theatrical, film, and special FX makeup as well as creature design, wig making and studio hairstyling. Upon graduation Nicole was selected for a prestigious fellowship with the American Conservatory Theater’s wig and makeup department in San Francisco. While in California she also worked in the makeup departments of the San Francisco Ballet and the San Francisco Opera. After completing her fellowship, Nicole decided to make the move to New York to pursue a career in the fashion industry. Nicole now resides in Philadelphia.

 Nicole has worked with brands such as Anthropologie, Victoria’s Secret, Bloomingdales, Nordstrom, Macy’s, Hanes, Microsoft, Mix Apparel, Cool Sculpting, Lanvin, Chico’s, Glamour Magazine, Gap, and GQ.  She continues her passion as a freelance artist, constantly growing and developing new, creative approaches to the art of makeup. 

Senior Artist

Tony joins Cheekadee with over five years in the industry. His experience includes fashion shows, bridal, and as a Certified Makeup Artist for Bobbi Brown, he is responsible for training artistry to his team and his clients with his detailed knowledge of Bobbi and her professional line of makeup and skincare.

 Growing up, his mother was a hair stylist, and attributes his creativity and love of color to her. He believes all women have an inner beauty, and the best way to bring it out is to inspire confidence in his clients with his work.

Tony’s focus is perfecting the skin, through use of appropriate skincare and color matching, with airbrush or traditional makeup. He has a great deal of experience working with all different skin tones and textures, and prides himself on creating the perfect canvas on which to apply color. 

Senior Artist

Carolyn is proficient in all areas of makeup services, including theatrical work and coordinated hairstyles. With more than 15 years of experience, she enjoys the beauty aspect and seeing your smile once the transformation is complete.

Carolyn prides herself on providing outstanding service to her clients, which include celebrities, television personalities, and brides such as:

• HDNet
• “The Biz” Reality Show
• Patty Jackson from WDAS
• Almost Famous Magazine
• John Robert Powers Model Agency
• CN8 Art Fennell Reports with Janet Zappala
• Author Joyce Carol Oates on Documentary Story
• Fox Network
• “Switch” Television Series
 • Cage Fury Fights with Stephanie Stokes
• Dan Rather on CBS News & “60 Minutes”
• Jennifer Nicole Freeman on “My Wife & Kids”
• Kendra Wilkins on Kendra Show & Playboy Bunny Mansion

Senior Artist

Kim has 25 years of experience as a professional makeup artist. She has concentrated her work in the areas of beauty, editorial, and runway however her specialty has always been in bridal makeup. Kim has trained with some of the best Celebrity Makeup Artists in the country and has been the Premier Makeup Artist for CHANEL for the past 6 years. During her time with CHANEL Kim has had the honor of being named the Lead Makeup Artist for CHANEL’s National Team.

Kim’s has worked with an array of celebrities and local politicians including: Alyssa Milano, Tara Reid, Valorie Curry, Suzanne Roberts, Philadelphia Phillies Ball Girls, and many more. Kim’s work has been featured in several online bridal magazines and social websites. She is also a contributing beauty editor for The Examiner and Love the Way you Wed.

Kim’s runway experience is extensive, she has done hundreds of fashion shows in the PA and NJ areas including high fashion runways at The Ritz Carlton, The Bellevue, The Bellagio, The Loews Hotel, The Pennsylvania Convention Center, and Clinton Kelly of TLC’s What Not to Wear event at Macy’s. She has led many Trend Shows for Macy’s where she has been an educator and guest speaker. She has done shows for numerous designers including Calvin Klein, Jones NY, BCBG, Free People, and Rachel Roy. Kim’s runway career has led her to work Philadelphia’s Fashion Week since 2007.

Beauty has always been close to Kim’s heart as she has many years of experience educating women on how to enhance their beauty both with personalized makeup lessons and master classes. Kim believes that every woman is beautiful and strives to help women become the best version of themselves through education, individualized attention, and reinforcing confidence.

Senior Artist

Hailey has the perfect blend of an art background along with experience in both skincare and makeup. She is a graduate of Penn State University with a degree in Art.  Hailey went on to receive her esthetician license at the Jean Madeline Aveda Institute in Philadelphia. She also attended Jean Madeline Academy of Makeup where she worked with editorial makeup artist Rudy Miles to receive her certificate in Makeup Artistry. A licensed esthetician, Hailey incorporates her skin-care knowledge and her artistic talent into her love of making people beautiful. She is truly gifted. We are thrilled to have her as a part of our team!

Junior Artist

Wesley joins Cheekadee as a makeup artist, bringing with her a lifetime love of makeup.  Following college, Wesley interned with renowned Baltimore based photographer Roy Cox. During her time with Roy, Wesley had the opportunity to study under a number of very gifted makeup artists.  Wesley spent the next two years working and training with MAC Cosmetics, where she refined her artistry skills.

Wesley is currently based in the Philadelphia area and continues to share her knowledge and passion for makeup with our clients.  Wesley is an amazing artist and we are lucky to have her as part of our team.