BORN TO CREATE An artist growing up in Detroit during the late 80’s and early 90’s may sound like the perfect beginning to forever, but for Dominique Jenelle, it actually meant ensuring that the remnants of what the world knew as Motown saturated her purpose. Raised by a mother who had the task of molding 3 young women into the very standard of strength and tenacity, we find the youngest of them full of vast interest and creative thought.
Music was a staple in the home she grew up in, and the radio was where she received her artistic nutrients since she was 5 years old. Being exposed to all genres, this is where her love of music began to develop. From classical music and briefly playing the cello, to being heavily involved in school choirs, Dominique soon realized that music will be a major part of her life.
From very young, the lefty found her handedness in visual arts, winning city wide contests and being granted placement in the prestigious Detroit Institute of Art at the age of 9. Here, she began cultivating her innate ability to create art in various mediums from sketching, painting, still life, and abstract art, which found its way to blossom in one of its greatest forms for her—makeup artistry.
ARTISTRY The creative in her ensured that she kept her creative edge by submerging herself into makeup artistry the entire time she pursued her studies. Dominique always excelled in education, despite the morose hardship of losing her mother to a lifelong illness. The virtue of perseverance inherited from her mother, empowered Dominique to complete her studies and then graduate with a B.A. in Interpersonal Communications from Michigan State University in 2009.
A year after graduation, she made the decision to build her life and move to NYC to do make up. Conquering all the internal and external challenges that she faced, she began expanding her ever growing skillset. In her 6 years of being a professional makeup artist, Dominique’s makeup artistry has graced 15 film productions, countless photo shoots, and has graced the faces of over 2500 men and women from all over the world.
Having the pleasure of working with such prestigious brands Nars, Cover Girl, Illamasqua, Oil of Olay, Sephora, Glamsquad, Becca, Makeup Forever, BET/Centric, ESPN, and PBS, Dominique has gained vast experience in retail, film, and editorial, and personal client based artistry to propel her career into other artistic avenues. While developing and becoming well versed in film, bridal and editorial, the connections and growth within these industries, Dominique gained the confidence to take these experiences to her other artful passion—music.
COMMUNITY: BEAUTIFUL MUSIC Finding her artistic utopia in Bed-Stuy Brooklyn, she’s been working with her friend and now business partner Brandyn D. Thomas on projects, which include his homage to Erykah Badu – a film titled BaduLife, where she was the make-up artist for all talent on set. The doors swung open for their partnership and since then she has stepped in and taken the front seat in developing and defining Brandyn’s music career as JusB.
Fine-tuning his image and sound has been her day to day since 2013, and it’s enabled them to come together and build 3 amazing businesses after the fact. The formal education she received back in her home state provided her forsyth and intellectual branding perspective and led her to create M.A.D.E (Manifesting Art, Delivering Energy), which is a company where Dominique merges her passions of beauty and music. Her and her business partner have also established and developed The Boombada Room an artist’s lifestyle community, and Alive Underground; a live music showcase dedicated to the independent and underground professional artists and musicians.
The community played an important role in Dominique's decision to create Alive Underground. Being affiliated with Arts East NY; a strategic community effort to inspire and employ the art community in East NY, Dominique is doing something similar with Alive Underground in the neighboring Bed-Stuy. A neighborhood saturated by art, Dominique carried on a similar initiative by dedicating the launch of Alive Underground to celebrate and uphold the legacy of Brooklyn’s artistic spirit.
Through these businesses she has continued to develop and grow as a creative, and has only begun to come into what is destined to be an amazing correlation between beauty and art for the artistic community worldwide.