Candice A. Jackson grew fascinated with the idea of enhancing natural beauty as a teen. Watching her mother, Michelle and sister, Parris style hair as a child, she loved the beauty industry. An athlete, Jackson wanted to appear ladylike despite the aggression that she displayed while competing. Though initially forbidden, the three-sport athlete began to experiment with her mother’s makeup daily. Eventually, respecting the teenager’s skill, her mother conceded and supported her craft.
In college, Jackson became the go-to makeup artist for fashion shows, photo shoots and special occasions. In addition to her studies, she also tapped into pageantry, modeling and leadership in organizations such as the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. She even caught the attention of the world’s first traveling fashion show, the Ebony Fashion Fair, during its final tour.