About Me

Nancy Vela

I have had a love for Makeup and Hair artistry since I started wearing it in Junior High and even before that. Attempting to make my own to play with. I would practice for hours in my room with the helpful tips and images from my favorite fashion magazines. My artistic mother helped by teaching me the importance of blending and the beauty of a natural look. After practicing many techniques on myself I began teaching my friends how to apply their makeup. This naturally progressed into getting people ready for special events.

I went on to study Visual Communications and Art in college. After college I received my licensure in Cosmetology. Then it was off to Chicago for 18 months of advanced studies at Vidal Sassoon. I have been working in the field for 28 years and have had the pleasure of working with wonderful and fascinating people.

In addition to my studies in Cosmetology, I have also studied Energetic Healing for 12 years and Oriental Medicine for 2 years. I am of the philosophy that beauty is internal as well as external. I believe it is part of my job to work with the client to put them at ease so that their inner beauty can shine through.

Photographers I have had the fortune to work with: Victor Skrebneski, Sandro Miller, Carter Smith, Jeff Stella, Michael Voltatorni, Jean Moss, Tony D’Orio, Eric Klein, Brian McConkey, Maia Rosenfeld, Kermit Hayes, Kevin Banna, Audiavision and Zoe McKenzie Studio.


Paul Newman, Phil Jackson, Gayle Sayers, Marlee Matlin (one of the premiere Deaf actresses of our time), Stephanie March of Law and Order SVU, Eric and Kathy and morning crew including Mark Suppelsa of The Mix radio show, Alanis Morisette, Kenny Rogers, Sarah Ferguson The Duchess of York, Mark Ballas of Dancing With The Stars, Shawn Johnson Gold Medal Gymnast who appeared on Dancing With The Stars, Gary Senise (possibly best known for his role as Lt. Dan in Forrest Gump), Buzz Aldrin, Amy Pietz of Caroline In The City, Delta Burke of Designing Women, Randy Jackson of American Idol, Senator Mark Kirk, Sean Giambrone of Meet The Golbergs.


A few of my clients include: Sakes Fifth Ave., Spiegel, Jacobson’s, Kohl’s, Boston Store, Lands End, Hushpuppies, General Motors, Whirlpool, Wahl, Johnson & Johnson, Kraft, Arby’s, McDonald’s, Ronald McDonald House, American Airlines, Oneida, Mikimoto, St. Pauli Girl, Trabert & Hoeffer Fine Jewelry, Bigsby and Kruthers, Marshall’s, Loyola University Hospital, Pro Literacy Program, Ad Council- Domestic Violence Prevention, Next Act, McGrath Lexus, White Sox and WOLF.