While Jake Bailey applied his signature long lashes and perfect contour to some of the world's most famous faces, he was best known for his work on Katy Perry. The pop star has even credited the celebrity makeup artist with creating her now-iconic "look" when they first began working together on the set of her 2008 "Hot N Cold" music video.
In the seven years since that career-defining moment for both the the singer and the glam god, the two cultivated a relationship that remained unprecedented—even by his friendships with other A-list clients, including everyone from legends like Angelina Jolie and Christina Aguilera to Hollywood's younger set; girls like Karlie Kloss and Selena Gomez. After the tragic news of Bailey's death (due to apparent suicide) broke, Perry took to Instagram to share fond memories of her beloved friend, accompanied by a collage of touching photos.
"Jake - My sweet, sensitive soul," she begins the post. "What a wonderful journey and friendship we had together. What beautiful art we created together. We conquered the world's biggest stages, together. I know you felt life so intensely and it created this incredible artistic passion in you that came out in everything you touched, from the amazing images you took to the ways you painted your muses, highlighting the beauty in everyone."
"You had the most otherworldly eye to detail…we would laugh about how you could take a nap in that eyelid crease you created (cause it was so deep) or Jake's 45 minute eyes…. Which was such a precise lash that even Bambi couldn't rival," she says. "You essentially created my 'look' ever since we met on the music video for Hot and Cold. We always confided in each other, rallied each other at our lows and pushed each other to be our best. We never got comfortable and I know that was why we did the best work together."
"My favorite moments of recent times is when we would meditate together during breaks on different jobs," she continues, as she reminisces: "Tune all the noise out, forget about Hollywood and the chaos that surrounds it, and look for a slice of peace, 20 minutes at a time."
"I know sometimes it was hard to find consistent happiness here on this earth, I understand you in that way," Perry concludes. "I want you to know now finally and forevermore that I appreciate you and all the lessons we traded each other in this life. I love you. No more work, no more searching, you are finally at peace. Every time I sit in that chair we shared, just know, no one holds a brush to you, friend. Be free now. My prayers are with the Bailey family."
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Bailey family as well during this time.
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