Midland College grad with Presidio ties begins successful beauty industry career

PRESIDIO, MIDLAND, DALLAS – Jackie Spencer is making a name for herself in the Dallas-Fort Worth area as an up-and-coming makeup artist, according to the Midland Reporter Telegram.

The 22-year-old already has people clamoring for her services, especially for special celebrations such as weddings and quinceañeras.

“I was able to teach myself by watching other beauty gurus such as Nicole Guerriero, Desi Perkins, among many others,” Spencer said.

Thanks to communications classes she took at Midland College and at the University of Texas at Arlington, she does her own advertising, mainly via social media.

“I knew from an early age that I wanted to be in the beauty industry; however, when I graduated from high school, the idea of majoring in advertising and communications also appealed to me,” she said. “Now, I plan to make my career in the beauty industry and use the skills I’ve learned in advertising and business to promote my services and successfully manage my business.”

Spencer will graduate in May from UT Arlington with a degree in advertising and business administration. She then plans to take classes at Artist Makeup Academy (AMA) in Hoboken, New Jersey.

“I would like to expand my skills and become a professional influencer in the makeup industry,” she said.  “AMA provides extensive hands-on and business-level training in make-up artistry for fashion, beauty and entertainment. I’m hoping to learn techniques that will enable me to flourish in real-world applications so that I can have a sustainable and lucrative career.

“AMA not only specializes in technical makeup application guidance, but also teaches professional business and networking practices,” Spencer said.

She formerly freelanced for two large makeup companies — Sephora and Mac Cosmetics -and has been featured on Time Los Angeles, Morphe Brushes and Elf Cosmetics’ social media channels.

When she completes her training at AMA, Spencer plans to return to the Metroplex because of her established clientele and the abundant opportunities to grow her business.

“AMA also has a school in Miami, but I chose the Hoboken school because my older sister lives near Hoboken, and I can stay with her while I’m taking classes,”  she said.

Spencer was born in Alpine and grew up in Presidio, where her father, David Spencer, was a farmer and cattle rancher. Her mother is Ana Juarez Spencer. “I enjoyed growing up in a border town where I learned to embrace different cultures,” she said.

Spencer and her family relocated to Midland when she was in sixth grade. In addition to her older sister, Anna Christina, Spencer has an older brother, David, who works with their father.

“I love being in the Metroplex, but I miss my family,” said Spencer who also misses her 10-year-old Maltese named Casper.

Spencer graduated from Lee High School in 2014 and graduated from Midland College in 2017 with an   associate degree. While at MC, she was a member of the school newspaper staff and served as editor for a year. She was an honor student and a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. She maintained a 3.5 GPA at MC and has continued to maintain a 3.5 while at UT Arlington.

“I got the background I needed at Midland College to succeed at UT Arlington,” Spencer said.

She said she is where she is today because of MC’s instructors and advisors, including Lupe Daniels.

“It also helped financially to attend Midland College first. I was on the Legacy Scholarship while at Midland College and then received the Legacy Continuance Scholarship to attend UT Arlington. I am also receiving the Slough, Abell-Hanger and the Phi Theta Kappa scholarships. All of those scholarships were made available to me because I graduated from Midland College while maintaining good grades.” Jackie’s paternal grandparents are Delpha Spencer formerly of Presidio and the late Oscar Spencer and maternal grandmother is Estela Juarez of Ojinaga, Chihuahua, Mexico.