Jackie Aina first came on the scene as a beauty influencer. She has stated that she started posting decor content because she wanted to “express herself” and become happy again after a difficult marriage. She first got her influencer break when she was hired by MAC Cosmetics while she was in the military.
Nowadays, Jackie Aina has her hands in a few pots, from her OG beauty content to her festive holiday content to her fashion videos. Throughout her influencer career, Jackie has shown herself to be a fierce advocate for inclusivity in the beauty industry, often going head-to-head with CEOs of some of the biggest makeup brands in the world.
Jackie Aina’s Early Life
Jacquelyn Lonje Olayiwola Oyeshola Bolayemi Aina was born in Los Angeles in 1987. After an unsuccessful stint at college, Jackie joined the U.S. military. About a year into her time in the military, Jackie got hired at MAC Cosmetics. As Jackie told Entrepreneur Magazine, she was constantly told that most of the trends she wanted to try wouldn’t work for her complexion.
Those stinging comments were all that Jackie would need to start her own YouTube channel. Millions of followers later, Jackie would collaborate with prominent makeup brands, start her own cosmetic lines, and fiercely advocate for cosmetic influencers and makeup brands for people of color.
Even after all of the success that came with being a successful beauty influencer, Jackie wanted to branch off into decor, specifically holiday decor. Jackie’s holiday decor proved to be just as popular as her regular videos.
The great thing about Jackie’s holiday decorating videos is that her looks are accessible to almost everyone. Here are some tips for decorating your home or office — Jackie Aina style.
1. Color Schemes
Christmas colors such as red, green, and cream will always work well on a Christmas tree at home or in the office. But don’t think that you are only stuck with those three colors. Shake things up by using color schemes that, while you don’t usually see them at Christmas, will make your space lively and sophisticated. Some examples of alternative Christmas colors include navy blue and cream, or purple and white, which can also work with a deft and knowledgeable decorating hand.
2. Christmas Decorations From Nature
Red, green, and white string lights, Christmas-colored garlands, and maybe even ornaments that your kids made in school are some of the items that you put on your Christmas tree every year. If you’re looking for ornamentation that’s out of the ordinary, try Christmas decorations inspired by nature. These can include berry branches and pine cones. Emily Lambe from Real Homes says that gold-brushed pine cones can make for an inexpensive but classy tree decoration.
3. Not The Same Old Christmas Tree Topper
While we all love the Christmas tree topper that has been passed down since Grandma’s days. it’s more than OK to do something that’s still traditional but elegant at the same time. You can try a tree that has slimline points. Done right, this tree topper will last generations in your family.
What’s Next for Jackie Aina?
With more makeup brand collaborations, plans for beauty brands that are in various stages of development, and way more advocacy for beauty influencers of color as well as beauty brands for BIPOC women, Jackie Aina is sure to be a busy woman in the coming year. Look out for Jackie Aina’s spectacular beauty items and lines in your local department store.