THE MNY SPOTLIGHT

Meet Nikol Johnson, Founder of Fresh Beauty Studio

Nikol Johnson is an on-air beauty expert, licensed esthetician, and multi-media makeup artist who founded her beauty brand, Fresh Beauty Studio, in 2006. Nikol started her career as a FORD model at the age of 15, and on the cusp of turning 40, she decided to own her beauty and liberate her grey hair. Through her business Fresh Beauty Studio and her social channels, she encourages women to embrace their beauty, no matter their age.  

Nikol wears the Adria Gown in black

Photo Credit: Rick Gomez Photography @rickgomezphotos

How did you discover your passion for beauty products, and when did you create Nikol Cosmetics?

I have always enjoyed helping women with skincare and makeup since high school. I was asked what products I used and if I could do makeup for everyone at Homecoming. Beauty, cosmetics, and skincare came naturally to me, and I loved them. I started modeling at age 5, so it all went hand in hand. I created Nikol Cosmetics in 2006 to help and educate women not to give up on their beauty but to enhance it and feel confident.

How do you express your creative aesthetic/style in other areas of your life, such as your home and wardrobe?

I have always loved classic, timeless style. I spend much time curating my closet with designer vintage and tailored styles from my favorite designers. I have had an incredible opportunity with my husband for the last two years to build and design our new home, which is almost complete, from textures, and fabrics down to the molding. I love picking out all the details.

Describe your style in 3 words!

Classic, Tailored, Elegant

Follow along on Instagram @freshbeautystudio and @nikolcosmetics

Photo Credit: Rick Gomez Photography @rickgomezphotos

How has your style evolved over the years?

I have stayed classic, but I pay more attention to accessorizing with jewelry, belts, and classic handbags to complete my outfits.

What advice would you give to others looking to turn their creative passions into a business?

Have a vision board you look at every day and mantras that will help you through the hard times. You must stay Bold, Fierce, and Unapologetic with your decisions and keep moving forward. Never Give Up!

What draws you to the Mestiza brand?

As mentioned, I am a slow fashion buyer, and I appreciate Mestiza’s dedication to well-made classic silhouettes that I can wear season after season. I also seek out women-owned brands like Mestiza. I love the brand story and the designs produced in limited quantities.

How does wearing your Mestiza piece make you feel?
I love how I feel in Mestiza. Classic and Elegant. The new collections, from Bianca Jagger to Jackie O Collection, have me excited to say yes to every invite this season! 
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