NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Saturday, October 24, 2015, 11:24 AM
Jake Bailey, makeup artist to the stars, died Friday in a suspected suicide.
Pop princess Katy Perry penned a poignant tribute to the late makeup artist she says pioneered her entire “look.”
“What beautiful art we created together. We conquered the world’s biggest stages together,” the singer wrote Saturday morning, captioning a collage of herself with the 37-year-old Bailey. “You essentially created my ‘look’ ever since we met on the (2008) music video for Hot and Cold.”
She went on to praise his “otherworldly” eye for detail (“We would laugh about how you could take a nap in that eyelid crease you created”) and his knack for fashioning “such a precise lash that even Bambi couldn’t rival.”
Bailey, who also counted Selena Gomez, Mariah Carey, Angelina Jolie and Idina Menzel among his highest-profile clients, famously dolled up Perry for her rainbow-splashed Cosmopolitan cover in July 2014 and her Super Bowl XLIX halftime performance.
“We never got comfortable and I know that was why we did the best work together,” Perry wrote of the Salt Lake City-born artist and photographer, whose work appeared in Vogue, Vanity Fair and Harper’s Bazaar. “Every time I sit in that chair we shared, just know, no one holds a brush to you, friend.”
Tearful tributes poured in from other celebs, too, many of whom seemed to consider Bailey a close friend.
“Pretty Little Liars” star Ashley Benson expressed disbelief at his unexpected demise, writing in an Instagram post that she’d seen him just last week.
“Honestly can’t believe this … My sweet angel,” she wrote. “You’ll be terribly missed.”
Bailey’s assistant found him dead in his car Friday from possible carbon monoxide poisoning, authorities told E! News. The artist reportedly left a note, though its addressee is unknown.
A photo posted by KATY PERRY (@katyperry) on Oct 23, 2015 at 11:54pm PDT
Actress Jenna Dewan-Tatum tweeted her own photo of a smiling Bailey applying her makeup, writing, “I am absolutely devastated today by the passing of my dear friend @ByJakeBailey. The most loyal, beautiful soul in every way. I love you.”
“We travelled the world together, worked on so many beautiful projects & shared so many memories,” added Paris Hilton, Bailey’s client of 15 years, on Instagram. “Heaven has a new angel.”
An autopsy is pending.