Jillian Fink is a renowned American celebrity makeup artist, hairstylist, and entrepreneur who is well known for being the wife of the established American actor Patrick Dempsey.
Jillian Fink was born on Friday, February 4, 1966 (age 55 years; as of 2021), and she hails from Texas, United States.
During her school days, Jillian used to sell private-label lash conditioning oil to her classmates at school. She learned her makeup skills in Paris and London. Thereafter, she relocated to Los Angeles, where she practiced her craft in the entertainment industry. Following her beauty instincts, she enrolled herself in Charles Ross School of Hair Design in West Hollywood. The Cut
Height (approx.): 5’ 6”
Hair Color: Blonde
Eye Color: Blue
Family & Ethnicity
Parents & Siblings
Her father, Ron Fink, was a drummer who played in a Denton-based band and with The Rowdies.
Her mother, Carol Fink, was an educator. In an Instagram post, Jillian referred to her mother as her original style icon. The caption of the picture read,
It’s a day to celebrate and remember. Thanks, Mom for being my original style icon. Happy Mother’s Day!”
Jillian’s business partner and sister Kristen Fink Mason is also a makeup artist-cum-hairstylist. Her other sister, Angela Fink, is a successful celebrity and editorial fashion stylist.
Wife/Husband & Children
On July 31, 1999, Jillian Fink got married to Patrick Dempsey at his family’s farmhouse in Maine, US. The couple made acquaintance in the 90s when Jillian was the owner and operator of the salon Delux. Although Jillian was in a relationship when Patrick visited her salon for a haircut, she got attracted to him. Thereafter, Patrick frequently started visiting the salon for haircuts. After three years, when finally Jillian became single, Patrick asked her out on a date. Together, the couple has a daughter named Tallula Fyffe (born in 2002) and twin sons, Sullivan Patrick and Darby Galen (born in 2007).
After 16 years of marriage, Jillian filed for divorce citing irreconcilable differences in January 2015. However, the couple reconciled and called off their divorce on November 12, 2016.
At the age of 14, she began her journey as a beautician when she started working at a salon. After pursuing a course from Charles Ross School of Hair Design in West Hollywood, Jillian worked for the cosmetics company Shu Uemura for a short period of time. Thereafter, she established her hair salon Delux in collaboration with her sister Kristen Fink. While running her salon, she also worked as a makeup artist in the American films ‘Something to Live for: The Alison Gertz Story’ (1992), Bad Love (1992), and The Crew (1994). She marked the beginning of her successful professional career when she got booked for a magazine shoot with the American actress Brooke Shields in the ’90s. Her work in the shoot attracted numerous opportunities for her to prosper in the entertainment industry. She sold her salon in 1998. Her contemplation to start her own cosmetic range finally came into action when the American actress Drew Barrymore asked her to create lip glosses for the American film Charlie’s Angels (2000). Thereafter, Jillian founded the cosmetics line Delux Beauty. The brand was known for simplifying blending by encouraging applicators to use their hands instead of makeup tools. Eventually, Delux Beauty caught the attention of Avon, a multinational cosmetics and skincare company. Avon hired Jillian as its Global Creative Color Director. For the next six years, she crafted numerous products in collaboration with Avon. In 2013, she ventured into the jewelry designing business and launched Jillian Dempsey Jewelry.
Initially, she hand-sculpted her jewelry at a small scale using the process of lost wax casting and wore her designs out for the job. Later, she was inspired to launch the jewelry line when her celebrity friends, like Kristen Stewart and Kate Winslet, took notice of her unique jewelry and demanded their own Jillian-sculpted pieces. In 2014, she established the makeup line Jillian Dempsey named after her. The eponymous makeup line launched its debut product Khol Eye Liners in 2015.
The PETA verified company assured the use of organic and naturally derived ingredients that were vegan and cruelty-free for the production. The company created five finger-friendly products Lid Tints, Cheek Tints, Khôl Eyeliner, Mini Fan Brush, and Makeup Bag, which were extensively sold at high-end stores like Sephora and Fred Segal. Later, she designed the iconic skin-care tool Jillian Dempsey’s Gold Sculpting Bar, made of 24K gold in Japan.
With 6000 vibrations per minute, the vibrating bar toned and lifted the face by relaxing the facial muscles. She has worked with the world’s top photographers, editors, and Hollywood celebrities like Kristen Stewart, Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Winslet, who constantly seek her for the uniqueness of her artistry. Kristen Stewart’s makeup look featuring kohl-rimmed eyes created by Jillian earned massive popularity in media. In April 2020, amid the Coronavirus lockdown, she launched FYFE Beauty, high-end beauty and grooming application featuring a collection of video tutorials by the leading beauty industry experts.
- Won Marie Claire Image Makers Award (2016)
- Jillian Dempsey’s Roadie Hair Pomade (A Hair Styling Stick) won the Allure Best of Beauty Awards (2020)
- Spot in Malibu: The Ranch at Live Oak
- Restaurant: Cafe Habana, Malibu
- Food: Pomme frites, Spring rolls, Truffle risotti
- Cuisine: Cuban-Mexican
- Makeup Look: Smoky Eyes
- Perfume: Abel Golden Neroli
- Pie Bakers: Sadler’s Kitchen, Texas
- Podcast: Second Life (Hillary Kerr)
- Previously, Jillian’s husband, Patrick Dempsey, was married to Rochelle Rocky Parker, whom he met during one of his first acting jobs. At that time, Rochelle was a widowed mother of three children who was 26 years older than Patrick. In 1992, Rochelle accused Patrick of adultery and physical abuse to file a divorce. Mail Online In the legal documents, she mentioned,
While we were on the set of his (1987) movie Can’t Buy Me Love, he beat me up because he claimed he ‘wanted to see what it was like to beat up a woman!’ I now suffer from arthritis in my hand from where Respondent injured me.”
- In addition to being a proficient makeup artist, Jillian Dempsey is also an organic gardener, sculptor, painter, and animal activist.
- Her love for animals was exhibited when she adopted 14 animals, rescued from the destructive Woolsey Fire that burned in Los Angeles and the Ventura Counties of the U.S. state of California. In an interview, she revealed that the scent of her farm animals is her favorite smell. She said,
My farm animals, oddly. I have 14 animals (and they were fortunately safely rescued from the Woolsey fires). Two donkeys (Mable and Styx), my pig (Hank), three goats (Larry, Moe, and Juliette), four roosters, a tortoise (Clover), three rabbits, along with three dogs (Horton, Clementine, and Ginger) at home and four lizards.”
She also claimed that she is a pure vegetarian who has never eaten an animal. When asked “What food would you never eat?”, she said,
Anything with four legs.”