BALEARIC BEAUTY – JESSIE MAY YOUNG
For this busy hair and make-up artist, island life is all about family values, a naturally bohemian style and making memories.
Gently hustling her gorgeous brood of three perfectly-mannered children around the gardens of Agroturismo Atzaro – the cherished location where she was married in 2012 – Jessie May Young doesn’t appear old enough to be a mother. Her youthful looks plus the amazingly close bond she has with each child makes them appear to be best friends as much as family.
Family values are extremely important to the British-born hair and make-up artist, who first came to the island at the age of 17 with a group of girlfriends. Not long after, she met and fell in love with husband Luke and the couple continued to visit the white isle for weekends away, summer holidays and special occasions over the years. “It’s always been our special place,” she explains, with their 2012 nuptials as the icing on the cake.
Soon after, the family were looking to escape the hectic London life to spend more time together. The choice was quite obvious really. “We came to check out the schools, then brought the kids over for a holiday in October,” Jessie says of the decision to relocate. “At the end of the week everyone had a piece of paper and had to make a tick or a cross. We got four ticks – Albie was little so he didn’t really understand – so it was a real family decision. Everyone had to want to do it or we wouldn’t do it at all.”
Today, the family are living the Ibiza dream. “The kids are outside from the moment they wake up. Everyone’s so happy.” Daily life for Jessie is predominantly about family – from busy mornings getting ready before the school run, followed by managing her hair and make-up business, launching a new collaboration and pop-up with Net-A-Porter, working on shoots, styling Ibiza brides or creating content for her new blog, Bohemian Bond – a title that sums up Jessie and her family in a nutshell.
“The blog kind of came about by accident,” says Jessie, who has been a hair and make-up artist all her adult life. “The first six months here were a whirlwind – finding a place to live, organising the kids in school, with activities, making big lifestyle changes. Then all of a sudden I realised I needed to do something for myself too.” Feeling a little bit rusty on the make-up brushes after a few months away from the job, she decided to do some test shoots on newfound island friends – who all happened to be working mums – to showcase her work. The theme was obvious, and the blog was born.
Jessie describes her own natural boho style as quite relaxed, never too overdone and usually thrown together in ten minutes, depending on her mood of the day. “I feel like I can be more me here in Ibiza,” she says. “You can wear a maxi dress and have a bikini underneath on the school run – no one looks at you thinking, ‘what has she come as today?’” She admits to also being a control freak when it comes to styling her family.