Ilse was born and raised in Lakewood, Washington. In 2003, she attended The University of Washington in Seattle where she earned her BA in English.
While in college, Ilse also worked as a makeup artist and freelance artist for Sephora, M.A.C., Two Faced Cosmetics, and Shu Umera. After graduating college in 2007, Ilse worked full time for Sephora and was trained in San Francisco at the headquarters. Shortly after, Ilse left the company to pursue a teaching career in South Korea where she spent 5 years simultaneously doing freelance work.
Having traveled to several countries, including Italy, France, China, India, South Korea, England, and Greece, Ilse truly enjoys working with women of all ethnicities. Ilse is now located in Seattle, WA specializing in bridal makeup.