Today we’d like to introduce you to Stephanie Cristiano.
Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
I’ve been playing with Makeup since as early as I can remember. There are home videos of me getting into my mom’s makeup as a toddler and applying blush in all the wrong places. By the time I was about six or seven I had a mini beauty shop set up in our guest room where I’d provide services for my Mom and her friends. They obviously loved it!
After college, I attended Make-up Designory (MUD) in Burbank and studied Multimedia there and learned how to do Beauty Makeup for Film/TV & events, as well as SPFX Makeup. I started freelancing and working retail to make ends meet. After a few years of living and working in West Hollywood, I decided I wanted to expand my skill set so I became a licensed esthetician. This lead me to perfecting Brows and Lashes at Chroma Makeup Studio in Beverly Hills. I eventually decided to go out on my own and freelance full-time and have been doing so since 2019.
My goal is to start a Clean Beauty or skincare line because I still can’t believe how many toxins are in our products that end up in our oceans and in our bodies wrecking havoc on everything. I’m glad to see how much Clean Beauty is becoming more popular, but a lot of these celebrity “clean” brands still mostly use single-use plastic and need a lot of work to truly be Clean.
We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Choosing a career that is also your passion can come with a lot of ups and downs, but ultimately is well worth it. Initially, my parents were a bit skeptical not knowing what my career would entail, but once they saw how passionate I was they knew I had found my calling. Now, they couldn’t see me doing anything else.
I’d say one of the biggest challenges has been staying motivated when things seem slow or stagnant. Having started my own business after years of dreaming and then having a pandemic shut everything down seven months later was a learning experience, to say the least. It taught me, like everyone else, what really matters in life and for that I am forever grateful. I also became certified in Reiki because I knew that I needed some grounding in all of the chaos and that my clients would benefit from it too. Meditation and Reiki have helped me bridge the gap between the beauty industry and inner healing and that has helped me stay positive and creative in my work. I wouldn’t take back any of my bad experiences because the lessons I’ve learned from them taught me not to take things too personally.
As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I have been doing makeup since 2013 and specialize in Beauty Makeup for weddings, Red Carpet, photoshoots and everything in-between. I am also a licensed esthetician, which means I can legally and safely perform brow and lash services, as well as facials and skincare treatments. I am known for a clean, natural look, but also know when to glam it up!
I am most proud of pushing myself when things were hard and never giving up on getting better at my craft. You can’t take anything too personally, especially when lipstick is involved. Making my clients feel and look great is rewarding in itself.
If we knew you growing up, how would we have described you?
I was a funny kid with a sharp sense of humor who loved music and movies. Movies inspired me to dream big and music helped my anxiety. I loved hanging out with friends, driving to the beach and thrift shopping. I have always loved old things and making them new again.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: scristiano.com
- Instagram: @l.a.principessa