We had the good fortune of connecting with Crystal Zarazua and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Crystal, how do you think about risk?
I believe one cannot get far without taking a risk. If you have never failed at something, you have never had a chance to grow and learn from your mistakes, I really believe that this is the only way to success. When I first started working as a makeup artist, I had to push myself into taking risks. I had to take risks in order to learn different techniques and grow as an artist. I have learned so much and I don’t regret having failed a few times. I also took a huge leap of faith one year ago and went full time in the bridal industry. This was the biggest risk I have taken in my career as a makeup artist and it took me almost 7 years to do so. I was so afraid of failing and realized that fear was holding me back from so much. It has been the best decision I could’ve made and I’m excited to see what’s in store for the future of my business.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Weddings for sure!  I love working with brides and have been blessed with the sweetest and beautiful brides.  I have fallen in love with working weddings – being a part of such a special day in someone’s life is such an honor.  Every bride has a different style, and it’s so important to me to make my brides feel beautiful and important.  I also stay busy with Quinceaneras and photoshoots.  Things slowed down a bit since the pandemic hit.  Fortunately, with things opening back up, wedding season is back and it feels so good getting back to doing what I love!

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
This is tough because there are so many places to visit in the DFW area!  I’m definitely a foodie, I love to try out new places all the time.  I would definitely take them to Te Deseo in Dallas.  I love the atmosphere and the vibe, and of course the food is great.  Another spot would be Ruins in Deep Ellum!  I have to say, the atmosphere may not be for everyone BUT OMG the food is so so good!  I have to admit that has become one of my favorites and definitely a place I would highly recommend.  I love to support local, small businesses as much as possible and another spot I would recommend is Hola Cafe in Bishop Arts!  I love their cold lattes and it’s such a cute coffee shop!

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There are so many people that have had a huge impact on me and have been there through it all. My dad has been my number 1 inspiration and motivator. He came from Mexico as a young teenager with no family. He only attended school up to third grade and decided he wanted more when he was here in the United States. He didn’t know much English and he still obtained his G.E.D. and went to college. He kept going and got his Masters in Business Administration. I was about 13 years old when he got his MBA and I was so proud of him. I witnessed how hard he worked and how many sacrifices he made in order to get as far as he did. He made it his purpose to give his family a better life and in my eyes – he came and he conquered. He has always pushed me and encouraged me to run my own business. He has stayed up late hours to help my with the business aspect of running everything and I cannot thank him enough for everything he’s done for me. I also have to give a shoutout to my biggest supporter – my husband! He has believed in me from the start, I don’t think I would’ve started my business if it wasn’t for him. On days I didn’t think I could do it, he made sure he brought my spirits back up. He has been the one to see me cry, he has sat and listened to my ongoing rants about how exhausted I was, and has played the role of my bookkeeper, cleaning my brushes for me, and so many other things. He works long hours and still finds time to help me when I need it – he’s definitely my ride or die, my partner and my best friend. I also want to give recognition to my assistant Alyssa Garcia.  She started working with me late last year and she has been such a Godsend!  She found her passion in makeup artistry not too long ago, but she has grown so much!  I am so proud of her and I am so excited for her and her future as an artist.  She is always willing to learn and she soaks up as much information as possible.  She’s been dependable and I’ve had nothing but praises from our clients.  I’ve actually known her since she was a little girl but never thought she would be my assistant one day!  She is awesome!  Her IG is @lyssdomakeup so you guys can check her out!

Website: www.crisjennmakeup.com
Instagram: Instagram.com/crisjennmakeup
Facebook: www.facebook.com/crisjennmakeup
Youtube: YouTube.com/crisjennmakeup

Image Credits
Ivan Flores Photography Ariana Rodriguez Studio Alarcon Studios Bruna Kitchen Photography Emmarie Jackson