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Conversations with the Inspiring Krystal Salgado

Today we’d like to introduce you to Krystal Salgado.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I began my career in the beauty industry at the age of 19, as a hair stylist. Making people feel special, beautiful and confident in themselves has driven me from the very beginning. After 6 years of hairstyling, I really began growing a strong passion for makeup artistry. The moment I realized work didn’t feel like work, I decided to specialize in makeup and commit my career to it full time. It was one of the best decision I’ve ever made. I’ve dedicated my love and energy into perfecting my craft and everyday, I still find something so special and interesting in makeup application. I’ve had the pleasure of working on many projects for special occasions, proms, weddings, photoshoots and Chicago Fashion shows.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
There has definitely been bumps along the road. In order to be better, you have to ride those out and above all, learn that lesson that was placed in your path. Not every experience is smooth, I’ve taken off makeup applications half way through in order to achieve my client’s desired look. Those experiences build your skill and also drive you to refine your style. My biggest piece of advice is learn everything you can about your craft. Dedicate quality time in researching and studying it. When you have the knowledge behind the action you truly are the expert. Knowledge is power.

what should we know about Salgado Artistry ? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I’m a licensed Cosmetologist in the state of Illinois and I specialize in Makeup Artistry. I’ve been doing makeup professionally for 5 years. I do everything from beauty makeup to theatrical, like gory Halloween stuff. I’m known for creating glamorous looks inspired by old Hollywood. What I’m most proud of is empowering my clients with confidence. Real beauty runs deep, it’s not just on the surface, but in your heart, it’s in your core and who you are as a person. That’s what I want to show off. When I do your makeup, I want you to feel and look like the best version of you, I truly believe in the strong and beautiful qualities of the women and men who sit in my chair and I think that’s what sets me apart from the others.

For good reason, society often focuses more on the problems rather than the opportunities that exist, because the problems need to be solved. However, we’d probably also benefit from looking for and recognizing the opportunities that women are better positioned to capitalize on. Have you discovered such opportunities?
I think it’s so important as women to encourage each other, find what we can be proud of in each other and share our knowledge with one another. United we will always be strongest.


  • Beauty & Special Occasion Makeup Starts at $60
  • Bridal Starts at $90
  • Theatrical or Halloween Makeup starts at $90

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