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Meet Bisi Essien of Crystal-Eyez Makeup & Beauty Lounge in South Loop

Today we’d like to introduce you to Bisi Essien.

Bisi is the founder of Crystal-Eyez. She is a multi-award winning certified makeup artist and a licensed cosmetologist. Known for her creativity and innovation, Bisi’s transition into makeup and hair artistry was both a natural progression and a timely occurrence.

Bisi’s mastery of the arts is evident in her other interests: architecture, sketching, painting and graphics and web design. Since receiving her Masters in Architecture from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Bisi has utilized her expertise in the above fields in numerous capacities. But, not one to ignore her instincts for long, Bisi decided to take her innate passion for makeup and hair from childhood experimentation to a professional career. She built a team of amazing talents and founded the Crystal-Eyez Makeup & Beauty Lounge, an upscale salon & spa providing first class services at our location or yours.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It has been a pretty smooth road. I can’t think of any major struggles along the way….every obstacle was just a stepping stone and learning experience.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Crystal-Eyez Makeup & Beauty Lounge – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
We are a multi award winning Beauty Company, your perfect one-stop destination for all your professional beauty services. We have a strong team consisting of experienced and talented professionals; makeup artists, hair stylists, estheticians/ skin care experts, lash technicians, wax specialists and brow experts. We provide a host of first class services for brides and all celebratory events including weddings, proms, graduations, birthdays, and all special occasions, as well as for the working professionals and everyday women and men. Our expertise and attention to detail has attracted celebrities as well as fans in the fashion and media industries, providing beauty services for fashion shows, music videos, photo shoots, television, film and print jobs.

Our work has gained international appeal and can be seen on bill boards gracing the streets in various countries all over the world. We also get requests for services all over the United States, and as far as Dubai, England, the Caribbean and Africa. Our work has also been featured in numerous publications such as Ebony Magazine, Essence Magazine, JET Magazine, The New York Times, The Chicago Sun times, and many more.

We also teach one-on-one and group classes for the everyday woman, as well as for makeup artists.

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
We just had our big change last year when we expanded to a full service salon & spa and opened up this new location. Our next big change will be to open up a second location, but that probably won’t be right away.


  • Eye Makeup only, Lips only, Foundation only, etc – A la carte options available
  • Full Face Makeup – $75+
  • Monthly Makeup Classes – $100
  • One-on-One Makeup Lesson – $150+
  • Lash Extensions – 50% of your first full set

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1 Comment


    May 9, 2017 at 3:13 am

    So proud of you, Bisi. Your makeup is honestly typo of the line!!

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