We had the good fortune of connecting with Christina Rios and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Christina, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
It’s literally in my blood. I was born from creativity and raised around creative people my whole childhood. My biological father was a DJ & had such an amazing passion for music. My Step Father who raised me is one of the most amazing artists I know. I’d watch him draw here & there and be in such in awe of his raw talent. He instilled in me at a young age to do something in this life that would give me meaning. To do something that I would love to wake up and be happy to do every day. He told me that I would know, when I knew what that was. I was around 15-16 when I did someone else makeup for the first time. It was the first look at them selves in the mirror that did it for me. It was the smile of my client that I knew Makeup Artistry was it for me. My clients faces are my canvas, my creative outlet. Then came social media and I realized I can also use my own face to be my creative outlet to express myself. My freelance Makeup Artistry took off from there.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’m proud of my more creative looks. Those looks are always more fun yet challenging to accomplish. I learned that if a look isn’t going as planned to just roll with it because it’s still a learning process and in this industry we’re always learning and growing. I’m nowhere where I want to be professional but I’m determined to get there one day. I want the world to know that I am my brand, I’m real and raw and share my ups and downs because at the end of the day someone can relate. With hard world and dedication anything is possible. Being yourself and succeeding is possible.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’m from San Diego, California. South Bay Area to be exact. We’d definitely go to 3rd Ave. They have the best breweries and the vibes are on point. We’d start with Bar Sin Nombre where they have the best micheladas in the South Bay, then over to The Balboa South where there burgers are beyond delicious. My recommendation is the black bean burger smacks! Then finish our night at Chula Vista Brewery with a few Guerritas. Like I said, the vibes are on point. The people are chill. That would definitely be on the agenda for a weekend and for the week it’s San Diego so we’d have to hit some hiking trails like cowls mountain or the beaches.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My family. My boys. My love. They keep me grounded, they build me up and support me in everything. They believe in me. But especially my sisters & both my besties. They all hype me up. When I feel like giving up they remind me to keep going. When I make it to the mainstream I’m taking them all with me and doing it for everyone of them.