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

Hi Elva, what do you attribute your success to?
The most important factor behind my success of my brand is not giving up , as a makeup artist to be in the top A list makeup artists it takes a lot , takes a lot of practice , a lot of work to get your name at the top , personally I believe my self to be pretty successful in my business , I’ve made a lot of connections but I’m still working on getting to that top A list. And when you have all of these people in the industry doing the same thing as you and working with all these celebrities, it’s easy to get discourage but I always remind myself that they were me one day and they are there because of the work they have put in their business , so I believe not giving up is the key!

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am in love with beauty and editorial makeup , a lot of my work has been based on that , I believe i can show the beauty of one person through this art by enhancing their beauty , as well as creating art with it . I recently worked on my first music video with a music artist , which turned out to be an amazing experience , my work is now showcased on YouTube on a professional music video and it is such a big accomplishment for me as a makeup artist to be on the credits of a music video. I also now work as a beauty advisor for Lancôme cosmetics which I am very proud of , I have learned a lot as a makeup artist . I’ve learned along the way that being persistent and not giving up is the key to getting to where I want to be , as a makeup artist you gotta be willing to take risks and learning new things everyday . I want the world to know that my brand is very unique because I will not try to change you , instead I will enhance your very own Beauty and create art with it for the the world to see how beautiful each of us are .

Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
We would definitely go the beach , I believe the beach to be a very relaxing place as well as a fun place to meet and hang out with people you love. For breakfast I would take her to breakfast republic , one of my favorite breakfast places , snooze am, and harbor breakfast . I would take her to Coronado as well . As well as a beautiful hike at Torrey pines right on the beach and definitely hit the clubs at night in downtown .

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I have an amazing friend I met through beauty school who is an amazing makeup artist and hairstylist , I admire her work very much and I admire her success and their brand , I aspire to be as good as her one day and her name is Kylie Brockavich!

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Image Credits
Black queen photography, models in pictures are kordelya, amber Ramirez , and grace Adkins