We had the good fortune of connecting with Lexie Chacon-Rios and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lexie, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I’ve always been creative and artistic from a young age, whether it be drawing or dancing. I remember specifically when I was younger in dance, I loved getting ready for my dance recitals because I knew I was able to get my hair and makeup done. It was truly the best experience.
I didn’t realize until my junior year of college that I wanted to pursue a career in hair and makeup. It was definitely scary at first to telling my parents that I wanted to do makeup, but they were very supportive and made an agreement for me to finish college before going onto Makeup Designory for their Master Artistry Program.
Hair and makeup for me is more than just finding a way to express myself. My biggest joy is being able to connect with people and make them feel beautiful and confident in their own skin.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I got to where I am today because of my parents. Their constant support and words of encouragement helped me push through the hard times because their were times were I questioned my career decision. I ultimately kept pushing through the hard times because not only is hair and makeup a passion of mine but I spent a lot of time in school ( MUD, Citrus College) & continued education ( B&B Academy, Nick Arrojo etc. ) learning my craft and I knew I didn’t want to quit.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
This is a little hard since I’m definitely a home body. I love ordering out and watching murder documentaries with my boyfriend.
I would start out by going on a hike to the Griffith observatory, followed by brunch at the Wild Oak Cafe in Glendale.
For dinner, I would probably want to entertain by having my best friend over, cooking them dinner and have a couple cocktails while enjoying each others company. I love feeding people so I would definitely ask them some of their favorite meals and go from there. I specialize in seafood dishes. From honey-sriracha salmon and parmesan-crusted tilapia, to shrimp tortellini and beer-battered catfish.
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?
My parents and grandpa have played a huge role in who I am as a person and my success. They instilled the importance of a strong work ethic and to never give up on myself. Having them behind me from the beginning laid the foundation which supported me during difficult and frustrating moments. More specifically, my grandpa instilled The Golden Rule of treating others the way you want to be treated, which guided my focus towards making others feel confident in themselves through my work in the beauty industry.
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