We had the good fortune of connecting with Crysta Al-Qallaf and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Crysta, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I had a passion for art and being creative early on in life and I am very thankful for this space to allow me to express myself. I quickly decided that for quality of life I wanted to do something that makes my soul happy. I absolutely love being able to create makeup looks and airbrush bodies as well as use my creative eyes for photography. When I create all of this it’s the response from the client that brings true satisfaction! When a client says, ” I could never do this my self” or when the mother of the bride cry’s after seeing their daughter look like a flawless bride, this bring true joy to me. The best response is after we’ve provided a airbrush tan and the client say’s “wow, you made me so comfortable naked!”
The best part of Aura Brushed is being able to use our artistic skills to make people look and feel beautiful.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
As of now, in my career I am most proud of working New York Fashion week as a makeup artist for The Society Fashion Week! This is has been a dream of mine since I was a 13 year old girl. I grew up covering my walls in Vogue magazine covers (mom forgive me for all the tack holes). I looked at those covers aspiring to create those looks on the models. Working NYFW is for the true creatives. You’ll learn real quick to swim or sink. I will be working NYFW this coming February 2022 again for The Society Fashion week.
My makeup mentors Lisa of Empire Faces and Mya of Modern Makeup Society and Gina my spray tan mentor of Sempre Bella are the three power house women who have helped build me professionally.
Lisa truly took a chance on me when I threw my enthusiasm at her over makeup. I told her I would clean her brushes if that’s all she needed. After meeting her behind the counter at a tanning salon… while checking her in for a spray tan… It couldn’t be anymore full circle.
Miss Mya elevated my makeup skills and trained me so much in being business savvy as well as how to work with models and build my portfolio.
Gina has blessed me with 12+ years of her entrepreneur knowledge. Gina sold her existing business to me, trusting that I would be a success. To this day Aura Brushed spray tans Gina.
Going into the business was not easy.. but it was FUN. I’ve been doing what I love 24/7 for almost 8 years.
When I am faced with challenges I always turn to my business mentors, my husband and family and god. I take my time to face challenges because I always want to find the growth in the challenge.
Our message from Aura Brushed is that every BODY is welcome! We want to make you look and most importantly feel beautiful. I promise you will not leave our studio with out feeling a outpour of love and positive energy.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I am most definitely the planner of my friend group. So I would have plenty for us to do!
Places to eat-
Texas De Brazil Or Fogo De Chao
Ra sushi Or Soma sushi
Max’s wine dive
Cowboys & Indians
Farmers markets on Saturday’s and Sunday’s
Galveston the strand shopping
Old town spring shopping
Things to do-
Visit Aura Brushed
Pleasure pier Galveston
Pinots pallet Montrose
Museum of fine arts Houston
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My husband, Yusuf. You are so incredibly supportive. You’ve seen my tireless nights and long days. You’ve attended so many events with me and learned to spray tan for me. When I am going through my hardest day you are the one who reminds me how amazing and capable I am. Grateful is not enough to describe how much you mean to me.
Danii, Our Aura Brushed employee!! Oh my gosh, thank you for making it through a pandemic with me! wow! Almost two years together and you are by far the best employee Aura Brushed has ever had! The relationship you have developed with our oldest clients of 7+ years is amazing! I absolutely love when I go into work occasionally on your shifts and the knew clients have no idea who I am and ask for you..! It hilarious and just reminds me how lucky my small business is to have you. Seriously, all of your old jobs lost a phenomenal employee.
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