Born and raised in Chicago, Ill, Ria grew up learning to appreciate the beauty of makeup in her parent’s salon in south Chicago. After graduating from Arizona State University W.P. Carey School of Business with a Bachelor’s in Business Management, Ria would go on to become a license aesthetician and professional makeup artist.

Ria has worked in the beauty industry for over six years in as a freelance makeup artist and instructor. She a worked in beauty, editorial, print, and bridal makeup specializing in custom makeup application to suit the clients individual needs.

Interview by Voyage Phoenix Magazine

What’s the Most Important Lesson You’ve Learned Along Your Journey?

“….The most important lesson I’ve learned on my journey thus far is to believe in myself. I’ve betted on others dreams because the personal risk was low. Success is the sum of more than just talent. It takes consistency and confidence. You build mastery of the art through practice, but must remain confident as you continue to growth. It takes time and the reward is not instantaneous…..”