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LA Makeup Artist Becomes Hometown Success

By: Cathy Christensen
Posted: June 30, 2010, from the July 2010 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.
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Kristine Kay

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After several years, a lost love and a down economy spurred Kay to start thinking about moving back home. She reunited with “the one that got away” who was still living in Kansas City via a long-distance relationship, which, along with the poor economy, was the catalyst for her move back home in 2006. Although the romance ended up fizzling, Kay found another love when she opened her own spa, called Shampagne, which was modeled after the salon she was so fond of in Toluca Lake. “I will never open up another place,” she insists. “I wake up and want to come here. I never want to stop working hands-on with my clients.”

Kay doesn’t have any life-changing plans in the near future, although she is considering adding a medical director to Shampagne’s team, allowing for more services and potential growth. “I want to get to a point where I am comfortable, and I want there to continue to be positive energy here every day,” she says. “As happy as I was in California, it wasn’t balanced; in Kansas City, my life is balanced. I couldn’t imagine being happier.”