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Life & Work with Krysta Madden

Today we’d like to introduce you to Krysta Madden.

Hi Krysta, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
After working in full-service salons for 4 years, I realized my true passion lay in the bridal industry.

I finally took a leap of faith and quit my salon job to start Little Blue Pin. I love getting creative with different hairstyles and makeup techniques. Wedding mornings are always the best energy! Everyone is excited and who doesn’t love someone else doing your hair and makeup for you?!

The look on a bride’s face after you finish their services is priceless. Being a part of one of the most important days in someone’s life is truly an honor.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
It hasn’t always been a smooth road. Juggling working, starting a business, and being a mom and a wife is tough.

My husband was also deployed when I was first getting started at Little Blue Pin and then needed major brain surgery following deployment so we definitely had our challenges in that itself.

On top of regular life the beauty industry, like many, can be cutthroat. Not everyone has the same mindset. Once you find your people and build a tribe of incredibly talented women around you it makes work not feel like work at all.

One of my girls who work with me posted a photo of us at a wedding with the caption “If work isn’t fun, you’re playing on the wrong team”.

That was a huge moment for me when I was struggling personally and realized I needed to keep this business going. I felt I needed to for all the girls who had a sour taste in the beauty industry, who had been torn apart, used, overworked, and burnt out.

I wanted to create a culture of women who can work well together while sharing a passion and lifting one another up.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I get to help others see their own beauty and watch their confidence transform.

Doing bridal hair and makeup is so much more than just bobby pins and lipstick. It’s empowering women. Having someone tell you they never thought they could feel so beautiful is one of the greatest feelings in the world.

We are also the first thing to happen on someone’s big day so we set the tone for the rest of their day. The energy we bring has to be second to none. I am most proud of our team of women and I think they are what sets us apart. These incredibly talented women work so hard in their craft and give 110% at every wedding. Even at the extremely early morning wedding parties.

They get up, show up early, and are always excited to get started. You can truly feel their passion and energy. I am so grateful for every one of them. Little Blue Pin is the company it is because of the dedication of all of the incredible stylists and makeup artists.

The crisis has affected us all in different ways. How has it affected you and any important lessons or epiphanies you can share with us?
COVID-19 was definitely hard on the entire wedding industry and service industry as a whole.

It was a difficult time for both vendors and brides alike, however, when you show someone a little kindness and compassion it will come back around.

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Image Credits:

Adara Jade Photography, Katrina S. Joseph Photography, Dancing Water Photography, Lena Turner Photography, Keepsakes by KT, Marie White Photography, The Andersons Photo Company, and Chosen Photography

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