Kristen Linares is a hair & makeup artist to St. Louis’ aspiring and professional talent, downtown dwellers, and business moguls. Raised in Tampa Bay, Kristen’s career began and took off on the east coast. She began her professional training with global artists Patrick McIvor and Jayson Morgan. Her mentors exposed her to the world of high fashion, helping develop her taste for classic looks to avant garde. New York Fashion week has been one of Kristen’s greatest experiences as an artist.
In 2010, Kristen moved to St. Louis and began working as Creative Director in a beautiful West county salon. Her position allowed her to work behind the chair while developing the salon’s image through photo shoots and Fashion Shows. Within a few months of accepting her position as Creative Director she was hired by Product Club Color Accessories as a hair color educator.
In her free time she styled hair and makeup for STL photographers Shannon Mary and Attilio D'Agostino. Developing a solid portfolio of her work and promoting her brand was the focus. Starting her blog, "Beauty and the Brain" motivated Kristen and led to a successful You Tube channel of “How To” tutorials. Kristen soon realized her dream of becoming an editorial stylist was within reach.
June 2012, she opened Thirteenth and Washington, Salon and Creative Space. The space accommodates St. Louis' top photographers, hair/makeup artist, bloggers and wardrobe stylist. She has created a Modern-Vintage atmosphere to inspire and liberate creative professionals.
Kristen is an artist at heart who truly loves and is inspired by the world surrounding her. "“Fashion is simple, when you understand it. Finding it within is a little harder. I want to guide everyone I can to feel great about themselves and to feel confident knowing how to make themselves look their personal best".” says the artist.
Kristen strives to improve her surroundings, teach others, learn from others, & make an impact on how the world views beauty and wellness.