Before Christine’s journey to facilitate help for people of all ages and ethnicities with tragic skin problems that ignited her passion of makeup artistry and aesthetics, her life began with humble beginnings as the oldest of eight children, one brother who passed away as an infant and a sister who died suddenly after they were adults. Her mother was a stay-at-home mom and her father an executive with General Motors.
You would never know it now, but Christine was a skinny, flat-chested girl with acne who endured teasing and bullying throughout her young life. This experience motivated her as an adult to reach out and understand the importance of helping those individuals of society that had been cast aside, teased, or viewed as less than normal. In a recent 2016 interview on a popular TV program spotlighting those who give back in unique ways, Christine stated, “I will do anything to help an animal or to help the under-privileged or to help someone who’s sick. It’s the people that are important to me.”
Fashion and Color Institute
Fascinated with makeup, hair, fashion, and skin care, Christine voraciously studied skin anatomy, histology, and physiology coupled with the art of medical makeup to heal and conceal skin imperfections brought on by accidents, dermatological disorders, and congenital and post op conditions. A novel medical skin care specialty for patients only known to a few plastic surgeons and burn units in the late 80’s, the desire to help these individuals launched Christine’s career as a young and ambitious makeup artist and skin specialist in the San Francisco Bay Area. During this era, Christine suffered from her own chronic acne condition and sought remedies from doctors and over-the-counter products without any success. Never one to give up, Christine took it upon herself to study and understand this challenging skin disease with months of trial and error finally clearing up her own acne. Soon after, Christine obtained her California aesthetics license, fueling her passion further to learn all she could about skin.
A unique and an anomaly of a human being recognized by many in the industry for a deep love of others and a passion to help people feel good about themselves, Christine founded Advanced Aesthetics, Inc. (AA) and went on to work with people who faced extremely serious skin afflictions ignored by both the medical and aesthetic communities. Christine’s reputation continued to grow as she successfully helped those with severely traumatized skin, accepting patient referrals from Bothin Burn Unit in San Francisco and the Dermatology Department at Stanford University Hospital. Christine became one of the first medical camouflage makeup artists in the United States and Europe. She authored a manual, taught advanced classes, donated time at hospitals, and developed unique camouflage makeup techniques using her experience as a specialty makeup artist and her knowledge of skin care to empower people to retake control of their lives to look and feel beautiful.
Christine discovered the American Institute of Esthetics (AIE) in Huntington Beach, CA, founded by aesthetics celebrity and Christine’s mentor, the legendary Robert Diemer. Armed with new credentials, Christine made a quantum leap in her career and opened the first training center for skin and makeup of its kind inside her established skin care clinic in Concord, California. The exclusive curriculum consisted of color analysis, paramedical camouflage (the first makeup camouflage course to be recognized and licensed in the state of California), acne, peels, and specialized medical skin care. Classes were regularly filled to capacity and many successful individuals in the skin industry today attended AA courses taught by Christine during these years.
Christine’s philosophy has always been that education is not a destination but a journey and, because she practices what she preaches, Christine pursued continuing educational opportunities attending courses taught by the late Dermatologist Dr. Albert Kligman, Dr. Fitzpatrick (creator of the Fitzpatrick skin type scale), University courses, and hundreds of advanced skin care courses offered by the Academy of Dermatology conferences and plastic surgeons. Her acquired and practical knowledge led to an invitation to teach University of Utah advanced medical cosmetic surgery seminars.
Teaching in Malaysia
Christine’s accomplishments in skin care treatments and medical makeup skills, along with her unique ability to teach and counsel afflicted individuals, extends beyond the United States. Christine has achieved international acclaim and has been invited to teach paramedical training courses in Zurich, Switzerland; Munich, Germany; and Austria where she returned several times due to the demand for her courses. She stated in a 1989 DermaScope article, “I want to make it clear to all that my goal is to elevate the prestige of American aesthetics and share our knowledge worldwide, thus crediting our profession. All of us can only benefit when we work together as a unit on a global basis, sharing, learning, and supporting each other.” She later presented additional classes in Munich, Germany. With continued courses in Europe, Christine received her license to practice aesthetics in Europe from the Board of Cosmetology in Düsseldorf, Germany. In the years since, Christine has taught advanced medical skin care to both aestheticians and physicians in Malaysia, Singapore, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Brazil.