Christian has been fascinated with beauty for as long as he can remember. As a child, he would watch old movies with his mother and was mesmerized by old Hollywood glamour. As he got older he began studying makeup, particularly attracted to the looks of legendary makeup artists Bud Westmore and Kevin Aucoin and their philosophies about beauty.
Christian often coaxed his mother and sister into letting him do their makeup and hair, experimenting with natural looks as well as the more adventurous, fun styles of the 70’s and early 80’s. He left Oklahoma and headed to New York City to follow his dream. Christian worked in a variety of salons, absorbing all he could; along the way, working at John Sahag, learning coloring, styling and the fine art of the “dry haircut.” He further honed his skills at Cranford Stein, and learned the precise, patient artistry of lash extensions at Courtney Akai Lash Boutique, where he began solidifying his reputation as the “Lash Guru.”
Christian’s styling can be seen in ad campaigns and catalogs for Tiffany & Co., Swarovski, Montage Hotels, Equinox, L’Oréal and Goodbye Crop Top. He has also worked with many national brands, public relations and marketing agencies, and with on-air talent from CNN, ABC and NBC. His talents have been recognized in Vogue Taiwan, Ocean Drive, Vanity Fair, Allure, and The New York Times to name a few.
Today, Christian splits his time between the John Barrett Salon in New York City and the Christian Zamora Studio in Bozeman, Montana, where he lives with his husband Joe and their fur babies Katie and Cooper.