Louise Zizzo

MA•C Cosmetics Senior Artist Louise Zizzo talks about her fave spring/summer trends as she reminisces about some of the runway looks we’ve seen so far in 2013.

One of my favorite things about this season’s makeup trends is the focus on the natural beauty of the skin. It’s apparent in practically every look I have seen—no matter how bronzed, bright or bold the makeup, the complexion itself continues to take center stage.

J. W. Anderson, Blumarine, Ruffian
These looks bring a natural light to the face. Use products like MAC Beauty Balm and Strobe Cream to highlight the high planes of the face, even out skintone and hydrate. There are no hard contours, and the brows are brushed with a touch of color to frame. The lips are neutral, dabbed with a bit of lip conditioner or natural-toned color like MAC Mineralize Rich Lipstick in Posh Tone.

Issey Miyake, Peter Som, Nicole Miller
These looks use shades inspired by nature with added metallic flashes. It’s not focused on perfection but instead has more of a blurred and diffused feel. Don’t be afraid of bold colors; apply in gentle washes using soft brushes with shades like MAC Eyeshadow in Beautiful Iris or Electric Eel. You can also add metallic touches across the eye for a clean, serene look. Keep the lips hydrated with lip conditioner.

Haider Ackerman, Aquilano. Rimondi, Missoni
Color with conviction and attitude! These looks have a futuristic strength about them that is free-spirited and avant-garde. The skin is still center stage with its purity, but there is also a strong focus on the lip. Apply bold color in shades like MAC Lipstick in Cyber, Lady Danger or Candy Yum-Yum, and then dust lips with pigment or eyeshadow in a similar shade. Translucent powder gives the lip a new edge that gloss doesn’t, so don’t be afraid to turn it up a notch!

Max Mara, Theskens’ Theory, House of Holland
You can’t have a spring/summer season without a bronzed glow look, but this season’s tan seems to have a pure, chic and effortless feel. It’s less about bronzing the entire face and more about bronzing in a modern and minimal manner. Wrap the eyes in shades of tobacco, sepia and toasted taupe like MAC Eyeshadow in Woodwinked. Hug the bone structure of the face with MAC Mineralize Skinfinish and Skinfinish Natural in warm gold and wheat shades like Give Me Sun or Gold Deposit to create a subtle treatment that looks lived-in and natural. Don’t forget a nice balmy lip to finish, in a nude or natural tone like MAC Lipstick in Myth.

Follow Louise @MAC_Louise_Z for more beauty tips, trends and insight.


M·A·C senior artist Louise Zizzo extols the virtues of new M·A·C Mineralize Moisture SPF 15 Foundation and Mineralize Rich Lipstick.

Mineralize Moisture SPF 15 Foundation has become the new backstage star!

What I love about this foundation is its ability to make any skin look like a million bucks! No matter your age, skin type or texture, it has the ability to transform skin from ordinary to extraordinary. The combination of powders creates an optical blurring effect that helps diminish imperfections and fine lines, and it has a beautiful, natural satin finish that is pure magic!

Application Tips for Flawless-Looking Skin
First, I prep the skin with Mineralize Charged Water Face and Body Lotion, which is lightweight and won’t change the look or shade of your foundation. Using the 187 brush and a pump of foundation on the back of my hand, I buff the foundation onto the brush and apply it all over the face with a circular motion. In areas where extra coverage is needed, I switch to a smaller foundation brush and use a stippling motion to even out skin tone.

We certainly know a thing or two about lipstick at M·A·C, and I think the new Mineralize Rich Lipstick is a masterpiece in itself. What I love most about this genius product is the rich moisture and color payoff. It glides effortlessly onto the lips, creating a smooth and undeniably luxurious finish that keeps on giving throughout the day.

The cool new silhouette is also larger and allows for a quick and easy one-swipe application. My favorite shades are Posh Tone and Everyday Diva.

If you try M·A·C Mineralize, tweet @MAC_Louise_Z me and tell me what you think!


Are you a Betty or a Veronica? Our guest blogger M·A·C Senior Artist Louise Zizzo shows you how to create the girl-next-door look that will have you looking like a modern-day Betty. If channeling your blonde ambitions is not your thing, don’t fret. Zizzo also whips up a vivacious look that only a Veronica could pull off. After these tips, whoever the Archie is in your life, you’ll have his head spinning with one hot makeup statement.

“To create the innocent sexiness of Betty

Start with the eyes:
1. Using the Caramel Sundae Eye Shadow Palette, sweep Dreammaker Eye Shadow over the eyelid with a small flat brush (#239).
2. Blend Caramel Sundae Eye Shadow through the crease with a small buffing brush (#219) to create depth.
3. Using a small angled brush (#266), apply Showstopper Eye Shadow along the top and bottom lash line, keeping very close to the lash line to avoid thick, heavy liner.
4. Apply a coat of mascara (Extended Play Lash) to your top and bottom lashes.
5. To create the drawn-on lash look, rub Lord it Up Pearlglide Intense Eye Liner onto the back of your hand and dip a small angled brush (#266) into the color. Using small, precise strokes, draw lashes on to the outside edge of the eyelid, starting at the lash line, and then along the bottom lash line from corner to corner (think ’60s drawn-on lashes).

TIP: When using brushes to line the eyes, keep a crisp look by running the brush through your thumb and forefinger each time before you dip into the shadow. This will stop the brush from fanning out.

On the cheeks:
1. Apply Pink Swoon Sheertone Powder Blush with a soft blush brush (#168), starting on the apples of the cheeks and blending back toward the hairline. To create beautiful sheen, sweep Cheryl Chic Eye Shadow from the Caramel Sundae Eye Shadow Palette over the blush.

Finish the look with the lips:
1. Outline the lip, shading in slightly with In Anticipation Pro Longwear Lip Pencil.
2. Fill in the lip using a lip brush (#316) with Girl Next Door lipstick, and top it off with Stay Sweet Lip Gloss.

To create the flirty, seductive look of Veronica

On the eyes:
1. Using the Spoiled Rich Eye Shadow Palette, brush Spoiled Rich Eye Shadow through the crease area with a small pencil brush (#219), keeping it quite intense and tapering up slightly toward the outer edge of the eye. Do not blend out.
2. Rub Designer Purple Pearlglide Intense Eye Liner onto the back of your hand. Use a small angled brush (#266) to dip into the color and line the top lash line, tapering up and out at the edge of the eye. Do the same on the bottom lash line, starting on the inner corner and then joining up to the top liner at the outer edge of the eye.
3. Dip the same angled brush (#266) into Ron Ron Run and Gravel Eye Shadow and press over the top and bottom liner to create depth and intensity.
4. Line the inside of the eye with Smolder Eye Kohl.
5. Apply a thick coat of mascara (Extended Play Lash) to top and bottom lashes.
6. Apply #36 lashes to the top lash line for added intensity.

Then for the cheeks:
1. With a soft blush brush (#168), lightly apply Prom Princess Powder Blush, starting on the apple of the cheek and blending back toward the hairline.
2. Dust Veronica’s Blush Pearlmatte Face Powder to the apple of the cheek in a circular buffing motion to create a very blended, barely-there look to the cheek.

TIP: When using deeper or more intense blush colors, swirl some face powder onto the blush brush first before dipping into the color. This will help control and diffuse the intensity and ensure an even application.

Complete the look with the lips:
1. Outline the lip with Cherry Lip Pencil and shade in slightly.
2. With lip brush (#316), fill in lips with Ronnie Red Lipstick and add Strawberry Malt Lipglass to finish.

TIP: To ensure symmetry with lips, especially when applying dark or bright colors: After lining, tilt head back slightly while looking in the mirror to see if the bottom lip line is even. To see if the top lip is even, tilt head slightly down while still looking in the mirror.

Discover the many amazing products featured in the Archie’s Girls Collection.

Face charts were created by our Beauty Stylist Elina Dugan at store 423 The Village At Corte Madera.

Find M·A·C Senior Artist Louise Zizzo on Twitter: @MAC_Louise_Z

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What does it take to earn the title M•A•C senior artist? Just ask our new contributors Keri Blair and Louise Zizzo, who combined have 30+ years of experience creating iconic M•A•C makeup statements. As our guest bloggers, these two beauty mavens will be giving Nordstrom a monthly inside look into their world of high glamour. From hot products that should be on your radar to tips on perfecting your brow shape, these insightful beauty tidbits are such that only an expert M•A•C artist could give.


Where are you from?
I grew up on a small farm in Damascus, Maryland. I currently live in Brooklyn, New York. I honestly feel so lucky to live here because New York is such a magical melting pot. Even the streets have a story to tell.

Tell us about your evolution as an artist.
It’s hard to believe that almost 17 years ago, I started my journey as a professional makeup artist. In March of 1996, I started as a M•A•C artist in Nordstrom at Towson Town Center while attending Von Lee International School of Aesthetics. In July of 1997, I was promoted to a trainer position for the mid-Atlantic region, covering the region between Philadelphia and North Carolina. In November of 1998, I was relocated and promoted again to be a trainer for the southeast region, based in Atlanta, at a time when M•A•C was just beginning to explode all over the U.S. Needless to say, there was a lot of training to be done!

In November of 2000, I was promoted to senior artist for the southeast region, and then, two years later, it was time for this member of the M•A•C “army” to relocate again—this time to New York City, where I joined the team of senior artists in the Big Apple. In November of 2004, I was promoted to become the regional director of artist training for the Midwest, based in Chicago, where I was able to lead and inspire the training team for 12 states. And finally, in March of 2008, I returned to my artistry roots, moving back to New York to resume my position as senior artist for North America. This year, I also completed my schooling to become a licensed nail tech in the state of New York.

My evolution with this brand has been remarkable. I have traveled to Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Mexico, London, Milan, Paris and Israel as well as all across the U.S. and Canada. The exposure and experiences have been life-changing.

If you were stuck on a deserted island and could take only three M•A•C tools or products with you, what would they be?
This is always the toughest question, so I am going to try not to over-think it! The first products that come to mind are Fix+, Opulash in Optimum Black and Cremesheen Glass in Fashion Scoop.


On the art of makeup:
When applying makeup, look before you apply. Don’t do something just because you think you should; do it because it will change something or create an effect. Think makeup with intention rather than habit!

Louise’s current favorite M•A•C product:
Prep + Prime Natural Radiance. I love this product because it makes the skin look healthy and simply gorgeous, no matter what age you are.

I use this in a couple of ways—either by mixing it into whatever foundation I am using to give an allover, subtle radiance to the skin or, if I use a powder on the skin, by rubbing one pump into my fingertips and pressing it into the cheekbone, temple and jaw to give a healthy, natural sheen.

Louise’s M•A•C senior artist tip:
Before sculpting the brow, I like to highlight the base and tail areas with foundation or powder to create a beautiful, crisp, clean, airy look.

Check back Monday, February 4, for the next M•A•C blog post!