I have always loved makeup. I remember looking in my mom’s drawer and finding bright, shiny things—silver compacts, pinky lipsticks, eye shadows—that I could play with (when she wasn’t looking). I couldn’t wait for the day I would be grown up, old enough to start wearing makeup.
Over 20 years ago, I didn’t set out to be a makeup artist—but I loved makeup artistry the minute I started it. I attended Smith College in Northampton, MA and earned a degree in American Studies—an unlikely education for a makeup career. But while it sounds worlds apart, it wasn’t entirely unrelated. As a women’s college, Smith helped shaped my views, including the way I approach women and beauty. I believe women are to define and recognize the beauty they possess—and that beauty is who you are, not how someone perceives you. Makeup is not about changing who you are or thinking you must look like someone else—that’s not beauty (that’s kind of ugly). And for me, makeup is art that's playful, creative, fun.
Before and during my years at Smith I did freelance makeup at Clinique. When I graduated, I went to the Estée Lauder Companies in NYC and worked for the Origins, Estée Lauder and Clinique brands—eventually becoming Clinique’s Director of Strategy and Creative Development and Global Beauty Director. There I developed programs and taught makeup artistry throughout Europe and Asia, in the Middle East and South Africa. My experience at ELC also included strategic branding, executive training and collaborating with marketing, product development, communications and sales to launch new programs.
Today I have my own beauty consulting business based in NYC, Shizué Beauty. I work on global beauty projects and as a makeup artist for many different companies. The work is rewarding and fun – and I get to work with so many great people, in various brands and capacities.
Guggenheim Productions, Origins Natural Resources, Estee Lauder, Clinique Laboratories, Aramis Lab Series, Bobbi Brown Cosmetics, Rodin oilo lusso, Good Labs, Giorgio Armani Beauty, YSL Beaute, Christian Louboutin Beaute, philosophy, Chanel Beaute, Temptu, LaPrairie, Willagirl, Neutrogena, Phillips, Living Proof, Moroccan Oil, LOFT, Olay, Louis Vuitton, Kenneth Cole, Make Up For Ever, Fresh, Real Age, Women's Health, Linea Pelle, Cosmopolitan, L'Oreal, Almay, Revlon, Money magazine, People En Espanol, Golf Digest, Domani, Shop, Architectural Digest, RealAge.