I finally met Ana Marie Rizzieri just a couple of weeks ago, at a birthday party in Tampa, FL, of all places. It was time… I had heard about her from industry colleagues and in particular from her husband Frank (owner of many beauty businesses, including Rizzieri Salon and Spa, where one can find Alchimie Forever…) who kept telling me that he could tell his wife, a celebrity makeup artist with a passion for skin care, and I would really enjoy each other’s company… he wasn’t wrong. I had high expectations after everything he told me about her, and I was not disappointed: she is even more beautiful and fascinating in person…
AP: What city were you born in? AMR: Camden, NJ.
AP: What city to do you live in? AMR: Moorestown, NJ.
AP: What is your middle name? AMR: None, just Ana Marie.
AP: What is your astrological sign? AMR: Scorpio.
AP: What is something about you most people don’t know? AMR: I am a great florist.
AP: What is your most prized possession? AMR: My two sons.
AP: If you could have dinner with the person of your choice, who would it be? AMR: Tom Ford
AP: Describe your fashion style in three words maximum. AMR: Classic, simple and expensive.
AP: Do you wear a watch? If yes, what model? AMR: Yes, a Rolex.
AP: Diamonds or pearls? AMR: Diamonds.
AP: What is your #1 beauty secret? AMR: Drinking tons of water and monthly facials.
AP: What fragrance do you wear? AMR: Tom ford’s tobacco vanille.
AP: Botox or not? AMR: Not.
AP: Hair color: natural or not? AMR: Not.
AP: What are your special diet tips, if any? AMR: I eat all organic and add chlorophyll to my water.
AP: What do you do for exercise? AMR: I work out at the gym every day.
AP: What are three things that you always have in your fridge? AMR: Wine, milk and eggs.
AP: What is your cocktail of choice? AMR: Red wine and more red wine.
AP: What is your secret to work/life balance? AMR: Love what you do.
AP: How many miles do you fly per year on average? AMR: 50,000 miles per year.
AP: What are your three top tips for travel? AMR: Water, nuts and great trashy magazines,
AP: 3 songs on your ipod right now. AMR: Anything and everything by Beyonce, Lykke Li and Rihanna.
AP: What book are you reading right now? AMR: Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire.
AP: Quote to live by. AMR:The face is the mirror of the mind, and eyes without speaking confess the secrets of the heart.
AP: What is your worst pet peeve? AMR: Sloppiness.
AP: What time do you usually wake up in the morning, and how many hours of sleep do you usually get? AMR: I get up every morning at 6 am. The length of my nights vary…
AP: What is your favorite thing about the beauty industry? AMR: Foundation.
AP: Least favorite thing. AMR: When sales people lie.
AP: Who is your mentor? AMR: My husband Frank Rizzieri.
AP: Words of advice for young women starting their careers today. AMR: Again— love what you do. If you love what you do, you never feel like you are really working.