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Meet Lisa Pizzello of The Beauty Crew in Portage Park

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lisa Pizzello.

Lisa, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I began my makeup career 12 years ago and have built a name in the bridal beauty business. Two years ago I naturally progressed into permanent makeup. It’s my passion! Natural looking Brows & soft smoky eyeliner’s are my specialties. We are a mother-daughter (Mylene) owned salon who started in the Old Irving neighborhood but quickly grow out of our space there. We have settled into an art deco inspired space directly next door to the historic Portage Theater. We love our new neighborhood and all of the exciting new businesses surrounding us. While permanent makeup is our focus, we also offer creative hair styling and stunning makeup applications for special events or just a night out. Our space feels more like a ladies lounge than a traditional salon. We are music lovers and positive “vibers”, so it’s not unusual for our clientele to become friends.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
New construction was a challenge! Starting from the ground up definitely put the pressure on. A lot of hard work and long nights went into making the dream work. On the upside, we got to plan out our space exactly the way we wanted. What transpired was our quaint girly haven!

The Beauty Crew – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I myself am the permanent makeup technician & licensed esthetician on staff. I customize looks based on my client’s features and always trying to keep things looking natural. Truth is, you want Classic long-lasting beauty & I aim to please. I also specialize in soft glam bridal looks that encompass your natural beauty. I am most proud of being able to follow my artistic dreams alongside my daughter. The main thing that sets me apart from other businesses in the same category as education. Education is key! I will never stop learning the latest, most advanced, safest techniques for my clients. Most of my clients will be repeat customers for years to come so I will always make sure that I’m giving them my best.

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
Every advanced certificate I earn makes me proud!

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