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Lizette Lopez couldn't help but catch our attention as a Houstonia intern—it's clear her energy and creative thinking are channeled into a love of makeup and fashion. Now a college grad, this self-proclaimed social butterfly is ready to take the world by storm. 

How would you describe your style?

My style is constantly evolving, and for that reason I like to try a bit of everything. Sometimes I channel my inner bohemian goddess and other times I’m full-on glam. I have always been someone who enjoys dressing up no matter what style I choose, and I think if you are truly passionate about fashion then you shouldn’t wear just one specific style.

What experiences have impacted your look?

London had a great impact on my style. I picked up so much valuable information while I was over there in terms of fashion. People dress outrageously and they aren’t afraid to take risks and let their creativity shine through their style. Houston is a diverse city but London was such a culture shock in this sense because they don’t worry about what other people think, they dress how they want to.

Who is your biggest style influence?

I got to do a burlesque photoshoot back in 2014. Tess Holliday was overseeing the shoot and at the end we got to take a photo with her. The purpose of the shoot was to promote self-love, confidence and empowering women of all shapes and sizes. Her hashtag is #FYourBeautyStandards and to me she reaffirms that you can be a big girl and still be stylish. After the shoot we talked with Tess and ended up grabbing dinner at Barnaby’s before dropping her off at the airport.

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Your makeup is always flawless. How did you get interested in it?

I was 13 years old when my obsession began. I would sit on the edge of my sister’s bed and watch in awe as she put her makeup on. After that I started watching makeup tutorials on YouTube (before beauty bloggers became a thing), and my dad finally took me to MAC and bought me a little bit of everything I would need to get started. It cost $80 and he was shocked that we spent so much money.

Now I’d be surprised if I haven’t spent close to $10,000 on makeup in the last 10 or 12 years. I probably have over 400 lipsticks in my collection, but that’s just what it is—a collection. I view makeup as an outlet for creativity and the tools we use to express ourselves in addition to our clothes.

What inspired you to commit to colorful hair? 

Trying to be cute in college isn’t easy, because you’re so poor, but I found ways to make a statement through my hair and makeup. I like coloring my hair different colors. It’s my way of showing that I’m a little different and a little out there. You don’t necessarily always have to buy new clothes because you can still see my personality shine through these little things.

What's your favorite thing about fashion?

The most beautiful thing about fashion is that anybody can be stylish. It’s about confidence and whatever makes you happy, but you have to be willing to try different things. Life is complicated as it is, so you should be willing to take the risk and not be afraid to try something new. At the end of the day it’s just clothes, so I’m still going to wear what I like and if people don’t like it then I could care less! 

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