If you don’t recognize Lorenza Izzo from Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, she wouldn’t blame you. The actress played Francesca Cappuci, Italian starlet and wife to Leonardo DiCaprio’s Rick Dalton. The role called for heavy makeup — intense eye shadow, heavy blush, stark contouring, and dramatic eyebrows — to emulate Italian bombshells like Sophia Loren, Virna Lisi, and Claudia Cardinale. It was a big departure from her everyday makeup and skin-care routines, both of which she’s worked to pare down significantly.
Izzo’s brush with skin-care maximalism came after she moved to Los Angeles from Chile. All of a sudden, she was exposed to new blogs and publications with stories about celebrities’ long and varied skin-care routines, many of which named products that weren’t sold at all in her home country. “It was a bit overwhelming at the beginning to learn I wasn’t doing my brows right, that I didn’t know what retinol was, or any of these scary-sounding procedures people use to be ‘beautiful,’” she says. “I went on a whirlwind trying to copy everything I was seeing, and, well, trying to be perfect.” Years passed before she stopped trying to emulate the routines of others and began to interpret the needs of her own combination skin.
Joanna Vargas Supernova Serum
“My secret weapon for all things aging. My friend the facial magician Joanna Vargas, who is known for her incredible face masks, came up with this serum that leaves my skin like it just had a lift the next morning. It’s really a dullness cure. This is my favorite retinol serum, as it has key healing ingredients like fatty acids and chamomile that are soothing while vitamin A works its magic.
My go-to facial at her spa is the Triple Crown. It’s a non-invasive way of stimulating the lymphatic system and tightening the skin with electro-currents. It’s great for de-puffing, contouring, and making the skin glow.”