If you’re sitting in a chair in front of Emmy Award-winning Nyssa Green, you know you’re going to turn into the most glamorous version of yourself … and she delights in waving her makeup brush like a magic wand. Nyssa’s the artist-of-choice for publications and productions all over the city, and beyond — from 11Alive‘s “Atlanta & Company” to CNN, from Jezebel to “Southern Living,” from movie sets to celebrity red carpet.  She founded The Green Room Agency in 1998, bringing together a talented team dedicated to creative expression and growing her business into one of the entertainment community’s most trusted resources. We met up with Nyssa at one of her favorite playgrounds, The Cosmetic Market at Avalon, for girlie fun with makeup.

We met up with Emmy-winning makeup artist Nyssa Green at The Cosmetic Market Avalon.

Makeup artist Nyssa Green outside The Cosmetic Market at Avalon

Where are you from and how did you make your way to Atlanta?

I’m originally from Leesville, LA, but we traveled because my Dad was in the army. I went to high school in Ozark, AL, and from there I moved to the big city!

What brought you into the beauty industry? Has this been a lifelong passion and pursuit?

I have ALWAYS, ALWAYS loved hair, makeup and fashion, and I’ve always wanted to be in the industry. I started out as a hairstylist, then added makeup to my repertoire.

As you’ve built your career, what’s been the most surprising thing you’ve learned about yourself?

Probably not something I would share.

Nyssa Green touches up the lips of a lucky shopper. She loves the Troy Surratt line available at The Cosmetic Market Avalon.

Nyssa touches up the face of a lucky shopper and raves over the Troy Surratt line available at The Cosmetic Market.

Who have been your mentors?

Gwynnis Mosby. She’s one of the best makeup artists I know, and I learned all the basics from her. I’ve learned so much from her, and still do.

What advice do you share with aspiring stylists and make­up artists?

These days, it’s “You can’t learn everything you need to know about makeup from Instagram.”

Our grandmothers taught us “pretty is as pretty does.” In that sense, what do you find pretty?

Really, I see pretty everywhere. I am inspired by so many different things. I see beauty everywhere, and right now the prettiest thing I know is my little niece, Kaydan.

When it comes to dishing out advice to aspiring artists, Nyssa wishes she could let them know that they really can't learn everything from Instagram!

When it comes to dishing out advice to aspiring artists, Nyssa wishes she could let them know that they really can’t learn everything from Instagram!

You’ve tried countless beauty products and techniques. Can you tell us a favorite splurge item, a steal and an old­-school beauty trick?

  • Splurge: SK­-II skin care products … so FAB and fabulously expensive!
  • Steal: NYX lip and eyeliner …­ amazing quality and great range of colors
  • Trick: I’m old school for real, so I still do this — sharpen, then run the tip of a Maybelline eyeliner through a lighter, then (after it cools, but still soft) line inside the bottom rim of eye.
Playing in makeup at The Cosmetic Market with Nyssa Green feels like hanging out with a best girlfriend at a sleepover. She takes her business seriously, while understanding that beauty products are fun!

Playing in makeup with Nyssa feels like hanging out with a best girlfriend at a sleepover. She takes her business seriously, but understands that beauty products are fun!

Nyssa Green professes that she sees beauty inspiration everywhere. We look in that mirror at her and see a very inspiring example.

Nyssa professes that she sees beauty inspiration everywhere. We look in that mirror at her and see a very inspiring example.

Now it’s time for some fun questions. For the lightning round, give us your:

  • Junk food splurge — ­My mom’s pralines
  • Guilty pleasure song — “Jesse’s Girl
  • Tearjerker movie­The Bodyguard (Huge Whitney fan, so now I can’t watch without crying)
  • Rainy day activity — ­Baking
  • Cartoon alter ego­ — Wilma Flintstone
Love seeing a seasoned beauty pro squeal with delight over a great lip color!

We love seeing a seasoned beauty pro squeal with delight over a great lip color!

Where’s your fantasy vacation spot?

­My own island

What are some of your favorite places around town for shopping, dining or hanging out?­

For shopping, the new Restoration Hardware (OMG!), and I love Avalon. When it comes to dining, ­I’m a member of Eat Out Atlanta, so I am always discovering a new spot or new dish!

Nyssa Green credits her mentor, Gwynnis Mosby, with teaching her everything she knows.

Nyssa credits her mentor, Gwynnis Mosby, with teaching her everything she knows.

Keep your eyes on Nyssa Green of The Green Room Agency! She's continually developing new projects.

Our grandmothers taught us all “pretty is as pretty does,” making this lady one of the most beautiful people around.

Name three things you just cannot live without — other than faith, family and friends.

  • My phone­. It’s the only way I can see Kaydan because she lives in Alabama.
  • My makeup kit
  • My KitchenAid mixer
A photo shoot where the subject brings custom Sprinkles cupcakes... Bravo!

A photo shoot where the subject brings custom Sprinkles cupcakes? Bravo!

Nyssa, thanks for such a fun afternoon. (And the Sprinkles cupcakes were an extra special touch of yum!) Check out more of Nyssa’s work and learn about services of The Green Room Agency online at www.thegreenroomagency.com. She’s got some great new things in the works, including more TV projects and an upcoming series of classes for burgeoning artists. 

Get to know all our FACES of Atlanta here. And as always, thanks to Catrina Maxwell of CatMax Photography for the fantastic photos today!

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