Beauty Insider: The Beauty of Charity


One of the most surprising things about evolving into a career as a makeup artist is the seriousness of the positive way in which it affects people. Unlike some other careers, this one is extremely personal. My journey as makeup connoisseur and consultant is likely the result of deeply embedded desire to help others and give back. Here at Beauty News NYC, we are focusing on The Beauty of Charity this month. The wonderful thing about donating your time, and giving back in general, is that it truly is a personal conviction that you follow; no one forces you into doing. It is the epitome of good when each individual contributes to make this world a more meaningful place.

I had the privilege to work with The Tommy Foundation (NYC Chapter) whose mission is to embrace individuals on the entire autism spectrum, to educate families and individuals to handle the condition and to empower all those who desire to advocate for the autism movement. Today, the Foundation provides direct assistance to families, as well as provide training to hundreds of students, professionals, PhD candidates and doctors to date. The company was founded in 2005 by parents of a child on the autism spectrum.

The Tommy Foundation recently had a “pampering day” for the families who live with children who have autism. Among the services that were provided for free among countless volunteers were facials, manicures, yoga, massages, haircuts, and of course makeup! Most of the pamperees were the mothers, who in most cases have not pampered themselves since their child was born. That was many, many years for some. Time for themselves almost always becomes scarce because children with autism generally have problems in three crucial areas of development — social interaction, language and behavior. Needless to say, the last thing a mother in this situation is thinking about is herself.

I worked with about seven wonderful, strong, and modern superheroes of our day. I had one woman in particular who said she hadn’t worn makeup for almost 7 years and was going on a date that night. When she looked in the mirror, her eyes instantly watered up as she immediately proclaimed she wouldn’t cry. I was just floored by the situation, and still am. I guess after doing something for so long (such as me with makeup, which I’ve done for 15 years), it’s easy to forget the impact your work has on others. This is why both makeup and giving back rules!

A few suggestions and highlights I had for the mothers was to always think fresh — a freshly washed and moisturized face, followed by a spray mist, can awaken your skin and inspire you.

Try Flawless Skin Perfecting Water Moisture Mist, by Laura Mercier, which should help you to do a great skin preparation. It will immediately makes you feel fresh, and awake. You also need to find your perfect concealer and corrector color. Don’t just give up searching after one try. Chances are from all those sleepless nights and early mornings, concealer will become your No. 1 product. As I mentioned before, cream does not blend well when applied to dry skin, so make sure your under your eyes are moisturized –and blotted with tissue if too moist– before applying the concealer. For super dark circles, look into Bobbi Brown’s color correctors, and remember that generally peach-based correctors will neutralize blue and purple under eye circles, and pink-based correctors will neutralize green ones. Continue with your concealer, which should be one-to-two shades lighter than your skin, to brighten the inner corners of your eye. Apply a tinted moisturizer for light coverage, put on your mascara, and apply your favorite lip hue. Fresh and awake is the name of the game for all of these women, and I was very happy to be a part of it and show them how to do it on their own.

Samantha Lennon, Makeup Consultant & Artist
“Your Makeup Artist”
Beauty Insider @ Keyword: Samantha Lennon

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Sugey Cruz-Everts

Thank you for all your amazing help for our inaugural event and for giving families your time, care and expertise. Thank you also for sharing your experience with others. You helped make this event truly unforgettable.

Sugey Cruz-Everts, President of The Tommy Foundation.


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