Post-college I had the innocence and audacity to demand my dream position at a cosmetics brand in color product development.
After almost 2 years learning how to create new colors and products, I set off through Europe, and in those 5 months I had my heart broken, my eyes opened to new ways of being, cultures and languages.
Instead of returning to my previous life in California, I went to work for a best-selling spiritual author, and trained as a life coach in Oregon for a stint.
To skip over quite a few details, at age 26 I became the CFO and HR director at a multi-million dollar music distribution company. Though I enjoyed my work, I felt myself getting further away from the dream of becoming an international makeup artist — the thing I had secretly pinned up on a vision board in my closet.
Not willing to play the regret game, I quit my job, sold off most of what I owned, and used air miles for a ticket to Milan.
I arrived with no job prospects, or even a place to live….but spent the next two years in Europe thriving as a makeup artist.
The moment I dedicated myself to natural makeup…
Working backstage at Fashion Week, where models have their makeup done five or six times a week, I saw how their skin became sensitized to “high-quality” professional brands of makeup to the point they couldn’t tolerate it anymore.
But no one could seem to explain these severe reactions.
During that time I met May Lindstrom who was a model at the time, and is known now for creating one of the natural beauty industry’s most beloved skincare brands. I was still struggling with acne, and at her encouragement, I switched my traditional products for natural alternatives, and my skin was clear and glowing like never before!
After more research, I soon became convinced that a lot of the traditional ingredients used in cosmetics are harming both our health and our environment.