Barbie Forever

August 20, 2016


I was a makeup artist from the age of 17 to 36.  Now if you are a makeup artist I know you realize that the face is a canvas.  And the quality of the finished design relies heavily on the quality of the canvas.  So one day after finishing a makeover, I decided I needed to do more than just apply cosmetics, I had to help clients with their skin.  So I went  to Beauty College.

The one year curriculum for a Cosmetology license in California (At that time, in 1973, there was no separate license for Esthetics.) turned out to be 84% hair, 15% nails and 1% skin.  I didn’t know that when I signed on.  About eight months into the program I raised my hand and asked when we were going to get back to skin care.

The instructor replied we were finished with learning skin care. (It was a week long.)  I was dumbfounded.  All we had studied I already knew and thought of as elementary.  I certainly wasn’t going to spend the rest of the year putting permanent rods in plastic heads of synthetic hair!

I dropped out the following day.   Fast forward. I graduated in  the first class of of the first esthetics school to open  in Arizona.  That was 1986.  I’ve been doing skin care since.  My daughter became a Professional Makeup Artist as well as Certified in Permanent Makeup.  So from my grandmother to my daughter, we are four generations of Beauty.  It’s a life I couldn’t have imagined.  It’s like playing Barbie dolls all day long, only better!

(First Published 6/10/13)