A makeup tutorial workshop at Wilma's Place not only allowed interested students to pick up tricks from a professional artist, but allowed them to appreciate their beauty underneath the products.
"This initiative was planned because some students had mentioned they were interested in becoming a make up artist," said Social Worker Kelly Duffy-Kariam.
Run by Makeup Artist Alexandra Calandrino, students learned her personal story with makeup that lead to her career. And while they watched her apply numerous products on Model Alexandra Posteraro to achieve a glam look, Calandrino reminded students that makeup is a form of art and expression and should not be used as an outlet to hide or coverup one's natural beauty.
"At the end of the day, it doesn't matter how much makeup you have on your face, if you're not confident in yourself it will show. Makeup should be a tool to express your creativity," she said.
And that's difficult, added Posteraro, who admitted to struggling with her self image.
"You have to think of yourself before makeup. At the end of the day it's your confidence that radiates beauty."
To help students see their natural beauty, Calandrino provided helpful tips to ensure their skin is always looking its best, like never skipping moisturizer and remembering to exfoliate a couple of times a week.
"I loved that she emphasized that the most important beauty is who we are on the inside: kind, caring and confident," said Duffy-Kariam.
"The outside is our artistic side and how we can express our individuality through the art of makeup."