Day of SCervice: Revealing Beauty Within
Makeup. Fashion. What do these all really mean? I know we all like to add a little pop of color to the pout, rock our clothes with style, but is that superficial beauty? Well, that’s up to ourselves to judge. To me, those are tools to uncover the inner confidence in every woman. When we look nice, we feel nice. It doesn’t necessarily mean we are not naturally beautiful, or must be on top of the latest trends; we all just have individual insecurities that need a little helping hand to sweep it away. In late March, I played that helping hand in a community service effort with the USC Society of Trojan Women, to help women in need gain back their confidence and reveal their beauty within. As a makeup artist (or to be one), THAT’s the reason why I do makeup.
Yes, I never mentioned. But I have to proudly say that I am a Trojan, an alumna of the University of Southern California, and a member of the Society of Trojan Women. Currently rooted in Los Angeles, I have recently been involved with several USC related events more than ever before. The community service day, aka Day of SCervice, was a worldwide event where USC alumni and friends from all around the world participate in local service projects organized by various alumni groups.
The project that I was a part of, hosted by the Society of Trojan Women, was a Professional Development Day for the women residents at the Good Shepherd Center for Homeless Women and Children located in downtown Los Angeles. “The mission of Good Shepherd Center for Homeless Women and Children is to empower women and their children to move from homelessness to self-sufficiency, through housing, employment and support services offered with dignity and love.” Our event was definitely true to their mission. The event provided mock interviews, resume reviews, career image consulting on dressing professionally for the work place, and makeup consulting on how to apply office appropriate makeup. The participants also were able to take home gently-worn business clothes and new makeup donated by volunteers.
Of course I volunteered in what I’m most familiar, and gave consultations and makeovers at the makeup station. I didn’t have my kit, or even any brushes; just a table full of donated makeup and my two bare hands (good thing I did prepare a pack of sponges, wipes, and some hand sanitizer). We helped the women select their foundation shade, and choose eye shadows, mascara, and a lip shade from the donations for their take home goodie bag. If they wished to have a makeover, I was able to help them apply their new makeup to subtly enhance their features.
Although the event purpose was mainly career based, after the first couple of ladies I soon realized that it wasn’t just about how to apply makeup appropriately. It was about sweeping away that insecurity and polishing that inner confidence that once shined through their eyes. I remember one woman’s remarks after seeing herself in the mirror all dolled up, “Oh! Feels good to be a girl again.” another woman, who was very quiet and probably didn’t speak much English, looked at me with full appreciation in her eyes, gave me a kind smile and a full hug, the kind of hug that says “thank you so much for making me feel beautiful.”
I will never forget the warmth of her hug. It was the moment of validation that I’ve done something right, and that my two bare hands were the most important tools that day. The experience was rather rewarding, and I’m glad that I was able to play that helping hand in bringing up a smile on their face, a twinkle in their eyes, and a full confidence for them to nail a job interview! This is the beauty of makeup artistry; and the impact is beyond the colors of the product or the skill of the artist. I hope this inspires you to find meaning in your work, to do something great for others, and to rock that inner confidence in everything you do. Xoxo 😉
I have no doubt that all other volunteers felt just as rewarding in their tasks, making the Professional Development Day a success. To understand more about the organizations, visit the links below: