Lancôme Paris decided to hold their annual “Giving-Back Day” at the “I Have a Dream” Foundation-Los Angeles office in Downtown Los Angeles. The cosmetic company teamed up with IHADLA for a workshop called Personal Image and Presentation Day.
“As you all know, we live in a very image-conscious society, so how you present yourself is really important as you move through the coming years,” said IHADLA Executive Director Katy Garretson at the event.
Twenty-six lucky young ladies from Programs 14 and 15, from East LA and Pasadena, were treated to an afternoon of personalized cosmetic and skin-care advice. The Lancôme team, which included national Lancôme makeup artists Robert Godes and Natalie Nelson, prepared an interactive program that also included discussion topics regarding transitioning to college and career, interviewing tips and financial planning.
The girls were beyond excitement as they were greeted by cupcakes and a variety of Lancôme products. Each Dreamer had her own personal seat with her own mirror and cosmetic set. Each Lancôme professional went through their area of expertise, from skin care to how to put on eyeliner to picking out the right shade of foundation.
Hands shot up in the air as the girls weren’t afraid to ask what was on their mind, with questions ranging from what kind of face wash is good for you to what kind of education you need for careers within the cosmetic industry. All Lancôme instructors at the event had at least their bachelor’s degree, which was the minimum requirement for their career path.
In just one afternoon, the Dreamers not only learned how to use cosmetics to complement themselves, but also the importance of using that skill to present themselves in a professional setting.