WE’RE READY FOR OUR CLOSE UP—Makeup models Linda Cirby, Erin Perry and Jacquea Mae with makeup artist Cheryl Walker, center. (Photos by Debbie Norrell)

WE’RE READY FOR OUR CLOSE UP—Makeup models Linda Cirby, Erin Perry and Jacquea Mae with makeup artist Cheryl Walker, center. (Photos by Debbie Norrell)

Makeup is a billion dollar industry and since ladies love to play with makeup, Cheryl Walker, resident makeup artist for the Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre, loves to instruct women on how to apply it. On Feb. 13, Valentine’s Day eve, she conducted her third “About Face” workshop.  Ladies gathered at the Kaufman Center and enjoyed hors d’oeuvres, pink champagne and mini desserts while they watched Walker work her magic.

BEFORE—Erin Perry

BEFORE—Erin Perry

AFTER—Erin Perry

AFTER—Erin Perry

The workshop was about applying makeup, but also it was a lesson on liking yourself. Participants had to come up with three things they liked about their self and three things they did not like.  Many of the ladies found it harder to find things that they liked about themselves. Walker said the purpose of the workshop was of course to work on the outside appearance, but how one feels on the inside is equally important. The makeup allows one to look like themselves but with an enhancement. Her concentration on all of her models was a smoldering eye, contour blush and a lip stain. Many of the ladies said they rarely wear makeup.

BEFORE—Linda Cirby

BEFORE—Linda Cirby

AFTER—Linda Cirby

AFTER—Linda Cirby

At the end of the session, one of the models was picked up by her fiancé, he said she looked beautiful and he could not stop looking at her.

BEFORE—Jacquea Mae

BEFORE—Jacquea Mae

AFTER—Jacquea Mae

AFTER—Jacquea Mae

Walker said, “mission accomplished.”  She advised the group to purchase their makeup from the drugstore and even suggested several brands. Walker is a fan of Maybelline mascara.

The ladies loved their final look and look forward to the next “About Face”  which is scheduled the night prior to Mother’s Day.

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