We’ve got a special treat for you all today: a guest appearance by a professional makeup artist who swears by MyChelle – Michele Papenheim of Michele Papenheim Makeup Studio, lower level at Cole Street Salon.

Being a makeup artist striving to find the best non-toxic makeup products for my clients, it didn’t make sense to me to prep their skin with toxic skin care, so I set out to find the best possible products that I could have confidence in and stick to my promise to my clients to nourish their skin and enhance their beauty at the same time.

I found MyChelle at a retailer about an hour from my home/salon.  I began using it myself and loved it.  I began purchasing it at retail and using it on my clients to prep them before applying their makeup.  My clients would come back to me, “What did you use on my skin before you applied the makeup?”  “What did you use on my blemishes? It took them away!”  and “What was the moisturizer you used?  It really helped my skin!”

So after being asked over and over again and having to tell clients I didn’t carry the product in the salon and them being disappointed because they wanted one place to get their stuff, I looked into retailing the line and the rest is history.

Creamy Pumpkin Cleanser 2I started as a makeup artist with modeling agencies, helping new girls build confidence in being the best talent they could be.  I found that many women lack confidence in themselves.  I have now been working as a makeup artist for 22 years and I love what I do.  I get so much satisfaction helping women feel better about themselves, and I really find that showing them how to wear makeup to fit their lifestyle skyrockets their confidence!  I show them the basic things that don’t take a lot of time and the biggest thing I teach them is how to care for their skin, because your makeup and appearance can only be as good as the skin you are applying it to!  I don’t think women should settle for covering up bad skin with makeup, they should use products that help fix their problems and eventually wear makeup on great skin!  Any makeup application looks better when it is applied to a healthy and glowing foundation.  Many women can stop using and wearing a multitude of other products when they begin really caring for their skin.  The natural beauty shines through.

I love using MyChelle products because you only need to use a small amount of each product because of the goodness of the ingredients. The quality is so high that it further increases the value of the product because it can be used so sparingly.

I get a lot of clients with allergies, so I love that MyChelle products have an unscented and sensitive skin line.  This has made my clients unbelievably happy that they have finally found something that works well with their skin.

ClearSkinSpotTreatmentNew-FullI’ve had a lot of clients with acne/break outs, so I have been using a lot of the Clear Skin Spot Treatment.  The Fruit Enzymes Scrub is really helping my clients with lots of dead skin.

Favorites?  Creamy Pumpkin Cleanser, G2 Instant Firming Serum, and Supreme Polypeptide Cream.

I have been in business for a long time and have seen a lot of the effects of bad ingredients on my clients skin from not taking care of it properly themselves.  Along with that and the technical age we live in, we as professionals and clients are able to look up all of the chemicals that at one time was not within our reach to research.  The fact that companies don’t have to tell you everything that is in their products have led to many of them using cheaper ingredients to save money, at the expense of the consumer’s skin.  Many companies out there are using chemicals harmful to people whether they cause allergic reactions, or contain carcinogenic ingredients, we as consumers have the right to know what we are using on our skin.

I used to be a makeup artist, but now I feel like I need to be a chemist.  I never thought I would have to worry about things like Bismuth Oxychloride?  Now I have to understand not only what these ingredients can do, I have to really learn about my client’s skin and find alternatives so that they aren’t itching, burning, and miserable from the makeup they wear on their skin!

414ImmA4MLL._SL500_AA300_The average client might not have reactions to some of these ingredients, but that does not make them good or their skin.  And, even people who don’t have an issue today can build up to having an issue with some of these chemicals after long-term use.

Consumers are realizing that more and more they need to educate themselves and I try to help them by providing information on ingredients and provide better alternatives.

I feel confident in MyChelle because they use quality ingredients.

By Michele Papenheim of Michele Papenheim Makeup Studio, lower level at Cole Street Salon