“I like it. I really like it,” said Dani Schubert, as she glimpsed herself in a hand mirror Wednesday evening in the main lobby of Carroll Hospital.
As a self described non-makeup person, Schubert had been skeptical of the “’Tis the Season for Beauty & Holiday Excitement” special event, but was pleasantly surprised at the results.
“It feels very natural, I don’t feel like I have makeup on,” she said. “If you are not a makeup person like me, it just makes you look better, not feel heavier.”
Part of that, Schubert said, was the makeup, a high-end cosmetics manufactured in Germany called Make Up Factory, and part of it was the person applying the make up as part of the event, Lindsay Ebbin.
“We sell this line of makeup in our gift shop here and Lindsay Ebbin is a celebrity makeup artist, and he has come to our fashion show and done make up for the models,” said Carroll Hospital Manager of Volunteer Services Sharyn Rhodes. “It’s just a way to garner some interest in the makeup and he is great at doing makeovers — all the proceeds from the gift shop go back to the hospital.”
This year, the proceeds from the makeup sales are going directly to support ongoing renovation of the hospital’s birthing center, Rhodes added.
“We did a three-year pledge for the family birthplace,” she said. “They are expanding and renovating the rooms in the family birthplace.”
Originally from Canada, Ebbin has more than 30 years experience in the fashion and cosmetics world.
“I used to model years ago when I was 19. I’m 51 now,” he said. “I learned the skill of makeup artistry and then I took that skill and I was hired by a brand in Canada called Elizabeth Arden Red Door.” Ebbin now lives in Canton and is the co-founder and president of BAM Brands USA, which distributes the Make Up Factory line in the U.S. and the Caribbean. The company made a decision to distribute the line through spas, medical spas and hospital settings, like Carroll Hospital’s gift shop.
“We saw the need,” Ebbin said. “There is a need here to bring color to medical facilities. What it’s going to do when you are feeling down and your skin is sallow, this brings some vibrancy.”
“It’s good when you’re going through treatments and you’re not feeling as pretty,” said Zoe Dorsey, of Westminster, as she watched Ebbin work. “I think it’s a good thing.”
Dorsey had learned of the makeup event through a brochure at the Carroll Hospital William E. Kahlert Regional Cancer Center, where she is currently getting treatment, but said she was too tired Wednesday to get a makeover herself. Instead, her 14-year-old daughter Zarianna Brown, sat in the chair for Ebbin.
“She’s gorgeous. She’s like a Julia Roberts, that’s who she sort of looks like,” Ebbin said of Brown. “You should send her pictures to New York agencies.”
Brown has been doing some modeling, Dorsey said, though she doesn’t typically wear a lot of makeup.