As a makeup artist for more than 20 years, Sheila Hansen knows how to make women look pretty. But now, she's helping people look beautiful on the outside while staying healthy on the inside. "People are eating healthy and buying organic, but it doesn't even dawn on them that what they are washing their face with can be loaded with chemicals," said Hansen, who got passionate about the topic after suffering from a skin irritation around her eye that lasted for almost a year. "I took a four-week class on superfoods and personal-care products and I had been to the doctor for my eye irritation, and nothing seemed to work," she said. "I worked for makeup lines in department stores but didn't realize, even the expensive ones are filled with chemicals. So when I stopped using them and switched to a natural, organic line, my eye got better. Eye makeup can be especially high in chemicals." Frustrated that there was no one-stop shop for all things green in the makeup department, Hansen decided to go it alone. Now Hansen's If a Goddess Wore Makeup studio can be found at 5247 N. Clark St. in the Andersonville Galleria in Chicago. She offers all organic makeup and skin products as well as consultations. A big misconception about organic products, Hansen said, is that they are too expensive. "I sold hundred-dollar eye creams that were filled with chemicals back when I worked in the department stores," she said. "Some of the best natural products can be $20. "This is an area where we have a choice. We can't control air pollution, but we can control what kind of lotion we put on our face. Why not choose something that's healthy?" For information, visit http://www.ifagoddessworemakeup.com.
Photo courtesy of Sheila Hansen
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