Lift Up America Gives 3 Girls a Red Carpet Makeover and Event!

Hollywood’s top hair and make-up stylists provided three young women with vision or hearing impairment a chance to look and feel like glamorous Hollywood stars at Lift Up America’s The Giving Hope Tour at Hollywood & Highland Center.
Held in Sephora , Hollywood & Highland, Makeup Artist, Michael Johnston from Nickelodeon’s Michael Johnston, Celebrity Teen Makeup Artist who’s currently work on Nickelodeon’s “i-Carly,” “Drake & Josh” and “Zoe 101”
“When I first heard about this wonderful event, I knew I had to contribute in some way,” said Johnston. “I have worked with many teen celebrities throughout my career in Hollywood and this is one of the most rewarding and inspiring moments I have encountered,” he added.
and Hairstylist, Melanie Verkins from Disney’s “Hannah Montana” worked with the girls to give them red carpet looks using products from Sexy Hair Concepts products.
transformed three teenagers (and their moms) into glamorous celebrities for their debut as celebrities waling the red carpet to one of Hollywood’s most famous locations, Grauman’s Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard. With adoring fans, paparazzi and celebrity guests posing as fans and requesting autographs, these young ladies were the stars of the night.
The national non-profit organization, Lift Up America partnered with Grauman’s Chinese Theatre to screen “Meet Me in Miami” – a family-friendly romantic comedy starring Carlos Ponce, Tara Leniston and Jennifer Salinas.
The movie premiere was the first time over 1,000 local children would actually see and hear a film as they were recently outfitted with hearing aids and glasses.
Celebrities including Lou Ferrigno (“The Incredible Hulk”), former Miss America 1995, Heather Whitestone McCallum, Angela Kinsey (NBC’s “The Office”), Erin Sanders (Nickelodeon’s “Zoe 101”), Country Music Singer, Tanya Tucker and others came out to show their support.

What did the stylists do?
” Rosa Carrillo (12-years-old) had naturally, tight curly hair. Verkins relaxed the curls to add a mix texture. Johnston enhanced her natural beauty with a bronzer, eye-lash plumper, eye pencil and topped-it-off with lip gloss.
” Yamileth Catalan (14-years-old) walked-in with long, beautiful straight hair. Verkins decided that it was her signature look and did not want to stray too far away from it. Instead, she augmented her style by implementing a series of braids on one side of her hair to emphasize the teen’s style. Johnston discovered her distinctive cheek bones and wanted to accent them by using blush on top of the matifying foundation. Then he used subtle makeup accessories such as eyeliner, eye shadow, lip gloss and mascara to pronounce the lips and eyes.
” Noemi Cuevas (16-years-old) had straight, glossy, shoulder-length hair. Verkins decided to give her a “Steamy Moccochino” look. She added a few loose curls, a suave bang and twisted the ends on one side and curled the ends on the other side to add contrast to the hairstyle. Johnston provided her with a light foundation, layered with a touch of blush and slightly amplified her dark, innocent eyes with eyeliner and added gentle lip gloss to brighten up her welcoming smile.
Complimentary makeup and hair care products were provided by: Sephora ( at Hollywood & Highland Center and by Sexy HairĀ® ( )
Lift Up America, a national nonprofit, in association with Servant Entertainment is partnering with Grauman’s Chinese Theater and other caring companies such as Starkey Hearing Foundation, Hollywood & Highland Center, Interstate Batteries, Ty Inc., and a host of local nonprofits and businesses to provide a star-studded experience for less fortunate children in the L.A. area.
Lift Up America’s Giving Hope Tour travels state to state in an effort to help children in need and offer them practical gifts as well as an evening to remember. For more information on Lift Up America, visit their website at
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