It is rightly said that â€œbeauty lies in the eye of the beholderâ€ but to retain that beauty in todayâ€™s competitive world, one surely needs that tint of make-up. This was something that the young girls too believed by the end of the day, who attended the Oriflame Seminar held by Ms Madhu Nagar and Meghna Khanna at Deepalaya Vocational centre on 19th May, 2010. Twenty three girls of around seventeen or eighteen years of age who are trainees in the Dress Designing and Beauty Culture trades, attended this lecture to add to their beauty parlor courses already being held at the vocational centre.
These girls, coming from the local slum community, had not had the benefit of an advantageous education, but Ms Madhu showed them that their lives were not predetermined by their lack of education. Ms Madhu herself is an example of that. Married at an early age, she seemed to be tied down by lifeâ€™s expectations. Then, however, one day she became an Oriflame agent, and now she is a Diamond Director, earning over Rs 1 lakh a month, traveling abroad, and selling beauty products that did not harm the environment. With her as a role model, the girls seemed to see hope for a new future for themselves as well. Motivated, they were instantly intrigued by everything Ms Madhu, a brilliant orator, had to say.
Ms Madhu started talking about her dreams. She reinforced the importance of dreams, and of thinking big, into the girlsâ€™ minds so that they did not feel restricted by social roles enforced upon them. Ms Madhu talked to them about taking care of their own appearances. A good self image is, of course, fundamental to selling beauty products. She taught them about hair care, proper face treatment and the fundamentals of make up. A few points she shared were:
â€¢ Always take proper care of your face, using a cleanser, toner, moisturizer and sun protection
â€¢ Massage your face with a face wash in upward, circular motion
â€¢ Do not use soap on your face
â€¢ Use a shampoo and conditioner for your hair
â€¢ Do not leave oil in your hair for more than a few hours as it clogs up your pores
â€¢ Massage your head for more blood circulation and better hair growth
â€¢ Always use a proper foundation to establish the base of your make up
â€¢ Use mascara to make your eyes seem wide open
The girls interacted during the seminar by using the products and applying them on one another. Guiding them through the process, Ms Madhu encouraged them to be more open, confident and inquisitive. As the session came to a close, pamphlets about Oriflame were distributed and a key to a door to another opportunity was handed over to these girls. In one hour, they saw how their lives could be different from the one they were expecting.
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