Update: Make Me Up Beauty Studio is now Evergreen Beauty Studio and is now located at 19 Perry St. and is by appointment only.
Stepping into Make Me Up Beauty Studio right off the square in downtown Newnan, we were greeted by a warm, sweet aroma and the cheerful welcomes of owner and makeup artist, Lyssa Pfauth.
Make Me Up is a recently opened makeup studio that offers a range of organic beauty products, make up artist services, classes, and much more.
The bright, spacious studio is located in a portion of the former Gold Star Hotel, a one time Newnan landmark established in the mid nineteenth century.
The interior retains the handmade brick walls and well worn hardwood flooring of the original hotel.
Lyssa has always been passionate about makeup and helping women feel amazing by highlighting their beauty.
This magical quality of makeup was introduced to her by her grandmother whose lipstick and rouge were a necessary accessory.
She laughs as she recounts her first job as a makeup artist at the tender age of eleven. She led the bride to believe she was sixteen and ended up doing the makeup for the bride and entire wedding party.
This story has a happy ending, because the bride loved her look, and Lyssa knew she had found a special talent.
She continued to do makeup for her friends, sisters and proms until she landed a job doing makeup at Estée Lauder at the age of eighteen.
From there, she pursued an esthetician license and also became licensed as a laser technician.
For years, Lyssa was completely content to coat her face in the season’s trendiest cosmetics.
This changed with the birth of her oldest son. For the first time, she began to examine what she was introducing into her home in the light of her child’s health.
Suddenly, not paying attention to the ingredients in her cosmetics was not an option.
As she researched ingredients commonly found in makeup and skincare products, she was astounded that many of the chemicals are toxic, particularly to children.
Hormone disruption, cancer and neurological damage are just some of the conditions linked with these chemicals.
Lyssa now has two young boys and described to us how they are affectionately all over her, ingesting whatever cosmetics she has put on her face.
She wanted to be able to snuggle with her boys without worrying about her cosmetics damaging their health.
The switch to organic makeup and skin care felt good for her.
Unfortunately, these products were unavailable here in Coweta County.
Her determination to provide these products to local women prompted her to open Make Me Up Beauty Studio.
We were delighted to find that the studio extends beyond a place to buy earth friendly cosmetics or have your makeup done.
Lyssa has created a warm environment for women to learn, pamper themselves and laugh.
Lyssa is enthusiastic about education regarding the harmful effects of chemically laden products.
“Almost every drugstore brand lipstick contains lead" she tells us. “And we eat our lipstick. And reapply it all the time.”
The cosmetics she sells are all 30 to 90 percent organic.
“If these were 100% organic they would have to be refrigerated” she explains to us.
One of her regular customers, an oncologist, recommends her patients purchase all their cosmetics from her shop.
“It’s possible to be beautiful and toxic free!”
Make Me Up doesn’t leave out the guys. They can shop from a line of men’s skincare, beard oil or an old fashioned straight razor set.
Make Me Up has a delicious buffet of options for women looking for a makeup artist.
Bridal parties can utilize the huge studio space to have a relaxing place to get ready while they have their hair and makeup done.
While Make Me Up doesn’t yet offer hair stylist services, there is plenty of space for a hair stylist to work and this may be an option available in the future.
Lyssa is an accomplished stylist and offers styled photo shoots. The tinted windows offer privacy while still letting in ample natural light.
Girls can attend classes, have group or one on one makeovers, makeup lessons or a girls night in with wine and appetizers.
We love the date night package where you can have everyday makeup done when you want to look perfect but don’t feel like putting in the effort.
This would be perfect if you need to look your best for a presentation, job interview or first date where you are likely to be nervous and need that extra boost of self esteem.
Many of the products on Make Me Up’s shelves are locally produced from farm to bottle.
Lyssa has many exciting plans for the future of the business. She may even create her own line of difficult to find organic products.