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Photos: Pinellas education center pampers students for a day

Girls enrolled at Pace Pinellas were treated to a day of glam in between classes.
 
Aubrie, 16, sits for a makeover during Beauty Day at the Pace Center for Girls. Students were treated to makeup application by a professional makeup artist, glamour shots and free beauty products, Wednesday, May 25, 2022 in Pinellas Park.
Aubrie, 16, sits for a makeover during Beauty Day at the Pace Center for Girls. Students were treated to makeup application by a professional makeup artist, glamour shots and free beauty products, Wednesday, May 25, 2022 in Pinellas Park. [ MARTHA ASENCIO-RHINE | Times ]
Published May 31, 2022

Inside an office and in the conference room, the professional makeup artists dumped out their tools; brushes, sponges, eyelash curlers and color palettes. Cosmetics covered the surfaces, all needed to provide an authentic experience to the dozens of girls who signed up for the first-ever Beauty Day at Pace Center for Girls in Pinellas Park on Wednesday.

With locations throughout the state, Pace provides a free prevention program for high school and middle school-aged girls considered at-risk, which combines academics with social services. “At risk of something but also on the edge of greatness,” said Heidi Hugh, development manager at Pace Pinellas. Most students complete the program in about two years, transferring back to a traditional school or graduating, depending on their age.

When Booze and Boutiques decided to donate the proceeds of their annual boutique crawl in downtown St. Petersburg to Pace Pinellas, it inspired an idea in partnership with Niki Serafyn of Serafyn Salon in Largo. “The idea was to pamper the girls for a day,” said Brittni Lynch, president of Booze and Boutiques. They recruited volunteer makeup artists, collected donations of beauty products for take-home goody bags, catered a pizza lunch and arranged a glamour shot by a professional photographer.

Girls were sent to the makeshift beauty salons in small groups. The makeup artists asked for their preferences — some knew what they liked, others gave the beauticians creative control. “I don’t want to look like a ghost,” said Imani, 14, giggling as she grabbed a seat in the conference room. Other girls, used to wearing makeup, knew what they wanted from their final look. “Makeup is a way to express yourself,” said Melanie, an 18-year-old moving on to St. Petersburg College for a nursing degree. She wanted her look to communicate her personality. “I am creative and I’m willing to work around everything I do.”

After their makeovers, a photographer took each girl’s portrait before leading them to the cafeteria, where an array of cosmetic and hair products were available. The girls could choose two to add to their goody bag, already containing some gifts.

Groups of girls, some done up with lipstick and lashes, others yet to have their turn, sat down together to chat and have pizza.

“I do love this idea,” said Lynch. “I would love doing it for Pace every year.”

“Absolutely,” added Serafyn. “I’m down.”

Makeup artists with Femme Akoi Beauty Studio work inside a conference room, volunteering to provide makeovers for students during Beauty Day at the Pace Center for Girls, Wednesday, May 25, 2022 in Pinellas Park.
Makeup artists with Femme Akoi Beauty Studio work inside a conference room, volunteering to provide makeovers for students during Beauty Day at the Pace Center for Girls, Wednesday, May 25, 2022 in Pinellas Park. [ MARTHA ASENCIO-RHINE | Times ]
Diamond, 16, closes her eyes while makeup artist Christine Wheaton fills her eyebrows with a pencil, during Beauty Day at the Pace Center for Girls, Wednesday, May 25, 2022 in Pinellas Park.
Diamond, 16, closes her eyes while makeup artist Christine Wheaton fills her eyebrows with a pencil, during Beauty Day at the Pace Center for Girls, Wednesday, May 25, 2022 in Pinellas Park. [ MARTHA ASENCIO-RHINE | Times ]
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Cosmetics are spilled out on a desk inside an office being used for student makeovers during Beauty Day at the Pace Center for Girls. Students were treated to makeup application by a professional makeup artist, glamour shots and free beauty products, Wednesday, May 25, 2022 in Pinellas Park.
Cosmetics are spilled out on a desk inside an office being used for student makeovers during Beauty Day at the Pace Center for Girls. Students were treated to makeup application by a professional makeup artist, glamour shots and free beauty products, Wednesday, May 25, 2022 in Pinellas Park. [ MARTHA ASENCIO-RHINE | Times ]
“Do you like it?” asks Alora Cutchins, a volunteer, after photographing Skylar, 17, who had her makeup done by a professional makeup artist during Beauty Day at the Pace Center for Girls, Wednesday, May 25, 2022 in Pinellas Park.
“Do you like it?” asks Alora Cutchins, a volunteer, after photographing Skylar, 17, who had her makeup done by a professional makeup artist during Beauty Day at the Pace Center for Girls, Wednesday, May 25, 2022 in Pinellas Park. [ MARTHA ASENCIO-RHINE | Times ]
Emily, 15, greets a friend with a hug in the lunch room where the girls gathered for a pizza lunch, part of the festivities during Beauty Day, a day of pampering and self care, at the Pace Center for Girls, Wednesday, May 25, 2022 in Pinellas Park.
Emily, 15, greets a friend with a hug in the lunch room where the girls gathered for a pizza lunch, part of the festivities during Beauty Day, a day of pampering and self care, at the Pace Center for Girls, Wednesday, May 25, 2022 in Pinellas Park. [ MARTHA ASENCIO-RHINE | Times ]
“I don’t want to look like a ghost,” responds Imani, 14, of her preferences for makeup, during Beauty Day at the Pace Center for Girls. Students were treated to makeup application by a professional makeup artist, glamour shots and free beauty products, Wednesday, May 25, 2022 in Pinellas Park.
“I don’t want to look like a ghost,” responds Imani, 14, of her preferences for makeup, during Beauty Day at the Pace Center for Girls. Students were treated to makeup application by a professional makeup artist, glamour shots and free beauty products, Wednesday, May 25, 2022 in Pinellas Park. [ MARTHA ASENCIO-RHINE | Times ]
A student chooses from assorted cosmetics donated as gifts, during Beauty Day at the Pace Center for Girl. Students were treated to makeup application by a professional makeup artist, glamour shots and free beauty products, Wednesday, May 25, 2022 in Pinellas Park.
A student chooses from assorted cosmetics donated as gifts, during Beauty Day at the Pace Center for Girl. Students were treated to makeup application by a professional makeup artist, glamour shots and free beauty products, Wednesday, May 25, 2022 in Pinellas Park. [ MARTHA ASENCIO-RHINE | Times ]
A pair of high heel shoes are pictured on top of the student lockers at the Pace Center for Girls during Beauty Day. Students were treated to makeup application by a professional makeup artist, glamour shots and free beauty products, Wednesday, May 25, 2022 in Pinellas Park.
A pair of high heel shoes are pictured on top of the student lockers at the Pace Center for Girls during Beauty Day. Students were treated to makeup application by a professional makeup artist, glamour shots and free beauty products, Wednesday, May 25, 2022 in Pinellas Park. [ MARTHA ASENCIO-RHINE | Times ]
Melanie, 18, has false lashes applied while sitting for a makeover inside one of the school’s offices, during Beauty Day at the Pace Center for Girls, Wednesday, May 25, 2022 in Pinellas Park.
Melanie, 18, has false lashes applied while sitting for a makeover inside one of the school’s offices, during Beauty Day at the Pace Center for Girls, Wednesday, May 25, 2022 in Pinellas Park. [ MARTHA ASENCIO-RHINE | Times ]
Melanie, 18, smiles while sitting for a makeover inside one of the school’s offices, during Beauty Day at the Pace Center for Girls, Wednesday, May 25, 2022 in Pinellas Park.
Melanie, 18, smiles while sitting for a makeover inside one of the school’s offices, during Beauty Day at the Pace Center for Girls, Wednesday, May 25, 2022 in Pinellas Park. [ MARTHA ASENCIO-RHINE | Times ]
Aubrie, 16, is pictured with freshly-applied eye makeup during Beauty Day at the Pace Center for Girls. Students were treated to makeup application by a professional makeup artist, glamour shots and free beauty products, Wednesday, May 25, 2022 in Pinellas Park.
Aubrie, 16, is pictured with freshly-applied eye makeup during Beauty Day at the Pace Center for Girls. Students were treated to makeup application by a professional makeup artist, glamour shots and free beauty products, Wednesday, May 25, 2022 in Pinellas Park. [ MARTHA ASENCIO-RHINE | Times ]