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Last updated: April 09, 2019

The 2019 Beauty Changes Lives Experience

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Photo by Molly Whatley via Beauty Changes Lives
The theme of the 7th annual Beauty Changes Lives (BCL) Experience was ‘festival’––where color, texture, light and sound fused into a multi-sensory, kaleidoscopic show. The annual fundraising event was hosted at the Geraghty in Chicago, a space known for its soaring ceilings, energetic vibe and eye-catching light shows. Here’s everything that happened.
The BCL Experience is a high-energy industry event and creative celebration that supports BCL’s programs for emerging beauty professionals throughout the year. Scholarships funded by generous sponsors range from cosmetology, esthetics and makeup to licensed professionals and nails. This year’s emcee was Redken Global Artistic Ambassador Sam Villa, known for his encouraging message to stylists.
BCL is a nonprofit driven to empower the next generation of beauty entrepreneurs, beauty influencers and beauty visionaries (NextGen). Under BCL’s leadership, brands and professionals across the industry invest in emerging and established talent—giving them the education and expertise necessary to realize their full potential and lead the industry forward.
John Paul Mitchell Systems Global Artistic Director Robert Cromeans – Photo by Molly Whatley via Beauty Changes Lives
This year honored the late Paul Mitchell at the exclusive Legacy Award Dinner, with remarks from his son Angus Mitchell and John Paul Mitchell Systems Global Artistic Director Robert Cromeans. Nearly 40 years ago, Mitchell along with business partner, John Paul DeJoria, launched a revolutionary hair care system that became an iconic brand in the beauty industry. During the evening, Angus remarked on his father’s lifelong commitment to professional excellence across the hairstylist’s journey. “We honor the late Paul Mitchell and celebrate his passion and dedication to our profession,” said Beauty Changes Lives Founder Lynelle Lynch.
TIGI® Presentation via Beauty Changes Lives – Photo by Molly Whatley via Beauty Changes Lives
The awards were followed by an evening of inspiration, flair and talent. The Leo Passage Gold Trophy Award presentation was a highlight of the evening, and the Fred A. Piattoni Award was given to Dr. Faouk Shami. Next, the venue transformed into a vivacious, edgy runway presentation delivered by the inspiring artists of the NextGen of beauty talent by Matrix, Pivot Point, Redken, TIGI®Ulta Beauty and Wella Professionals.
In addition to presentations, CND® sponsored The Bumbys, a performance art group who did “fair and honest appraisals” of attendees using nothing more than analog typewriters and charming wit. 
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Photo by Molly Whatley via Beauty Changes Lives

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