|| Glam2Go uses makeup to make a difference in women's lives
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Lindsey Johnson found the job of her dreams.
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Lindsey Johnson is the owner of Glam 2 Go in Moline. Ms. Johnson does make-up for weddings and other any special occasion.
As founder of Glam2Go, a mobile makeup and hairstyling service, Ms. Johnson specializes in making brides, and anyone else, look glamorous.
She's the image of glamor herself: perfect skin, wispy lashes, delicate makeup and long, curled hair.
Ms. Johnson co-owns Salon Agape, a hair and beauty salon, with Amanda Curtis and Kristi Herwy, at 1416 48th St., Moline.
On a shelf at the salon is an award Ms. Johnson won from the wedding website theknot.com, recognizing Glam2Go for "The Best in Weddings as Voted by Local Brides" in central Illinois.
She received five out of five stars and said voting was based on comments from brides.
The Moline High School graduate seems surprised by the quick success of her business, which she started in June 2011.
"It took off about six months after I started," Ms. Johnson said. "I booked nine weddings at the first bridal show, and it's gotten to the point where I've hired another makeup artist and two hairstylists who go on location with me. I started this business on a whim."
Although she specializes in weddings, she also does hair and makeup for proms, homecomings, quinceaneras and other special occasions.
"I get to do what I love," Ms. Johnson said. "I get to share in a woman's special day, and just to be part of that makes my year. The smiles on their faces when they see what I've done, it makes me so happy. If I didn't have to pay bills, I'd do it for free just to see them smile. That in itself is gratification."
She's doing so well that she's almost booked solid for 2014, and May, June and July appointments already are scheduled in 2015.
"Most of my business is from word-of-mouth," Ms. Johnson said. "The only real advertising I've done is my website (glam2goqc.com), Facebook and mentions on theknot.com. The downside is having to say no, because I'm already busy."
She recently returned from her first destination wedding, in Jamaica, where she spent five days doing the hair and makeup for the bride, bridal party and mothers of the bride and groom. She's considering more destination wedding requests from several other brides-to-be.
Ms. Johnson charges $125 for bridal makeup, which includes a trial application with air-brush foundation and false eyelashes.
Hairstyling for the bride starts at $100, which includes a trial hairdo and veil placement. Hairstyling for others starts at $55.
There is no charge for travel within the Quad Cities, Eldridge and Muscatine, but locations beyond that are 55 cents a mile.
"My belief is that everyone should be able to afford getting their hair and makeup done for their wedding," Ms. Johnson said. "Everyone deserves to feel beautiful on their wedding day."
In 2001, Ms. Johnson was working in the children's department at Von Maur at SouthPark Mall, when she asked to be moved to the makeup department.
"It was the best move I ever made, because it opened my eyes to the possibilities of my career," she said. "I wanted to be a teacher at first, but when I started working at the Lancome counter, it sent me in a different direction."
After graduating from the cosmetology program at Capri College in 2005, Ms. Johnson started working at C. Noelle Salon in Davenport, which she said helped build her confidence and client base.
In 2006, her husband was transferred to Fort Belvoir in northern Virginia, and she got a job at the MAC Cosmetics counter at Pentagon City Mall.
"And that's where I fell in love with makeup," Ms. Johnson said. "I wanted to work there because of the beliefs MAC has, the way they give back to the community .... When I got the job, I felt like I could do anything."
She said she decided she could make a difference in the lives of women through makeup.
Ms. Johnson told of one woman fighting cancer who asked for help in learning how to draw on eyebrows. The woman had lost most of her hair, eyebrows and eyelashes as a result of chemotherapy treatments.
"When she saw what she looked like after I was done, she cried. I'm more of a naturalist. Being able to teach her how to do her makeup on a daily basis gave her more self-esteem. We were both crying."
A few months later, Ms. Johnson's husband was transferred back to the Rock Island Arsenal, and they returned to the Quad-Cities.
After taking time off after the birth of her two daughters, Ms. Johnson found herself divorced and without an income. That's when she turned to Ms. Curtis and Ms. Herwy, and the three opened Salon Agape in November 2012.
"The idea of opening a salon was based on my divorce, and I needed something full time," she said. "Business is going well. Our clients are so loyal. We love to create an environment where you can be yourself and have fun."
Ms. Johnson works at Salon Agape four days a week and devotes weekends to Glam2Go.
She said it's hard work handling two businesses, but well worth it.
"I'm happy my girls see me running two businesses, that I'm doing it on my own. That if you work hard enough, you can make your own dreams come true. This is a big dream come true," she said. "I wouldn't want to do anything else."