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The Makeup Counter Gets a Makeover

May 2, 2011

Switching careers can be a nerve-wracking venture. But a little uncertainty wasn’t enough to hold back Amy Dickerson, an art auctioneer for over eight years who boldly chose to steer her love for beauty into uncharted territory by opening Papillon Beauty and becoming a stylist and educator with Xtreme Lashes.

Highlighted in the “Live in Style” section of our May issue, Papillon Beauty has transformed the experience of visiting the makeup counter into something more relaxing—visiting a spa-like boutique. Whether you’re getting done-up for a special occasion or want to brush up on your beauty skills with a makeup tutorial, Dickerson and her staff offer a host of services in a unique setting to meet your needs. The result is a personalized cosmetic experience that can help you look as good as you feel.

After getting the scoop on what Papillon is all about, we sat down with Dickerson to find out more about the woman behind it all.

Where does your beauty inspiration come from?
I see beauty in artwork and nature. I get [inspiration] from everything around me. We’re all these little girls at heart that just want to feel good about ourselves. The most satisfying thing is just making people feel good.

When someone walks out [from Papillon]—and they have a sparkle in their eye and that extra bounce in their step—that makes me happy. It’s really satisfying to be able to pass on that feeling of positive inspiration to other people.

What type of experience do you want women to have when they come to Papillon?
I want it to feel very private and cozy. You can come in and sit by the fire, have a tea. We also do lots of photo shoots with people, bachelorette parties and bridal parties. We [designed our space] like a living room, which is what I wanted it to feel like.

What do you like most about your job?
I knew I wanted to work for myself. I’m 35 years old, and the most awesome thing for me is that I’m in complete control. I make my own schedule. I’m in control of my finances. I’m in control of my creativity.

When I was in the art job working for a big company, I sat with myself and said, ‘What do I want to do?’ And, my fiancé was very patient with me when I was like, “I don’t know what I want to do!”

But I found it. I created it. And everything here [at Papillon], and everything I do is me going, ‘Okay, I’m creating this, and working my butt off at it.’ Probably the most awesome part: I don’t have to ask someone if I can take a vacation.

Papillon Beauty is located at 6720 Frank Lloyd Wright Ave., Middleton; (608) 335-6939 or flutterfabulous.com.

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