May is Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month, and today it’s Melanoma Monday. So in the name of skin cancer awareness. we teamed up with makeup artist and skin cancer survivor Susan Posnick. Together, we’re bringing you the chance to win her line of SPF-infused mineral makeup.

Susan Posnick had a long and impressive career as a makeup artist before creating her namesake line of portable and multi-purpose cosmetics. It all started when she was a 20-year-old 5th grade teacher living in St. Croix, where she became friends with a very successful former marketing photographer from NYC. He and his wife owned a high-end store on the sunny island, where Posnick spent a lot of time in the store learning about designer clothes and jewelry. But it was the makeup she was really drawn to. Specifically the store’s line of Christian Dior beauty.

Makeup had always been something Posnick was passionate about, but she’d  never considered it could be a potential career until her new friend and mentor, the former photographer, gave her a push. With his vote of confidence and his assurance that he would put her in touch with the connections she needed to succeed as a makeup artist, she moved to the Upper East Side of Manhattan. She quickly started building her portfolio with unpaid gigs doing model’s hair and makeup on high-end shoots with very well known photographers.

Once they saw how talented she was her career as a professional makeup artist took off. She began doing makeup for Cindy Crawford, Diane Lane, Amber Valletta and Renee Russo. Eventually Posnick decided she wanted to do makeup within the film industry so she packed her bags and headed to Los Angeles. On the way to California Posnick had an overnight in Dallas, Texas. That night she met a woman named Dawson who was impressed with her talent and told her she should stay, promising that she could still build the career she wanted out of Texas.

Sure enough, Posnick’s career continued to thrive. She became Mary Kay’s personal makeup artist for 13 years and she traveled the world for photo shoots, movies and commercials. “I loved my job! I just loved it,” she tells me passionately..........

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