Foundation Built on Foundation: Donate Your Spare Makeup for a Good Cause
by Anne Marielle Eugenio, January 14, 2019 4:45pm
Makeup is more than enhancing physical features. Women (and even men!) use them as a form of art, self-expression, and empowerment. Sometimes it can be overwhelming, but more often than not, it’s hoard-worthy. Hence, most beauty junkies probably own two or more makeup products of the same kind, a lot of it may be barely used or not at all. So how about putting that slightly used makeup for a greater cause?
If you no longer use that eyeshadow palette or grew tired of the same lipstick shade, The Foundation Foundation, a Christian volunteer group, wants to put them to good use. Their advocacy involves making care kits for women survivors of human trafficking, abuse, rape, and poverty. The people behind the group believe that personal care and cosmetic products could emphasize the importance of self-love.
An organization in Vancouver, Canada with the same name and advocacy inspired a small group of beauty enthusiasts to start a local chapter. Since then, these beauty enthusiasts used makeup as a tool for empowering people.
The US State Department's 2017 Trafficking in Persons Report, which covers internationally recognized individual, civil, political, and worker rights, states that the Philippines is committed to eliminating human trafficking. We still have a long way to go before we can be free of such social problem, though there are still victims that need healing physically, mentally, and emotionally—and perpetrators are still on the loose. The Foundation Foundation, through your help, can provide an avenue for healing through small but significant ways.
Apart from providing self-care kits, the group also conducts beauty workshops as they aim to "bring a message of healing and hope with every swipe of lipstick." The Foundation Foundation also partners with organizations like Wipe Every Tear, who helps trafficked girls, women, and transgender women.
For some, this may not seem much, but small gestures like these go a long way towards the recovery of people who had been in unfortunate (an understatement) situations.
If you want to make donations, The Foundation Foundation accepts new/lightly used cosmetics like lipstick/balm, eyeliner/brow pencils, eyeshadow, blushes and stains, foundations, concealers, and primers. You can also donate toiletries, feminine hygiene products, and makeup tools. Cash donations are accepted, too.
We encourage people to check the condition of their products before donating them. Please do not donate used mascara/lip gloss with applicators, used deodorant, and expired and broken products.
Sometimes help comes in unexpected forms. It could be an eyeshadow set, a contour palette, or a tube of lipstick. It could empower others in more significant ways than you would think. And you, yes you, could be a part of a person’s journey to healing.
To know the group’s next drop-off locations and how to make donations, visit The Foundation Foundation on Facebook.