Ever see the original Karate Kid movie? Well, think of Lora Condon as a Mister Miyagi who can make you feel and look good.
Condon is a make-up artist extraordinaire, an eyelash master, and a reflexology expert, who practices the Japanese technique of energy healing called “Reiki.”
As a reigning black belt of beauty, Condon is also working on her own skin care line while dispelling myths about the cosmetics industry through her book “Spa Wars.”
Protector. Healer. Image improver. That’s quite a balance.
And like Mr. Miyagi once told his karate student Daniel: “Balance is key.”
Without further ado . . . The NewsWhistle Q&A with Make-Up Artist Lora Condon.
Name: Lora Condon
Date of Interview: 11/22/14
Age (if you want to give it up): 42
Birthplace: New Jersey
Current town: Springfield, NJ
Occupation: Esthetician and Author
1. What’s the funniest or saddest thing that’s happened to you this week?
We surprised my step-father for his 65th birthday by telling him we had to meet a reporter doing a story on successful New Jersey women and wanted to take pictures of my family for the story. I think he was a little disappointed his picture wasn’t going to be in the paper!
2. What’s your favorite movie? And why?
Rocky III. I love every Rocky film, but the 3rd is the my favorite because it really shows someone who feels like he’s lost everything, including himself and his identity, dig deep down and come back to life and find his destiny. I also love the scene on the beach when he hits rock bottom while training. The traditionally meek Adrian gets in Rocky’s face about quitting and makes him realize that he is a champion only when he gives 100%. Anything less is not acceptable. I can go on and on, with all the lessons in this film.
3. What’s the biggest risk you took in life?
I love taking risks and I believe every risk is built upon what resulted from the last risk I took. I have 3 major turning points that come to mind. In 1989, when I was 18, I got on a plane and went to Nashville for the first time, then hopped in a cab and went to Belmont University to major in Music Business. Then in 1998, I decided to change careers and become an esthetician and in 2006 I opened my business, my spa Magic Hands Skin and Body.
4. If you could go back in time and do one thing over, what would that be?
I really believe that everything happens the way it’s supposed to, but if I had to choose, it would be regarding my weight. I wish I had never gained weight in my 30’s. It’s been hard to lose ever since.
5. Tell us your favorite joke:
Why is 6 afraid of 7? Because 7,8,9
6. What’s something that most people don’t know about you?
My ultimate dream is to work for the New York Yankees as their healer. Is there even such a position?
7. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever heard?
Never move right in with a man, unless you can afford to move right out.
8. Who’s your favorite celebrity? And why?
Ronald Reagan. I consider him the perfect man. Good looking, family man, high morals, quiet strength, worshipped and honored his wife, loyal, appreciated nature and animals, especially horses. He gave a nation “real hope” and made the rest of the world dream and the ability to live the American Dream.
9. What’s your strangest phobia or superstition?
10. Last, but not least, is there anything you want to pitch, promote or discuss?
After 15 years in the beauty industry, I’m starting an all-natural skin care line for men and women. I’ve been testing it for years and it’s finally ready. I wanted products that with all-natural ingredients that are effective, pure and healing. They should launch in January 2014 and I can’t wait.
11. Oh, and a couple of bonus questions…
a. What are three (or five) simple beauty tips that everyone should incorporate into their beauty regiment?