Founded by professional makeup artist Verena Frydberg in 2007, Makeover Your MS™ is a nonprofit organization that provides complimentary beauty workshops and services to women living with Multiple Sclerosis in an effort to build self-esteem and self-conficence. MYMS workshops not only provide a fun day of beauty, but also provide a valuable lesson in makeup techniques catered to the special needs of those experiencing common MS symptoms.
The inspiration for MYMS came when Verena began experiencing weakness in her dominant hand, blurry vision and trouble walking. As her body changed, she found it increasingly more challenging to do her job. Things that were once simple became difficult and she had to learn new ways to achieve the same results. It was specifically while working on beauty workshops for NYC professionals that Verena conceived the idea of creating a workshop to help women living with MS like herself to work around some of the common symptoms of the disease. Verena felt such strong inspiration in her own beauty routine and how it made her feel that she felt it was her calling to pass this knowledge and encouragement along to other women so that they too could feel empowered each and every day.
In 2010, the organization was incorporated as a New York State not-for-profit and is today run exclusively by women, most of whom are living with MS. Makeover Your MS™ currently reaches women in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. The program consists of beauty workshops, semi-private consultations and mini-makeovers for individuals living with MS, but our work has only begun.