Founder Renata Helfman.
Since March 2012, Lipstick Angels has provided a wide range of beauty support services including makeup application, hydrating facials and skincare, hand massages and aromatherapy to thousands of cancer patients. When the program began at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Lipstick Angels offered one, three-hour session per week. Due to the program’s success, sessions are now available up to three times a week in Cedar-Sinai’s Samuel Oschin Cancer Center. Cedars-Sinai is the third highest-ranking hospital in California and a recipient of the prestigious Commission on Cancer Outstanding Achievement Award, which has only been given to 10% of U.S. hospitals.
In August 2013, Lipstick Angels officially became a nonprofit when we received our 501c3 status. We began our fundraising efforts in earnest to expand the program and received our first grant from the Annenberg Foundation in September 2013. Shortly afterward, we received our second grant from the Good News Foundation. To date, we have received grants from numerous foundations including the Green Foundation, Allergan Foundation, and others. In addition, we receive support from several partner companies such as Credo Beauty.
In July 2014, we launched a program in Long Beach Memorial’s new Todd Cancer Institute. This innovative cancer center is at the forefront of cancer management and offers an integrative approach to medicine (mind, body and spirit).
In August 2015, we launched a new program at the City of Hope National Medical Center. The City of Hope is one of 41 comprehensive cancer centers in the nation, the highest designation bestowed by the National Cancer Institute for excellence in cancer treatment, research, prevention, and education. We currently offer two sessions a week to cancer patients undergoing outpatient chemotherapy and radiation therapy.
In October 2016, we expanded into the East Coast with a program at the renowned NewYork-Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center in Manhattan. NewYork-Presbyterian is one of the nation’s most comprehensive, integrated academic health care delivery systems, dedicated to providing the highest quality, most compassionate care and service to patients. The Lipstick Angels program perfectly complements the hospital’s existing palliative care programs.
Since the inception of the organization, Lipstick Angels has been featured in various media outlets including press, social media platforms, and television. In December 2013, Renata appeared on the internationally broadcast show, the Doctors, and again on the nationally aired Queen Latifah Show. Both shows brought Lipstick Angels’ national and international attention. Since then we have received requests to launch Lipstick Angels programs from patients, caregivers and hospital staff in numerous states and countries including India, Saudi Arabia, and the United Kingdom.
For over 15 years, Renata Helfman has worked as a celebrity makeup artist. During this time she cultivated a passion for chemical-free products and the positive benefits they have on the body and mind. Determined to make luxury natural products more accessible to the public, Renata founded Vert in 2007, the first eco-chic beauty boutique in the nation. The store instantly became an overnight success, capitalizing on the public’s longing for a cohesive selection of safe, chemical-free beauty and skincare products. To further spread information about the benefits of all-natural products, she began writing for the Huffington Post in 2009. She has received international editorial recognition from every sector of the beauty industry and has been featured in Elle, The Los Angeles Times, Natural Health, Vogue, and numerous other publications and media outlets.
Renata Helfman first conceived of Lipstick Angels, a nonprofit, after her volunteer experience at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Always searching for ways to share her knowledge and help those around her, Renata began volunteering with cancer patients at Cedars Sinai in 2011 and was surprised to learn that the hospital did not have a beauty program in place. Specifically, she made it her mission to bring beauty, compassion and human touch to patients in need. The program was designed to create an uplifting experience to support and bolster the self-esteem of patients dealing with the emotional and physical side effects of cancer treatment.
Lipstick Angels now serve patients across the country in Los Angeles, New York City, the San Francisco Bay Area, and Seattle.