From Film/TV to Healing Faces: LeiLani’s Unconventional Career Path

Sweet LeiLani’s journey from a dreamy-eyed 12-year-old aspiring to be a Special Effects Makeup Artist for film & TV to becoming a Certified Paramedical Makeup and Tattoo Specialist is a tale of passion, innovation, and dedication. 
This blog post delves into LeiLani’s unconventional career path, exploring her diverse experiences and the profound impact they’ve had on Sweet LeiLani Cosmetics — a brand dedicated to better beauty.

Dreaming of the stars

LeiLani’s story begins with a childhood dream that led her to become a Hair Stylist right after high school, saving up to pursue her dream career in FX/Makeup. Her journey took her to Hollywood for FX/Makeup school, where she gained early exposure by working on productions with renowned actors. LeiLani’s early experiences laid the foundation for her future in the beauty industry.

Reaching the stars

LeiLani’s entry into the cosmetic industry started with representing a Cosmetic Company and introducing Zsa Zsa Gabor to their new Joe Blasco Film Makeup. Her encounters with Hollywood’s elite marked a significant chapter in her career, setting the stage for a trajectory that would later focus on the unique needs of individuals facing skin challenges.

Living the DREAM

Returning to Vancouver, LeiLani continued her dream working on shows like 21 Jump Street, MacGyver, and Hallmark movies, showcasing her expertise in special FX makeup and wig styling. However, LeiLani’s aspirations went beyond traditional glamour, leading her to become one of Canada’s Certified Paramedical Makeup and Tattoo Specialists.

Empowering Women

LeiLani’s journey took a compassionate turn as she volunteered with the Cancer Society, teaching individuals how to cover and camouflage skin discolouration resulting from cancer treatments. Inspired by these experiences, LeiLani established Face the Future, a pro bono program dedicated to educating people about skin health and clean beauty. Her commitment to empowering women became the core of Sweet LeiLani Cosmetics.


Sweet LeiLani Cosmetics, born from a bedroom and now commercially available across Canada and the US, stands as a pioneer of clean beauty for 30 years. LeiLani’s dedication to solving complex problems for burn, cancer, and trauma patients led to the creation of a brand that redefines the meaning of clean beauty. The brand’s focus on education, wellness, and result-oriented clean beauty aligns seamlessly with the evolving needs of individuals prioritizing skin health.

LeiLani’s Reflection

LeiLani reflects on her journey, stating, “You can plan for a certain future and end up in a totally different place.” Sweet LeiLani Cosmetics emerged not as a planned business but as a response to the difficult problems faced by burn, cancer, and trauma patients. LeiLani’s innovation and dedication created a business that has been ahead of the curve in defining what clean beauty means for women today.

In conclusion, LeiLani’s unconventional career path has shaped Sweet LeiLani Cosmetics into more than just a beauty brand. It’s a testament to innovation, compassion, and the transformative power of makeup as a tool for healing and empowerment. To explore the legacy of Sweet LeiLani Cosmetics and the transformative products they offer, visit the site at

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