Makeup artist gets mixed up in politics

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SCOTTSDALE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) - A state law almost kept two aspiring business women from pursuing their dream, so the women managed to convince legislators to rewrite the law.

Leiah Scheibel made a living as a makeup artist for 13 years.

But when she started looking at opening her own makeup business she quickly learned that state law stood in her way.

"That's when we found out that it is illegal to practice the application of makeup without having a cosmetology license," Scheibel explained.

That license requires hundreds of hours of training and potentially thousands of dollars in fees.

It also meant that Scheibel and her business partner, Alex Bradberry, would have to delay or give up opening the Sparkle Bar.

The women decided to persevere and work on changing the law.

"I've never written a bill," Scheibel said. "I mean I remember it from social studies, but that is not something that is a forte,"

They turned to the Institute for Justice for help.

"Arizona had a lot of opportunities to be a leader in rather than erecting barriers in taking them down and really letting entrepreneurs do what they do best," said attorney Kileen Lindgren.

Lindgren works for the Institute for Justice. She and the organization wrote the Legislature and lobbied lawmakers not only to help them but also to pave the way for more businesses.

Gov. Ducey signed Senate Bill 1320 which allows makeup artists to practice without a state license.

"We did not have any concerns about makeup artists practicing without a license, because it is a safe and common practice. It's something that women do to themselves every day," said Lindgren.

Scheibel said the struggle was worth pursuing her dream.

"We want to be our own boss as well, and it's something that everyone can do," Scheibel said.

The Sparkle Bar is set to have a grand opening in August.

The new law takes effect in 90 days.

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