Our Town: Tahoe business owner helps women gain ‘BeautiControl’
Linda LaFavor-Coyle’s world revolves around image, self-esteem and helping women feel good about themselves. She does this as a consultant, executive director and senior trainer with BeautiControl, a skin care, spa and image company.
The Minneapolis, Minn., native, who says she is 50ish, has been a resident of South Lake Tahoe since 1985. She came to visit friends, and as so many people do, fell in love with Tahoe and moved here.
She was working as a clerk at the post office in 1988 when she saw an advertisement for BeautiControl in the Tahoe Daily Tribune. The company was looking for people to be beauty consultants in the area, and she became the first one at Tahoe.
It was a perfect fit, since LaFavor-Coyle has a background as a make-up artist. She started attending cosmetology school while she was still in high school. Upon graduation at age 18, she received her cosmetology license and worked as a hair stylist in a neighborhood beauty salon for 10 years.
She went to Hollywood in 1979, where she attended the Joe Blasco Make-up School and was a make-up artist for TV and film for a few years. She then returned to Minneapolis and worked for Target as a make-up artist for the company’s TV commercials for several more years.
LaFavor-Coyle started her business at Tahoe by inviting friends to a party and teaching them about skin care, the importance of sunscreen and how to “do” their make-up in five minutes. She is now a manager and leads a team of 480 women all over the U.S. She travels to meetings and training sessions to motivate and support them and stays in touch via e-mail, telephone and personal contact.
Her business has grown to include a mobile spa program, where she goes to clients’ homes and offices. She provides mini-spa treatments and teaches women to relax and pamper themselves.
Another facet of LaFavor-Coyle’s business is “Tahoe Weddings A Go Go,” where she provides in-room hair and make-up service for brides. She said this is the easiest, most fun thing she does – and it’s all girl time.
She can be contacted at (530) 542-2366 or email@example.com.
Her success with BeautiControl has earned her several trips. She was one of 100 consultants out of 150,000 in the company who earned a seven-day trip to Monte Carlo in 2006. And because of her company car allowance, she hasn’t made a car payment in 15 years.
She and her husband of 10 years, John Coyle, enjoy riding road bikes and competing in century road rides. They have two furry, feline “children,” Lucky and Smoky, who are 15 years old.
LaFavor-Coyle is a member of Soroptimist International of South Lake Tahoe and Barton Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. She is also certified for the American Cancer Society “Look Good, Feel Good” program for women with cancer. She teaches them how to take care of their skin and hair, including tips on applying make-up and using wigs.
Here are LaFavor-Coyle’s answers to the Tribune’s questions:
“As a woman who helped other women build their self-esteem on the inside and out. I love to be their cheerleader and say ‘yes, you can do it.'”
“I would say the housing market. When I see a for sale sign, I want to say, ‘Don’t leave Tahoe. Do whatever it takes to stay in this beautiful place.'”
“My world revolves around supporting and encouraging women, so maybe it’s time for a woman president?”
“John and I just bought a fifth-wheel travel trailer and enjoy traveling with friends and meeting new people. I intend to ‘spa’ the RV parks. We enjoy being outdoors, riding bikes and wine tasting. We plan to travel in the RV when we retire.”
“Oh, my gosh! I’m happy with my life. I feel like I’ve accomplished more than I ever dreamed I would, and there is nothing I would do over.”
“My youngest sister, Brenda Montgomery. She has a gift of bringing out the best in people with her fabulous management and life skills and making everyone feel special. She is my mentor.”
“I would say Mother Teresa. For her to be able to do something so important, especially as she advanced in age, is remarkable.”
“That’s easy, it would be Lance Armstrong. He could teach me everything he knows about road biking. I’d like to learn his discipline of how to just keep going on those hard hills.”
“I can’t choose, so how about both. To be able to push yourself athletically as far as you can to win a gold medal would be such an adrenaline rush. And I’d love to be so talented with words and be able to share that with the world that I would win a Pulitzer Prize.”
“Don’t laugh, but at one time I thought of being a police officer. I think I would be good at handling situations and helping get the bad guys off the street.”