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Local man says there is money in makeup

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When you think of makeup, you tend to think of women, but when one local man saw how lucrative the cosmetics industry can be, he jumped on board. In a female-dominated industry like cosmetics, 73-year-old Bob McCumber sticks out like a -- well, a man selling makeup. "I'm the only one that I've seen so far, but I understand a number of men are getting involved in this now because of the economic situation," said McCumber. McCumber has been a Mary Kay employee for six months. While he does sell some, he mainly recruits other sales people. He got involved with the beauty business after meeting senior sales director Valorie White. "I said, 'there must be good money selling lipstick,' and she said, 'looks like I'm going to make about $200,000 this year and I said, 'are you serious?' and she said, 'yes' and I said, ' you ever have any men involved in this business," said McCumber. McCumber was there when White picked up her second signature pink Cadillac, which she calls Mary Kay's trophy on wheels. "It's very nice to be behind the wheel of a pink Cadillac, because you feel you've been successful in your business, it shows that you've worked hard, and you take your business serious," said White. McCumber is also working towards earning a car, but says he'd opt for using the money for another set of wheels. White believes the industry is recession-proof because women will always wear makeup. McCumber describes his job as delightful, but he looks forward to the nice retirement it will eventually give him. Today is McCumber's seventy-third birthday.

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