5 Female Founders of Today’s Hottest Beauty Brands
Happy International Women's Day! Today we draw special attention to women who have made economic, political and social achievements. For over 100 years International Women's Day has honored the extraordinary accomplishments of women while significant changes and attitudinal shifts have been made surrounding women’s equality, there is still work to be done before complete gender equality.
In honor of International Women’s Day, Influenster celebrates a few modern day women who have used their own entrepreneurial spirit to change the world of beauty. Read on to learn how these 3 women have followed in the footsteps of iconic beauty pioneers before them to create their own successful businesses and build some of the brands we know and love today.
1. Bobbi Brown of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics
BIRTHDATE: April 14, 1957
COMPANY FOUNDED: 1991
Bobbi Brown started her makeup line in 1991 after years of working as a makeup artist in fashion. Her new line garnered attention as one of the first to create beauty products that worked for a range of skin tones while other makeup companies were focusing on bright colors that only worked on white skin tones. For Bobbi, it started with a desire to feel comfortable in her own skin. By sticking to her natural color, Brown has been able to grow her company into a successful international brand! Today, Bobbi Brown Cosmetics is the #1 makeup artist brand founded by a woman. The brand is available in more than 60 countries and is distributed at exclusive retailers, as well as sold at freestanding stores.
+ New York Times Best Seller
+ #1 Makeup Artist Brand Founded by a Woman
+ Appointed to the Advisory Committee for Trade Policy Negotiations by President Obama
FIRST JOB: Before her company became synonymous with fresh, clean and modern beauty, Bobbi built a cult following in New York City as the go-to makeup artist for the natural makeup look.
FUN FACT: Bobbi Brown launched The Pretty Powerful Campaign for Women & Girls on International Women's Day in 2013, a global initiative dedicated to funding nonprofit organizations that strive to empower women and girls through education.
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2. Wende Zomnir of Urban Decay
COMPANY FOUNDED: 1996
Wende Zomnir and her co-founders were looking to redefine the limits of a cosmetic company. Launched in 1996, Urban Decay focused on expanding the color range of available cosmetics beyond pink, red and beige. Their first collection featured 10 lipsticks and 12 nail polishes inspired by the "seedier facets" of urban landscapes. Their bold colors continue to be a favorite amongst beauty junkies!
+ 2015 Achievers Award
FIRST JOB: Worked behind Elizabeth Arden counter
FUN FACT: Wende and her two sons are avid surfers and can frequently be found hanging ten on Newport Beach.
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3. Samantha and Nicole Chapman of Real Techniques
BIRTHDATE: August 23, 1977, and September 20, 1980
COMPANY FOUNDED: 2011
In 2008, Samantha uploaded a smokey eye tutorial to her YouTube channel, Pixiwoo. Soon after her sister Nicola started to collaborate and the idea for Real Techniques began to formulate. They recognized a need for perfect tools to execute makeup artistry. In 2011, the Real Techniques brush collection was launched pairing unbelievable brush quality with professional education from the sisters. Since then they have grown into top makeup artists and their products have transformed makeup routines around the globe!
+ #1 ranked brush set on the Nylon Beauty Hit List
+ Top Tools of the Beauty Trade on Mode Glam Top 100
+Highest Rated Makeup Brush on the Influenster Reviewers' Choice Awards
FIRST JOB: Makeup artists!
FUN FACT: Samantha started working as a makeup artist soon after her 16th birthday!
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2. Lisa Price of Carol's Daughter
That's me. A gap-tooth girl from Brooklyn who went for it. Mommy encouraged me. My family supported me. My husband was and is my rock. My boys helped once they were old enough and my team was always there and we were and are a team. Was it hard? Absolutely. Was there pain? Absolutely. Did it hurt? Dear God, yes. But as my mom would say, "If it was easy everyone would have one." #bornandmade
COMPANY FOUNDED: 1993
In 1993, encouraged by her mother, Carol, Lisa began creating high-quality products in her Brooklyn kitchen. As family and friends experienced how these products transformed their hair and skin, she knew that I was on to something good. Her experimentation eventually led to a mail-order and online business in 1993, followed by the first store opening in Brooklyn in 1999. During the fall of 2005, she opened a second store on 125th Street in Harlem.
Today, Carol’s Daughter sells millions of dollars’ worth of products at its stores, on its website – as well as Target (TGT), Walgreens (WBA), Ulta Salon (ULTA), Sally Beauty (SBH) stores and the Home Shopping Network (HSNI).
+ Rebelle Agency Entrepreneur of the Year Award
+ Refinery 29's Top 29 Most Influential Women in the Beauty Industry
FIRST JOB: Although it wasn't her first job, Lisa worked in film and television production as a writer’s assistant for the hugely popular sitcom The Cosby Show.
FUN FACT: Some investors in Carol's Daughter include Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, and Jay-Z.
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