15 Gifts From Female-Owned Brands For The Beauty Lovers In Your Life
According to the 2018 American Express State of Women-Owned Businesses Report, every four in 10 businesses in the United States were owned by women. So while gifts from female-owned beauty brands might look pretty and make you feel even prettier — but they're also a testament to the ever-changing playing field of consumerism.
And yes, the stats give plenty of reason to rejoice. However, the beauty industry is still startlingly dominated by male leadership despite all of the gains. Just ask former celebrity makeup artist Rea Ann Silva, who created the award-winning brand Beautyblender in 2003. "The disparity between men and women is still extremely prevalent," she says. "But the more positions women have in executive power, the better we can bridge the gap" However, just like Thatcher, she's a firm believer that the void has never had anything to do with competency: "Women are creative and abstract, constantly creating new ways of thinking for old situations. We’re the real natural problem solvers."
It's for reasons like those that female-lead brands are creating safe spaces for each other, banding together to actualize more platforms for women in beauty to thrive. Sarah Lee and Christine Chang, co-founders and co-CEOs of GlowRecipe, have made it their mission to foster an environment of girl power within the industry. "We have always been strong proponents of supporting fellow female founders," they say. "Throughout our career, we have been constantly inspired by a community of female mentors that have encouraged, empowered, and supported us. Having a strong community of entrepreneurs has really helped us grow personally and professionally."
And spaces like those fostered by women like Silva, Lee, and Chang have constantly paved the way for budding smaller brands like natural deodorant retailer Each & Every. "We are inspired by so many others that came before us and are motivated to continue creating opportunities for women to succeed," founder Lauren Lovelady says. "We believe that greater representation is better for beauty and better for business, and are encouraged by the rise in female founded brands."
So in the spirit of girl-power and getting it done, here are 15 beauty gifts created for women, by women that are worth every penny and are will spread all types of holiday cheer.
25 years ago, celebrity facialist Kate Somerville bottled up her expertise into a line of exquisite products — and the beauty industry hasn't seen a bad skincare day since. This overnight set comprised of two of Somerville's most popular products is the perfect gift of glow.
Founded by twin sisters Jean and Jane Ford in 1976, Benefit Cosmetics continues to deliver unstoppable brows with this hero set of its six most-raved-about products.
The "bathfluencers" in your life would appreciate this aromatic blend of cinnamon, clove, and orange formulated by Austrian skincare addict Susanne Kauffman.
With a founder who really needs no introduction, Fenty Beauty by Rihanna just launched a limited-edition set inspired by the fan-favorite shade, Trophy Wife.
This Black-owned nail polish line brings you a shimmer-filled set of 10-free richly-pigmented lacquers.
"Crown Jewels is an amazing value," Silva says. "You are getting limited, crowd-sourced colors and holiday scented soaps that are the most fun, yet practical gift for any makeup lover."
If some of the world's biggest supermodels like Bella Hadid and Adut Akech trust Dr. Barbara Sturm with their skin, then why shouldn't you? This dreamlike collection of almost all of her most sought-after products will have the skin aficionado in your life singing your praises.
In the third launch of the dynamic partnership created by Cassandra Thurswell, founder of Kitsch, and Justine Marjan, hairstylist to the Kardashians, sophisticated leather bows and chained bobby pins come to elevate any hairstyle.
"For this gifting season, our Let It Glow set is an amazing offering that brings out your inner holiday glow," Lee and Chang tell TZR. "It's the perfect recipe for smooth, poreless skin that looks reflective."
"Summit is made from 100% recycled paper. Its outer carton also doubles as its shipping vessel to minimize waste," model Lily Aldridge says about her latest winter fragrance. "When people buy my fragrance, I want them to feel good about the purchase — and to know that their support helps us promote sustainability in the beauty industry. It's the gift that gives back."
SLIP founder Fiona Stewart has curated a ritzy collection of some of everyone's favorite silk sleep accessories.
"Each & Every’s Black Spruce & Fir is made using 100% natural essential oils from Black Spruce and Fir Balsam trees so you or your loved one can embrace the sultry smell of winter," Lovelady says.
In September, the Mother of makeup unveiled the Blitz Astral Quad, a mini that's equal parts opulent and scintillating.
One of Instagram's favorite skincare brands — born of Vicky Tsai's love for Japanese beauty rituals — combines its most essential products for a luxury six-piece curation.