If you have acne-prone skin, you know that finding makeup that provides adequate coverage without causing more damage can be a struggle. And although the makeup industry has made strides to be more inclusive of people with different skin types, it wasn't always like this.
Four years ago, when Mel Jenkinson was working as a makeup artist and had severe cystic acne, she felt underrepresented by and frustrated with beauty products she found in the UK, Jenkinson told INSIDER.
"I was very self-conscious of my skin when working as a makeup artist," she said. "Obviously, when working with the skin I feel people expect you to have perfect skin if you are offering recommendations, and I just lost all confidence in my abilities as I felt my skin looked awful."
Over time, Jenkinson, who is based in Brighton, UK, began to feel that the acne-fighting medication she was prescribed by her doctor and high-end makeup products were only making her skin worse, the Daily Mail reported.
At a loss, Jenkinson turned to all-natural beauty products, which she found to be less harsh. To her surprise, the products actually helped to clear up her skin.
Jenkinson grew to love using the organic products so much that she began to use them on her clients.
"I was working with these natural beauty brands in my professional makeup kit, and using them on my clients," she said. "They were all amazed at how lovely and lightweight they felt on their skin, and also how they didn't experience any irritation which is common amongst models and actors who have to wear makeup for long periods of time."
And when she realized that her clients also loved the all-natural products, she decided to launch Glow Organic, a beauty retailer that sells organic beauty products to a global market.
"I just really felt that more people had to know about these products, as they had helped my skin so much, and that there should be a place for women to go, where they could ask for advice on colors and products most suitable for them," she said.
Jenkinson first tested her business on the market in 2015 as a week-long pop-up shop in Brighton, UK. When it proved to be a success, Jenkinson bought a domain name, invested her savings of £1,000 GBP ($1,534.40 USD), and officially launched Glow Organic.
These days, Glow Organic operates as an online retailer that sells all-natural, organic beauty products that are good for the skin, environmentally sustainable, and not tested on animals. The retailer also has a brick-and-mortar office in Kemptown, UK.
Just two and a half years after starting her business, Jenkinson works with 16 suppliers that align with her company's ethos. The business is projected to earn £180,000 GBP ($256,154.76 USD) before expenses in 2018, she told INSIDER.
And although her beauty business has grown quite a bit already, Jenkinson has big plans for the future.
"My goal is to become the go-to place for customers to find natural, organic makeup and skin-care products," she said. "I would love to open a larger studio in Brighton where we can offer one-to-one, personalized appointments, and consultations for those looking to switch their products over to natural, organic alternatives. I would also love to bring out my own range of natural, organic color cosmetics."
Ultimately, she just wants to help people look and feel good.
"Everyone has a slightly different style, different skin, different lifestyle, and it is one of my biggest joys to work with women in finding the best products to suit them, as there is no one size fits all," she said. "I love to make women feel better within themselves, not just on the outside, by using my skills as a makeup artist to help them overcome issues they might be self-conscious about."
Glow Organic's full line is available online and ships worldwide. Check out the collection here.
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Source : http://uk.businessinsider.com/makeup-artist-acne-business-2018-4