The makeup artist launches a new line.
Seven years ago, after reading Not Just a Pretty Face, Stacy Malkan’s exposé about the potentially harmful ingredients in beauty products, Christy Coleman, a makeup artist, chucked everything in her kit and started fresh. But finding cosmetics that met both her aesthetic and health standards wasn’t easy. “I was doing a lot of mixing, since I found nothing that was perfect on its own,” says Coleman, who got her start under the legendary Kevyn Aucoin and counts Emmy Rossum and Miranda Kerr as clients. And so she set out to create a line with Gregg Renfrew, the founder of the skincare brand Beautycounter. Free of parabens, sodium lauryl sulfate, and about 1,500 other chemicals on Beautycounter’s no-fly list, the 10 products in her collection, which debuts this fall, are also quite chic, in rich, wearable hues like aubergine, plum, nude, and navy. “People expect boring color palettes from safe brands,” Coleman says. “We wanted to turn that notion on its head.”