Blać Cosmetics was founded by New Zealand makeup artists Mary Estelle and Krystal Hayward. It’s not tested on animals, paraben free, fragrance free and hypo-allergenic. The products are extremely high-quality and completely beautiful. I caught up with one side of the duo behind the brand, Mary, to find out more about their gorgeous brand.
What’s a little background on Blać? When did you start it, how did you create it and why? Blać Cosmetics was founded by myself, Mary Estelle (Estelle’s makeup) and Krystal Hayward (NZ Makeup Girl) – we are both professional makeup artists and have worked in the industry for a total of 23 years together. We had one mission, to introduce our clients to the best in makeup when it came to quality, service, price, choice and ethics.
We are strong believers that whatever goes onto our face or body is absorbed through our pores, we wanted to create a brand that is free of parabens – as these are nasty chemicals for the skin (explained below). We are also both animal lovers, so none of our products are animal tested as we believe that animals should not suffer for our vanity.
Our products are made in the USA and Canada, they are designed and tested by us personally, on our clients and up to the highest standard we can achieve.
Why was it important that your products are paraben free? I have suffered from Endometriosis for ten years and was sick of doctors giving me temporary relief (pain killers). I took matters into my own hands and started to research what was causing it. Parabens are a huge cause. The number of woman with ovarian cysts, endometriosis and breast cancer are growing more than ever before.
I used to wonder how a product on the skin can do damage? We all have tiny holes all through our bodies, so now I take note what’s in that favorite foundation or body cream I used to use religiously every day.
Parabens have a type of estrogen in them. They are absorbed into the skin and tend to put our hormones out of whack, meaning your hormones are imbalanced and your immune system breaks down.
After I researched all this, I realized that all I was doing was putting bad medicine on my skin.
What product do you use the most on shoots? If you know us you know we are obsessed with our illuminating highlighters, they give a beautiful glow to the face and life to a photoshoot
What is your highest seller? Our highlighters, they have definitely been a hit!
What colour lippy will you be wearing this summer? I am really loving a darker nude at the moment, our newest colour out is Role Model, it’s a light browny nude colour and if you overdraw the lip it isn’t noticeable as it still looks natural.
What’s a makeup tip that you can give us? Highlighting (strobing) is huge at the moment, and if done correctly you don’t even need to contour as much anymore! If you highlight the highest points on the face it becomes the feature, meaning the human eye is drawn to the highlighted point. These are the highlight points of the face; the cheekbones, the brow bone, the middle of the nose, the inner corners of the eyes, and the cupids bow (thin line above the lip).
What is a beauty tip that you can give us? Exfoliate the face at least once a week so your dead skin cells are removed and your makeup can sit on vibrant skin. If you don’t have a scrub, remove your makeup and use a hot face cloth, then splash your face with cold water straight after, this allows your skin to breath. Also be aware of what you are putting on your face and your body, be skin safe
Thanks Mary! Make sure to check out their full product range here.