Despite the fact that women dominate the US beauty consumer market and new female-owned brands are popping up left and right, the dominant beauty companies of the world (the L'Oréals, the MACs, the Shiseidos) are run by men. In fact, of the S&P 500 companies, only 4.6% of the CEOs are women. And in WWD's report of the 100 biggest beauty brands of 2018, only 10 were run female CEOs.
In the big picture, the glass ceiling has yet to be cracked, but granularly, it's empowering to see how many beauty companies support women both stateside and abroad through programs and monetary donations. So while we still have a ways to go before we dominate the C-suite, it's comforting to know that the steadily booming beauty industry is lifting women up from a philanthropic perspective, and, given that it's International Women's Day, there's no time like the present to highlight the brands that are giving back.
Glow Recipe is donating 10% of all purchases on glowrecipe.com today, March 8, to Girls Inc., an organization that provides girls with the tools to navigate gender, economic, and social barriers and advocates for legislation and policies to increase opportunities for all girls.
Recommended product: The brand's new Watermelon Glow Ultra-Fine Mist, a hydrating, sweet-smelling dose of nutrients to use pre- or post-makeup.
Olive + M
Olive + M, an olive oil-based skincare line, is donating 20% of proceeds from the brand's Face Oils (both the 1-ounce and 2-ounce bottles) to the Jeremiah Program, an organization that helps single mothers to excel in the workforce.
Recommended product: The brand chose to donate proceeds from their Face Oil specifically because it’s their hero product and the inaugural SKU that founder, Mariska Nicholson, launched the brand with as a single mother of two.
20% of all proceeds from the sale of W3ll People products on W3llPeople.com, W3llPeople Studio, Credo Beauty, and TataHarper.com will be donated to Lipstick Angels, an organization that provides makeup and skincare services to patients undergoing chemo.
Recommended product: The brand's new(ish) tinted brow gel, a conditioning, thickening product that makes brows appear fuller and fluffier.
From March 8-14, Birchbox will donate 10% of the proceeds from its Female Founded Beauty Brands (Beachwaver, Briogeo, Laura Geller, OUAI, RMS, Sunday Riley, Vasanti, Wander Beauty, Real Chemistry) both online and at Birchbox at Walgreens retail experiences to the Future Starts Now Fund, a $5K prize awarded to someone looking to start their career or support a passion project.
Recommended product: Wander Beauty, created by model Lindsay Ellingson, is perhaps most famous for its gold under-eye patches that hydrate and plump the thin skin under the eyes.
On March 8, Artis will donate 100% of profits from its BrushCraft Collection and Cleaning System to organizations that help build more fair and equal communities by providing women with resources, such as Step Up, an organization that gives girls in underprivileged communities the resources they need to excel.
Recommended product: Artis, a line of prestige brushes beloved by Kylie Jenner is made with its proprietary CosmeFibres that are packed with 3-10 times more fibers than leading brush brands. The BrushCraft Collection and Cleaning System is 50% off today only on ArtisBrush.com.
For every Yensa Product sold today, one will be donated to Dress for Success, an organization that provides underprivileged women the tools and attire needed to elevate themselves professionally.
Recommended product: The BC foundation, a mix of BB cream and CC cream, helps nourish the skin with black seaweed, black mushroom, black tea, black sesame oil, black rice, Korean black raspberry, chia seeds, nettle, peptides, and hyaluronic acid while providing full coverage and SPF 40.
In honor of IWD, Tarte has partnered with Find Your Fabulosity, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that collects and donates new lipsticks to domestic violence victims. Often times, when women check themselves into shelters, they have nothing but the clothes they came with, so a lipstick helps spread a bit of joy and give her an instant confidence boost. This year, they're donating 1000 lipsticks.
Recommended product: Support the brand by purchasing its own ultra-creamy, richly pigmented lipstick.
Speaking of lipstick, 100% of the purchase price of Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in Backtalk (made online only) will be donated to women’s empowerment nonprofits selected by The Ultraviolet Edge, Urban Decay’s global initiative to empower women for International Women’s Day.
Up next: We rounded up the times our favorite celebrities paid a compliment to the women in their lives.