We are wildly supportive of female founders, and often find ourselves listening to fellow girl bosses share their start-up stories alongside tales of triumph and perseverance. At DERMAFLASH, we’re all about women supporting women so we thought we would shine a light on a few of the like-minded entrepreneurial ladies that make this industry a better place.
We invite you to learn about a handful of our favorite champions in makeup and skincare as they inspire us to shift old beauty paradigms.
We’re certain that the below profiles of powerhouse ladies will propel you to get to know these brilliant women, support their innovative brands and perhaps motivate YOU to build your own company one day, too!
After all, it is in the challenges we face, that new ideas are born. That is how the ground-breaking world of DERMAFLASH began. As a company, our job is to always evolve, elevate and uplift.
We love connecting with bold beauty leaders and enthusiasts to continually ideate the new and the next.
The following trailblazers continue to do the same and that is why we admire them. Join us in following their journeys.
Fearless Founder: Dara Levy— The Queen of Flashing and Busting Beauty Myths
Lady Launch: DERMAFLASH
Breaking Beauty Barriers: A long advocate of dermaplaning, Dara knew first-hand the benefits of professionally exfoliating her face to achieve flawless, glowing skin. Launching her popular Med Spa in Chicago served as the foundation for what would become DERMAFLASH today. At her Med Spa, Dara was able to see first-hand how her clients loved the immediate benefits and visible results of what is known as flashing today! Dara devised a plan to make dermaplaning available at-home for the masses. Dara knew that in order to scale her business, she had to design a revolutionary product that would exfoliate and gently remove bacteria-causing peach fuzz to reveal smoother, younger-looking skin. Next, she knew she had to educate women on the benefits of flashing and remove the stigma of shaving one’s face. She set out to trademark the original DERMAFLASH and in just two short years her innovative device expanded to the popular DERMAFLASH 2.0 Luxe model we love and know today! Dara filled a void in the marketplace with her own beauty category and began a skin revolution! By designing an at-home skin solution that far exceeded her wildest dreams, Dara continues to shatter misconceptions that women have to either tug at their skin with hot wax, or just live with hair on their face. Her journey to inform the present has helped her to build towards the future to continuously innovate and transform faces across the planet.
Fearless Founder: Rea Ann Silva—Flawless Makeup Trailblazer
Lady Launch: beautyblender
Cult Classic: The iconic beautyblender
Breaking Beauty Barriers: We had the pleasure of listening to Rea Ann’s meteoric rise on The Breaking Beauty Podcast. If you haven’t heard her story, we highly suggest you do, especially if you live and breathe beauty like we do. Rea Ann has not only revolutionized the way makeup is applied, but how it looks to the naked eye and behind the lens. The unique hot-pink sponge applicator is industry GOLD and continues to revolutionize with its edgeless, streak-proof appeal. In fact, we can all credit Hollywood makeup artist, Rea Ann, for getting us all to moisten our makeup for that perfect airbrushed look. As a beauty disruptor, her never-seen-before, utilitarian sponge single-handedly changed the beauty game. Creating a beauty category all her own—beautyblender continues to innovate with beautyblender Nude, PRO, and Pure. In addition Rea-Ann announced a new category, Bounce, a liquid whip long-wear foundation that’s all the buzz. To hear her describe it as the “Spanx of makeup” is just another way this fearless female is making us all look flawless.
Fearless Founder: Victoria Tsai—Japanese Beauty Crusader
Lady Launch: TATCHA
Cult Classic: The beloved Luminous Dewy Skin Mist
Breaking Beauty Barriers: Victoria suffered from acute dermatitis and because of this was always aware of product ingredients since a young age. Traveling to Kyoto in her quest for holistic remedies to counteract her skin issues, she discovered age-old Japanese secrets that would unlock clean skincare treasures for the world-at-large. Victoria helped bring Japanese skincare to America, evoking the ways of the Geisha with Hadasei-3™, a trinity of anti-aging superfoods born from the Japanese diet. Her clean skincare philosophy abides by the credo that less is always more and has earned a cult following of skin care aficionados around the globe. In addition, her success has allowed her to help fund 2 million days of school for girls in Asia and Africa with Room To Read. It is women like Victoria that have instilled our desire to learn more about Japan’s approach to beauty. Victoria’s focus on powerful botanicals and optimal hydration have helped deliver positive skin results for our team. Her work inspires us to instill excellence in all we do. We also love that Victoria’s products help impart a subtle, shine-free glow with a touch of 23-karat gold. Now that is pure magic!
Fearless Founder: Rose-Marie Swift—The Queen of Un-done, Healthy Makeup
Lady Launch: rms beauty
Cult Classic: The unrivaled Living Luminizer
Breaking Beauty Barriers: We fell in love with Rose-Marie’s fresh take on beauty because it’s a natural reflection of her clean living philosophy. She is one admirable founder who definitely talks the talk and walks the walk. Her episode on The Breaking Beauty Podcast is another treasure for your ear buds. We dare you to listen in and not want to test out all her products! The massive scope of her work as a ground-breaking celebrity makeup artist led her to conduct tireless research into the serious health complications of toxic cosmetics. After rebuilding her own health, Rose-Marie decided to implement her clean living approach to makeup and in turn revolutionized the way makeup is produced, applied and thought about. Her acclaimed line of organic color cosmetics offers multi-use products formulated to reveal and enhance healthier looking skin, not just cover it up. Her advocacy for toxic-free beauty also led her to develop Beauty Truth, a site focused on dispelling beauty myths and exposing the underbelly of the dangers in beauty. She is a true pioneer when it comes to educating others and using her personal health journey to champion for more transparency in beauty manufacturing and removing toxicity in makeup and skincare.
Fearless Founder: Tiffany Masterson—Passion Pioneer of Efficacious Skin Care
Lady Launch: Drunk Elephant
Cult Classic: The award-winning Protini™ Polypeptide Cream, amongst others
Breaking Beauty Barriers: Wanting to combat her combination skin and having tried everything on the market led Tiffany to discover the six ingredients that were at the root of her skin issues. Tiffany then discovered that these suspicious six ingredients were found in virtually all beauty products. Further research led her to investigate the benefits of natural Virgin Marula oil, an ingredient that can be found throughout the Drunk Elephant line. Tiffany believes this oil is healing to skin suffers due to its high content of fatty acids, antioxidants and its anti-microbial properties. This revelation was the catalyst in starting Drunk Elephant, a brand rooted in the principal that skin that is exposed to irritants and sensitizers can be damaged cumulatively, leaving it in reactive mode and causing highly sensitive skin.
This analysis became the foundational principals Tiffany used to launch her clean-clinical take on beauty. Her philosophy that a product is only as good as its worst ingredient is something we truly support! We love that Drunk Elephant abides by the rule of giving skin #acleanbreak to repair itself. We also love Tiffany’s motto, “Skin is Skin. It knows what to do if we let it.”