Australia’s beauty industry is full of inspirational women. From talented makeup artists and hairstylists to the female entrepreneurs that dream up the beautiful products and formulas that have put the a-beauty industry on the map around the world.
Here at abeauty.co, all 20 of the brands we stock are female-founded.
In celebration of International Women’s Day, we reached out to three a-beauty brand founders that we admire to find out who inspires them, what motivates them and the words of wisdom they have to share.
Almira Armstrong, Lumira founder
Sharon McGlinchey, MV Skintherapy founder
Ere Perez, Ere Perez founder
Q: Who are some inspirational women in your life that you look to for advice, guidance and support?
“My mother is my biggest support who has inspired me to follow my dreams from the very beginning. Her advice always comes at the right time.”
“There are three wise women in my life. Two are 'Mother figures' - my beautiful Auntie who lives in the North of England and has loved me unconditionally since the day I was born, and a gorgeous 82-year-old friend who is wise beyond words and way ahead of her time. The third is my daughter Tess. If only I'd been as 'together' as she is when I was 25. In a funny way I'd say she keeps me in check as she often brings to my attention ways in which 'my generation' can be more progressive and open minded.”
"My grandmothers in Mexico were amazing women in my life - a scientist and a healer – but alas they are no longer with me. My dear Mum is another wonderful presence who grounds me and gives me humble advice which is so important. I get inspiration and support from my beautiful daughters, Emma who is 9 and super inventive, and Maura, 11, who is so creative and supportive, and they are both very loving. Women of all generations in my family are special to me."
Q: Which female beauty entrepreneurs do you admire?
“There are so many to choose from. Tina Craig from U-Beauty, Nancy Twine from Briogeo and Kirsten Carriol from Lanolips...”
“Past: Coco Chanel. Present: Rose Marie Swift of RMS. We've both been around a l-o-n-g time and to this day a few of her natural make-up products are my daily staples. The quality of her formulations today is as true as the day she launched - despite her incredible business growth. Clearly, like me, she refuses to compromise, and I really admire that level of integrity in an industry where it's the exception rather than the rule.”
"I love the story of Estée Lauder, who was ahead of her time in founding an innovative female-led company. She challenged the status quo and chased her dreams."
Q: What’s the best beauty advice you’ve ever received?
“Good skin starts from the inside out, so hydration and collagen supplements are absolutely key for me. Also, when I was growing up my mum always said ‘If there is one thing you do everyday, is to moisturise your skin’. A good moisturiser for face and body is a must!”
“Do whatever makes you smile more. Beautiful people are happy people, and smiles have this remarkably infectious way of spreading kindness and warmth. So, it's essentially a win-win.”
"My mother was a fountain of natural beauty wisdom and made me love the simplicity of using fresh ingredients at home. Something I love is to spread the wet side of fruit skins on my face after making a fruit salad or chopping fruit for my kids. Antioxidants and vitamin C straight to the skin! I’m all about easy beauty, and this is a winner."
Q: What’s your guilty beauty pleasure?
“A monthly treatment with Melanie Grant.”
“Life's too short to feel guilty about things that involve self-care.”
"Eyelash curlers! Curling my lashes in the morning makes me feel instantly lifted and ready for the day. And rose oil on lips is always a treat for hydration and that luxurious scent."