ONE TO WATCH: COSMETICS DESIGNER PARIS MANNING
Name: Paris Manning ~ Age: 22 ~ Company Name: Velvet 59 ~ Type of Business: Cosmetics Company
Being raised in the cosmetics industry by my parents, I was fortunate enough to grow up knowing some of the world’s top makeup artists. I have always loved color. From a young age, I was helping in the family business, sorting out nail polish shades and always experimenting. Having an artistic mind allows you to be able to manipulate and imagine visual images in your brain, combine them and deconstruct them. When you see those things become a reality, that’s a real artist’s dream. I saw a need for change in the industry from a young age. I do all of the design for my packaging and create every shade. I spend hours in the lab with the chemists perfecting the formulas. People may be more aware of what they’re putting onto their faces, but they still want to look as alluring and attractive as possible. I grew up watching Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe and many other classic beauties. They all had vintage Hollywood glamour and were not afraid to show their femininity. Women nowadays want to look the part but don’t have hours to spend on themselves. They also want to not just look good, but feel good about what they are putting on. Feeling great translates in your appearance. Our vegan, gluten, paraben and most importantly cruelty free products are bringing vintage Hollywood glamour to a modern world and a millennial woman. Half o f my life w as spent i n England on the pebbly beaches of Brighton. The other half has been spent on a farm in upstate New York. Everything from Velvet 59 is cruelty free, the only way it should be! Animals are gifts for us to appreciate and take care of. I have, and adore, all of our farm animals but one in particular has had a tremendous influence over my philosophy: a Miniature Pinscher named Meiling. You will never see a Velvet 59 product without Meiling’s approval. She’s a big fan! Velvet 59 is about capturing vintage glamour from a bygone era and bringing it to the modern world, while sourcing sustainable, 100% vegan ingredients, and giving back to the community. I realize that is a tall order for a 5’2” 22 year old, but I’m here to tackle it and to make it a reality. Velvet 59 also sources beneficial ingredients never before used in cosmetics such as Sacha Inchi oil, a 100% extra virgin seed oil which is native to the Amazon Rainforest many generations. This renders to ongoing support for rural Amazonian communities. Both a powerful skin-treatment and a potent anti-aging ingredient, this product is good for the body, good for the planet, and good for the greater community.
AHA MOMENTWhen I saw Velvet 59 in Oprah’s Favorite things. It was surreal to see!
If you want to be in this business, you have to buckle up for a bumpy ride! Remember you can’t cross the ocean unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore. Keep going and you will make it.