What You'll Get
- $22 for $50 worth of mineral makeup plus a free makeup lesson
Most popular offering: $50.00 Worth of Makeup + Free Lesson
Good for Kids: Yes
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: No
Q&A with Teporah Bilezikian, Founder, Formulator, Owner
What sets your business apart from your competition?
Our products use the highest quality pigments and botanical ingredients. We never use synthetic parabens, dyes, or petrochemical additives. Each product is made with sensitive and allergenic skin in mind, so formulas are perfect for normal, combination, acne-prone and mature skin, as well as for celiacs and those suffering from rosacea or other skin issues. The makeup soothes, protects, and heals, while it makes you look like yourself. Monave also has colors for all complexion. Most lines ignore women of color. Monave encompasses the range of complexions within the American palette, with corresponding lipsticks, shadows, liners and blushes for the fairest of skin tones to the vibrancy of rich, chocolate complexions. Monave has exclusively vegan formulas for more than 95% of its products, using lovingly harvested beeswax in some formulas. All ingredients are disclosed for vegan and sensitive customers. As well, Monave is soy-free, gluten-free, and free of tree nuts.
What was the inspiration for starting this business?
The inspiration for starting the business was necessity. There was nothing in the cosmetics marketplace that worked for owner, Deborah Bilezikian’s skin tone. The makeup she was using was breaking her out. When she started her business, she soon realized that the only way to provide, healthy, high-quality cosmetics at reasonable prices, to a wide range of women, was to make it herself. In the process of beginning her business, she also healed her skin of the devastation wreaked on it by years of toxic products. The mission of Monave is to support a healthy planet, by providing products made from naturally sourced, beneficial ingredients to help women feel their best with a minimal time investment.
What is the best reaction you’ve ever gotten from a customer?
There have been several times when a customer cried a little after seeing her face in the mirror. Seeing a healthy glow, the perfect shade, and without the gross feeling that most big brands have, has caused some women to break down in happy tears. Many women of color have found it impossible to find their perfect match, and have felt hurt by the way the industry seemingly ignores them. We try to make every woman feel like the Queen that she is when she walks through our doors.
What’s your favorite part about your job?
We love making the products. It’s super fun and very satisfying to put these gorgeous ingredients together, melt, stir, cajole, and pour, until a beautiful finished cosmetic product is ready to share with the world.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires 180 days after purchase. Amount paid never expires. May be repurchased every 90 days. Appointment required. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as gift. Limit 1 per visit. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.