"Beauty is an everyday existence for me. I am constantly absorbing all around me to create new products, see color in a new way, or find inspiration in the unexpected."– Christy Coleman
Christy Coleman is a makeup artist and expert with over thirty years of experience in the beauty industry.
Spending summers on the family farm in rural Oklahoma, Christy would flip through fashion magazines while sitting in the wheat truck waiting to go to the grain elevator. Her future in beauty was sealed at age 13 when she picked up Way Bandy's “Designing Your Face.” At 18, she was a certified aesthetician. By 20, she owned her boutique spa.
It wasn't long before she headed the call of New York City, and found herself backstage at Fashion Week assisting Kevyn Aucoin at Marc Jacobs’ legendary grunge runway show for Perry Ellis. Since then, Christy has traveled the world, working with visionaries across media and entertainment.Her editorial work has appeared in Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Glamour and Vanity Fair and in advertising campaigns for Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, and Victoria’s Secret. She's been tapped by photographers Arthur Elgort, Irving Penn, Patrick Demarchelier, and Bruce Weber to work with top models Gisele Bundchen, Heidi Klum, Karlie Kloss, Miranda Kerr, and Alessandra Ambrosio and sought out by celebrities like Emmy Rossum, Amanda Peet, and Connie Britton.
Whether harvesting vegetables from her grandfather's garden as a kid or exploring the aisles at the first Whole Foods in Austin as a teen, Christy has always been drawn to a healthy lifestyle. But in 2005, when she lost her father to Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease). she made the commitment to go beyond organic food and all-natural cleaning supplies and apply her philosophy to her professional life. She said goodbye to conventional cosmetics and rebuilt her makeup kit from the ground up, using only skincare, cosmetics, and tools that would protect her client's safety and well-being too. Christy has been a voice for clean beauty ever since.
In 2010, Christy was sought out by Beautycounter’s CEO and Founder Gregg Renfrew for her depth of knowledge and professional expertise. Discovering Beautycounter's mission to cultivate beautiful, results-driven products completely free from harmful chemicals was very much aligned with her ideals, she joined forces with Gregg. As head of creative design (and curator of all things beautiful), Christy is instrumental in developing Beautycounter's ever-expanding collection of safe personal care products and cosmetics. From ideation and formulation to testing and launch, Christy is there every step of the way, ensuring each product meets high performance standards while being equally luxurious to use. The Essential Collection, a thoughtful selection of 15 skincare and body products launched in March 2013. The Color Collection debuted with a selection of six lip sheers and one universal lip shine in October 2013.
Christy lives in Venice, California, with her dog, Rider Pearl.