M·A·C Cosmetics is recognised as one of the most revolutionary and influential companies in the global cosmetics industry. Founded in 1984 to support the creative needs and high standards of professional Make-Up artists, today M·A·C stands at the epicenter of fashion, beauty and popular culture.
The company’s extraordinary ability to create innovative products and cultivate new markets has led to its unparalleled growth and expansion, around the world.The M·A·C philosophy stems from its commitment to provide professional quality cosmetics – universally – with a colour, shade and finish that’s right for everyone.
The company’s credo: All Races, All Sexes, All Ages, reflects the brand’s unique appreciation of individuality, artistry and the virtues of self-expression. A brand that believes in “giving back,” M·A·C has opened it’s heart to the world. The company’s social consciousness initiatives – especially its incomparable efforts on behalf of the fight against HIV and AIDS are the core of M·A·C’s distinctive culture.
M·A·C was established in Toronto when Make-Up artist and photographer, Frank Toskan and beauty salon owner, Frank Angelo brainstormed a Make-Up line. Frustrated because of the lack of colours that would shoot well with photography; their aim was to develop a studio line Make-Up line that would fulfill their professional needs. M·A·C was homegrown in Canada – literally. The two entrepreneurs cooked up the cosmetics in their kitchen and sold them from the hair salon. Their first customers: fellow Make-Up artists, models, photographers…then came stylists and editors. With every colour, and every magazine credit, word-of-mouth popularity grew. In March 1984, the duo officially launched the line from a single counter in a department store in Toronto.