We had the good fortune of connecting with Grace-Ann Long and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Grace-Ann, is there something you can share with us that those outside of the industry might not be aware of?
Most cosmetics are made in the same factory. What that means is large cosmetic companies have their cosmetics manufactured at the same factories as small cosmetic companies. This allows small cosmetic companies to concentrate on quality and their customers needs instead of the quantities that large businesses need to pay for their marketing, branding and overhead
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
The right “MakeUp”, covers the scars that make me up.
This is what keeps me motivated in my business. To provide a product that was built on Passion and Determination. Created to help women feel confident and to enhance their beauty. I am constantly creating new products to fill the needs of women. I am marketing every day and telling my story. I want women to know that I understand.
ShadesbyGAL (GAL) was created by Grace Ann Long a woman of color. Her goal was to make women feel great about themselves. Grace Ann’s line stands out because she caters to “every” woman of all colors, pigmentations and ethnicities. The ShadesbyGAL Line is formulated with a yellow base, as opposed to a pink or red based, like many of the cosmetic giants today. This line caters to African American woman needing a solid match and lessens the need to utilize multiple foundations to achieve the appropriate color match. The company is a wholesaler of cosmetics which includes lipstick, foundation, eye shadow, blush, liquid foundation, lip gloss, papaya cleanser, toner, enzyme night cream, brightening cream, brush on brow, and gel eyeliner. Shadesby Gal sells to small retailer’s located globally bringing beauty and empowerment to every ethnicity. The mission of ShadesbyGal is to promote individuality and self-esteem in all women; to complement women of every shade, so women every where not just look beautiful but to feel beautiful inside and out. They are ready to conquer the world confidently and flawlessly. ShadesbyGal cosmetics is eye catching, bold, rich and can create the perfect look for any mood or occasion effortlessly. A Shades Gals can lavishly enjoy high-quality, custom made products infused with antioxidants and vitamins that are specifically targeted to enhance and nourish true beauty for any budget. It is eye catching, bold, rich, and easy to apply cosmetic line in which every woman on any budget can enjoy. Luxury brand Cosmetics for less. Grace-Ann Long completed her undergraduate work at Hofstra University and has her Master’s Degree in business and entrepreneurship. She has passion for style, beauty, and make-up. She is committed to bring the latest trends to her customers. Grace Ann’s personal mission is to bring beauty and empowerment to every ethnicity while enhancing self-esteem and individual appearance in all women through her product line. Grace Ann Long is determined to bridge the race and face gap by bringing beauty and empowerment to every ethnicity. ShadesbyGAL reminds women that their past does not determine their future, a lesson that Grace’s herself has learned. Through her personal story of a life threatening accident, multiple surgeries and chronic pain, she encourages and reminds women of their resiliency and beauty.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I would take my sister to eat. New York is the great melting pot with cuisines from all over the world, so I would have dinner at a few of my favorite restaurants. We could even have a gathering at my home. I love to cook and have dinner or just get together with love ones. I remember when I was on a bed for months after 5 neck surgeries and my kids and I never went to bed hungry. On Long Island there are many places to visit. We are close to the ocean so I would love to take them to see the Lighthouse either in Montauk and stop for Lobster rolls or locally at Robert Moses beach. On our way back we could even stop at one of our favorite vineyards. And what better way to end the weekend then with some shopping. We could visit the Tanger outlets or the Americana mall to window shop or to buy whatever our hearts desire.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
The people who I really want to shout out don’t want public recognition. That’s some of my church member and my sister who were with me and supported me when I needed help the most. They prayed with me, feed me and took care of my children when I needed help the most.
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