In this Nadine Anderson interview, the dedicated founder and director of Barefaced Beauty shares her journey with natural, environmentally-friendly, sustainable cosmetics, and talks about her favorite makeup and fashion items. Read on to learn what beauty means to her, and who her top 3 most inspirational and stylish women are!
1. How did you start your website? And most importantly, why? Tell me everything you want our readers to know about your brand.
My name is Nadine Anderson and I am the sole director of my own natural mineral cosmetic company brand named ‘Barefaced Beauty’ whose products are sold around the world by many stockists, mainly online, but also in beauty salons, shops, and department stores.
I founded my company/website (www.barefacedbeauty.co.uk) in 2005 after realising that the totally natural and animal-friendly makeup I was looking for only appeared to be available in the USA and was very, very expensive. I had extremely sensitive skin and had tried many different well-known brands that were alleged to be natural, but actually, contained parabens, alcohol or other chemical ‘nasties’ which I was sure were responsible for my skin sensitivity.
Over many months, I did lots of research and eventually sourced the natural products that I had been looking for, and found that I could have them made to my own specifications. It took a lot of persistence, hard work, and dedication, but eventually my company – ’Barefaced Beauty’ – was born!
Barefaced Beauty is now an award-winning mineral makeup brand, made solely in England, maintaining a passionate dedication to producing a wide range of pure, natural mineral cosmetics. The success and growth of the company is largely due to our commitment to produce and provide superior quality products at the best reasonable price, whilst ensuring that they remain safe, free from harmful chemicals, vegan, and completely animal-friendly.
Our mineral makeup is made from naturally derived ingredients, completely free from chemicals, parabens, ethanol, alcohol, and perfume, making it gentle and – due to natural healing properties – is beneficial to problematic and sensitive skin. We are proud to state that our cosmetics are fully tested, completely safe, and have gained Cruelty Free International (Leaping Bunny), PETA, Vegan and Vegetarian Society approval.
We also truly care about environmental issues and only use recycled or recyclable packaging.
2. What is your favourite beauty product you can’t live without?
Definitely, without a doubt – ‘Barefaced Beauty Mineral Foundation.’
This mineral foundation is the only one out of many others tried over the years that does not irritate at all and actually enhances the look of my skin, leaving me with a fresh, glowing, flawless looking complexion. It is 100% natural, and it’s soft, gentle, and the coverage is just perfect. It helps to conceal any open pores, flaws and fine lines without looking ‘cakey,’ and can last all day without the need for a touch- up.
Using a Barefaced Beauty Kabuki brush, I find the application is extremely quick and easy, and being a busy Mum with three young children, this is an important factor when we are all rushing around getting ready for the school run each morning. At least I can leave the house feeling confident that my skin will look its very best all day long, and better still, I no longer have any signs of the horrible skin problems and sensitivity that I suffered so badly with for many years before the birth of my wonderful, completely natural ‘Barefaced Beauty Mineral Foundation.’
3. What is the most important fashion/lifestyle advice you’ve ever heard?
As far as fashion is concerned, I believe it is important to celebrate your own individual style, to know you own taste and body shape, and to dress for comfort and to please yourself. Don’t be a sheep or a slave to fashion, as what may suit a catwalk model, might not be appropriate or suitable for you!
Certainly, trends can influence how you dress, but awareness of cruelty-free and ethical issues in the clothing and cosmetic trade today remain important things to consider.
Looking good is feeling good, so don’t be afraid to experiment. Different colours can create different moods, so if you’re feeling blue, then wear something red. It sounds crazy, but can raise your mood and put you in the pink…. if you know what I mean??!!
4. What does it mean for you to be a beautiful woman?
Beauty can mean many things to different people.
I feel beautiful knowing that I have helped many women around the world who have suffered with problem skin like I did, but since using my natural products, have discovered a beautiful, fresh new look. It is said that beauty comes from within, but your own natural beauty can be greatly enhanced by simply choosing cosmetics from an ethical beauty brand (such as Barefaced Beauty), which will make you feel better about yourself on the inside and make you look a whole lot better on the outside.
I also feel the most beautiful woman in the world when I hear my happy, healthy children say ‘I love you, Mummy.’
There is an inner beauty about a woman who believes in herself, who knows she is capable of anything that she puts her mind to. There is a beauty in the strength and determination of a woman who follows her own path, who isn’t thrown off by obstacles along the way. There is a beauty about a woman whose confidence comes from experiences; who knows she can fall, pick herself up, and move on. – Unknown
5. What inspires you the most? Can you share your top 3 most inspirational and stylish women?
There are many strong, stylish, and inspirational women that deserve to be mentioned, but three who immediately spring to my mind are:
- Audrey Hepburn
Audrey Hepburn (born Audrey Kathleen Ruston; 4 May 1929 – 20 January 1993) was a British actress, model, dancer, and humanitarian. Recognised as a film and fashion icon, she was ranked by the American Film Institute as the third greatest female screen legend in Golden Age Hollywood, and was inducted into the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame. To this day, she is remembered for her individual, easily recognised simplistic style, exuding elegance and sophistication.
- Princess Diana
Princess Diana remains inspirational and remembered for her stylish, natural beauty, caring attitude, and the ability to have created a feeling of great admiration and love amongst millions of ordinary everyday people around the world, despite having her own failings and personal problems. She was celebrated for her charity work and for her support of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines. Princess Diana was involved with dozens of charities including London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, of which she was president from 1989. She also raised awareness and advocated ways to help people affected with HIV/AIDS, cancer, and mental illness. For many, she will always be described as the people’s ‘Queen of Hearts.’
- Katie Piper
Katie Piper is an English philanthropist, television presenter, and former model from Andover, Hampshire. She was an aspiring model in the mid-2000s. In March 2008, she was attacked with acid by her ex-boyfriend and an accomplice, causing major damage to her face and blindness in one eye. Katie underwent pioneering surgery to restore her face and vision. Both attackers were convicted and given life sentences. In 2009, Katie gave up her right to anonymity in order to increase awareness about burn victims. Her experience was documented in the 2009 Channel 4 documentary Katie: My Beautiful Face, part of the Cutting Edge series. It has subsequently been repeated on several occasions, made available for online on-demand access, and sold internationally. Katie is a beautiful young woman who has faced her difficulties head on and is currently taking part in the television show ‘Strictly Come Dancing.’ She is an inspiration to all for her tenacity and bravery.
6. Your favourite fashion item?
Simple answer = Shoes (but not leather).
7. Any tips for all the women out there on achieving the perfect look?
Remember that nobody is perfect, but eating well and sleeping well will keep you healthy and make you feel good. Be proud of yourself – don’t try to look like someone else, highlight your best features, and pick natural, ethical, sustainable products that won’t harm you or the environment.
You can find Nadine’s brand on Facebook and Twitter as well, where you can learn more about their mission and get in touch. If you found Nadine’s story and tips inspirational, we invite you to take a closer look at her website. In the meantime, don’t forget to tell us all about your experience with environmentally-friendly, sustainable beauty products.