Nyle Fisher’s ventures in cosmetics and sharing pride throughout the month

Nyle, when did you first get interested in the cosmetics industry?

As a teenager, I was obsessed with the alt-pop, and metal music scene. The men making this music sometimes wore makeup and had androgynous points of view. I began to incorporate aspects of the alternative aesthetic into my personal style. When I moved to New York for college, I knew my aesthetic would be something that helped me stand out.

I got to interact not only with stylists but makeup artists, hairstylists, photographers, producers, etc., and gain knowledge of every job on set, from experts.

What was it like to work professionally in the cosmetics industry?

I started to take on more and more responsibility on set which sent me down the path of a producer and creative director. In 2015 I started working at Pat McGrath Labs, which at that time was a startup in year 3, prior to its billion-dollar valuation. Working closely for around two years in a startup environment helmed by someone who literally redefined modern makeup artistry turned my interest into a full-blown obsession. I soaked up so much knowledge about the industry. But it wasn’t until more than a year after I parted ways amicably with the company that it occurred to me that I wanted to and could start my own makeup brand. I missed the excitement that comes with growing a makeup brand when you are following a true creative vision but wanted to do things my own way. It would be a dream come true to have Ms. McGrath on my board one day.

And so you decided to launch Brian Beauty Cosmetics?

That’s right. When I was younger, I always dreamed of becoming an entrepreneur. I come from a disadvantaged background so I always knew that to have the freedom I craved, I needed to become my own boss. In order to get complete autonomy, I knew I had to create something and couldn’t just work my way up to the C-suite.

How did you get involved with StartOut?

I remember researching programs/organizations geared towards LGBTQ+ businesses and startups and discovering StartOut.

What’s next for Brian Beauty Cosmetics, and how are you celebrating Pride this year?

Expressing yourself is important, not just during Pride, but whenever you want. That’s why we’re in the process of adding four new colors, a new one just launched this Pride season. It’s difficult to find a brand offering as many liquid eyeliner colors as Brian Beauty does while meeting our quality standards.

Connect with Nyle on LinkedIn for the latest updates on Brian Beauty Cosmetics, and follow our blog on Medium for new founder stories every month!

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