About the Founder
Camera Ready Cosmetics was founded in 2003 by Makeup Artist Mary Erickson, with one vision in mind:
"It’s been my dream to have a pro makeup showroom, a place for artists to play with professional products without the typical makeup store attitude. I can't stand going into a store where the owners and employees think they're doing the customer a favor by being there."
"We've narrowed our products down to the best of the best. We have chosen the brands that respect and formulate their products for artists. You won’t find us in high end malls and we don't wear matching brush belts. However, we treat our customers with respect. If you want to play with products for a few hours and buy nothing, that's O.K... come in and play! Our store is your playground."
Having been in the makeup artist industry for over 30 years, Mary knows quality and value and understands what an artist needs. She's the buyer for Camera Ready Cosmetics, and chooses only what she would use on set.
"If you are looking for a product and you don’t find it here it’s because we have something better. Just ask us!"
The Core Values that Built Camera Ready Cosmetics
1) Genuinely care about people first. You can’t fake caring--it doesn’t work. The customers and the business will follow.
2) Communicate with people knowing that you’re dealing with someone’s mother, father, husband, wife, sister, brother, or child.
3) Treat customers and your team members like you want to be treated.
4) Be humble. Live like everything you have could disappear tomorrow... because it might.
5) Everyone is awesome at something. Keep moving until you find out what that is and help others find what that is for themselves.
6) Embrace change. Change is what moves us forward and keeps us in front.
7) Move like a race horse. Don’t look back at the competition--it will slow you down.
8) Be fearless. We lead and we blaze the trail. It’s harder than drafting but it’s more rewarding and a lot more fun!
9) Stay honest in everything you do. Live with integrity. We want a team of people who respect themselves because they’ve earned it.
10) Make mistakes, learn from them, and keep moving forward. If you aren’t making mistakes you aren’t doing much. Every mistake is a lesson. Admit it, ponder it, study it, analyze it, learn from it, and then file it away.
11) Be a problem-solver. If there’s a boulder in your path decide if you’re going to go around it, over it, or through it. Don’t just stand there waiting for it to move. Never let grass grow under your feet.