Leslie is real. She is Beauty For Real. She is a Makeup Maverick. Innovator. Trend Forecaster. Educator. Entrepreneur. #GirlBoss. As the founder of Beauty For Real, Leslie Munsell is diligently on duty 24/7 — making the world, well, a prettier place.
Leslie’s affair with beauty began in Minnesota where she grew up and eventually joined the ranks of the prestigious Aveda artistic team. It was during this time at Aveda where she realized her natural talent for beauty. Quickly rising through the ranks of its artistic team, she found herself an invaluable interpreter and predictor of color trends and a savvy voice in product development and education.
With over 25 years experience as a celebrity makeup artist, she has worked with the biggest talents in the advertising and fashion worlds and collaborated with legendary photographers including Patrick Demarchelier, Tom Munro, Anne Menke and high-brow designers such as Giorgio Armani, Roberto Cavalli, Zac Posen. Her A-list clientele includes Mariah Carey, Venus and Serena Williams, Brooklyn Decker, Miranda Kerr, Shakira, Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union. Leslie’s work has been prominently featured in publications such as W Magazine, Allure, Harper’s BAZAAR, InStyle and Oprah and she has frequently appeared on NBC and CBS as a beauty expert.
Throughout her career, Leslie has had the opportunity to meet thousands of women from all backgrounds and has heard them say one thing over and over that struck a chord – that they are overwhelmed by the massive selection of makeup in the marketplace and confused by what to buy and how to use it. This is what inspired her to create Beauty For Real.
By eliminating confusion and simplifying the process with an expertly curated collection of only the most essential beauty products, Beauty For Real has been developed with custom high tech formulas and beneficial natural ingredients along with smart, innovative packaging. Beauty For Real is Beauty Simplified.
“Beauty For Real is a carefully chosen product selection of high performing items that women can use everyday to easily and effortlessly look their best,” Leslie says “It’s the ultimate in beauty for the active woman on the go and in-the-know.”
Leslie’s talents aren’t limited to the laboratory, a true sportswoman, she is a competing equestrian and cherishes time with her beloved horse, Nabucco. Giving back to her community is important, too. Leslie donates her time to the non-profit organizations SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) and Dress For Success.