ABOUT THE ARTIST
INK...Cosmetics, LLC is Texas' first luxury cosmetics line created
by Celebrity Makeup Artist & active duty Air Force Member, Anna Castillo
I was born in Brooklyn, NY but raised all over the world due to my father's military service. I have always had a love for makeup and started practicing on my girlfriends in high school, but after the death of my father, I was forced to grow up fast. At the age of 18, I decided to move out on my own and joined the military where I am still currently serving. Despite the high demands of military life, I held on to my dream of becoming a makeup artist, often doing jobs for free to gain experience. I entered the Air Force as an Airman Basic (E-1) and my income did not allow me to afford high-end products for my kit. Not to mention, department store brands did not hold up to my expectations. So, I asked my family for support, got a loan, and began what is now known as INK...Cosmetics, LLC.
With seventeen years of experience and hard work, launching my cosmetic line has become a reality. I am honestly blessed! I was hired as a hair and makeup artist for the Houston Texans' Cheerleading Calendars and have experience with pageants, weddings, TV, and magazine shoots. I was contracted with modeling agencies as a lead makeup artist and have been paired with wonderful photographers who have helped me grow. Both have allowed me to be creative with every shoot. I have worked with several designers to include Calvin Klein, Mark Eisen, Vanessa and Angela Simmons, bebe brand, and was given the opportunity to do makeup for designer Betsey Johnson. My work has been featured in Elle, ZINK, Latina, TURN, DC Life, and AMUZE Magazines. My clients include: Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, Adrienne Bailon, Amber Rose, Danny Glover, Tia Mowry, Olympic figure skater and NBC commentator Johnny Weir, VH1 Glam God Winner-NY Fashion Designer/Stylist Indashio, America's Next Top Model Jaslene Gonzalez, America's Next Top Model CariDee, Deidra Muriel Roper, known as DJ Spinderella of Salt-n-Pepa, Grammy Nominated Recording Artist Carolyn Malachi, and many more. Some other projects include work on MTV Made, VH1, Bravo Network, Fox News, Project Runway, Americas Next Top Model, Ford Models, Red Bull, South Moon Under, Violet Boutique, W Salon VA, Dress for Success, Wounded Warrior Project, Final Salute Inc., Boys and Girls Clubs, local ads, and newspapers. I continue to do makeup for New York Fashion Week.
After getting my Esthetician License, I decided it was time to show America what I had to offer, so I launched my cosmetic line and hired additional Makeup Artists and Stylists in various cities to represent my brand. My philosophy is to help everyone achieve their beauty goals and make them feel fabulous in every way. I welcome you to experience the definition of true beauty by getting INK...d! So, stop being cute; INK...it up, be gorgeous, live your destiny, and cultivate your creativity!
ABOUT THE BRAND
Launched September 2001.
Since its inception in 2000, INK...Cosmetics, LLC has earned a reputation for being trendy, chic, and fun. INK...Cosmetics, LLC truly lives up to its philosophy: Stop being cute, “INK…” it up and be gorgeous!
Why did I create INK...? I began my makeup artistry career because I wanted to help cancer patients and Wounded Warriors feel and look their best. I found my love for makeup working with clients who had sever skin concerns. Seeing their reaction after learning how to properly apply cosmetics to their face and body was absolutely priceless. It is a true honor to have this opportunity and I am forever grateful for their trust.
Why the name “INK...?” ink is one of two things. It is the foundation of artistic expression and can be found in literature, drawings, and tattoos. It is also part of most women’s favorite color pink, hence the color of our logo.
Why the …? Ellipses refer to any omitted part of speech that is understood. I leave room for your own interpretation of what style and trends in cosmetics should be. With over 4 types of shadows, 5 lip products, funky mascaras, and an endless number of product colors, we at INK… know that once you’ve experienced our cosmetics, you’ll completely understand what it can do for you. INK... gives women the opportunity to express themselves like a true makeup ARTIST!
INK...Cosmetics, LLC was also created to provide a quality, high pigment cosmetic line that women and men of every age could afford. For example, take a department store cosmetic brand and swipe your finger over the product. Now place another finger next to it. Does the color look the same? NO! Though inexpensive, this causes you to purchase the product more often because you must use more in order to get the color results you desire. Do this with a high end product line and “maybe” the pigment will appear on your skin as it does in the product’s container. Is it worth taking the chance?
With INK…Cosmetics, LLC you are guaranteed results. INK...Cosmetics, LLC are like nothing you’ve ever used before. Uncommonly rich pigments, triple-milled ingredients, and proprietary formulas elevate our cosmetics to the next level. Whether you are a high fashion diva or just like to look naturally flawless, my show-stopping shimmery shades, luscious lip glosses, and flawless foundations give every beauty lover the chance to not only be stunning, they will make you feel luxurious as well.
I thank you for your continued support and look forward to connecting with you!