Sept. 13 marks 50 years of enriching women’s lives for top selling beauty company

DALLAS (Sept. 13, 2013) -

Across the world millions of Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultants, their customers, corporate employees and brand lovers will mark the golden anniversary and founding day of iconic beauty company Mary Kay.

This is far from the humble beginnings of the brand that started in a 500 square foot store front in Dallas, Texas, USA, with five beauty products displayed on a single metal shelf and nine Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultants. The company was founded on Sept. 13, 1963, and was called Beauty by Mary Kay. Now, Mary Kay Inc. has more than 200 products that are sold in 37 countries around the world by 3 million Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultants.

To celebrate in the United States, Mary Kay is holding the largest pink Cadillac rally and caravan in company history. More than 100 pink Cadillacs will blanket the Dallas Arts District in front of the AT&T Performing Arts Center before caravanning up the Dallas North Tollway via police escort to the Mary Kay global headquarters. Once there, the pink Cadillacs will spell out a commemorate message in tribute to the company’s golden anniversary.

Mary Kay celebrated its 50th anniversary with remarkable accomplishments including:

  • Adding 350,000 Mary Kay businesses by new independent sales force members around the world during the past year.
  • Achieving the highest sales month in company history in March 2013.
  • Launching its first Global Makeup Artist Team. The team consists of the most talented artists from the fashion capitals of the world who share their expertise on products, application techniques and trends.
  • Hosting Global Makeover Day and setting a company record for the most number of makeovers in a single day on March 8 for International Women’s Day. The Global Makeover Day was the kickoff event for the Global Makeover Contest.
  • Setting a Guinness World Record for the largest makeup painting. The painting was done exclusively with Mary Kay® products. The finished artwork measured 56.5 square meters, or 608 square feet.
  • Donating nearly $5 million to organizations benefitting women and children around the world in celebration of its 50th anniversary year.
  • Developing Mary Kay At Play, a global product line targeting Gen Y. The Mary Kay At Play collection focuses on the next generation of Mary Kay brand lovers.
  • Exceeding the milestone of more than 800 issued and pending patents covering Mary Kay’s innovative products, technologies and designs around the world.

“Our 50th anniversary has been a record-setting year for our company,” said David Holl, President and Chief Executive Officer for Mary Kay Inc. “Women of all backgrounds and ages continue to turn to Mary Kay for the products they love and trust as well as the unparalleled opportunity.”

About Mary Kay

Irresistible products. Positive community impact. Rewarding opportunity. For 50 years, Mary Kay has offered it all. With 3 million Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultants and $3 billion in global annual wholesale sales, Mary Kay is a top beauty brand and direct seller in more than 35 markets around the world. To learn more or to locate a Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant in your area, please visit marykay.com.