Dallas, July 14, 2009 - Mary Kay Inc.’s annual Seminar in Dallas, July 16 – Aug. 1 will celebrate the success of the company’s independent sales force. Seminar is focused on recognizing the Mary Kay independent sales force for their achievements while also providing education, inspiration and motivation for the year ahead. The Mary Kay independent sales force now exceeds 2 million members worldwide.

For more than 45 years, the cosmetics giant has provided women with an open-ended and unparalleled business opportunity, which in light of the volatile economic conditions, is more compelling than ever before. Mary Kay has seen a surge of women interested in starting their own business resulting in a 22 percent increase in independent sales force members in Q1 2009 compared to Q1 2008. Women of all ethnicities and backgrounds sell Mary Kay® products in more than 35 countries.

During this year’s event, nearly $6 million in sought-after recognition and prizes will be awarded, including jewelry, international vacation getaways and career cars, including the coveted pink Cadillac. Mary Kay’s annual Seminar will bring together independent sales force members from around the world during five, back-to-back conferences at the Dallas Convention Center. According to the Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau, the economic impact of the event is nearly $80 million.

About Mary Kay
Mary Kay, one of the largest direct sellers of skin care and color cosmetics, realized another year of record results. In 2008 Mary Kay Inc. and its international subsidiaries achieved $2.6 billion in wholesale sales worldwide. Mary Kay® products are sold in more than 35 markets worldwide, and the global Mary Kay independent sales force exceeds 2 million. To learn more about Mary Kay, log on to www.marykay.com or call 1-800-MARY KAY (1-800-627-9529).

About “Mary Kay’s Truth About Abuse” Survey
The survey polled 634 domestic violence shelters across the United States about domestic violence and the economy. The study was conducted online between April 24, 2009, and May 7, 2009.

About the Mary Kay Ash Charitable Foundation
The Mary Kay Ash Charitable Foundation was created in 1996, and its mission is twofold: to fund research of cancers affecting women and help prevent domestic violence while raising awareness of the issue. Since the Foundation’s inception, it has awarded nearly $18 million to shelters and programs addressing domestic violence prevention and nearly $12 million to cancer researchers and related causes throughout the United States. To learn more about the Mary Kay Ash Charitable Foundation, log on to www.mkacf.org or call 1-877-MKCARES (1-877-652-2737).