I started tarte with a dream of developing good-for-you beauty that's never boring. I became so focused on the ingredients I was putting on my skin, and a lot of my favorite products had some not-so-cool ingredients in them.

So out of my 1-bedroom, rent-controlled NYC apartment with my friends & family as employees getting paid in pizza, I launched my very first product! Our OG tartelettes know, it was the cheek stain: a skin-loving blush stick infused with acai, acerola, maracuja, goji & pomegranate – finally, ingredients you could pronounce!

Just like that, we were on the map. I bought a bottle of champagne, celebrated the win & continued on my adventure. I started building an incredible team, we moved into a (real) office which we quickly outgrew & now we have an amazing group of peeps behind the scenes that have truly become family.

Fast forward 20 years to a full assortment of award-winning formulas… but it’s still just the beginning. We will never stop learning, never stop growing & I will always be that girl with a dream. Thanks to YOU GUYS, my dream became a reality & I am forever grateful.

Maureen Kelly