After losing her friend to cancer at the young age of 24, Karissa Bodnar decided she had to do something. The same year her friend passed away, Bodnar launched a luxury, toxin-free cosmetics company called Thrive Causemetics with the goal of donating makeup to women fighting cancer.
Bodnar told Daily Mail that after her friend's death,
It really caused me to re-evaluate what I was doing in my life. I just wanted to make a difference in the world.
Now 26 years old, Bodnar first started working as a makeup artist when she was only 16. Originally from Washington state, she now lives in Seattle where she runs Thrive Causemetics. As far as using makeup to help women with cancer, she says,
There's a direct correlation between feeling beautiful and feeling confident. When a woman feels confident, she can do anything she sets her mind to.
But Bodnar says her mission encompasses more than just helping women look beautiful, telling Daily Mail,
I don't just want to create makeup, I really want to improve the lives of women and inspire women.
Her company also manufactures fake eyelashes specifically designed for women who may have lost their own eyelashes due to chemotherapy.
Bodnar says that since Thrive Causemetics launched in 2015, they've stayed true to their goal that, for every product sold, another goes to a woman undergoing cancer treatment.
Sounds like a pretty good excuse to stock up on cruelty-free eyeliner, doesn't it?