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India-inspired makeup for good cause

Austin American-Statesman
Modified: June 25, 2012 at 4:33 pm •  Published: June 25, 2012

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Austin, Texas-based cosmetic company Radiant Cosmetics was created with the purpose of raising awareness about human trafficking through the sale of women's cosmetics.

Radiant Cosmetics' newest collection was inspired by founder and owner Nicole Marett's time in India working to fight human trafficking. The Indian Collection features a three eye shadow palette ($26 eye shadow, $28 makeup bag, and $48 for the set) in vibrant colors seen in India: Goldilocks, a yellow-gold shimmer; Souffle, a matte espresso; and a teal-blue Cyprus.

The two makeup bags in the collection are handmade with Indian fabric and created in partnership with Rahab's Rope, an anti-trafficking organization. The makeup bags are available in contrasting colors of gold and teal.

Marett credits her drive to publicize the plight of victims of human trafficking during her time participating in the World Race, a year-long mission traveling 11 countries in 11 months. Not only did Marrett begin her cosmetics company with a goal of providing financial support to organizations who help women, she's active in bringing awareness to human trafficking on a local level.

Twenty percent of Radiant Cosmetics profits, including those from the India Collection, go toward Free the Captives, a Houston-based organization against human trafficking. For more information about Marrett's anti-human trafficking efforts and to purchase Radiant Cosmetics, visit


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