Atlanta woman’s makeup line Range Beauty featured on ‘Shark Tank’

Emma Grede, the CEO of fashion juggernaut Good American and founding partner of SKIMS, returns to the Tank as the first Black female guest Shark! First into the Tank are entrepreneurs from Atlanta, Georgia, who introduce their clean line of beauty products specially formulated for melanin-rich skin on an all-new episode of “Shark Tank." (L-R) Myisha Fantroy and Alicia Scott. 

FRIDAY, FEB. 25 (8:00-9:01 p.m. EST), on ABC. (ABC/Christopher Willard)

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Emma Grede, the CEO of fashion juggernaut Good American and founding partner of SKIMS, returns to the Tank as the first Black female guest Shark! First into the Tank are entrepreneurs from Atlanta, Georgia, who introduce their clean line of beauty products specially formulated for melanin-rich skin on an all-new episode of “Shark Tank." (L-R) Myisha Fantroy and Alicia Scott. FRIDAY, FEB. 25 (8:00-9:01 p.m. EST), on ABC. (ABC/Christopher Willard)

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Alicia Scott’s product targets Black women with acne and eczema

Alicia Scott would regularly have issues with acne and eczema, triggered by the makeup she would put on.

Frustrated, the 32-year-old Atlanta entrepreneur created Range Beauty in 2018, an all-natural makeup line that soothes the skin and is tailored to Black women. Target quickly picked it up for its online store and Amazon will join in soon.

Her product line includes foundation, primer, powder and body oil. Price points are between drug-store brands and premium brands, she said.

Scott appeared on ABC’s ‘Shark Tank” last fall, and her episode airs this Friday at 8 p.m. The show is introducing Emma Grede, its first Black female guest Shark.

Grede runs Good American, a women’s clothing company focused on size inclusivity and body positivity, and helped start shapewear brand Skims with Jens Grede and Kim Kardashian. Last year, she also launched Safely plant-based cleaning and self-care products with Kris Jenner and Chrissy Teigen.

Scott, who has five employees and offices in Sandy Springs, can’t say how her pitch went and who (if anybody) was willing to invest in her company. But her company would certainly fall within Grede’s realm of interest. Scott also hoped to catch the attention of regular Shark Lori Geary, who has supported many women-run businesses in the past.

Nonetheless, seeing Grede on the Shark panel was comforting because she knew exactly the hurdles Scott has faced in building her company, she said.

“It was like the ultimate pitch for me,” Scott said. “I’ve been pitching for years raising money at grant competitions. I love pitching. I love speaking. This is like the master level in video games.”

UPDATE: On the show, she brought her cousin Myisha Fantroy to support her. Her very aggressive asking price: $150,000 for a mere 6% of the company. Good news: the Sharks liked their presentation and their product differentiation. Grede and Geary came together to give them an offer: $150,000 but for 20%. “What you’ve done is really good,” Grede said. She said she can help them expand into retail, which is super challenging. They countered with $200,000 to 20% but the Sharks didn’t budge. In the end, Scott said yes. In a text Monday, Scott said the deal is still under due diligence and has not yet been finalized. She said by Monday morning, she had received more than 1,700 orders.

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SHARK TANK - “1315” – Emma Grede, the CEO of fashion juggernaut Good American and founding partner of SKIMS, returns to the Tank as the first Black female guest Shark! First into the Tank are entrepreneurs from Atlanta, Georgia, who introduce their clean line of beauty products specially formulated for melanin-rich skin. A mom from Winterville, North Carolina, pitches her unique product to better tackle eliminating diaper odor; while entrepreneurs from Wichita, Kansas, present their healthy line of products made from an ancient superfood. A mom from Lafayette, Indiana, introduces her simple and reliable way to help new moms during their breastfeeding journey with her reusable design, on an all-new episode of “Shark Tank,” FRIDAY, FEB. 25 (8:00-9:01 p.m. EST), on ABC. (ABC/Christopher Willard) MYISHA, ALICIA

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SHARK TANK - “1315” – Emma Grede, the CEO of fashion juggernaut Good American and founding partner of SKIMS, returns to the Tank as the first Black female guest Shark! First into the Tank are entrepreneurs from Atlanta, Georgia, who introduce their clean line of beauty products specially formulated for melanin-rich skin. A mom from Winterville, North Carolina, pitches her unique product to better tackle eliminating diaper odor; while entrepreneurs from Wichita, Kansas, present their healthy line of products made from an ancient superfood. A mom from Lafayette, Indiana, introduces her simple and reliable way to help new moms during their breastfeeding journey with her reusable design, on an all-new episode of “Shark Tank,” FRIDAY, FEB. 25 (8:00-9:01 p.m. EST), on ABC. (ABC/Christopher Willard)
MYISHA, ALICIA

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SHARK TANK - “1315” – Emma Grede, the CEO of fashion juggernaut Good American and founding partner of SKIMS, returns to the Tank as the first Black female guest Shark! First into the Tank are entrepreneurs from Atlanta, Georgia, who introduce their clean line of beauty products specially formulated for melanin-rich skin. A mom from Winterville, North Carolina, pitches her unique product to better tackle eliminating diaper odor; while entrepreneurs from Wichita, Kansas, present their healthy line of products made from an ancient superfood. A mom from Lafayette, Indiana, introduces her simple and reliable way to help new moms during their breastfeeding journey with her reusable design, on an all-new episode of “Shark Tank,” FRIDAY, FEB. 25 (8:00-9:01 p.m. EST), on ABC. (ABC/Christopher Willard) MYISHA, ALICIA

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Scott grew up in Brooklyn and always imagined being her own boss. “I was going to walk down the street in my own clothing,” she said. “I knew I’d own something.”

She graduated from Virginia Tech specializing in fashion merchandising and design. She worked in fashion for a few years and noticed that Black models often brought their own makeup to runway shows because they had to use specialty products. She saw a 2017 study that many of the makeup products for Black women had more toxins than those geared to white women.

She moved to Atlanta in 2014, finding the city more supportive to Black entrepreneurs, and created a product line that was anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and gentle on the skin. She said more than a third of Black women suffer from acne, significantly more than other races.

She spent years in 9-to-5 jobs, including overseeing diversity and inclusion efforts at an IT staffing firm. She decided to leave at the end of 2019 to focus on Range Beauty full-time.

Range Beauty, she said, generated $367,000 in 2020 but the pandemic caused supply-chain problems and she saw a revenue regression in 2021. She hopes the “Shark Tank” appearance and expertise and money from a Shark or two will propel her business to new heights.

“I have to pinch myself,” Scott said. “I was an avid ‘Shark Tank’ watcher for years. I didn’t see a lot of makeup brands pitched. It’s an incredible feeling to hit this moment in my life at this point in my journey in my business. This is a huge milestone.”

She is also starting a Range Beauty Impact Fund to help women of color access dermatologists, several of whom have already volunteered to do pro bono work on her behalf for customers in need.

WHERE TO WATCH

“Shark Tank,” 8 p.m. Fridays on ABC, available the next day on Hulu