4 New York Beauty Brands That Will Change Your Life

Photographed by Leslie Kirchoff.
It may feel like big businesses dominate the consumer market, but when it comes to what we're putting on our faces, there's something so beautiful — and fascinating — about products that are made right in our backyards — er, somewhere in the vicinity of our 500-square-foot studios.
As New Yorkers, we're particularly proud to support anything and everything made in the city we call home — and beauty and skin-care products are certainly no exception. Finding products that are all-natural, locally-sourced, and made right in NYC is pretty much the dream trifecta for eco-conscious urban shoppers.
In celebration of small businesses run by some seriously awesome women, we hit the studios of four NYC-based brands to see how the magic really happens. The only thing more amazing than how these products feel is how they came to be. Click ahead for a double dose of hometown pride and beauty inspiration.