It’s that time a year again: New York Fashion Week is in full swing. And while we’ve been meticulously tracking makeup trends and taking copious notes on haircuts and styles to copy, we’ve also been keeping a close eye on the products the pros are turning to behind-the-scenes. You might think after decades on the job, we’d seen it all. But every now and then, a makeup artist or hairstylist will whip out a never-before-heard-of serum or styler. And, of course, as beauty editors we immediately take notice. Case in point: Makeup artist Benjamin Puckey’s latest obsession: Mun Skincare (pronounced “moon”), an organic, natural skin-care line founded by fellow makeup artist Munemi Imai. (Right now, you can find Puckey running the backstage beauty spot at shows like Brock Collection.)
We first spotted Mun products on Puckey’s Instagram—the hydrating Argan Pure Argan Oil, the cucumber seed oil-spiked Akwi Purifying Cleanser, and the Aknari Brightening Youth Serum, which is a fragrant mix of prickly pear seed oil and rose. We’ve also spotted it backstage on more than one makeup artists set-up station. We reached out to Imai to find out more about Mūn, its origin, and why it’s quickly becoming a staple among pros and cool girls alike.
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How was Mun Skincare born?
“The idea to create my own skin-care line started brewing while I was consulting at Kao for their prestige makeup brand. From there, I began researching and talking to people to learn more about the process. In the beginning of 2010, I had a bit of a health scare, which is when I really started to pay attention to what I eat, and became interested in how many potentially harmful chemicals are in our food. I completely cleaned up my diet, which naturally lead me to look into skin care products.”
And where did the name, “Mun,” come from?
“Mūn is a short version of my name, Munemi. When I first met my friend Michelle Buswell, she started calling me “moon,” and the nickname stuck. So, Mūn is a double meaning and a play on words.”
You’re a makeup artist. Why is good, clean skin care important to you and your clients?
“Skin is our biggest organ, so it’s important to care about what we’re applying to it, especially since trace amounts of skin-care ingredients can absorb into the body. Clean, green skin-care companies generally tend to avoid animal derived ingredients and focus on organic plant-based ingredients instead, which is important to many of my clients.”
What is the hero product of the line?
“The Aknari Brightening Youth Serum because it has multi-tasking benefits, so there’s no need for a separate under eye serum and neck serum, it’s all in one. Aknari reduces the appearance of fine lines, prevents premature wrinkle formation, brightens dark under-eye circles, calms redness, helps to relieve sunburn, and brightens the complexion. One of the things that I love the most about Aknari is that it works well under any kind of base makeup and leaves the skin with a healthy glow. I always use it on my clients before applying makeup, and many other makeup artists love it as skin prep and primer in one-step.”
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Other than Puckey, who are some other Mun fans?
“Supermodel Anne V, Solange, Kate Bock, Elyse Taylor, Jemima Kirke, and Julia Restoin Roitfield.”
Mun Skincare products range from $10 (for an organic towel) to $200 (for a three-piece set) and are available at munskin.com.
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