"Some boys grow up wanting to be doctors, fire fighters or pilots, but I was always fascinated by makeup," recalls Zach Dishinger (photo at top), CEO and founder of Formula Z Cosmetics. "When I transformed myself with makeup, I realized who I was. Countless years of being bullied for my sexual orientation or unconventional interests didn't matter anymore. Makeup was a part of me, and I decided to be true to myself."
The young entrepreneur's first collection, Forever Lips, includes six highly pigmented, 100% cruelty, paraben and gluten-free semi-matte lipsticks.
As for what items Dishinger packs in his own travel make-up bag? Here, a peek at his favorite go-to products:
MAC Cosmetics Travel Case: "This travel bag is perfect for carrying all of your makeup and toiletries. It looks chic and is designed with extra storage along the sides and middle. It is the best bag for travel," says Dishinger.
Prism Palette from Anastasia of Beverly Hills Cosmetics: "Super versatile for creating a variety of looks with just one palette. Not for the faint of heart, this palette contains a range of shades - from neutrals to super cool, highly pigmented colors."
Mario Badescu Facial Spray (Cucumber and Aloe): "This is the best product for refreshing your skin, setting makeup, or toning while on the go! The smaller 4 oz. size is perfect for travel."
MAC Extended Play Gigablack Lash Mascara: "The holy grail of mascaras. I never leave home without it! The specially designed applicator allows for precise application while giving your lashes a lift. It literally lasts all day and can be easily removed with warm water."
Formula Z Cosmetics FOREVER LIPS: "It's just so easy! This liquid lipstick is 100% cruelty free and vegan and lasts all day. Perfect for travel, apply in the morning and you're good to go for the whole day. It doesn't dry out the lips and is available in six shades. My favorites? Jocelyn, a pretty pinkish-nude and Bowie, a luscious grape color."
Marc Jacobs Gel Eye Crayon: "Malleable and super easy to apply, this is my go-to eyeliner. Whether you want to go glam and create a smokey eye, or use it as a smudge-proof liner, it's great for all-day wear."
Clarisonic Mia: "Travel can take its toll on your skin, whether its sleepless nights, jet lag, pollution or being cooped up on a plane. After a long day, the Mia is the best thing to come home to! It gently exfoliates, removing dirt and oil to give your skin the perfect glow."
Pink Pewter Volumizing Dry Shampoo: "For a quick refresh or volumizing lift, use this product for the best hair day ever."