UNII Cosmetics founder Minna Ha didn’t always see herself starting her own business. Striving to stretch her creative capabilities, Ha ended up at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as an architecture student – it was here where she got her first itch for entrepreneurship. The concept of not only creating a product, but also establishing a company seemed to be the perfect creative outlet. This desire followed her throughout her graduate studies at Harvard University where she continued to pursue a career in architecture.
Not taking the development process lightly, she spent three years making sure to create the perfect product – a makeup palette that was sturdy, completely customizable and able to hold a variety of different cosmetic brands, while still looking sleek and stylish. Using what she had learned from various manufacturing, industrial design and engineering classes she took during her architecture studies and after scouring various trade shows for the perfect manufacturer, Ha officially launched UNII Cosmetics in January 2010.
UNII Cosmetics now offers a full line of customizable makeup palettes and since its inception, has grown to include six vibrant shades. The product has been recognized by leading publications such as Marie Claire, Real Simple and Whole Living and is sold at renowned retailers Fred Segal Studio Beauty Mix and Naimie’s Beauty Center. Minna Ha is currently based in Los Angeles where she continues to passionately work on extending the UNII brand.