MAC Cosmetics (formerly Make-up Art Cosmetics; stylized M-A-C) is a manufacturer of cosmetics headquartered in New York City.
MAC Cosmetics, Makeup Artist Cosmetics, was founded in Toronto, Ontario, Canada by Frank Toskan and Frank Angelo in 1984. The first U.S MAC store opened in 1991, in New York.
The company's products were initially specifically designed for professional make-up artists but are now sold to consumers worldwide.
Long before their company history, MAC cosmetics founders directed their product line towards professionals in the beauty and fashion industry who had to rely on heavy cosmetics, cake makeup and stage makeup to create the visual effects needed to withstand bright lighting during photo shoots. MAC cosmetics can be found at department stores such as Belk, Nordstrom or Macy's as well as MAC Stores.
Estée Lauder Companies acquired controlling interest of MAC in 1996, then completed their acquisition of the company in 1998. Original founder Frank Angelo died in 1997 due to complications during surgery.