our fabulous story

Our Beginning

1181 Lab’s founder and CEO has spent over 20 years in the beauty industry as a top and featured hairstylist at some of the hottest salons in the heart of downtown Chicago. At a very early age, our founder and CEO had already found her passion in the beauty industry by wanting to spend countless hours in her favorite Aunt’s popular hair salon on the South Side of Chicago. She would sit and observe countless women come into the hair salon and experience a complete transformation not only in their outward appearance but quickly understanding that by making a woman look and feel beautiful on the outside can change everything she feels on the inside, true confidence personified. Seeing women walk out of the salon with a new found confidence and beauty, plus finally feeling like the queen they already were with a new swag in their step, is the very reason our founder and CEO became a hairstylist. But that passion and love for beauty did not end there. There also lies an absolute beauty product obsession that many can relate too and that in two words is LIP GLOSS. What many can also relate to is the relentless search to find the perfect lip gloss. In a market with so many choices, it’s often very difficult to find a lip gloss that offers what we all want in one quality lip gloss line. So, 1181 Lab’s Founder and CEO begin her journey into the lab to research and define the perfect lip gloss. A lip gloss that feels luxurious on the lips using only the best organic ingredients with eye-popping, high performing pigment that catches attention. 

That is how 1181 Lab lip gloss was created.


Mission and Vision

We embarked on a mission to bring a line of unforgettable and uncompromising lip glosses with proprietary formulations full or powerful, high pigmented colors with only the best organic, cruelty-free ingredients that define true beauty for every skin tone.


1181 Lab is the most inclusive black-owned beauty brand. Founded by a Liberian born, Chicago based hairstylist, the 1181 Lab brand is ambitious, rebellious, innovative, unforgettable, and made for all.


Defining the Difference

1181 Lab’s lip glosses were created with the heart and soul of complete inclusivity and diversity to exemplify beauty. Whether you are the corporate queen, the around the way girl, the princess, to your own unique label, our language is color. Welcome to the ultimate luxury to touch your lips. Welcome to 1181 Lab.