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June 17, 2013

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (O.C.C.)


David Klasfeld (above) — a makeup artist and CEO, creative director and founder of Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics — named his company after his OCD, diagnosed when he was 14.

He told Laren Stover in a New York Times story that "I had 42 shampoos and conditioners because I could never use the same ones twice in a week, so I could go six weeks without using the same combination. I didn’t name the company arbitrarily."

Now 35, he chooses shade names that are "not what you would find in a typical department store palette."


There is Hoochie, Harlot, and NSFW, among others, but the company "is best known for a product called Lip Tar that has become a cult favorite among the kind of cutting-edge makeup enthusiasts who also tend to favor the brands Urban Decay and Illamasqua."

"Makeup artists praise the brand for its intense pigmentation and professional innovative formulas. Mr. Klasfeld gave credit to one artist, Sharon Gault, for 'putting O.C.C. on the map' when she used Lip Tar on the actress and PETA spokeswoman Pamela Anderson for a David LaChapelle shoot. Humane animal treatment may be the brand's mission statement, but counting rituals play a role in the brand's strategy. 'What's been amazing about the company is turning what’s viewed as a negative into a positive,” said Mr. Klasfeld of obsessive-compulsive disorder. 'Coordinating and matched sets are definitely things that are born out of an O.C.D. mind.'"

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June 17, 2013 at 12:01 AM | Permalink


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Whatever you do, don't pay for your purchase in cash. Counting your change (or, counting the exact change that you paid to him) will take hours (if not days or weeks).

Posted by: 6.02*10^23 | Jun 17, 2013 3:00:23 AM

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