To makeup artist Taylor Chang-Babaian, beauty products are tools to uncover individuality, not conceal it. When she was a teenage tomboy, makeup helped her discover her beauty by allowing her to show herself as she wanted to be – “It was my alternative to surgery,” she says – and later it gave her a career that led her to work with celebrities the likes of Yoko Ono, Paula Abdul, Adrien Brody and Michael Caine, and for magazines, including Rolling Stone, Vogue, Essence and Elle, to launch a false eyelash brand called Krē•āt Beauty and to write books that, starting with “Asian Faces” in 2007, smashed stereotypes. “The stereotypes of Asian women were really bad. They had to be really provocative and sexy or nerdy. I put Asians in a different light,” she explains.