Melissa Butler

Founder & CEO | The Lip Bar

Melissa Butler is a Detroit native who has skillfully and strategically launched start-up beauty brand, The Lip Bar, into a nationwide phenomenon. Melissa obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Finance from Florida A & M University before going on to work on Wall Street as a licensed stock broker. Her journey from stocks and bonds to beauty was created by her frustration with the beauty industry’s lack of diversity and excessive amounts of chemicals.

This frustration led Melissa to manufacture lipstick in her Brooklyn kitchen in an effort to challenge the status quo and the industry’s linear take on beauty.

“Everyone deserves to have representation. Without it, we are left seeking validation” – Melissa

Since launch, Melissa has taken The Lip Bar on Shark Tank, The Bethenny Show and it has graced the pages of Essence, Ebony and Cosmopolitan Magazines. The Lip Bar is headquartered in Detroit and can be found on as well as in Target stores across the country.


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