Huns That Hustles: Una Tynan of Blank Canvas Cosmetics

In honour of International Women’s Day, we chatted with ten kick-ass, powerful women who have broken through the glass ceiling and founded their own beauty brands.  


Meet Una Tynan, makeup artist and creator of Blank Canvas Cosmetics. 

Founded: 2011 

Location: Donegal, Ireland 

Motto: “Be content with little, but strive for more.” 

On what she’s learned as a female brand founder… 

“I’ve learned not to dwell on things but to move on quickly, and that I can’t do it all myself. This was a struggle for me because my natural instinct is to try and work it out on my own.” 

On the most challenging aspects of founding Blank Canvas… 

“I had to fund Blank Canvas myself – I started the brand during a recession when seeking funding wasn’t an option.” 

On her role models… 

“I have so many, I take inspiration from friends, family, and people I’ve met throughout my life and career, especially successful people who’ve had to overcome struggles.” 

On the best piece of advice she’s ever received… 

“A mistake is never a mistake as long as you learn from it.” 

On what she always makes time for at the end of the day… 

“I always make time to meditate or reflect in silence for at least 30 minutes a day. I’ve done this for most of my adult life – it’s important to enjoy the silence.”