Born in New Orleans, "The Big Easy," Louisiana,  LaPierre Cosmetics was inspired  by the founder's mother, J.M. LaPierre. She was a woman who embodied elegance and class whom also loved to polish and take care of her nails.

For years, LaPierre created many fond memories with her daughter, over a fresh bottle of red nail lacquer. On August 30, 2013, LaPierre was diagnosed with lung cancer. A few weeks after receiving her diagnosis, LaPierre moved from Louisiana to Maryland to begin chemotherapy and radiation treatments at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. The move gave her daughter the honor of being her caregiver, and enabled them to carry on a tradition that, in recent years, had been limited by the thousands of miles between them. Unfortunately, LaPierre lost her battle with lung cancer on Jan. 1, 2014. In her memory, LaPierre Cosmetics donates a $1 for every lacquer bottle sold to the LIVESTRONG Foundation , committing to help empower people in the cancer community addressing unmet needs.