Kryolan has announced their visionary leader Arnold Langer has passed away at the age of 97. We run this obit courtesy of Kryolan Professional Make-up.     

For Beauty’s Sake

He was a visionary and a man of action. Even in his darkest times and most difficult situations, Kryolan’s founder, Arnold Langer, never lost his courage or his optimism, and certainly not his humor. But even the strongest of personalities eventually have to succumb to father time. It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Arnold Langer, who passed away in his native Berlin on February 27, 2018 at the age of 97.

Born in the vibrant Berlin of the 1920s, Langer quickly discovered his passion for make-up and theater. Despite serving in the Second World War, this passion never left him, even during these difficult times spent far away from home.

With his vision to produce make-up for theaters that had reopened after the armistice, the successful company history took its course after the Second World War: Kryolan, which for more than 70 years has established itself as the leading producer of professional make-up worldwide, was built up by the Berlin native from scratch through sheer diligence, willpower and admirable perseverance.

His motto: “You snooze, you lose.” His concept for success: hard work coupled with a pinch of luck: “The most critical junctures in life are often down to coincidence; encounters with people, with the right partner even,” according to Langer’s belief. “There comes a time when fate decides” – and fate would be kind to Arnold Langer.

The young chemical lab apprentice earned his first pocket money by selling soaps and creams, concocted in his mother’s kitchen. With his saved-up service pay and a strong woman by his side in Waltraud Langer, he set up Kryolan in 1945.

Some long, arduous years would follow as Langer acquired and supplied customers first from his vendor’s tray, then by bicycle before finally purchasing his first company car in 1963. Modesty, diligence and sense of duty – these were the virtues that helped Arnold Langer grow his company from Berlin-Reinickendorf and establish it on a global scale.

It now has offices in more than 90 countries on all five continents. Arnold Langer’s credo, “People come first, then the business”, remains the company’s philosophy to this day. Special wishes of make-up artists have been and still are matters for the boss – and at least as important as the confidential treatment of and personal contact with customers and partners. “This individuality is what’s made us what we are today.” And his son, Wolfram Langer, together with his own sons, Sebastian and Dominik, including their families, continue to run Kryolan with this philosophy firmly embedded. Modern visions for the future are built upon strong roots – ensuring that the legacy of Arnold Langer lives on proudly.