Although the beauty industry today is dominated by huge corporations, such as Clairol, Chanel, L’Oreal, and many others, brilliant minds were behind those companies before they made it big. And it is because of intelligent and hardworking businesspeople that these beauty companies were able to achieve the status that they enjoy in today’s modern world.
Are you interested in learning about just five of the most famous people in the history of the beauty industry who are responsible for shaping the products and services that you enjoy today? Then continue reading for the list below.
Lawrence Gelb and Joan Gelb
Lawrence Gelb and Joan Gelb were an innovative couple who are responsible for bringing the very first at-home hair coloring system to the United States. In addition to giving consumers more power over their hair care choices by providing them with the ability to color their own hair at home, Lawrence and Joan Gelb are also responsible for bringing one-step hair coloring systems to salons, where stylists were able to give their clients the colors they desired with less effort and time.
Eugene Schueller is the founder of world famous L’Oreal, a company that is known for its hair care products, skin care line, and makeup lines. The corporation now has hundreds of brands under its umbrella, with consumers from numerous countries using its products every single day.
Charles Revson is the founder of Revlon, which is yet another giant in the beauty industry, offering every type of makeup product out there, as well as fragrances and hair color. Although the company is known worldwide today, it started off small, as all ventures do. Charles Revson began making a name for himself when he started producing new nail colors for women to choose from. Of course, women fell in love with the new variety at their fingertips. From there, he went on to develop lipstick shades that would match the nail polishes perfectly. And the company grew and grew from that point forward.
Eugene Rimmel is credited with creating Rimmel, which was the very first beauty company to offer mascara to the public. In fact, he and his company made such a mark on the world that many languages still use the word “rimmel” as their term for mascara. In the meantime, though, the company has grown and expanded its product offerings. Today, you can purchase myriad beauty products for your eyes, nails, and lips, as well as your face, from foundations and blushes to eye shadows and eyeliners.
Estée Lauder was an intelligent businesswoman who made a name for herself in the cosmetics industry by sending her products to celebrities who would then endorse them for her. She is also the person behind the makeup kiosks found in today’s largest department stores. Today, her company is massive, thanks to other savvy businesspeople who have taken charge of it, such as William Lauder, who is currently the company’s Executive Chairman.
Hayley Smith is a freelance blogger who has always had an interest in the beauty industry and loves purchasing new makeup products when they are released.