From makeup artist to business mogul – Bobbi Brown worked as a Manhattan makeup artists before founding her eponymous cosmetics line in 1991. Her line of lipsticks sold out on the day it was introduced to the upmarket New York department store Bergdorf Goodman, and her company is today worth nearly a billion dollars.
French style goes global – French makeup artist Laura Mercier started her career at the Carita Institute, a renowned beauty school in Paris. She became Madonna's personal makeup artist in the 1980s, after working with her on a Vogue cover shoot, and in 1996 she co-founded Laura Mercier Cosmetics with former Neiman Marcus executive Janet Gurwitch. Today, the brand's tinted moisturizer has reached legendary status with women across the world.
Ethical cosmetics – Anita Roddick started The Body Shop in 1976 as a way of supporting her young family. She started selling naturally-scented soaps and lotions,and the business grew rapidly expanding to become one of the most recognizable brands in the world.
Empire built on beauty – Estee Lauder was born Josephine Esther Mentzer in Queens, New York, in 1906. After graduating from high school, she started working with her uncle, a chemist, producing face creams and other beauty products, and in 1946, founded what was to become one of the renowned cosmetic empires in the world.
Face first – Canadian-American beauty entrepreneur Elizabeth Arden pioneered scientific formulation of cosmetics and opened the first destination beauty spa in the United States. With a $6,000 loan from her brother, she opened a store in New York's Fifth Avenue, and soon expanded her business internationally.
Marketing guru – Polish-born American entrepreneur Helena Rubinstein founded a namesake cosmetics company which made her one of the richest women in the world. Through her savvy marketing, she patented the concept of daily skincare to women across the world, who rushed to buy her pots of face and eye creams. Rubinstein famously said: "There are no ugly women, only lazy ones."