Helena Rubinstein

Helena Rubinstein, creator of a cosmetics empire was born in Krakow, Poland on this date in 1872. She emigrated to Australia in 1902 and began to develop “beauty creams” made with a lanolin base, which was hugely abundant in the sheep-rich country. Within a few years she had fashionable salons in Sydney and in London. […]

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April 24: Estée Lauder

Cosmetics capitalist Estée Lauder (Josephine Esther Mentzer) died at 95 on this date in 2004. She was born to Hungarian immigrants who ran a hardware store, and she became interested in cosmetics through the work of her uncle, a chemist who developed beauty products and fragrances. In 1953, she introduced her first fragrance, “Youth Dew,” […]

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June 7: The Make-Up Man

Max Factor, Jr., who created pancake make-up and smear-proof lipstick, and built on his father’s innovations in early Hollywood to build a cosmetics empire, died at 91 in Los Angeles on this date in 1996. His Polish-born father, Maksymilian Faktorowicz, had been apprenticed at 9 to a wigmaker and cosmetician and had developed into a well-known […]

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