40 of Tomorrow: Huda Kattan

Influencing is coming for us all. At least it is if you ask Huda Kattan, the largest beauty influencer in the world with 29.2 million Instagram followers. "Everyone is going to become an influencer. You walk down the street, everybody is taking pictures of their food and…everybody takes selfies and talks about their favorite products," Kattan said. "It might not […]

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The Smell Test: Gabrielle Chanel

The Score: 4.2 The Verdict: Chanel’s first new fragrance pillar in 15 years, meant as a Millennial answer to No. 5, failed to fully impress our panel of exacting judges. While the scent was immediately recognized for its luxurious blend of ingredients—or, as one judge put it, for smelling “like money” and a few found it “elegant” and “delicate”—the general […]

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Dyson Develops $500 Hairstyling Tool Airwrap

When it comes to the beauty business, Dyson isn't stopping at blow-dryers. The U.K.-based firm — known for its vacuums and Oprah's favorite fan — splashed onto the beauty scene in 2016 with the launch of the Supersonic, a $399 blow-dryer powered by Dyson's proprietary technology — the most expensive on the market to date. Two years later, the company […]

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Davines Unveils New Plant

PARMA, Italy — It takes a village to develop a business. Davines Group’s president Davide Bollati is well aware of this and decided to celebrate his family-owned beauty company and all the people working for it with a new architectural project. Named Davines Village, the firm’s new plant unveiled on Wednesday in Parma — in the Italian region of Emilia-Romagna — […]

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Bobbi Brown and Ulla Johnson Team on Spring 2019 Makeup Collab

Ulla Johnson and Bobbi Brown are teaming for a beauty collaboration due spring 2019. Makeup artist Romy Soleimani was using lab samples of some of the forthcoming products while prepping models backstage at the designer's spring 2019 show, held Thursday evening in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, N.Y. Soleimani keyed the show's makeup look using only products from the Estée […]

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HKW & Co. Acquires Indigo Wild

Private equity firm Hammond, Kennedy, Whitney & Co. has invested in beauty business Indigo Wild. The Kansas City, Mo.-based business manufactures and distributes natural bath, skin, home and cleaning products. It is best known for the Zum product line, which includes the best-selling Zum Bar goat's milk soap, $5.95. Indigo Wild's body care lineup includes things like a Frankincense & […]

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Laura Mercier Readies for Global Restage, Unveils New Logo

Laura Mercier is restaging globally, starting with a new look. "The consumer research we do tells us that the potential is global," said Marc Rey, chief executive officer of Shiseido Americas. "Laura Mercier portrays an image of beauty that is aspirational but attainable. It’s something most women can project themselves in very easily. That’s very global. The whole Shiseido organization […]

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