Beauty Fairy­tales

Some of the most leg­endary beauty prod­ucts around have some pretty cool sto­ries be­hind them. Here, the tales that are as in­ter­est­ing as the prod­ucts.

Cosmopolitan (India) - - BEAUTY - Il­lus­tra­tions by Jasjyot Singh Hans; Text by Vasudha Rai

Cheeks As Pink As Snow White’s

If you didn’t al­ready know, Benetint by Ben­e­fit, ` 2,460, is a lit­tle jar of sheer, rose tint, which in­stantly en­livens a dull com­plex­ion. Which also ex­plains why this lit­tle jar is a favourite with many a beauty junkie. But here’s a se­cret: Benetint was born be­cause in 1977, its co-founders Jean and Joan Ford were ap­proached by an ex­otic dancer with a cu­ri­ous re­quest—she wanted some­thing that would colour her nip­ples pink for hours, so they would show un­der the low light at a gen­tle­men’s club. The sis­ters got to work and con­jured up the fi­nal prod­uct by stew­ing carmine rose petals overnight over a low flame. The re­sult was a cheek and lip tint that Snow White wishes she owned.

The Princess of Scents

A long time ago, in a land not so far away, was born a fra­grance un­like any other. In 1921, cou­turier Coco Chanel asked per­fumer Ernest Beaux to cre­ate a new scent, one that ‘smells like a woman’ and not like a rose or lily or the gen­eral sin­gle-note flo­ral fra­grances of the time. Ernest pre­sented Coco with a se­ries of sam­ples, and she chose the fifth one. This se­lec­tion was spe­cial... Ernest had used a syn­thetic com­po­nent called alde­hy­des in this scent, a first in the 20s-world of fra­grances. Chanel No 5, ` 7,900/100ml, quickly grew to be­come the world’s best-sell­ing per­fume, a name that came to be as­so­ci­ated with fem­i­nin­ity and glam­our. They say the name came from Coco Chanel’s choice of the fifth sam­ple. And, ac­cord­ing to some, she chose it be­cause of num­ber 5’s mag­i­cal, luck-giv­ing qual­i­ties.

There are red lip­sticks, and there is Rus­sian Red by M.A.C, ` 990. Touted as one of the ‘per­fect’ shade of red, with the ex­act amount of or­ange and blue tones, this is one lip­stick that’s a part of prac­ti­cally ev­ery girl’s ar­se­nal. But while RR (let’s just call it that) launched in the ‘80s, it reached true pop­u­lar­ity nearly a decade later. Pop’s favourite icon, Madonna, wore this deep, matte shade all though her Blond Am­bi­tion Tour in 1990 (it was de­signed for her, to last for hours). Sud­denly, ev­ery­one wanted what the Ma­te­rial Girl was wear­ing, and RRs be­gan fly­ing off the shelves! Years later, this fierce lip­stick re­mains a best-seller at M.A.C, as leg­endary as that fairy­tale about a lit­tle girl in red (and a big, bad wolf).

The Poc­a­hon­tas Line

Homegirl Poc­a­hon­tas likes hang­ing un­der the sun, which is why she needs the dark­est, r black­est, long­est-last­ing eye liner. In the real world, makeup guru Bobbi Brown made that hap­pen, with her Long-Wear Gel Eye­liner, ` 1,540, that rev­o­lu­tionised the eye cat­e­gory, spurring many re­makes, but none quite like the orig­i­nal. It all be­gan when Bobbi landed up at a tele­vi­sion in­ter­view, and re­alised she had for­got­ten her eye­liner! So, in a quick-think­ing move, she whipped out her mas­cara and drew it on Many hours later, now back home, Bobbi was sur­prised to see the lines still in place. The gel in the mas­cara had kept the colour in­tact! And that’s when she asked her de­sign team to cre­ate the world’s very first gel liner!

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