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.
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!