DEBRA PERELMAN, REVLON
At time of writing, Perelman’s still so freshly minted as CEO of Revlon, Inc. her business cards are probably not back from the printer. She had to make our beauty visionaries cut because she’s not only the first ever female CEO in the company’s 86-year history, but she is also one of the astonishingly few women to have nailed a top job at a global beauty giant. Cynics have cried nepotism — Perelman is the daughter of controlling shareholder billionaire Ronald Perelman — but we call BS on that. Debra was promoted from COO at the company and has served on the Revlon board since 2015. Before that, she was on the senior leadership team at Macandrews & Forbes, the investment firm that owns more than 80 per cent of Revlon.as she said via statement:“revlon has been a central part of my personal and professional life for more than 20 years.” Let’s not ask her to explain herself. Perelman’s remit is not an easy one: in a market all shook up by the internet and ever an more accessible niche sector, she’s tasked with reinventing the iconic namesake legacy brand Elizabeth Arden for a whole new generation.we can’t wait to see how she does it.
Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Midnight Mystery, $23. Revlon Colorstay Crème Eye Shadow in Praline, $15.