We suppose this should come as no surprise, but did you know that many (or most, really) of your favorite beauty brands are actually owned/founded by women? From department store staples like Estee Lauder to new direct-to-consumer innovators like Glossier, women really are ruling the beauty world — as well they should.
In honor of International Women's Day, we've put together a list of some of our favorite buzzy female-owned beauty brands. And here's the cool thing: There are actually so many amazing lady CEOs in the beauty world, that we couldn't feature them all. Instead, we've picked a few of our favorites, from uber-successful beauty magnates to newer indie brands and everything in between.
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From its social media-fueled marketing to its minimalist approach to beauty, it's no surprise that Glossier has entered the cultural zeitgeist in such a major way since its inception back in 2014. Helmed by Into the Gloss founder Emily Weiss, the brand is something of a gamechanger in the beauty world. If you're looking to take Glossier out for a spin, you can't go wrong with the adorable (and effective) Glossier Cloud Paint, $30.
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Pat McGrath Labs
After ruling the runways for years, makeup artist extraordinaire Pat McGrath decided to launch the first Pat McGrath Labs eye products back in 2015. In 2017, she made it official with a permanent line and has generated tons of buzz with every launch, including the recent Mothership IV Eyeshadow Palette - Decadence, $125.
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Did you know "RMS" stands for Rose-Marie Swift? The makeup artist decided to found her own organic beauty line after experiencing health problems related to the chemicals in the cosmetics she used each day. Best known for the RMS Living Luminizer, $38, the brand offers everything from gorgeous eye polishes to ultra-natural lip and cheek stains.
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Fenty Beauty by Rihanna
After kicking off with a game-changing 40-shade foundation line in September, Fenty Beauty earned the distinction of being named one of Time's best inventions of 2017, while also racking up an impressive $72 million in earned media value. Would we expect anything less from Rihanna? The aforementioned foundation is stellar, as is the innovatively-shaped Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Cheek-Hugging Highlight Brush 120, $32.
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