Beauty is always evolving-in every sphere of this industry there is a new trend everyday! But there are certain products that forever changed the industry…and, no surprise, those are the ones that will forever be staples in our beauty arsenals. We pitch into the stories behind nine products that truly disrupted the scene and earned the elusive title of being the Ultimate Classic.
We like to look to powerful women for inspiration, so why not try to mirror the Egyptian queen who conquered anything (and anyone) who challenged her? The iconic cat-eye look could not be done without the eyeliner, whose early origins can be traced all the way back 12,000 years ago (with the look popping back up in the 1920s).
2. Red Lipstick
First made by Egyptians from crimson-coloured beetles and ants, red lipstick has become more than just a simple cosmetic product. There’s something about a red lip that makes everyone stop and stare—it’s the ultimate power statement.
Highlighters are currently having a moment in the beauty scene, but highlighting and contouring have actually been around for centuries. We can trace this beauty method back to the 1500s, when English stage actors would apply chalk and soot to their faces so that the audience could read their facial expressions more clearly.
4. Natural Products
Today, beauty buyers expect complete transparency when it comes to the ingredients they’re slathering on their skin. Though “green beauty” made the crossover from the hippie fringe to the mainstream decades ago, you can thank the 2015’s Personal Care Products Safety Act for demanding real regulation of how beauty products are made.
5. Cushion Compact
The K-beauty trend that took the Global beauty market by storm a couple of years ago all started with the cushion compact. It’s basically a feather-light BB cream with a sponge application that makes it so gentle, that the formula really soaks into the skin.
6. Lash Extensions
Lash extensions or false lashes can give you a gorgeous, wide-eyed look while cutting down on the rest of your beauty routine. In 1911, a woman named Anna Taylor received a U.S. patent for artificial lashes that are the crescent shape that we still use today.
7. Nail Art
Who doesn’t love a good manicure? While nail art can be traced back to ancient times, it wasn’t until the 1920s that the glossy manicure we know and love came to be. The paint used for cars (!) was adapted to use on fingernails. In fact, it were the Hollywood stars who popularized the “moon manicure.”
8. Hair Dryer
The way we style our hair now wouldn’t be possible without the hair dryer. In 1888, French hairstylist and inventor Alexandre-Ferdinand Godefroy patented the earliest version of a blowdryer.
9. Science-based Skincare
It’s hard to imagine a time where beauty product buyers weren’t given the science behind transformative skincare. But that was exactly the case before Estee Lauder introduced its cult classic Advance Night Repair in 1982. It was the first skin care formula rooted in research and the first repair product in the beauty industry. Amazing right?