Designer Beauty Products

Although it’s hard to imagine, there was a time when cosmetics were not very widely used. In Egyptian times there were early records of royalty wearing make-up, while at other times there were reports of cosmetics being seen only on actors or prostitutes. It has also been frowned on at various times by the church and world leaders such as Adolf Hitler.

The beauty industry of today couldn’t be more different, as a wide range of skincare, make-up and fragrance products are sold worldwide, making this a billion dollar industry. There are now products out there to suit every budget, but some of the most recognisable names in the industry are those that focus on higher end designer beauty products, like the companies profiled below.

Elizabeth Arden

Elizabeth Arden opened their first iconic ‘red door’ beauty salon way back in 1910, and there were salons all over the world by the 1930’s. Their philosophy centres on science and nature working together to make the most of our natural assets, and it’s a mantra that has served them well. They were the first company to introduce eye make-up to the US market, and were the first to develop travel size beauty products. Their innovations include cult products: Blue Grass Fragrance and the Eight Hour Cream, Ceramide Ultra Lipstick, and the Prevage Anti-Aging Collection. They now have beauty counters in Boots, Debenhams, John Lewis and House of Fraser stores across the UK.


Lancome is a French beauty company, founded 70 years ago by Armand Petitjean. Working for the company are a team of master make-up artists, designers and perfumers. They have stores in major fashion capitals across the world, along with counters in high street retailers in the UK. A worldwide luxury brand, their range includes fragrances, cosmetics and skincare. Products include Tresor Perfume, Hydra Zen Neuro Calm Day Cream, Hypnose Customwear Volume Mascara, and Colour Fever Lipstick.

Calvin Klein

Calvin Klein is an American company, currently owned by the Philips Van Heusen Corporation, and known for luxury lifestyle and fashion items. Their iconic products include underwear, jeans, watches and perfume. Their famous perfumes include CKIN2U, CK One, Eternity Moment, Secret Obsession, CK Free and Euphoria.


One of the oldest cosmetic brands in the world, and it’s British! Formed in London in 1834 by a French perfumer and his son, Rimmel is a company well known for experimenting with colour, fragrance and exotic ingredients. Some of their innovations include mouth rinses, fragranced pomades, scented steam vaporisers, and unique mascaras. Now owned by Coty Inc, you can ‘Get The London Look’ by buying products including Glam Eyes Eyeshadow,  Lasting Finish 25 Hour Foundation, 60 Second Nail Polish, Vinyl Gloss Lip Gloss, and Sunshimmer Shimmering Maxi Bronzer.

Other Designer Beauty Brands

Other designer high street brands include Clarins, Bare Minerals, Clinique, Mac, Max Factor and Benefit Cosmetics. There’s also Urban Decay, Estee Lauder, Dior, Ruby and Millie, and Yves San Laurent. All these companies sell a range of skin care and makeup products aimed at different target markets, so in essence, there’s something for everyone!