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September 1 2014

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L’Oréal Gets Essie, Our Founding Fathers Get Makeovers, And More…

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Essie, the Queens-based independent nail polish monolith, has officially gone corporate. L’Oréal U.S.A. announced yesterday that it has acquired the brand. What can you expect from the new partnership? A line of Essie cosmetics, to start. [WWD]

Where have Andrew Jackson’s laugh lines gone? And what happened to Abraham Lincoln’s bulbous nose and drooping cheeks? As we welcome a new design for the $100 bill, some people are taking a closer look at changes in the treasury’s printing—and photo retouching—abilities over the years. The Bureau of Printing and Engraving claims that monetary redesigns are undertaken solely to thwart counterfeiters and that any “cosmetic changes” are purely coincidental, but the proof is in the pennies—or twenties and fives, as the case may be. [Newsweek]

Perhaps not surprisingly, considering beauty products’ relative stability in times of recession, personal cosmetics shoppers are weathering the economic storm—especially when they’re located in Beverly Hills. [NYT]

Personal makeup artists to the stars—or to the White House—aren’t doing too shabby, either. Carl Ray, Michelle Obama’s face painter, flew with MObama to Mexico for her first solo trip as First Lady this week. International outings present an even bigger need for complexion perfection, if you ask us. [Huff Po]

Photo: Courtesy of Essie

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