To mark International Women’s Day tomorrow, Catriona Doherty’s beauty roundup celebrates all our favourite female-founders - from Charlotte Tilbury to Jennifer Rock
Iconic London Silk Glow Duo, £30
Risktaker Jade Elliott had such self-belief in Iconic London that she sold her car to raise funds to start her beauty brand from her bedroom. With the first year, Iconic London became one of the hottest brands on the market, favoured by Kim Kardashian and Vogue’s beauty experts. Housed in a sleek, gold case, the new Silk Glow Duo looks the business. The soft buttery highlight and blush instantly perks up the complexion with a flush of colour and lifted cheeks.
Skingredients PreProbiotic Cleanse, £26
Skingredients founder, Dubliner Jennifer Rock, is an award-winning skin tutor, dermal facialist and author. Jennifer’s is celebrated for her 360-degree approach to skincare – treating skin from the inside (supplements and nutrition), on the outside (active skincare) and on top (sun protection and mineral makeup). Designed to hydrate, nourish and gently exfoliate, PreProbiotic Cleanse is powerful enough to remove oil, pollution particles, SPF and stubborn eye makeup without causing stress to the skin.
Trinny London BFF Eye Serum-Concealer, £26
Trinny Woodall became a well-known face through What Not to Wear, then in 2017 she fulfilled a lifelong dream of launching her own beauty range. Trinny London’s goal is to offer effortless, personalised beauty to people of all ages. The brand launched with their iconic stack; cream-based, multitasking little pots that click seamlessly together, before moving on to skincare. Available in 12 shades, the BBF Eye serum-concealer is a bright boost of under-eye coverage that visibly improves dark circles.
Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Foundation, £34
Charlotte Tilbury is one of the greatest MUAs and female-entrepreneurs of all time. Charlotte is motived by the belief that everyone deserves to look and feel the most beautiful version of themselves. The businesswoman discovered the transformative power of makeup aged 13, when she started wearing mascara and instantly felt empowered. We love bestseller Airbrush Flawless Foundation, available in 44 shades, it delivers a full-coverage matte finish that stays put all day.
Bellamianta Summer Glow Bronzer by Maura Higgins, £24.99
Maura Higgins rose to fame during her stint on Love Island thanks to her hilarious one-liners and no-nonsense attitude. Since leaving the villa, Maura went on to do great things, including teaming up with her favourite tanning brand Bellamianta, created in Northern Ireland, on her own range of products including mousse, mists, powders and an applicator. The Bronzing Powder is a great go-to for giving pale skin an instant sun kissed glow. The blendable formula applies effortless and lasts well.
Ciaté London Dewy Skin Glass Glow Tint, was £26 now £13
Nail technician turned global cosmetics brand lead, Ciaté London’s Charlotte Knight says: ‘I’m proud to be a woman leading an independent brand and to advocate for female empowerment, whether it’s through innovation in business or encouraging beauty lovers around the world to express their creativity and make-up their own rules’. Dewy Skin is a semi-sheer skin tint with a balmy formula that provides luminous natural coverage and a dewy look.
Huda Beauty LEGIT LASHES Double-Ended Volumizing and Lengthening Mascara, £24
Launched by beauty blogger Huda Kattan in 2013, Huda Beauty is one of the world’s fastest-growing beauty brands. The young entrepreneur turned a $6,000 loan from her sister Alya into billion-dollar business, and of 2020 Huda was said to have a net worth of $510 million (according to Forbes). Muti-purpose product, the LEGIT LASHES Double-Ended Volumizing and Lengthening Mascara has two wands; one for adding volume and the other for extended drama.