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Beauty Trivia: Do You Know How These Brand Names Originated?

Let’s enrich your cosmetics general knowledge…

Ever wondered where the name MAC came from, or NYX, or Maybelline? After researching the origins of some of our favourite beauty brand names, we were surprised by what we found…

What does _____ stand for?

1 MAC

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Makeup And Cosmetics?

Nope, actually it’s an abbreviation for Makeup Art Cosmetics.

The product that gave the brand worldwide success?

‘An intense matte red lipstick’ (Maccosmetics.jobs), which we’re assuming was the start of the now iconic Ruby Woo.

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2 Lancôme

lancome

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Lancôme was originally founded as a fragrance company, then expanded into a cosmetics house. The brand name was inspired by the wreckage of a castle named ‘Le Château de Lancosme‘; the roses surrounding the area were then used an inspiration for the brand’s logo.

The product that gave the brand worldwide success?

Its multipurpose repairing cream, Nutrix, which is still sold today.

LANCÔME Nutrix Soothing Treatment Cream (R1 259 at Red Square).

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3 Maybelline

maybelline logo

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This was named after Maybel, the sister of Maybelline’s founder Tom Lyle Williams.

The product that gave the brand worldwide success?

Its Ultra Lash mascara followed by the launch of Great Lash, which is still a beauty-bag staple for makeup lovers today.

MAYBELLINE Great Lash Mascara (R99,95 on FoschiniForBeauty.co.za).

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4 NYX

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NYX was ‘named after the Greek goddess who ruled the night and symbolised beauty and power’. (Loreal.com)

The product that gave the brand worldwide success?

According to Allure.com, it was the Jumbo Eye Pencils that helped kickstart the brand’s fame.

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil (R89,95) Milk.

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5 Essie

ESSIE LOGO

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Essie was named afterEssie Weingarten, the nail polish brand’s founder.

6 Nivea

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The brand name originated from ‘Niveus’ or ‘Nivea’, which is the Latin term for ‘snow-white’.

The product that gave the brand worldwide success?

It was the first brand to successfully create a water-in-oil formula in the form of a cream.

7 Smashbox

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We don’t have details on what inspired the name, but Smashbox was founded by the great-grandsons of Max Factor — yes, that Max, the creator of the makeup brand Max Factor. That family is making some serious coin.

The product that gave the brand worldwide success?

Its Photo Finish Foundation Primer (R430 at Red Square).

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8 GHD

ghd

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We think GHD might have the coolest abbreviated name out there. GHD actually stands for ‘Good Hair Day’.

Mind BLOWN.

The product that gave the brand worldwide success?

A hair straightener of course.

9 TRESemmé

tresemme

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Tresemmé is a play on the pronounciation of the phrase ‘très aimé’ — which means ‘well loved’ in French.

The product that gave the brand worldwide success?

The ‘salon-inspired’ (Unilever.co.za) haircare products that allowed women to create stylish hairdos in the comfort of their homes.

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