Adrien Arpel started her own business two days out of high school, becoming a leader in the field of cosmetics for her innovations in department store makeovers and her belief that women needed knowledgeable advice tailored to their needs. At seventeen, Arpel toured department stores, received conflicting advice from women at the makeup counters, and decided that makeup should be sold by licensed cosmetologists who understood their products. She began her business with $400 of babysitting money, and by age 21 had earned her first million. A clever marketer, Arpel encouraged clients to try her products before buying them and opened private spa-style rooms for facials and makeovers in department stores like Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s, and other major department stores. She now has over 500 salons and concessions in the US and Canada and a show on the Home Shopping Network. She has written a number of books on beauty, including How to Look 10 Years Younger, won many professional industry awards, and was honored by Bloomingdale’s in 1987 as a legend in the cosmetics industry.
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