Top 15 Most Expensive Makeup Brands

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Expensive make-up brands don’t just offer products, they offer luxury and experience!
The world has thousands of expensive makeup brands and cosmetic companies with a presence in every corner of the planet. But not every cosmetic brand has achieved the popularity on an international platform. Why is it so? Because there are always some drawbacks associated with the low and mid-range makeup products.

Coming to the high-end makeup products, they don’t just make you look stunning but offer some of the other benefits to your skin and hair as well. A makeup product with dual benefit is something that women from around the world deserve!

A makeup brand has a diverse range of products for everyone. And as being beautiful has always been such a standard norm for acceptance in the society, the makeup has acted as a backbone for women and even men from around the world.

The demand for high-end makeup brands is never going out of the market, as apart from the skin and hair benefits, it separates you from the crowd and sets a class for you. Celebrities have always been spotted using and promoting the most expensive makeup brands because that sets them apart from the crowd of common people.

Using expensive makeup brands doesn’t just make you look beautiful, it acts as a major source of boosting confidence especially in women. And if using makeup brings such confidence and happiness then there’s nothing wrong with spending some amount on the bundle of joy.

High-end makeup brands have a wide range of products as they claim to offer better quality than the rest. And of course, the cosmetics industry has many high-end brands offering expensive products, so here we are to help you in this quest of finding 15 most expensive brands in the world. Let’s begin with the count down!

Top 15 Most Expensive Brands of Makeup in the World!

15.) Oriflame

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About: Oriflame is one of the oldest cosmetics brands of the world, as it was established in 1967, in Sweden by Jonas Af Jochnick, Bengt Hellsten, and Robert Af Jochnick. The headquarters of the company is based in Switzerland. Oriflame has its stores present in more than 60 countries and has three million-plus distributors.

Oriflame is known for using organic products like birch sap extracts in their cosmetics, and their products go through a special testing process known as Eco-Ethical screening, which assures safety and quality; being a reasonable answer to why it is so expensive. Their annual sales are estimated to be around 1.5 billion Euros, which is insane!

One of the specialties that separated Oriflame from the crowds was their unique idea of selling scented cards in the advertisement of the perfumes and fragrance range. Their bestsellers are face products especially foundations and compact lipsticks.

Oriflame has quality products to offer within an affordable price range, which makes it among one of the most loved brands among the makeup lovers and beauty enthusiasts. The color range of the brand is always updated and trendy.

Product range: the product range of Oriflame is quite diverse as it offers body care, wellness, fragrance, skincare, makeup, hair, and men’s care products as well. They also have clinics where several services are offered to visiting customers.

Price range: Its product range starts from INR 150 ($4) and goes beyond INR 5000 ($240).
Availability: As mentioned earlier the brand as more than 60 stores present across the world. And Oriflame products are also available in different retail and drugstores.

Their products are easily available on online platforms like Oriflame’s official website, Amazon, Sephora, E-cosmetics world, Nordstorm, Flipkart, Nykaa, etc. and are delivered around the world.

14.) NU SKIN

About: NU Skin Enterprises is a multi-level company, which was founded in 1984, and is based in Utah, United States. The company has specialization in the range of personal care products and dietary supplements.

It is a listed company and is a reputed member of the New York Stock Exchange. NU Skin has made its presence in more than 54 countries with the help of millions of distributors.

It’s a well-established makeup product brand and has gained some serious popularity because of its exclusive range of products. Nu Skin is more popular for its anti-aging products, as it has proven results and is rich in antioxidants.

The products offered by Nu Skin have no fragrance and are best in the market for UV rays protection products. The brand is more popular among mid-aged women for providing premium quality products with no side effects.

NU Skin has more than 200 ranges of products to offer to its customers. All the products go through clinical trials as the company has more than 75 scientists working continuously for improving the product quality. The company’s products have a class-apart quality which has boosted consumer’s confidence and trust.

Product range: the product range of Nu Skin is quite diverse as it offers body, skin, face, hair, oral, and men’s care products as well as, moisturizers, masks, cosmetics, tools, etc.
Price range: Its product range starts from INR 800 ($10) and goes beyond INR 37000 ($450).

Availability: As mentioned earlier the brand as more than 54 stores present across the world. And NU Skin products are also available in different retail stores. Their products are easily available on online platforms like Nu Skin’s official website, Amazon, Sephora, E-cosmetics world, Nordstorm, Flipkart, Nykaa, etc. and are delivered around the world.

13.) Smashbox

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About: Smashbox is a well known high-end makeup brand; it was founded in the year 1996, in Los Angeles by Dean and Davis Factor. The founders are grandsons of Max Factor. Dean was a businessman and Davis was a fashion photographer, who combined their passions and founded Smashbox.

Later, it was acquired by Estee Lauder in 2010, and after the acquisition, the popularity of Smashbox has increased even more.

Smashbox offers a vibrant range of trendy and classy colours, different shades, and long-lasting qualities of makeup products and it has been a favourite brand of makeup lovers from around the world. As their products contain special oil that benefits the skin and has oil-free makes range as well are few factors that make the brand an expensive one.

The factor that sets Smashbox apart from the rest is the product quality offered to customers. All the products are tested in their performance during hot, humid, and bright conditions; and problems are then solved. No product has been launched without proper testing.

Smashbox releases all its products from its Los Angeles based studio, and they are the first company to introduce the concept of HD makeup to the world. And the products were endorsed and used by celebrities like Charlize Theron and Drew Barrymore.

Product range: Smashbox offers skin primers in different shades, color cosmetics for eyes, lips, cheeks, face in diverse color options, and several beauty tools like the palette, kits, etc.

Price range: Minimum price range starts from INR 990 ($13) and goes beyond INR 6000 ($100)

Availability: There are several stores present across the USA, UK, and India, etc. and are also available in different retails. Smashbox products are easily available on online platforms like Smashbox’s official website, Amazon, Sephora, E-cosmetics world, Nordstorm, Flipkart, Nykaa, etc. and are delivered around the world.

12.) L’Oreal Paris

About: L’Oreal Cosmetics Company is quite old and a well established one. This is among the most expensive brands in the world as it was established in the year 1909. It hails from the fashion capital of the world, Paris, France.

The journey of L’Oreal Paris began with the formulation of hair dyes and from then they have launched a diverse range of beauty products which has gained a huge customer base from around the globe. Today with the employee base of more than 82,000, this makeup brand has emerged as the most expensive brands of the world.

L’Oreal Paris has given the major emphasis on the research and development of the products and has opened six R&D labs in different places like two in France, Japan, India, The USA, and China.

L’Oreal’s products are endorsed by celebrities from around the world, like Andie McDowell, Aishwarya Rai Bacchan, and Julianne Moore, etc. It is also one of the most expensive brands in the world with annual revenue of over $26 Billion.

The fact that makes this brand expensive and special is the cruelty-free testing of the products. L’Oreal Paris stopped animal testing of the products way back in the ’80s. It was mentioned in the list of Most Trusted Brands in India in 2014 according to the brand trust report.

Product range: L’Oreal specializes in hair dyes and hair care products, but also has skin primers and foundations in different shades, sun protection range, body care products, makeup, fragrance, etc. There are several salons, beauty clinics, and parlors of L’Oreal Paris opened in different parts of the world.

Body Care has also been acquired by L’Oreal.
Price range: Minimum price range starts from INR 150 ($4) and goes beyond INR 5500 ($100)

Availability: There are several stores present across the world. There’s no difficulty in finding a L’Oreal product as they are also available in different retails, salons, drugstore, etc. The products are easily available on online platforms like L’Oreal official website, Amazon, Sephora, Flipkart, Nykaa, etc. and are delivered around the world.

11.) Elizabeth Arden

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About: Earlier the company was known as Red Door, and was a salon, which was established in 1910, Florida, USA. The history of this expensive brand is a long one. After its acquisition by Revlon in 2016, the name was changed to Elizabeth Arden and got listed on Nasdaq Stock Exchange.

Elizabeth Arden is not new in the market; it had been tremendously popular for its unique range of fragrances as they have the license to Britney Spears, Hillary Duff, Justin Beiber, Taylor Swift, Maria Carey, etc. fragrances.

Although they have launched several other personal cares and makeup products, their specialization in fragrances remains a class apart. A special emphasis is given on the appearance and packaging of the products. The perfume bottles are too attractive to be ignored.

Make lovers from all around the world are crazy about this expensive brand as they offer quality products. The range of makeup products offered by the company is diverse in terms of colours, shades, skin-types, etc. and with over a century of experience has made it one of the most expensive brands of the world.

Product range: Elizabeth Arden specializes in fragrances and has different categories of perfumes available for everyone. They also have a wide range of skincare and anti-aging serums, body care products, makeup, men’s care, etc.

They are also well known for their superior quality mascara and Lipsticks, because of skin benefits and long-lasting features.

Price range: Minimum price range starts from INR 1400 ($18) and goes beyond INR 7500 ($150).

Availability: There are several stores present across the world. There’s no difficulty in finding Elizabeth Arden’s products as they are also available in different retails, drugstore, etc. The products are easily available on online platforms like Elizabeth Arden’s official website, Amazon, Sephora, Nykaa, etc. and are delivered around the world.

10.) Artistry

About: Artistry is an expensive makeup brand that is owned by Amway. It was established in Michigan, the USA during the 1950s. The presence of one of the most expensive brands is across more than 50 countries of the world with 400 plus products to offer to its customers.

Artistry products include organic ingredients making them a better option for those who apply makeup for longer durations. It is also mentioned that fruits from the African and Mediterranean region are used in the products which are grown by the company on their farm. The aforementioned fact makes the products worth their price.

Known for their extraordinary product quality and natural ingredient mixed with science results in luxury and various skin and hair benefits. Artistry makeup range has immense diversity in the matter of skin-type, radiance range, anti-aging products, etc.

Product range: Artistry specializes in skincare and beauty benefit products and is available for everyone. They also have a wide range of skincare and anti-aging serums, body care products, makeup, men’s care, etc. They are also well known for their moisturizers because of skin benefits and hydration features.

Price range: Minimum price range starts from INR 900 ($12) and goes beyond INR 24000 ($320).

Availability: There are several stores present across the world. Finding the products of Artistry is not a herculean task as they are available in different retails, drugstore, etc. The products are easily available on online platforms like Amway’s official website, Amazon, Sephora, etc. and are delivered around the world.

9.) MAC

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About: Who doesn’t love MAC products? Everyone loves it! There is something about this makeup brand that has gained millions of fans around the globe and over a billion worth of annual revenue. Fun fact- MAC stands for Makeup Art Cosmetics.

MAC was established by Frank Toskan and Frank Angelo, in 1984, Toronto, Canada. Later in 1996, it was acquired by Estee Lauders and was headquartered in New York, USA.
This brand is among the most expensive brands of the world, as it was endorsed by celebrities such as Rihanna, Selena Gomez, Sia, and Ellie Goulding, etc. Also, they strictly follow no animal testing policy to produce a cruelty-free product.

The brand has a diverse range of products to offer, it doesn’t only suits your skin but the makeup quality is such that it gives you a subtle look. MAC has genuinely best products and is known well for one of its most expensive items in the world is a foundation and lipsticks range.

Product range: MAC specializes in makeup and beauty products and is available for everyone. They also have a wide range of products specially categorized as lips, face, eyes, skin, brushes, etc. Apart from products, MAC also offers services like Salons, and appointments for makeup artists at home, for a better experience.

Price range: Minimum price range starts from INR 900 ($12) and goes beyond INR 8700 ($150).

Availability: There are several stores present across the world. Finding the products of MAC is not a difficult task at all as they are easily available in different retails, drugstore, etc. The products are easily available on online platforms like MAC’s official website, Amazon, Sephora, Shopersstop, Flipkart, etc. and are delivered around the world.8.) La Prairie

8.) La Prairie

About: La Prairie is another stunning most expensive brand present in the global market. This company is based in Montreux, Switzerland; and had been a part of Beiersdorf since 1991.

La Prairie is exclusively known for its skincare range – The Caviar Collection and Swiss Cellular De-Agers. The luxury can be experienced in the name itself. It specializes in a skincare product range which focuses on skin aging and protection. The Caviar range is one of the most expensive items in the world.

The reason that makes La Prairie products and caviar range as one of the most expensive items in the world is because the products contain caviar extracts which is sourced from Siberian sturgeons. The research and development of the products took more than four years.

La Prairie skin benefit products have proved results of skin texture enhancement, volumizing, lifting, and moisturizing benefits. Their premium packaging is a head-turner, unique, and quite attractive.

This is among the most expensive brands in the world, as it has the quality and the loyal customer base to prove the fact. The products of La Prairie are a class apart and worth the amount.

Product range: La Prairie specializes in beauty and skincare range of products. Apart from the skincare range, they also have a makeup range which has a few most expensive foundations, concealers, brushes, cleanser, toners, etc. They do have exclusive stores and boutiques in a few regions of the world.

Price range: Minimum price range starts from INR 5800 ($78) and goes beyond INR 65000 ($870)

Availability: There are several stores present across the world. Finding the products of La Prairie is not very difficult in the prime countries, but in other developing countries there can be some problems. The products are available on online platforms like La Prairie’s official website, Amazon, Sephora, etc. and are delivered around the world.

7.) Mary Kay

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Mary Kay is an American beauty brand; it was established in 1963, in Texas. This cosmetics company is one of the most expensive brands in the world, as it has existed in the market for more than 50 years.

This brand started its journey with a foundation and four other products and now it has emerged as one of the most expensive brands in the world. The brand has not limited itself till foundations, in the present scenario, there are more than 200 types of products available in the market. May it be for makeup or skincare, everything is available.

A Mary Kay product goes through rigorous tests from medical experts like dermatologists and ophthalmologists. The ingredients used in the production of Mary Kay cosmetics are tested by toxicologists, microbiologists to meet the highest set standards.

All their products are cruelty-free. Factors like these have given birth to the finest quality Mary Kay cosmetics and beauty products, which also justifies why the brand has the most expensive items in the world. Women from all around the world are a fan and loyal customers of this expensive brand.

Product range: Mary Kay specializes in makeup and beauty range of products. Apart from the beauty products skincare range which has a few most expensive foundations, fragrance, brushes and tools, men’s care, body and sun protection, etc. They do have exclusive stores that offer premium services in a few regions of the world.

Price range: Minimum price range starts from INR 1,200 ($17) and goes beyond INR 23,000 ($320)

Availability: There are several stores present across the world. Finding the products of Mary Kay is not difficult, as they can be found in premium retails and stores. The products are available on online platforms like Mary Kay’s official website, Amazon, Sephora, etc. and are delivered around the world.

6.) Chanel

About: It is one of the oldest brands in the world. Chanel was established in 1901 by Coco Chanel in Paris, France. This brand has exclusive range of ready to wear products for women’s fashion. Today Chanel is one of the most valuable brands in the world with worth of more than $9 Billion.

Chanel was endorsed by some most iconic personalities of the world, like Marilyn Monroe, Nicole Kidman, Keira Knightley, Kristen Stewart, Pharrell Williams, and Cara Delevingne etc.

Chanel has presence all around the world. It doesn’t only offer wide range of fashion accessories, clothings, bags, but also has diverse range in makeup, beauty products and fragrances. With the industry experience of more than a century, the brand has not lost its charm and position.

People from all around the world are a die-hard fan of Chanel products, because of the sheer classy look they add to your persona.

The reason that adds up the value of Chanel products is the fact that they manufacture their products where best of the craftsmen and talent can be found. Their products goes through extreme durability tests, and performance in heat, humidity etc. are done in order to insure the quality.

Product range: Chanel has a diverse range of makeup and beauty products. Apart from the beauty products skin care range which has a few most expensive foundations, fragrance, brushes and tools, men’s care, etc. They do have exclusive stores and boutiques which offer premium services in a few regions of the world.

Price range: Minimum price range starts from INR 1,500 ($25) and goes beyond INR 41,000 ($550)

Availability: There are several stores present across the world. Finding the products of Chanel is not difficult, as they can be found in premium stores. The products are available on online platforms like Chanel’s official website, Amazon, Nordstrom, etc. and are delivered around the world.

5.) Yves Saint Laurent

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About: Yves Saint Laurent is one super classy and expensive brand in the world. It was founded by y Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé in 1961, in Paris, France. Yves Saint Laurent was a very young and talented designer when he started working for Dior, and later he established his own brand.

This luxurious brand offers some of the most expensive item in the world, ranging from leather goods, shoes and jewellery, women and men apparels’, beauty and fragrance.
Their products are not just a purchase of luxury and experience, it is also an investment.

Because one of their most expensive item in the world is a handbag, which costs around $19,000 which is whopping 14,22,000 in Indian currency. Celebrities like Dua Lipa, BLACKPINK’s Rosé etc. were the brand ambassadors of Yves Saint Laurent.

The aggressive celebrity endorsements and use of the brand’s name as most elite brand in western entertainments industry has created an image of its superiority. Within short span of time, Yves Saint Laurent has gained the same reputation as of Chanel, because of their gradual improvement in quality and price.

Product range: Yves Saint Laurent specializes in fashion and accessories but also have license from L’Oreal for makeup and beauty range of products. Apart from the beauty products skincare range which has a few most expensive foundations, fragrance, brushes and tools, body and sun protection, etc. They do have exclusive stores that offer premium services in a few regions of the world.

Price range: Minimum price range starts from INR 2,000 ($29) and goes beyond INR 33,000 ($450)

Availability: There are several stores present across the world. Finding the products of Mary Kay is not difficult, as they can be found in premium retails and stores. The products are available on online platforms like Yves Saint Laurent’s official website, Amazon, Sephora, etc. and are delivered around the world.

4.) Armani

About: Armani is a well established and renowned luxury brands in the world. This luxury brand was established by Giorgio Armani in 1975, in Milan, Italy. Although Armani is a fashion brand it does offer some premium quality makeup products.

The company specializes in a product range of ready to wear apparel, footwear, accessories, jewelry, watches, cosmetics, and home interiors. They do manufacture some of the most expensive item in the world.

Armani has expanded its business in several other industries like confectionaries and hotels etc. They have different products of different price ranges for the categories of products. Like Armani confectionery is named as Armani/Dolci, its, interior designer collection is named as Armani Casa, and kids range is named as Armani Juniors.

Armani products were endorsed by celebrities like Rihanna, Cristiano Ronaldo, Megan Fox, Shawn Mendes, etc. This speaks a lot about the brand value of this company.

Product range: Armani has a diverse range of makeup and beauty products. The beauty products include skincare range which has products specially made for different areas of face and body. The makeup range has a few most expensive foundations, and products for lips, eyes, face, and fragrance, brushes and tools, men’s care, etc. are also available.

They do have exclusive stores and boutiques which offer premium services in a few regions of the world.

Price range: Minimum price range starts from INR 2200 ($30) and goes beyond INR 14000 ($170)

Availability: There are several stores present across the world. Finding the products of Dior is not difficult, as they can be found in premium retails and stores. The products are available on online platforms like Dior’s official website, Amazon, Sephora, e-bay, etc. and are delivered around the world.

3.) Dior

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About: Dior needs no introduction; just the name is enough to set your class apart from the rest of the brands. Dior was established in Christian Dior in 1947, in Paris, France; it’s one of the most expensive brands in the world.

Dior has a diverse range of luxurious products to offer to its elite customers, from fashion accessories, jewellery, leather goods, fragrance, makeup, footwear to skin products. You just name it and they’ll have it!

With celebrity endorsements and high-quality hand-made products, several facts are responsible for offering the most expensive items in the world. The reason behind its expensive makeup products is the science and people involved in developing such a magnificent product. Their makeup products have qualities of giving a natural finish, higher coverage, long-lasting nature, etc.

Dior foundations are one of the most expensive foundations in the world, but it is worth the price. They have a presence in all the seven continents of the world.

Product range: Dior has a diverse range of makeup and beauty products. Apart from the beauty products skin care range which has a few most expensive items in the world including, fragrance, brushes, and tools, men’s care, etc. They do have exclusive stores and boutiques which offer premium services in a few regions of the world.

Price range: Minimum price range starts from INR 1,500 ($13) and goes beyond INR 36000 ($450)

Availability: There are several stores present across the world. Finding the products of Dior is not difficult, as they can be found in premium retails and stores. The products are available on online platforms like Dior’s official website, Amazon, Sephora, e-bay, Wallmart, etc. and are delivered around the world.

2.) Gucci

About: The name has been a global luxury brand for a century now. It was established in 1921, by Guccio Gucci, in Florence, Tuscany, Italy. It has been in the market for around a century now. The brand stands as the most established, valuable, and also the top 100 brands of the world.

Gucci has a diverse range of products to offer to its customers. The company offers some of the most expensive item in the world; may it be the handbags range, apparel’, makeup and cosmetics, shoes, leather products, fragrance, etc.

Celebrities and people are crazy about this brand from around the world. The products offered by the brand have been continuously been re-invented. Because Gucci is all about the royalty and royal fan base of this brand is quite high.

Their products are made with a unique process, raw material and methods, making them stand apart from the crowd. And their price speaks; the brand does not compromise with the quality of the products.

Product range: Gucci has a diverse range of products, from fashion accessories, footwear to skincare. Apart from the skincare range, it has a few most expensive foundations, lipsticks, range of eye makeup, fragrance, brushes and tools, men’s care, etc. They do have exclusive stores and boutiques which offer premium services in many regions of the world.

Price range: Minimum price range starts from INR 1800 ($25) and goes beyond INR 62000 ($680)

Availability: There are several stores present across the world. Finding the products of Gucci is not difficult, as they can be found in premium retails and stores. The products are available on online platforms like Gucci’s official website, and other premium online websites, etc. and are delivered around the world.

1.) Estee Lauder

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About: Estee Lauder is one most renowned brand in the world. It was established in 1946, in New York, USA. It is the parent company of many known brands such as MAC, Clinique, Smashbox, Bobbi Brown, Michael Kors, Tom Ford, Tommy Hilfiger, etc. The list is too long. This company has acquired so many brands that its value has multiplied drastically.

Estee Lauder is the most expensive brand in the present time with a value of more than $14 Billion. It started its journey with only four products, today it has multiplied drastically. The brand was among the first to take the step towards innovation and researches. It is also the first company to launch a night serum that repairs skin and slow down the aging process.

Despite its expensive items in the world, around 10 bottles of Estee Lauder products are sold every minute in the globe. It has an impressive quality of skincare and night serums as they don’t just moisturize your skin, it also available for the different skin types, is fragrance-free, and is very lightweight.

Estee Lauder was endorsed by many celebrities like Bella Hadid, Kendall Jenner, Yang Mi, etc. and, Diana Penty is the first Indian Brand Ambassador of the company.

Product range: Estee Lauder has a diverse range of skincare. Apart from the skincare range, it has has a few most expensive foundations, lipsticks, range of eye makeup, fragrance, brushes and tools, men’s care, etc. They do have exclusive stores and boutiques which offer premium services in many regions of the world.

Price range: Minimum price range starts from INR 1800 ($25) and goes beyond INR 62000 ($680)

Availability: There are several stores present across the world. Finding the products of Estee Lauder is not difficult, as they can be found in premium retails and stores. The products are available on online platforms like Estee Lauder’s official website, Amazon, Sephora, e-bay, Wallmart, etc. and are delivered around the world.

As we saw that the most expensive brands in the world don’t just offer you a product, but they offer luxury, benefit, and experience. All these brands have some of the other quality that makes them unique in their way.

Women from all around the globe deserve to treat themselves with the best of products and experiences. When life is offering you with finer things, you should have a taste of it. And among those finer things in life lies the finest of the makeup products.

The expensive makeup brands provide you experience, and it builds an image in the society, believe it or not, it does! Why do you the celebrities look more flawless and beautiful even if they are above 45?

The makeup products, the skincare regime, and of course your diet decides how you are going to look because the importance of looking beautiful and confidence doesn’t need to be explained in today’s competitive scenario.

Makeup makes you this confident person you never knew was hiding inside you. And it doesn’t only act as a confidence booster, it is also therapeutic, nourishing and enhancing your skin’s texture.

Because makeup brings out the best in you, and beauty comes in all shapes, sizes, and shades and they all deserve respect.