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Maybelline LLC
Wholly owned subsidiary
Industry Cosmetics
Founded 1915
Founder Tom Lyle Williams
Headquarters New York City, New York, United States
Area served
Key people
David Greenberg (President, US)[1]
Jérôme Bruhat (Global Brand President)[2]
Parent L'Oréal

Maybelline is an American makeup brand sold worldwide and owned by the French cosmetics company L'Oréal.[3] Their slogan is Maybe she's born with it. Maybe it's Maybelline. [4]


The Maybelline Company was created by a 19 year old entrepreneur named Tom Lyle Williams in 1915. Williams noticed his older sister Mabel applying a mixture of Vaseline and coal dust to her eyelashes to give them a darker, fuller look. He adapted it with a chemistry set and produced a product sold locally called lash-in-brow-line. Williams renamed his eye beautifier Maybelline, in honor of his sister Mabel, who gave him the idea. In 1917 the company produced Maybelline Cake Mascara, "the first modern eye cosmetic for everyday use" and Ultra Lash in the 1960s, which was the first mass-market automatic.[5]

In 1967, the company was sold by Williams to Plough, Inc. (now Schering-Plough) in Memphis, Tennessee. The entire cosmetic production facility was moved from Chicago to Memphis over one week-end. In 1975, the company moved its factory to Little Rock, Arkansas, where it is still located. In 1990, Schering-Plough sold Maybelline to a New York investment firm, Wasserstein Perella & Co. Maybelline Operational Headquarters remained in Memphis until being sold in 1996, when headquarters moved to New York City. The makeup factory moved to Brooklyn in 2000.[6]

Maybelline received a boost when the company hired Lynda Carter as the company's beauty fashion coordinator after her Wonder Woman television series ended; she also appeared in several of its television and print advertisements. Josie Maran, Adriana Lima, Miranda Kerr, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Melina Kanakaredes, Zhang Ziyi, Siti Nurhaliza, Fasha Sandha, Sheetal Mallar, and Kristin Davis have endorsed Maybelline products. The current faces of Maybelline are Julia Stegner, Christy Turlington, Jessica White, Erin Wasson, Kemp Muhl, Emily DiDonato, Jourdan Dunn, Marloes Horst, Lisalla Montenegro, and Shu Pei.[7]

In 1991, the company adopted its current advertising slogan, Maybe she's born with it. Maybe it's Maybelline. tagline. The company was acquired by L'Oréal in 1996. Acquiring Maybelline gave L'Oréal access to mass markets in cosmetics. L'Oréal also owns Garnier, Lancôme, Helena Rubinstein, BioMedic, Vichy, Biotherm, Shu Uemura, Kiehl's, Soft Sheen-Carson, Redken, Matrix, Kérastase, Giorgio Armani, Innéov, Sanoflore, CCB Paris, Dermablend, The Body Shop, SkinCeuticals, Ralph Lauren, La Roche-Posay, Urban Decay and Yves Saint Laurent.

Maybelline has released several new products, including 'Eye Studio' collection for eye products, 'Fit Me' collection for foundation/facial products, and new 'Color Sensational' shades for lips. Currently, Maybelline is the Official Makeup Sponsor of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.[8] Some more popular products are the simple 'Baby Lips', which are a tinted, moisturizing lip balm with SPF 20, or the "Dream Fresh BB Cream', which is a liquid foundation.


There is reasonable evidence that claims that Maybelline products were tested on animals are not wholly unfounded.[9][10] During 1989 L'Oreal ceased to test finished products prior to their launch on the market and has committed to developing alternative methods.[11] Although according to a 2010 report, is required by law within a certain number of countries to continue with animal testing.[12] On this continuation the company states that there is a commitment of "working with the authorities in these countries and sharing knowledge about alternative testing methods".

According to their website, L’Oréal no longer officially tests on animals any of its products or any of its ingredients, anywhere in the world. Nor does L’Oréal delegate this task to others. An exception could only be made if regulatory authorities demanded it for safety or regulatory purposes.[13]


  1. ^ "Company Overview of Maybelline LLC". BusinessWeek. Archived from the original on October 16, 2014. Retrieved October 16, 2014. 
  2. ^ Niven, Lisa (17 April 2014). "Jourdan's New Job". Vogue. Retrieved 28 October 2014. Jerome Bruhat, global brand president of Maybelline New York. 
  3. ^ L'Oreal Profile - NYJobSourse
  4. ^ Lintas Advertising (STUART ELLIOTT September 5, 1991 - © 2011 The New York Times Company ) [Retrieved 2012-01-10]
  5. ^ "Cosmetics and Skin Maybelline". Cosmetics and skin. Retrieved 8 February 2013. 
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  7. ^ Maybelline Contracts SS12. Retrieved 2012-07-19.
  8. ^ whats-new (
  9. ^ People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals - 501 Front St. - Norfolk, VA. 23510 - 757-622-PETA (7382) e-mail : [Retrieved 2012-01-10]
  10. ^ Maybelline Animal Testing Policy
  11. ^ sustainabledevelopment.loreal. [Retrieved 2012-01-10]
  12. ^ Sustainable development report 2010 [Retrieved 2012-01-10]
  13. ^ [1]