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Maybelline New York
TypeWholly owned subsidiary
Founded1914; 107 years ago (1914) in Chicago
FounderThomas Lyle Williams
HeadquartersManhattan, New York City, New York, United States
Area served
Key people
  • Leonardo Chavez, President (Global)[1]
  • David Greenberg, President (US)[2]

Maybelline or Maybelline New York is an American multinational cosmetics, skin care, fragrance and personal care company, based in New York City. It was founded in Chicago in 1914,[3] and has been a subsidiary of French cosmetics company L'Oréal since 1996.[4]


1920 ad for Maybelline.

The Maybelline Company was founded in Chicago by Thomas 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-Brow-Ine.

Williams renamed his eye beautifier Maybelline in her honor. In 1917, the company produced Maybelline Cake Mascara, "the first modern eye cosmetic for everyday use," and Ultra Lash, the first mass-market automatic, in the 1960s.[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 weekend. In 1975, the company moved 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’s headquarters remained in Memphis until its acquisition by L'Oréal in 1996. Its headquarters was then moved to New York City in 1996 and its factory to Brooklyn in 2000.[6]

Maybelline received a boost when the company hired Lynda Carter as the company's beauty fashion coordinator after her television series ended; she also appeared in several of its television and print advertisements. Josie Maran, Miranda Kerr, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Melina Kanakaredes, Zhang Ziyi, Siti Nurhaliza, Fasha Sandha, Sheetal Mallar, Julia Stegner, Jessica White and Kristin Davis have endorsed Maybelline products. The current faces of Maybelline are Adriana Lima, Christy Turlington, Charlotte Kemp Muhl, Emily DiDonato, Beatriz Shantal, Jourdan Dunn, Josephine Skriver, Gigi Hadid, ITZY[7] Liza Soberano and Urassaya Sperbund. In 1981, the company adopted its advertising slogan “Maybelline, Maybelline Ooh La La”[8] which was used until 1991 when the tagline changed to "(Maybe she’s born with it) Maybe it’s Maybelline”.[9] The slogan was named as one of the most recognizable straplines of the past 150 years, according to CBS Outdoor.[10]


There is reasonable evidence that Maybelline products were tested on animals.[11][12] In 1989, L’Oréal ceased to use animal testing in finished products prior to launch and committed to developing alternative methods.[13] According to a 2010 report, though, it is required by law in some countries to use animal testing.[14]


In January 2019, Maybelline collaborated with the German fashion brand Puma for its limited edition collection that was marketed as Maybelline X Puma.[15] It was claimed as the multi-taking athleisure-inspired collection and consisted of 5 products. Adriana Lima was chosen as the ambassador for the collaboration.[16][17][18]


  1. ^ Bazilian, Emma (30 March 2015). "Millennial Models Like Gigi Hadid, Fueled by Social, Are Hitting the Fashion Stratosphere". AdWeek. Retrieved 1 January 2017. Leonardo Chavez, Maybelline's global brand president.
  2. ^ "Company Overview of Maybelline LLC". BusinessWeek. Archived from the original on October 16, 2014. Retrieved October 16, 2014.
  3. ^ Wilson, Sheena; Carlson, Adam; Szeman, Imre (2017). Petrocultures: Oil, Politics, Culture. McGill-Queen's Press – MQUP. p. 110. ISBN 978-0-7735-5040-7. Retrieved 28 July 2017.
  4. ^ "L'Oreal Profile -".
  5. ^ "Cosmetics and Skin Maybelline". Cosmetics and skin. Retrieved 8 February 2013.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-05-09. Retrieved 2010-07-02.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  7. ^ Maybelline Contracts SS12. Retrieved 2012-07-19.
  8. ^ Lowe and Partners (STUART ELLIOTT September 5, 1991 - [dead link] 2011 The New York Times Company ) [Retrieved 2012-01-10]
  9. ^ "Maybelline Unveils New Tagline - Make It Happen!". April 19, 2016.
  10. ^ "Maybelline's "Maybe She's Born With It" strapline 'most recognisable'". Marketing Week. 2013-09-16. Retrieved 2021-06-29.
  11. ^ People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals - 501 Front St. - Norfolk, VA. 23510 - 757-622-PETA (7382) e-mail : Archived 2016-03-04 at the Wayback Machine [Retrieved 2012-01-10]
  12. ^ Maybelline Animal Testing Policy Archived 2011-12-13 at the Wayback Machine
  13. ^ sustainabledevelopment.loreal. [Retrieved 2012-01-10]
  14. ^ Sustainable development report 2010 Archived 2012-01-21 at the Wayback Machine [Retrieved 2012-01-10]
  15. ^ Miller, Caitlin. "First Look: Puma x Maybelline's New Collab". Influenster.
  16. ^ Sciarretto, Amy. "Maybelline Just Made A Makeup Line With Puma That Will Keep Up With Your Grind". Bustle. Retrieved 2019-04-02.
  17. ^ Nast, Condé. "The Puma x Maybelline Collection Makes Me Want to Wear Dark Lipstick to the Gym". Allure. Retrieved 2019-04-02.
  18. ^ Nast, Condé. "This Is What a Supermodel Keeps in Her Gym Bag". Glamour. Retrieved 2019-04-02.

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