The Best Women-Owned Beauty Brands To Empower Your Morning Routine

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They say it’s a man’s world, but the beauty industry is fast becoming dominated by powerful women – as it should be. In the spirit of Women’s History Month this March, discover our edit of the most groundbreaking products from our favourite female trailblazers, all available to shop now from Harvey Nichols.

March is Women's History Month, which has led me to reassess my beauty cupboard in its honour. You’re probably wondering why I’ve chosen to rummage through my best-loved products to commemorate this important month, but hear me out. The beauty industry caters to a majority of women – but why are men still sitting in top positions of some of the biggest brands? In 2022, there are so many incredible women who have made history in the industry that are worth celebrating, which is why I’m having a root around my beauty cabinet so that I can really shine a light on those at the top of their beauty game.

Women are usually the ones who use face creams, under-eye serums, hair masks, foundations and lipsticks – so why not celebrate with founders who know exactly what other women want? With a long list of both established and up-and-coming beauty brands with women at the helm, you can refine your routine in support without sacrificing on quality. Harvey Nichols alone has over 1500 products on-site from female-owned beauty brands, highlighted in their Powered by Beauty edit, including the likes of Charlotte Tilbury and her 100.9 million global brand, to Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty which is known for championing diversity and offering an extensive range of shades for people with deeper skin tones.

Keep scrolling to discover six incredible beauty brands that are founded and owned by strong, powerful women – who are changing the face of this multi-million-pound industry.

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Carolina Herrera

Carolina Herrera's line is touted as ready-to-wear makeup: lipsticks, powder, mattifier and highlighter that blur the line between makeup and jewellery. What else would you expect from this fashion powerhouse? Fully customisable with a wide selection of shades and colours that were made to show off, each piece becomes a custom-designed accessory that speaks volumes about your personal style. When your product runs low, shop the refill for a sustainable approach. The lipstick is as pretty as it is powerful - Orange Wild Talk is a a particular favourite.

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Charlotte Tilbury

Charlotte Tilbury isn’t just a brand of lipstick and face cream, the woman behind it holds a coveted MBE and is a British make-up artist, business owner and a complete powerhouse. She launched her beauty brand with a line-up of skincare and makeup in 2013, and she’s been on an upward rise ever since. Her brand aims to “empower everyone in the world to be the most beautiful version of themselves,” and she believes that women inspire women – which is something she does constantly. I’ve been using her products since around 2017 and one of the items I always reach for (literally every day) is Charlotte's Magic Cream Moisturiser SPF15 30ml.

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Dr Barbara Sturm

Dr. Barbara Sturm is one of the most sought-after skin specialists in Hollywood right now, and because of this she travels the world to treat her clients while offering aesthetic alternatives to more drastic procedures. The German aesthetics doctor has treated the likes of Kim Kardashian, Hailey Bieber, Victoria Beckham, Gigi and Bella Hadid and many more - and now, us mere mortals, have the chance to get in on the action. It's pricey, I can't lie, but Dr Sturm’s Super Anti-Aging Serum has been tried, tested and declared one of the most new and innovative heroes out there thanks to its potent properties. The serum helps to replace the skin’s moisture reservoirs using both low and high molecular weight hyaluronic acid.

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Fenty Beauty

After trade-marking her surname, Rihanna launched Fenty Beauty in 2017 – a brand that took the beauty industry by storm because of its sheer inclusivity across skin tones and gender. The Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'R Foundation originally included 40 shades, which was groundbreaking enough, but it has since expanded to 50. Rihanna thinks that International Women’s Day should be celebrated every day, “Big ups to every beautiful spirit manifested as woman in this ‘man’s’ world.”

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Kate Somerville

A brand new brand for Harvey Nichols, Kate Somerville opened her first Skin Health Experts Clinic in Hollywood in 2004, with the clinic catering for every age, ethnicity and skin type – which soon led to her self-named skincare brand being born. In 2005 one of her celebrity clients asked her to bottle her clinic's super facial, which is when Kate’s holy grail product, ExfoliKate Intensive, came about – which is now dubbed as Hollywood’s two minute facial. And trust me, it's every bit as glorious as it sounds! There's even a Gentle version, better suited to sensitive skin types. Head into Harvey Nichol's flagship Knightsbridge store next month to check out the exclusive Kate Somerville treatment room when it launches!


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RÓEN Beauty was founded in 2019 by clean beauty advocate, Tiffany Thurston - and the brand already has a cult-like global following thanks to their signature Hero eyeshadows. Tested by makeup artists and real women combined (including a slew of the brand's celebrity fans including Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Hailey Beiber, Miley Cyrus), the consensus is that the shadow is easy to use and fool-proof, even for those that have the fear of eye shadow - perfect for a quick fix up post-work or on a busy morning. But beyond the Hero, there are plenty of other products to get exciting about - the Litstick highligher is a must.

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Founded by Nigerian born, LA & London based former beauty executive Sharon Chuter, UOMA is pronounced OMA (uh-mah) and means beautiful. The brand exists to “rewrite the rules of inclusivity and diversity to create a world of beauty that truly is for all of us.” It is the most inclusive black-owned beauty brand and is known for its multi-award winning foundation, which is available in 51 shades. The Say What?! Foundation is powered by Biomimicry pigments and “thinks like your skin” for a skin-like, blurring finish.

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