Sharrie Williams, author of The Maybelline Story, is an original descendant of the Maybelline family. Her Great uncle, Tom Lyle Williams, founded the Maybelline Co in 1915 and sold it in 1967. Sharrie shares her families photos, stories and vintage Maybelline ads.
Maybelline a pioneer in Advertising, the first to use "Before and After" imegery
with market savvy, an eye for beauty and a penchant for perfection, Tom
Lyle continued to experiment boldly, introducing what would become one
of the most familiar and effective ploys in advertising: “before and
after” imagery. This captured the imagination of women everywhere,
creating a need that he filled by placing striking cosmetic displays in
dime and drug stores across America. Soon the name Maybelline came
to represent more than just mascara—it meant beauty, sex appeal and
self-confidence, indispensable tools for every woman’s success—however
she defined it.
Read more about Tom Lyle Williams and The Maybelline Company in my book, The Maybelline Story.