Clinique started back in 1968 when Estée Lauder Companies, US Vogue editor Carol Phillips and esteemed dermatologist Norman Orentreich joined forces to create a new skincare brand.
It was the first dermatologist-created, allergy-tested and 100pc fragrance-free collection of beauty products in America and the range started its worldwide expansion a year after being launched.
Dr Orentreich had long been an advocate of a three-step skincare regime using soap, astringent and moisturiser and he came up with the revolutionary '3 Step Skin Care System' which remains a cornerstone of the brand today.
This simple but effective daily cleansing, exfoliating and moisturising regime is designed to help all skins achieve radiance. The system is tailored to dry, oily or combination skin and has changed little since its launch. Today a Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion is sold somewhere in the world every 3.7 seconds.
Numerous developments followed, including the Skin Supplies for Men range in 1976, and products such as Turnaround Cream, Long-Lasting Lipstick, the fragrance Clinique Happy and City Block.
Dr Orentreich also developed a diagnostic tool now known as the "Clinique Computer" which is used at every Clinique point of sale. Based on key physical attributes such as eye colour, pore size, natural hair colour and how your skin reacts to sun, Clinique consultants can select the appropriate regime for each individual's needs -- from skincare to foundation and make-up.
A frequent award winner, Clinique products are available in 135 countries worldwide.
The fans: Lauren Laverne, Una Healy and Roxanne Pallette.
If you buy just one product: Repairwear Laser Focus Wrinkle & UV Damage Corrector (€48 for 30ml).
Where to get it: At good pharmacies and department stores, including Brown Thomas.
More info: www.clinique. co.uk