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Primers are one of the fastest growing makeup categories, according to Karen Grant, Vice President and Global Beauty Industry Analyst for the NPD Group. Since 2009, sales have nearly doubled, going from $67 million to $110 million year-to-date, with individual subcategories, such as eye and face primers, growing steadily.

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Beauty Gets “Baked”

From prestige companies such as Bobbi Brown, LORAC, Stila and Laura Geller to mass companies, such as Milani and e.l.f., baked shadows, blushes, foundations and bronzers are becoming consumers’ first choice, as they’re richer pigmented and easier to blend.

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Laura Geller Beauty Celebrates Tengram Investment

Laura Geller has a lot to celebrate this year: Her cosmetics company recently received a cash infusion when Conn.-based Tengram Capital Partners made a substantial investment in her company. Industry sources estimate the company generates about $80 million in retail sales.

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