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Clothing labels go for the finishing touch: beauty products
Clothing labels go for the finishing touch: beauty products

Dressing from head to toe in a favorite fashion label may well include lashes, lips and nails, as more designers expand into the beauty business. And designer makeup in glamorous packaging puts a piece of the luxury lifestyle within reach of women who can't afford to spend thousands of dollars on a high-end designer dress or handbag. Expanding into beauty makes good business sense for designers. The NPD Group, a company that tracks retail sales and market trends, reported in March that the U.S. prestige beauty industry made an 11% gain in 2011 and a 7% gain in 2012, with makeup generating the second highest category increase after skin care last year. In the last few years, Burberry...

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