The make-up artist - Charlotte Tilbury

Meet the elite: the beauty industry's movers and shakers

A fixture backstage at the international shows and a favourite with celebrities including Cara Delevingne, Kim Kardashian and Katie Holmes, it's no surprise Charlotte Tilbury is one of the most sought after make-up artists in the world. A contouring connoisseur, British born Tilbury has worked with acclaimed photographers Mario Testino and Mert and Marcus, supermodels Kate Moss and Gisele Bündchen and glossies including Vogue, Vanity Fair and W. Her widely anticipated cosmetics line, Charlotte Tilbury Beauty, caused women to queue for hours outside Selfridges in London and at Bergdorf Goodman in New York. And she made up Amal Alamuddin for her wedding to George Clooney last year.

The mane man - Guido Palau

Meet the elite: the beauty industry's movers and shakers

Responsible for establishing the '90s grunge look, Guido Palau got his big break styling the strands of supermodels Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista, Cindy Crawford and Christy Turlington for George Michael's 'Freedom!' music video. Fast-forward to today: Palau is on speed dial for designers including Marc Jacobs, Alexander Wang and Valentino, with his coiffure creations generating a buzz throughout the beauty industry each season (he creates styles for more than 30 shows). He regularly collaborates with iconic photographer Steven Meisel and has been featured in Italian, French, British and US Vogue. 2015 is a special year for Palau, as it marks 10 years as Redken's global creative director.

The beauty blogger - Emily Weiss

Meet the elite: the beauty industry's movers and shakers

A former styling assistant at US Vogue, 30-year-old Emily Weiss started Into The Gloss four years ago with $700 and a Wi-Fi connection in her tiny New York apartment. After peeking inside the beauty cabinets of women such as supermodel Miranda Kerr, entrepreneur Ruzwana Bashir and Jimmy Choo founder Tamara Mellon, Weiss has turned ITG into a household name with contributors in Europe and Asia as well as 19 employees (with plans to extend the team to 50). The Connecticut native also launched her beauty line Glossier - a chic-yet-uncomplicated range of products - in October last year after raising $10 million from investors.  

The legacy keepers - Prisca and Virginie Courtin-Clarins

Meet the elite: the beauty industry's movers and shakers

Heiresses to the Clarins multi-billion dollar fortune, cousins Prisca and Virginie are the willowy, gorgeous granddaughters of founder Jacques breathing new life into the 61-year-old brand. Prisca is the global head of Clarins spa activity and development, while Virginie is marketing and communications director for the Clarins-owned Mugler fashion house. Paris-based and impeccably well heeled, the über chic cousins have graced the pages of Vogue, have featured on Vanity Fair's best-dressed list and are a fixture front row at Paris fashion week.

The how-to guru - Lisa Eldridge

Meet the elite: the beauty industry's movers and shakers

With over a million subscribers on YouTube, London make-up maestro Lisa Eldridge has become a social media star thanks to her approachable online tutorials of highly wearable beauty looks. After striking up a friendship with Cindy Crawford on a shoot, Eldridge built a stellar reputation and has worked on international advertising campaigns and runway shows for Chloé, Prada and Pucci. In demand with A-listers Cate Blanchett, Keira Knightley and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Eldridge has also signed on as the global creative director for make-up at Lancôme.