Lakmé is an Indian cosmetics brand which is owned by Hindustan Unilever. It was named a er the French opera Lakmé, which itself is the French form of Laksh- mi (the goddess of wealth) who is renowned for her beauty. It was started in 1952 famously, because the Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru was concerned that In- dian women were spending precious foreign exchange on beauty products. is vintage advertisement featured in the Filmfare magazine of 1956 starring an Air India model was aimed at promoting face powder among Indian women. It was available in eight tone shades and moreover was claimed to be light and smooth.